Robust

4.5
671 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar, Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(314) 963-0033
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Kris Janik
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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Rockhill Rd
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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.
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Public transit
Bus Stop
Metro Link at Shrewsbury
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 671 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.4
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4.1
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great service and food. Ambiance is low lighting and they even had live music (light enough that I could still carry on and hear conversation)

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Lunch before Opera Theater

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

It was quiet because we went somewhat late on a Sunday night. Server Kip was knowledgeable and gracious. A lovely evening.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

So happy to have found this gem! We had driven by it many times and decided to give it a try. Amy, our server, was so much more than that. It was like being at a friend’s home, suggesting wines and delivering food that she graciously altered to meet our low-carb diet. The wine list is organized by “robustness “ with food pairings suggested based on that number. Great idea! We will definitely make this a favorite spot!

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Incredible wine selection and knowledge about wines.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Made to feel welcome. Seated promptly. Slow to get started. Felt like server was over-worked. Wine was good; simple cocktail was never made right. Food was interesting, pretty tasty, and served erratically. We’d go back and make an effort to be very specific with our wants. But we would go back.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Great food & wonderful service. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

She had a delicious white wine (her choice) and I had a delicious, robust red wine from Puglia. We shared a green bib salad that was ample and delicious and then the halibut (which is always good if it is cooked to order) and the shrimp and grits, a delicious comfort food. Service was excellent and permeates the entire staff.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We’ve always enjoyed Robust in the past, but not Friday. We elected to sit outside. To be blunt, the space was too crowded, with 2, too many tables. Adjacent to us was a table of 3 women who spent 15 minutes quibbling over the check. Things got worse when a “gentleman “ plugged his cell phone into the light pole by the patio, draping it into the ash tree nearby. As anticipated, he got up and down and talked on his device the entire meal. The food was disappointing. Although I had the quite good carpaccio, the special ceviche was only OK. The crab and shrimp were fine and the cilantro micro greens were a nice touch, but the avocado was a mush and added nothing. My wife’s special soup was supposed to be a cold tomato soup with crumbled croutons and prosciutto on top. It came in an obviously just washed warm bowl and was a pasty mess. To make her meal worse, her halibut was significantly over cooked to the point it was sawdust. We don’t send food back, short of raw chicken, but we were tempted.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The food was really impressive. I appreciated the wine flights. Josh was our server and he steered us in the right direction making our selections. It was our anniversary so we were not holding back. We had drinks, tapas, and a dessert and our bill was just over $100. It was a really nice evening out and I look forward to returning.
We sat in the back of the restaurant and it was fairly quiet. The front area by the bar was pretty noisy and probably good for people watching.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Dinner before the Muny Gala Show.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

We just love this place - amazing food and service!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Robust is one of my VERY FAVORITE restaurants. I go there frequently for any occasion.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The wine, drinks and food were all very good. Our waiter was not. It seems like he disappeared for long periods of time and we sat around with empty glasses. The food was also delivered out of order. One guest received their food and then no one else for 15 minutes. Once received it was very good.
It was not really crowded so I blame the waiter for not being on top of things.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Good appetizers and nice wines. We especially appreciated the suggestion from our server for a substitute wine that was much better. We always enjoy Robust.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Our server Kip was great!!!

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Food was great, waiter did not rush us, able to have a great conversation and lovely meal at the same time. Highly recommend

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Very expensive for what you get

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The waiters really know their wine selection. The food is excellent.

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

$50 corkage fee, really?

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Extensive wine menu. Great food to pair with it. Fabulous atmosphere to visit and enjoy with friends.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Great Time! Great Server! We will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

We love this place. The entrees are good but the three of us enjoyed a meal of sharables: crab cakes, meatballs, spinach-artichoke dip, salad followed by coffee and the dessert of the day. In several cases our wonderful server influenced our choices by telling us honestly about the offerings. The best was each of us enjoying a delicious glass or two of the wine of our choice. The wine list is superb and the glass price is about half that of most local restaurants.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Fantastic place to celebrate a birthday if you have a group willing to taste a little of this and a little of that. Wine flights were fun albeit it a little pricey. My only criticism was the table was a very tight fit. We constantly feared tipping over one of the sixteen glasses squeezed in along with the food. (4 wine flights plus 4 waters...) Next time I will request the flights be delivered in stages...

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Sunday nights are not busy. Nice quiet atmosphere

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The crab cakes were excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

A wide selection of food. Each dish was well-prepared and plated. The wine list was superb and the wine perfect,

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

First time at location; had great service; listened to type of wine each liked and brought wines that were spot on. Great explanation of how to order foods/wines.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Our waiter didn't seem to know the menu or wine list very well. Service was a little slow considering they weren't very busy

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Go to place for a bite with my girlfriends! The food is outstanding and I love getting wine flights to sample different styles.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

kip was a great server and our seating was perfect for our group. Loved the cheeses and wine selections.We had a great time,

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The service was standout!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Really good experience. Just a little on the loud side - acoustics weren’t great. But overall, wonderful establishment

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We feel Robust has declined over the years. It's good but not great.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great food, great wine, great service! Highly recommended!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

we enjoyed our visit to Robust last week. They have 40 wines by the glass plus several wine flights which makes wine choosing difficult but fun. Their menu is mostly small plates with a couple small-ish full size entrees. Focus on interesting cheeses. Very good.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

We had excellent service and the food and wine was quite good.

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3.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Our server was simply okay. Some might think she did a good job, coming to our table every few minutes to see if we were ready to order when we told her we were chatting away. I felt I paid a lot for what I had in food and beverage. I've had had better experiences at Robust in the past.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The service was great, and the wine flights are a great way to try different wines.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I decided on one of the nightly specials, which was a small roasted chicken over diced veggies with a light pan gravy over. It was perfection! Usually we do flights of red wine, but this time we shared a bottle of Siduri Russian River, one of my favorites . Our server was very knowledgeable about the various wines. Can’t wait to return!

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