Jonathan's The Rub

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726 reviews
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Self-proclaimed as the oldest line cook in Houston, Jonathan opened Jonathan’s The Rub with the purpose and mission of providing guests with excellent food in an unmatched dining experience; a mission that Jonathan passionately maintains today. You’ll notice our restaurant features an open kitchen where diners can see, smell and hear the behind-the-scenes events of Jonathan and the other cooks preparing their dishes. (You'll have to experience it for yourself.) Jonathan's The Rub is a place for you to visit, feel comfortable, be yourself and, hopefully, leave with a few more friends and a satisfied appetite.
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GL
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!!

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j
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This dinner was for my girlfriend's 29th birthday the ambiance was nice, the service was prompt, I ordered the lamb porterhouse and she ordered the duck breast we were both very satisfied with our dishes they were delicious.... And we will definitely be back and we're bringing more people....

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OT
Austin
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good and service was attentive until 9 PM. Then their team approach fell apart as staff commenced their nightly cleanup duties. We were marooned at a table unable to get the attention of staff on several occasions as we tried to conclude our meal, share a desert and sip some coffee.

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BB
Boise
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic! Nothing else to say.

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JS
Houston
53 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent pur favorite place to have a great neal out!

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C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our anniversary. Was a good meal.

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L
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious! Had the trout and roasted beets and cauliflower. Everything was cooked perfectly. Very consistent.

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RH
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit. Everything was really good and we will be back. Just an observation about the 8 ounce filet that my wife ordered. She ordered it medium rare and it was obvious that it was cooked on one side too long; unevenly cooked. Last thing, she ordered it without anything additional on the steak yet it was covered with seasoning and far too much of it. She had to scrape the seasoning off of all sides of the steak before eating it. All else was excellent. Visit on Saturday night, March 16, 2019 at 7:15p.

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PS
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The server was pleasant, however we did not receive our side and she never noticed. We had to request it after having finished most of our entree. The sauce for the sea bass was delicious.

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TM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The original location has great food, but the location itself is nothing chic. It is cozy, welcoming, and the food is sooooo good and fresh. We only go there when we can’t get a table at the other location.

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AA
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant was very good! The food is delicious and well seasoned. Nice and quiet, me and my wife were able to have good conversation. Keep in mind the dishes are not cheap, but it is expected for the cuisine quality. Would definitely come back.

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RC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we had a wonderful meal with excellent service

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DN
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Quality of food has definitely dropped off here. For the price of entrees the cuisine should be of a much more superior standard. They used to be fair value but with the significant drop off on food standard the restaurant is poor value for money. Many more better options in the area

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HP
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband loves the Hill Country Chicken and Shrimp!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Large selection of entrees as well as daily specials. Price per portion was inline with what I would expect. No surprises. Food was served in timely manner and all of our selections had a great flavor. Beef, chicken and shrimp. Strawberry cream cake was awesome.

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J
Mississippi
25 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I always recommend this restaurant to my colleagues and friends. The food is always consistently good and the service and price are both very good.

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DD
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

This was on a Weeknight. I was very disappointed. This was at the original Jonathan's the Rub on Gaylord. There were very few people in the restaurant. It almost felt deserted compared to how it used to feel. The whole time we were there, I was thinking "I wonder if Jonathan is focusing all of his time and attention on his new place on Memorial and this place is just forgotten." The food was not nearly as good as it is normally is and the food prep time was very long considering that there were so few people in the restaurant. I had to keep apologizing to our guests telling them that Jonathan's is not normally like this. If I return, it will only be to the new location.

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OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Long time patrons, never disappointed.

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J
Mississippi
25 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is really good, the gumbo was delicious and the Greek salad was great. For the main dish we had duck and veal and both were fantastic. Very good value

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CC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I was disappointed to arrive at the restaurant and see a “closed for lunch” sign. I was taking a dear friend fro her birthday. Wish I had been notified before driving there as I have enjoyed dining there before

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant was closed

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R
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very special place for my husband and I. We have saved this place for ultimately special occasions. We celebrated out 6th wedding anniversary on Saturday. Food, service and ambiance is one of a kind. It holds a special place in our hearts.

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Denver
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a wonderful experience at Jonathan's! When we want great food.....this is where we go!
Highly recommend..

