Jonathan's The Rub

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$30 and under
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American
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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OT
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious

JS
Houston
59 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We are regulars here, the food is always delicious, the service always efficient. This time however the service was rushed, the brought out my diner salad before the appetizer then we waited 20munutes for our main course to arrive after we finisged the mussels. Hard to share mussels when your dinner salad is in the way. They also made a big error in our bill charging for 5 dinner sales not the one we ordered.
Honest mistake but they really acted rushEd
We asked for some more. Read to enjoy the mussels sause but by the time the bread came they took our mussels soup
Away?
Really disappointed I think Jonathan is spending to much time at his fancy new restaurant

I
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appetizers and steaks were really good along with attentive service. Only slight complaints were no bread is served and the steaks were just slightly overcooked.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Waitress told us 4 people serving our table...reality 1-2 very seldom and 20% added for party of 6.
Service has no incentive when 6 or more. Will not go back to this location. Food very good. Service has dropped significantly

AP
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to dinner with co-worker from London and had a really good dinner along with great conversation.

SK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

After our experience last week at another restaurant in the area, this was way better. Enjoyed the quiet and not being cheek to jowl with our fellow eaters. Thought the corkage fee for bringing your own bottle was a bit stiff. Otherwise, all OK.

CG
Houston
56 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Small restaurant, local place.

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H
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Gaylord location. First time eaten Burger there. Prior visit couple years ago for hubby's bday dinner where our guests got switched steaks and all overdone and no resolve when mentioned. Likely won't return as nothing eaten there really makes us want to return. Maybe the Memorial Drive location better. Have friends who enjoy.

KS
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Wait staff was a little slow.

RR
Houston
217 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible Service !!!
Thank you Ben for taking care of us.

IM
Houston
86 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Jonathan’s is where fine food and comfort come together in inventive ways. Chef makes the most of our local bounty. Starter salad was delicious with homemade Greek dressing. I ordered the snapper with jalapeño cilantro cream sauce. The sauce was creamy but not spicy at all, and only had one lonely leaf of cilantro. The high quality 1/2-fish filet was beautiful, thick, bone-free and crispy on the outside. Presented with tail on! My husband’s filet was good and his mac n cheese was very cheesy and light on the bacon. Overall, delicious. Paired with generous wine pours and patient, friendly service, our meal was excellent.

B
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

yes the atmosphere is casual but the quality of the meat is outstanding A great place to enjoy a high end meal in a moderate environment.

t
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved all the food. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. We will definitely be back.

DN
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I like most dishes I eat at Johathan's but always feel they could lighten dishes up a bit. They seem a little heavy on the oils and fats. I would feel a bit "lighter and healthier" if they were able to accomplish this. Jmo.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

M
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

we celebrated new year @ Jonathan's, food was excellent.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall, very good and will go again. Only reason for not 5 stars across the board is the atmosphere. We sat right next to the open kitchen. On other nights it might be fine, but on New Years Eve, it was chaos. Food was great, service super good. But for around $100 per person, I expect near perfect. Table right on the main foot traffic route just too much for a perfect score.

I
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good but not as good as usual. How do you run out of pasta on NYE?

PT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have dinner with a good bottle of wine! Excellent service and more items on the menu than one might imagine. For the size of this place. Very small and intimate setting. Loved it!

OT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Food is very good.

C
Austin
41 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Really cramped space. Out of bread because there had been a delivery problem, apparently. The entire place was worn down and visually unappealing. It felt like they let Kirkland’s do the decorating and then just let it go downhill from there. Limited parking with multiple cars taking up two spaces. Underwhelming wine list (FYI, it’s just beer and wine, no liquor, something I apparently missed while making the reservation). Confused orders. The ceviche was coated in something yellowish and had that preservative-based shine. It was mixed with soggy and inappropriate vegetables and thoroughly unappetizing. No one was impressed with their entrees and there were six of us. They fry in peanut oil, which isn’t helpful with a peanut allergy. Personnel were courteous enough, but the “team service” they attempt is executed poorly. Received free deserts because of the bread shortage, so yea that, I suppose. Steamed dumpling appetizer was good, if nothing else. Not going back, if I need to make that clear. This place is a train wreck.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Called ahead of time and let them know it was my husband’s birthday. After we had dinner the waitress brought the bill, I reminded her that it was my husbands birthday. She said we could order a dessert from the menu and all the waiters would sing Happy Birthday. Very disappointed all I wanted was for them to bring a small cookie or a brownie with a candle. For the cost of the food and corkage fee you’d think they could provide a birthday treat.

JD
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The food was incredible and so was the service we received from Pam.

OT
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good dining experience. “Argentine “, a disappointment .
We both found it a tough piece of meat.

OT
Houston
69 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always. We’ll be back

JS
Houston
60 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious

BL
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in town!

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Expensive!

P
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We loved our whole experience but it took a long time to get our food. I realize it was Friday night and a packed house but we waited way too long to get our food.

S
Houston
39 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Might have been our favorite meal ever at JTR!! Had the Japanese Sea Bass & Gaucho Burger...awesome!!...plus outstanding service, as always.

BM
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

JTR was at the top of its game as everything was phenomenal!
My red snapper with Santa Cruz sauce was cooked perfectly and my husband raved about his red snapper & shrimp creole dish. The staff was very attentive and accommodated every request we had. I highly recommend this great restaurant!!

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and customer service was amazing! We felt a bit crowded but overall it was great!

PB
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience1

My wife and I were cramped into a tiny table for two right next to the kitchen door and in a narrow hallway. The other two table offered were not that much better. We decided to walk out. I understand the food is good but the ambiance is terrible!

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The spaghetti and meatballs was awful. The sauce literally tasted like you opened up a can of hunts tomato sauce and poured it straight on the pasta- same tin flavor. Both of us ordered it and complained after two bites. We left the entire bowls uneaten. No apologies, no offer to exchange.

FG
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent steak, nothing fancy but well prepared. Quick after work dinner.

BS
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Seems like when Jonathan is not on site since opening the second location, things are noticeably different in terms of what’s coming out of the kitchen...two recent visits, same impression.

TS
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We were disappointed, especially in comparison to our recent visit on Valentine’s Day. My wife’s pan seared redfish was very over cooked - almost burned on the skin side. My redfish special would have been a great dish but for the extreme heat. We shared a chocolate “mousse” that could have been matched by a box of Jello pudding.

Maybe the quality control in the kitchen was MIA at the Astros ALCS Championship game that night.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service is always amazing. All meals were wonderful.

c
Houston
172 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The only BYOB in Houston that's worth a darn. Try it!

SA
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent, almost too attentive. The food was fantastic, I had forgotten about the huge portions, could have easily shared. Love great food and great service and the ability to bring wine from our cellar.

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