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The County Line on the Lake

#88 of 3,013 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
American, Southwestern, Barbecue
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5204 Ranch Road 2222, Austin, TX 78731-6516
+1 512-346-3664
11:00 - 22:00
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All hours
Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon 11:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Reuver, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Since 1989, my favourite place to eat ribs on planet earth. Good service, nice atmosphere. I try to go here every time I visit Austin.

Thank JoostvanG
Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Co-workers suggested we dine here - and it was good. My baby-back ribs had great smoky flavor - and were quite meaty. But servings, especially for my colleagues, were overwhelming

Thank Rick S
Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by on my way back home. Great recommendation from a friend. Excellent, friendly, helpful service for this out of towner. I enjoyed the barbecue, tried a variety. Excellent loaded baked potato and their homemade bread. Yum!

Thank Linda K
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went with family for a party. First the service was first rate. Quick prompt and they got it right. We were doing the family style bbq with all the different meats. First the sides. The beans were okay but nothing spectacular. The coleslaw I thought was bland but others liked it. The potato salad was very good and everyone really... More 

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Sacramento, California, Usa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

**Disclaimer** vegetarian review. I know, you are probably thinking what the hell is a vegetarian doing a BBQ place, but I came here on a work dinner. My coworkers went with the all you can eat bbq Country Style dinner and everyone seemed to like it very much. Thankfully for me they did have a vegetarian options, vegetable skewers served... More 

Thank Kenny B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Not only is the barbque terrific but the beer and view are awesome too! For a quarter you can purchase turtle food and watch the turtles and fish go crazy for your handout....fun with a capital F.

Thank pollyanna51
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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

While visiting friends in the Austin, Tx area they took us to eat at The County Line on the Lake. Our meals included the brisket sandwich and brisket tacos. The brisket was very moist and tender and the tacos were tasty. For an appetizer we shared a half loaf of bread. It was very sweet and served with honey butter.... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

expected better but it was just okay. pork ribs were the best brisket could have been better. not bad but not great

Thank Rbluvs2travel
Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

This iconic favorite, with it's strong drinks, great views, and true Austintatious atmosphere, is where longtime residents and people who know good barbecue like to go. Perfect for family and guests; and very child and grandchild friendly with it's house turtles, carp, and swans on the creek outside. The beef ribs are "Flintstonian". The combo platters of whatever you like... More 

Thank osohub
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

After researching the best BBQ in Austin for our short visit, this fit the bill with location and reviews. We were immediately let down. The ambiance is quirky, at best. Mostly just old and dated. The location was fantastic with the water views but that was the highlight. The homemade bread was just okay. The brisket sandwich was below average... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Southwestern, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5204 Ranch Road 2222, Austin, TX 78731-6516
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-346-3664

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?