Robust
Robust

Robust

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.robustwinebar.com/
  • Phone: 3149630033
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: Dinner 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Wine Bar, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Kris Janik
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Featuring Chef Eric Brenner

    From a small intimate party to a gala wedding, or corporate event, we can create something to remember. Try a cooking demonstration and wine seminar; small plates or buffet with a wine tasting; a coursed and plated dinner paired with the perfect wines and cocktails; or just a drop-off lunch for that important business meeting. We want to bring the Robust Experience to you.

    For inquiries or to begin your planning process please contact Chef Eric Brenner at cheferic@robustwinebar.com
  • Private Party Facilities: The Sommelier"s Table which is our back Dining Room closes off for a Private Room. Accommodates 32ppl sit down or 42ppl for Cocktail style with limited seating. Minimum Food and Beverage spending Mon - Thurs $1,500 Fri & Sat $2,500. During the day Min is $500.
  • Private Party Contact: Stanley 3149630033

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rockhill Rd
  • Public Transit: Bus Stop
    Metro Link at Shrewsbury
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private Lot approx. 80 spaces on the West side of the Reliable Life Building. Also plenty of street 2 hour Webster parking in front and on East side of building.
A word from Robust
It is our desire to light a spark of adventure within you and encourage you to explore and rediscover a passion for life through truly experiencing what wine, food and hospitality are all about.

When you experience wine, you experience life. Wine encompasses a world of history, food, travel, culture, and romance. Whether a novice wine drinker or expert, Robust wants to create an enjoyable and enriching experience that educates each guest to the next level.

Sip wines, sample our tasting plates and shop our wines and gifts. Our menu of artisan cheeses, charcuterie and unique gourmet tasting plates are inspired by our wine selection.

Wines are listed by Robust Factor™ - a friendly format to help you navigate through the vast world of wines. With more than 40 wines by the glass, wine flights, and a full bottle list, choose your favorites or our onsite sommeliers will be happy to accommodate you with a selection.
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Robust reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (43)fit for foodies (34)neighborhood gem (30)great for outdoor dining (24)special occasion (17)romantic (13)great for lunch (13)good for groups (10)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (4)late-night find (3)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Very enjoyable lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We treated a friend to a birthday lunch...very, very nice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bad Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The food and wine were great, but the service was not. Our waitress was fine in the beginning, but then she disappeared. We were seated on the patio and had to ask another waiter to get our waitress. That's after we waited 10+ minutes for her to come back around. This happened twice. We're not sure what happened to her. This is not acceptible at any restaurant, especially at a place like Robust, where you pay top dollar for the food ... and presumably the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good good good
    ldgaffVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Robust is primarily a wine bar with small plates. They have an excellent selection of wines? We were especially interested in the wines by the glass. They also have what they call wine flights- small pours of three similar wines. They probably had about 10 flights. You could also have one of the wines from one of the flights as a wine by the glass if you so desired. The prices of the wines by the glass can be pretty high-10-14$ but they are also higher quality wines. They have a pretty extensive list of appetizers and small plates. My wife got a special which was the meatloaf and I got the scallops. Both were very good and even though they were labeled as small plates the serving size was pretty generous. Would be happy to return
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great!
    TobyntessVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food and wine combos are phenomenal. Service was excellent and we enjoyed the ambiance , we will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic as usual!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Katie was awesome, food was great, wine selections were superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food is top notch
    catkellyphoto
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food at Robust is outstanding. The service is not so great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very saatisfied
    MollyBreen
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Party of 3 with 2 different appetizers, 2 different entrees and 2 different desserts. All were delicious. Thought it was a little loud, but not annoyingly so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try the Pork Belly
    bocca1981
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Robust was awesome! We started with spinach artichoke dip and it was actually rather light, most places it's in a heavy cheese sauce but this was mostly just spinach and artichokes. For our main course I had the scallops over mushroom risotto (which was stellar) and my husband had the pork belly and the pork just melted in your mouth - hands down the best pork we've ever had. They are also great at recommending wines to pair with each course. Delightful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud and Limited
    GeoJetson
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Maybe asking for outside seating isn't a good idea if you want to be able to hear the person across the table from you or maybe you shouldn't sit too close to tables of women out for the night, but we did and we paid the price. The selections are by design I suppose, limited, but unless one already knew that, the menu was extremely short on food and long on wine. The next time we go there, someone else will be buying.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Robust at lunch
    Grandma
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food is quite good. The servers are pleasant. It was a great afternoon to dine outdoors. Each of the four in our group liked what they ordered. I'm told the crab cakes were very good. My BBLT was loaded with bacon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOISE
    marilyn
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    NOISE IS A CONTINUING PROBLEM AT ROBUST, DESPITE ITS FINE FOOD AND WINE LIST.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    pennntas
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The shrimp and grits were absolutely Devine!!!!!!! Stop it!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Good food and atmosphere but waited 10-15 minutes without ever seeing a server. Had to go up to the hostess stand and ask to be served.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So disappointing
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I have been here a number of times and enjoyed both ambiance and the food. However this was just awful. My friend and I both ordered a salad with beets and spinach. It was a terrible disappointment. Nothing about this salad could be considered first rate. I really have nothing more to say. I really would not recommend it in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • TOO LOUD
    AdrienneVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Couldn't hear the person next to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!!!
    krismel
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Even though this was not a kid friendly restaurant, the waitresses went out of their way to make my 4-year old niece happy. The food was great. Loved the sharing plates & matching of wines. Great wine restaurant. Great for socializing & celebrating a special event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood favorite
    JannaVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Our son worked here years ago, so it was fun to revisit while in from out of state.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great For Older Crowd
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I made reservations at Robust to celebrate my husband's 35th birthday - we had heard so many great things! We have no complaints - food was good and service was good, we were just about 25 years younger than the average customer.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful lunch spot, great wine
    MargaretAWE
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Everything about this very pleasant restaurant is enjoyable, from the food and wine to the servce and ambiance. My sister-in-law and I enjoyed a delightful lunch there recently. Our waiter was very helpful with recommendations for wine and food pairings and checked on us just often enough. We each enjoyed a wine flight and then a glass of our favorite from the tasting. For our meal, we sampled some lovely appetizers, including a cheese plate, a flatbread and soup. All were delicious. The pace of the meal was relaxing and both of us left feeling very satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happy Anniversary!
    foodsoapbox
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I took my wife here for our anniversary. Joe our waitress was great. The food was awesome. We had a great time. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently good
    lovemystlVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We made our reservation on OpenTable just a few hours prior to our dinner because the weather was gorgeous and we LOVE the outdoor seating at Robust. It turned out just how we planned...beautiful weather, delicious food & wonderful wine! The pork belly is fantastic. I loved the "take me to bed reds" wine flight. The service is always friendly and we love it that the porch is dog-friendly too! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 288 reviews are from the Robust reviews archive.
