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About Robust - Downtown

Robust Wine Bar Downtown at the MX is an award-winning cafe, wine bar and wine shoppe located on newly revitalized Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis.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.

635 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Global, International

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am- 12:00am
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am
Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
6th St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(314) 287-6300

Website:
http://www.robustwinebar.com/downtown/

Parking Details:
Street Parking is available for our customers.

Executive Chef:
Joseph Hemp

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Robust - Downtown Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (8)
Notable Wine List (6)
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Fun (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Casual (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Tapas (4)
Cozy (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Business Meals (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Scenic View (2)
Live Sports (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful dinner of cheese platter, enter, and great wine. What more could anyone want?

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great waiter and food. Walked right in to our table.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

The crab cakes and beet salad were delicious! A fun atmosphere, too

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date, Fun, Notable Wine List
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We were very disappointed with our dining experience @ Robust on Thursday night. The waiter was extremely inattentive, never stopping by to see how our food was or ask us if we wanted more drinks. We tried asking 4 different people for refills on our cocktails with no luck. The soup of the day was described as chicken & rice, when it was in fact chicken tortilla soup. Although it might have had rice in it, the person in our party that ordered it would NOT have done so had she known it was chicken tortilla, so consequently she didn't eat any of it, but still paid for it. I ordered the beet salad and the camembert, but waited a very long time for the cheese, after everyone else at the table had their food. The waiter offered excuse after excuse as to why our beverages took so long and why we couldn't get refills in a timely fashion. After asking for our check and waiting for the waiter to return, we finally sought out a different staff member to pay our bill.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Really great experience. Wine flight was really​ fun. The charcuterie and cheese samplers were perfect and the flatbread was great. Really enjoyed it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Third time I have eaten lunch at this restaurant, first time very good, second time fair, this time poor. The special of the day was a Beef Panini with cheese, grilled onions and a side of au jus . The amount of beef was minimal, think 2 slices of thinly sliced Buddig Beef per 1/2 of sandwich. And the beef was very fatty. The restaurant did not cut off the fat, and it was a lot of fat, not a sliver. There were 3 of us on a business lunch, both another person and myself ordered the Beef Panini and we were both dissatisfied. Server brought us the check and did not off offer us dessert, two of us wanted dessert. We just left.

Let me just say, if the Panini we ordered was ordered from a sandwich shop at a strip mall per se, the sandwich shop would be out of business in a month. The restaurant has a decent ambiance and a good location in downtown St. Louis, the food is the worst I have had anywhere in downtown St. Louis by far. Go to Copia, go to Sugarfire, don't go to Robust.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We were in town for a few days for a conference and were happy to find this place very close to our hotel. Wine was good, food was great. We really enjoyed it and thought the service was really good too. Would go back if I'm ever back in St. Louis.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Service was great and food was excellent. I like the downtown window setting. The wine flight was a nice twist they have. Great way to sample different wines.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, People Watching, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Fantastic service and wonderful ambiance! Would return again And again!

Tags: Quick Bite, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Our waitress, Kate, was one of the best servers our group had ever encountered. She was kind, funny, attentive and was overall excellent. We will be back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Hot Spot, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Had a quick bite to eat before conference session. Had to wait for more than 1/2hr just for a bowl of soup and salad. Good that I went early.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Excellent wait staff. Food selection was good and prepared expertly. Relaxed open seating area still allowed for some privacy. A bit pricey but worth it. Would go back for any special occaision.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Healthy
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

This was a birthday celebration and the food was awesome, as always. Great place for lunches and close to work.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

Had business meeting - noise level high for group discussion.
Variety of items for lunch menu although the consensus ordered salads.
Not impressed- Very small even for lunch salads; had the steak as a topper, cold and not very tasty. Heard the same about the chicken.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

One of the worst in town. Don't go. Slow and indifferent service.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 20, 2017

It was a very pleasant evening. The food was excellent

Tags: Casual
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We need a trip downtown from the suburbs to eat at Robust. When we arrived, the host went to seat us at a hightop table. We indicated that we didn't wish to sit at a hightop, and he reaccommodated us, but at a table that was up against the wall with basically no view of anything. This was disturbing only because there were several other tables available in the restaurant, and even when we left after completing our dining, those tables had not been filled.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 19, 2017

I would love to give a 5* review however the experience during restaurant week was just ok. Of the 3 courses, they were out of 2 of the 3 and had "I'm not sure" substitutes - as in the server wasn't sure. The kitchen was understaffed (we were told) and we couldn't order for 30-45 minutes. We asked for bread or anything to nibble on and were told no. We finally suggested nuts and our server gladly brought us some. Our table was great and the atmosphere was perfect for our group of 6. I do not recommend during restaurant week but defiantly another time. The bottles of wine we consumed were delicious.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

all three Restaurant Week courses were delicious, paired with great wine and dessert. thanks for great 1st visit! 😎

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

The food was really great! However, the service was super slow and there were only like 3 tables in the place the entire time. I probably won't be back unless forced to go.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The food was outrageously good and the service stood up to the challenge. The music was perfect to fit the mood. We live in Cincinnati and I would drive back here just to be able to return to this restaurant. We had our young children with us and they did an excellent job accommodating us (no mac & cheese but wouldn't expect that from a wine bar).

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Great place to have wine and food! The steak was over cooked but the waitress took it back and brought a new one out that was perfect! When I recieve the check not only did they comp my entree they also comped the app which I would have been more than happy to pay for both since the steak was cooked right the 2nd time.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Great food. New server with no coaching so had to check on everything. Out of lattes and caps - only regular coffee!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 5, 2017

The food was ok, not great. Two steaks were over cooked and one entree was salty. The dessert seemed to come out of a box. Server was good, not attentive or knowledgeable about the menu. This place was recommended by the CVB, I took customers here and will not be returning.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on June 4, 2017

The service was excellent our waiter went above and beyond...thks

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on May 22, 2017

This is a great little find in the heart of the Washington St. district downtown. Good selection of wines and excellent pairing suggestions. Great place for a girls' night or a date night.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 21, 2017

The food and wines were good, not exceptional. Several of us ordered beet salads. One person realized they had left out the green beans and half of the greens. So as compensation the waiter brought a small plate of plain green beans! It was rather odd.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on May 21, 2017

We enjoy this restaurant and its sister in Webster Groves. Always have imaginative yet approachable menus. Wine list always has some new surprises and is priced fairly. [There are many restaurants that just gouge you on the by the glass purchase- not Robust. This is a great place to experiment because of the different size pours they offer.]

We ordered Chicken Confit Hash and the Steak & Eggs Tartine. Flavor and presentation on both were great. Some of the beef was on the dry -overcooked side. Chicken has done perfectly - but a little too spare on portioning.

Regardless of those issues, we would return again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on April 29, 2017

We dined at Robust as an early dinner before a theater show. It made our special date night even better!

The menu is so creative. It was difficult to chose and the server helped us make wonderful suggestions.

We will be coming back to try out more of the unique menu items and the large wine selection.

Our service was fast and friendly. We had plenty of time to dine and make our show on time.

We will be back!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Bar Seating
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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Overall a nice place but pretty noisy and had big screens around the room

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Nice place. Great wine tasting menu. Food was great except salted carmel cheesecake was a tiny little thing and way too salty

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Only. Problem the waiter told us the dish we ordered would not have the hollandase sauce because they were out of butter!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Our waiter was very good. gave us info for the area, activities going on etc. Then the food came and it looked amazing. Tasted even better. The wine list is never ending, so many choices. But also had beer selections for my husband. Walking distance to many hotels and many downtown activities. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Great wine bar downtown St. Louis. Good dining experience for business or not.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Me and my lady had an amazing time. Joseph was our waiter and he gave us great service! The food and workers were amazing! We had the artichoke dip and chips, salad with shrimp, and some baked potatoes with chicken. Everything was great.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Great place, great service, great food! Enjoyed the varied menu, great wine flights and knowledgeable staff.

Tags: Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on February 25, 2017

We love this place. The menu changes regularly and the wine flights are great. One of our favorite places to eat.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Before a concert . Food was exceptionally mediocre

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Meal and Waiter where good but food leaving the kitchen was extra slow. From the time we sat down and ordered, it took an hour for us to receive our meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on February 14, 2017

I purchased a Groupon to Robust on the recommendation of a friend and used it for my husband and I on Valentine's Day. The special Valentine's menu was delicious! We will definitely be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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