I'm not much of a wine drinker, so it's ironic that my favorite restaurant is a wine bar. But Robust never disappoints. I love their selection of small plates, and the sea scallops over creamy grits are especially noteworthy. Even more remarkable, however, is Robust's consistent quality. Very few restaurants of this caliber are able to maintain such a high level of excellence year in and year out. It's great to have a solid go-to place for a romantic date night or special dinner with friends.
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
We enjoyed a pre-theater dinner
We enjoyed a pre-theater dinner at Robust, with each of us selecting a three-glass wine flight a salad, a small plate and sharing a flatbread. The service was very good, as was the food, but it was a bit pricey for what you get ($14 for two scallops, same price for two small crab cakes).
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
We enjoyed our meal and server
We enjoyed our meal and server very much. Thank you. Plan to return!
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Linda and I had a late morning
Linda and I had a late morning appointment and looked for a nearby restaurant for lunch. What a pleasant surpris!
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Variety done well
This place has an excellent wine selection, and lots of variety on the tapas menu to keep you interested at every course. Flat breads, salads, seafood, and on... It was all great.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved everything about the
Loved everything about the restaurant! The wine that we choose for our meal was excellent. I will definitely visit again.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun way to try food and wines
Robust is great for wine tasting. They have many wines that you can try by the 3 ounce or 6 ounce pour. The wines are grouped in their menu (lighter whties, heavier whites, lighter red, etc.), and the suggested groups are referenced with each food item, to help you pair the food and wine. There are many appetizer and "small plate" options. We split the Charcuterie Sampler. It was enough to split between three or four people. Our server was great at recommending food and wines.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
winning wine & tapas
Small plates to share are inventive and delicious. The wine flights are an affordable way to sample several wines in a category. You can create a great meal matching "robust factors" of your food and wine. Recommended are the artichoke dip , meatballs, and crabcakes. The Rose wine flight on a hot night is a refreshing reminiscence of Provence.
Terrific service as well. Perfect pre or post Opera Theater or the Rep at Webster U.
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
lovely night out
We had a lovely time at Robust. The waitress was very knowledgeable and professional. We loved the small plates! Food was presented in an very attractive We tried six white wines by ordering one flight (3x3ounces) for each of the two of us, which was really fun.
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
With such a wine list, servers
With such a wine list, servers should have a better handle on what is what. Since all servers can not know about the large wine selection, management might want to consider one or two people with greater knowledge of options to be able to make recommendations and approach tables to offer assistance.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great birthday dinner!
Wife took me to Robust for my birthday because I love wine and good food. Not into big, heavy meals, so this was perfect. Can mix and match tapas or shareables to go with the wine I was having. The main menu is great and specials are a real treat.
Waitress was very knowledgeable about wine and food contents and pairing. Overall a great experience!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was very good. The
The food was very good. The tomato salad was outstanding! Service was excellent. My dining experience primarily has been in the evening, lunch was a pleasant surprise! But there is a heavty charge if you bring you own birthday dessert.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice evening to sit outside.
Nice evening to sit outside. The restaurant did not seem to have enough wait staff for the patrons that evening,
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always excellent service -
Always excellent service - fun place to go with a group and share menu items.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first time at Robust. We loved te wine flights so we could try a variety of wines. We sat outdoors. It was a wonderful evening. We will definitely go again.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food great service
My wife and I went for a light dinner and were very pleased with the food offerings and the multiple options on plates we could share for many different tastes. The wine was also excellent with suggestions from our waiter. He even went so far as to print out additional information on a wine my wife liked. great experience and we will go back again...with friends.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Nice! Great food, and Wine!
We went to Robust on a recommendation of a friend. We sat on the patio, which by the way is pleasant although not really large. The wine "flights" are the way to go for wine selection. The food is served as small plates and is very good. Although they really dont have really large dinner entrees, the small plate selections are filling.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ordered the Apple Spice Cake with Cinnamon Ice Cream for dessert and was not disappointed!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Met for lunch with old friends on a Saturday afternoon. 3 cheese appetizer and beet salad were excellent. Definitely a do-over!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quaint little restaurant
Great wine is just an understatement! The food is fabulous, too. The staff was very friendly and the food was served fast. A very nice restaurant for dining outside on a beautiful evening, enjoying the outside attractions.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for just about
Great place for just about anything. This is my third time and each time gets better.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service is so thorough and friendly, their timing is perfect too. I ate the beet salads and hanger steak and can't stop talking about it. For desert we shared the dream cicle bread pudding which was fresh and light as well as the pretzel toffee brownie which was lip licking delicious. Their wine list is expansive and the flights are always a fun way to sample.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Met up with some friends and our evening at Robust was perfect. Our server was knowledgable, attentive but not intrusive and very friendly. Water glasses filled promptly, food was delicious (and beautiful!), and our wine selections were perfect. Had a wonderful evening and will definitely return!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorite s in St Louis. Great wine selection. Food presentation and quality is always excellent. Staff is very attentive. Always a Sommelier on hand with answers about wine if needed to answer questions about the wines.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Aniversary dinner spot
We recently went to Robust to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We started with the "love potion" from the special drink menu and shared salads appetizers and entrees. Its a great spot for a romantic dinner. Great food & wine. Excellent wine list. Nice atmosphere. Top notch service.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
First visit, won't be our last!
We visited Robust on a Sunday before a 7:30 pm Fox Theatre show and couldn't have been more pleased. Great food, atmosphere, and service. We will be going back.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The perfect Friday night.
Our table was ready when we got there. The server was very helpful explaining the wine flights and the dinner options. Both the wine and dinner was fantastic. It's a place that will be back to you soon.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Discov ery
We were looking for a new place before theatre in the Webster Groves Area. All four of us agreed this is a great find. The menu is complex and about 80% wine and liquor. They take the time to explain it to you. The food was delicious. Appetizers were very good: Hummus, Artichoke and Spinach dips; the Hanger Steak was perfectly cooked and delicious, as was the Golden Trout. Lots of plates to sample and share. Wine was excellent and reasonable and can be ordered in flights or in 3 oz. or 6 oz sizes (or both) or by the bottle however you prefer. Service was excellent with a little anxiety for the dessert and check. The tempo was picking up as we left for theater and I suspect the noise and energy level is a lot higher by 8pm.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time visitors
We found Robust on a whim looking to try something new and had a WONDERFUL time. The food and wine list were incredible. We will definitely visit again!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was my first time at Robust. Was a Monday night so may have been a little quieter than usual given the late hour (8PM). Our server John was exceptionally knowledgeable and did a great job of explaining the menu, especially the wine flights. We started with a couple of appetizers (Camembert cheese and smoked salmon), both of which were excellent. Perfect size for sharing! Then finished with the crab cakes and the scallops, again both excellent. We loved the 3oz wine pours in the wine flights as it gave us the opportunity to try three different wines for about the same price as most 6oz pours. Prices for wines to take home extremely reasonable. Will definitely come here again!!!
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for a birthday dinner. Great service great food and a festive birthday treat. Love the wine flights!!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Shot in the Dark
Visiting from Chicago, googled upon an Open Table page for Robust completely at random. Sounded interesting. Was able to make a reservation for Friday evening in Webster Groves on the same day though I had to be a bit flexible on the time. Soup of the day (tomato seafood) and salad (wilted spinach w/ bacon dressing) were outstanding. I would have been happy making a meal of either. The main plates, scallops and a hangar steak were delicious. Reasonable portions left room for dessert. I'd go back for the caramel pot de creme alone. The service was great, responsive without hovering. The wine selection seemed to cover a wide range of tastes, though I didn't see any dessert wines. Good value for the price. I look forward to my next visit.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another Nice Place in Webster Grove
My lunch at Robust was very pleasant. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and didn't intrude. The food was very, very good, both the tapas dishes that we shared and the entrees that we kept to ourselves. I didn't choose anything that would really show the chef's range, but I wanted just a nice meal and I got it. (If I had tried to more exciting dishes, they might have been great.) At lunch the place was pleasantly peaceful, unlike so many places that are deafening. The bar by the time I left was populated by a number of people who clearly didn't feel rushed—the sort of regulars that show a place is worth coming back to. I am going put go back again myself soon.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed the cheese plate
We enjoyed the cheese plate with four different flavorful cheeses; the salads were excellent (a beet salad and a spinach salad)
and the scallops were a delicious main dish! We also enjoyed the pinot noir.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM