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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.
St. Louis, MO 63101
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Street Parking is available for our customers.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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