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h
Houston
149 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The appeal of this restaurant is that they are BYOB. Food was a great value--ample portions for a reasonable price, but the quality was lacking. Husband ordered Sesame Crusted Tuna special after waiter said tuna was sushi grade--it was not; tuna & accompanying seafood all overcooked. I ordered Chicken Picatta, which was acceptable but unremarkable & chicken was a bit rubbery. Maybe we ordered the wrong items??
Although OpenTable lists their dress code as smart casual, we and one other couple were the only guests not wearing jeans or shorts.

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BM
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not a fan of the skin-on, tail-on fish fillet preparation.

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S
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal, excellent value and service, took advantage of the $20 corkage fee for BYOB.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food at Jonathan’s never disappoints!

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RH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great as always! The food was on point and hot. We were in a busy isle but at a table (as requested) which was most important for us as two couples. I do like that everyone shares servicing tasks but its awkward to just stop anyone/everyone if something needs attention during the evening....
We have friends that are vegan, it would be nice to have a couple of nice "go to" dishes on your menu that could be prepared for them other than a basic side, vegetable plate. You guys are so creative with everything else!!
We had a great evening thank you!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place!

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MB
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We have eaten at Jonathan the Rub a couple of times before and liked it. Our latest experience, however, has given us reason to not go back. The service was sporatic. Sometimes we had people waiting on and other times we had to wait to ask for things like more water. They sat us right by the kitchen and bathroom entrance, even though we asked for a quiet table. When we asked to move, the only other table they offered us was in the main part of the restaurant where people constantly walked by. The food was mediocre at best. I had a pasta dish that I could have easily gotten at a cheaper restaurant. My wife had lobster tacos and the lobster meat was tough and hard to chew.

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r
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Visited for Valentines Day with my wife. Food was great! A nice selection of items available, steaks,seafood, and pork! We each ordered something different so that we could share more options! We had blackened pork tenderloin and fried chicken with fried shrimp with spicy gravy! Yummy! Sides of Glazed Carrots and wonderful mac & cheese! Even though we did not order dessert my wife was presented with a rose and chocolate strawberry as we finished our meal! Wonder meal, we'll be back!

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DB
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

JTR was Great. I was actually going to cancel my reservation after viewing the online reviews. It was Valentines Day, I reserved for 8, and 2 extras decided to come at the last minute. The complete staff and management were like super heros and came to the rescue with extra table/seating. I love this place. Perhaps on a regular/non-holiday, that JTR is most suitable for couples and intimate dining experience. Hopefully, we were not to loud at our table that evening. We ventured away from our regular Upscale Steakhouse that evening without regret. We will return for the Lamb Chops. Everyone loved the food! Great staff, love the staff that works together at EVERY table. Steaks, Lobster, Mussels, Chicken, Shrimps were all delicious. Great Job !!!

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OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our second time to JTR. We sat next to the kitchen and front door was it was a bit loud and a lot of traffic by our table. The food and service was second to none! We will be going back more often, but request a different seating area.

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JS
Houston
54 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Johnathons, the food is always delicious, staff always attentive, this is our favorite place to eat in Houston.
We had a terrific meal on Valentine’s Day,

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TG
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was mediocre at best...small hole in wall place with limited parking. Overpriced food. Fish was rubbery and my guests also said was not great.

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M
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I put down birthday in the reservation and also mentioned it was for a birthday dinner to the waitress. They did nothing special and didn’t say anything else about it which surprised me. Food was really good, service just ok.

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OT
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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KZ
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is ALWAYS phenomenal. Service is always excellent, food is perfect and this is one of our favorite date night/lunch places. I can't say enough great things about Jonathan's. Honestly, I actually try to not share it with others because I don't want more people coming here and making the wait too long. This is one of my most favorite places in Houston. My husband and I actually refer to it as JR's so not too many people catch on.

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JJ
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always flavorful and great quality. Service is good - several staff cover your table. Nice wine selection.

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SH
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

They were out of the 2 lamb dishes that I wanted. Then I panicked and ordered the chicken fried ribeye steak. It was very disappointing. Thin and a little too much fat for me. The crab cakes were incredible and spicy. The other entrees and sides ordered at my table got the usual acclaim.

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