  • Technical difficulties
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Good food, good band... but. We arrived 10 minutes early for our reservation. Hostess claimed they didn't have one for us. We showed our confirmation email from OpenTable, she told us we could sit outside or at the bar but since they didn't show our reservation we had no other options. Sat at the bar where after dining the staff were notably slow to clear empty dishes. Bartender tried to make amends for the "magic" reservation by giving us two glasses of champagne. Good effort but not enough to make up for us being forced to eat at the bar instead of a comfortable table.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the wine flights
    2ggal
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    My girlfriends and I celebrated birthdays this visit and the evening was perfect. Great food and the wine flights were a wonderful option! Three 3oz selections of wines that go well together. The food was fabulous with a tasting menu as well! Will definitely visit Robust again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Groups!
    AliceM
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Food was yummy Waiter inattentive, but sweet and helpful when she was there. We appreciated being able to make a reservation for 10 2 days beforehand.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • really good!
    Sanda
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    great before Opera Theatre...love that Webster Groves welcomes visitors with easy and free parking!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious
    catkellyphoto
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Our food was delicious and the 3 course prixe fixe menu was great. Excellent wine selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great wine and food experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Ate outside - had the scallops over risotto and cauliflower with goat cheesecake for dessert and soup of the day for entree with andouille sausage and shrimp. Everything was superb! Paid the extra 15 for the preselected wine pairings-excellent. Waitress was attentive and knowledgeable. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • hour of happiness with gal pals
    outnabout1
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Everyone had a great time. The food and wine were mighty fine. We will return and take another flight soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jkz223
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Stopped here after a day at convention. The staff were extremely pleasant and accommodating. Our server made great pairing suggestions, but we enjoyed "The Bubble Bath" three champagnes in a flight. What fun it was. The goat cheese fig flat bread was to die for. Overall it was a wonderful experience. Friends stopped for lunch and said the sandwiches were delicious. Must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    My first time at Robust. The food was surprisingly mediocre.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • How Tapas Should Be
    dfks10
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great selection of small and regular plates. Wonderful wine list. Not the usual supermarket fare. Menu helps pairings for those who could use a little help.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Went for my wife's birthday as Robust is always a special experience. Fantastic wine paired with small plates, and a special salted caramel dessert just for her (with a candle, very nice). Started with a small cheese plate, followed by exeptional seafood chowder, wrapped up with the char (a very tasty fish) with a glass of wine for each plate, loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sit outside
    jennygirlsays
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Everything wonderful as expected, except interior air caused everyone's eyes to burn. And when I went to bathroom myself to wash my eyes with water to get relief, a woman in there spoke to me, commiserating, saying she she and her friend has moved outside it was so bad. Otherwise, food and service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Robust- Awesome!
    MKaye
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I came to Robust with 2 girlfriends, and it was perfect for our girls night out. We were unsure what wines to order (the list is so big!), but our waitor knew how to steer us in exactly the right direction with just a few simple questions. We shared two appetizers and both were fantastic! I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • generous
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Robust is a great place for wine and food. The staff is excellent! I am so impressed with their knowledge of wine and intent on making sure you get the wine you want!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wine bar
    GerM
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Lovely wine bar serves a variety of tapas style small plates. Plentiful wine list & wine flights available. 3 or 6 oz wine servings at different price points allow you to try a few selections. Excellent service, outdoor sidewalk seating available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good wine AND food
    BraseGigantiVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Robust is that rare wine bar that pays attention to food, and all dishes were well-prepared. Note that they also offer a limited list of very creative cocktails, which were a welcome starter. Our only objection was that the evening menu seems completely geared to "sharing" dishes on "small plates" - so if you're NOT a sharer (none of us were), there's a small dance to figure out how much to order to make an actual individual meal. That said, you can pretty safely order a salad and a small plate "entree" and be satisfied.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For a Tuesday night, Expected More
    food2plz
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I have visited Robust in the past with much satisfaction, therefore my return. But after this last visit I am not certain that I will return for a while and will make other restaurant choices.Service was slow……though the overall restaurant was empty. Soup was Delicious, Beet salad soggy and warm (too much dressing and possibly sitting too long), Fish dish was great. Robust you could look at adding some new items to your menu. Our party of six was pleased with the wine choices. I however, was on medication and could not partake and asked the waiter if I could get a non alcoholic coctail. He said the only thing they could offer me was a non-alcoholic beer. you may want to train your waiters/bar tender to offer more. I couldn't be the only 1
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food and Customer Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This is the second time within 2 months that my girlfriend and I had dinner, and it was just as delicious as it was the last. The servers were very knowledgeable about the food and wine, and their service was excellent. Enjoyed it very much and look forward to going back again soon!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Fantastic Dinner!!!
    Gregg
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Yep, once more we experienced great food, wine, conversation and interaction with the staff at Robust in Webster. Thanks to Frank, Katie #1 (who was caring for customers outdoors) and to John who made sure our dining experience was top notch. Another fantastic dinner. We never leave there disappointed. Always the opposite! If on the menu, try the Porcini Risotto! Can't wait for the next time. See everyone soon!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic