Jonathan's The Rub

4.6
953 Reviews
$30 and under
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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MikeK
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Good food....service by committee=no accountability.
Got the salad order wrong....got.the chicken fried steak order wrong...small mistakes....wrong dressing
And gravey on the side (not)....mistakes a 5 star would never allow.
My steak was perfect and the mussel app was great. Probably won't go back...too many other great choices at this price point in Houston.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

JTR’s menu has a large variety of food selections that provides multiple choices. The food quality was outstanding and the food proportions were generous. The service was excellent. This is a hidden gem tucked away in a neighborhood which enhances the dining experience.

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vipTonyO
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding selection and fresh taste.

Had Shrimp/Grits which was a gigantic portion.

Colleague had lobster tacos that required fork/knife to eat due to large amounts of meat.

Highly recommend.

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MamaGee
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in Houston! Our favorite!

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vipTruVietBabe
Houston
65 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service here are always outstanding. Everything you order is always flavorful and delicious. You can't go wrong with any of their seafood items. The portions are big so you can definitely share a plate and totally be satisfied.

JG
vipJimmyG
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy dining at Jonathan’s. They do a wonderful job with quality food prepared and served right. Tonight I was in the mood for Cioppino which satisfied my urge.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Was expecting the menu I reviewed online but was for the new Jonathan’s at memorial green. Poor job of outlining the differences between the two on line. Ordered chicken fried steak was overly greasy. Like small pools of grease on top of the steak. Disappointed

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Satisfied
Central Coast
36 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food & service could not have been better. Our server was friendly, helpful & attentive.
We took our leftovers home because we wanted to enjoy our delicious food one more time.
Side note:
Our reservation was for 8:00 pm for outdoor seating but we couldn’t get our table until almost 8:20 pm since the people at the table would not leave. Not the fault of Jonathan’s staff but felt that someone needs to make notice to the people who are just sitting and visiting while people wait.

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vipPevish
Houston
59 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

An old standby for casual get togethers. Bring your own wine for a minimal corkage fee. Comfortable but casual seating area. Food is better than average and for a decent value. Service is outstanding but not bothersome.

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PatrickC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

After staying away for too long, we had a corner table for four outside. The servers all introduced themselves to us, as a team. Bottles were opened, drinks poured, orders taken - all timed impeccably. There are so many great things on the menu - it was difficult to choose. We all chose well and the food was superb.

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vipLoveRRW
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Service was fair. Even with 2 servers, food did not come at the same time. Parmesan crusted pork tenderloin was not what I expected. Won’t order that again.

JL
JoshL
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great! American and Italian. Very consistent. Everything I have tried has been off the charts. Desert is not to be missed!

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vipmlh333
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, everything was delicious. Topped off with the best coconut cream pie anywhere!

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vipWineFoodie
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was wonderful as usual! We had a couple of parties of 10 sitting in the same room so the noise was a bit more than usual. The wait person asked if it was too loud and could move if desired. Specials of seafood were outstanding and the portions typical Texas size! Will go back!

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AdrianaC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is great at this restaurant!!! We love the mussels, customer service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a lovely dinner on the patio. Crab cakes, meatballs Caesar salad, filet, chicken piccata and loaded mash. All were delicious. Service was good though we did wait about 10 minutes for someone to come collect our payment when we were finished with our meal. Otherwise a very positive dining experience.

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alwaysonsunday
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jonathon's has been one of my favorites for several years. It is still as good as it was the first time I went . Food is great and the service is wonderful Very friendly staff

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vipmbr1
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Food was excellent. Service was awful. Next time will order and pick up as the car orders got better attention than we did.

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vipbarbaraf
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Scallops were great and so was the service! Desserts were also excellent

BR
BettyR
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner but with one exception. We each started out with a small salad - two house salads and one caesar. The salads were relatively larger than most "starter salads", and the lettuce and other vegetables were fresh. I had the Denver Roast, which is like a "pot roast". The beef was braised and fell off the bone, and had a wonderful flavor with small amount of carrots and onions. It was delicious. One person had the Chilean seabass broiled with panko breadcrumbs. It was a huge piece of seabass which was cooked perfectly. It was fresh and really tasty. The one dish we were a little disappointed with was the prime rib. We are use to prime rib served on the bone and roasted. This piece of meat was almost like a sirloin steak. It was grilled rather than roasted. It was flavorful but not what we had expected. We ended with a piece the coconut cream pie, which looked like it twas homemade and had a wonderful flavor.

We dined on the patio and were seated social distanced apart, the wait staff were very respectful of cleanliness and safety. We felt very comfortable. It was a wonder dinner and you won't be disappointed if you dine at this restaurant. We'll definitely return soon.

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vipFashionista
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My food was delicious. Love the steak, brussel sprouts, meat balls, and cheese cake Great customer service.

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vipJacobB
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very romantic. BYO wine. Both appetizers came out cold but food was very delicious. I would go back again!

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vipMary
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I’m very disappointed I recommend this restaurant to celebrated my friends bday, my friend chicken Was Frozen in the middle and til long to bring it back correctly ! My other friend’s Chicken Piccata was super salty, overall service was mediocre this time, they were super busy, no social distance !!!

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TexasRed
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thankfully, this neighborhood favorite seems to have survived COVID.
We started with the crabcakes, which were delightful, and the pepper-crusted pork tenderloin was absolutely delicious. We finished with the snickers pie, which I would definitely order again. It was the best meal I've had in months!

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vipKitty
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent. Friendly staff. Food is sooo good and beautifully presented. This is a favorite.

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vipkellys
Houston
44 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The wait staff recommended the sea bass and I took their advice. It was amazing! I highly recommend it.

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vipSecretAsianMan
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

i'm always pleased to lunch at Jonathan's rub. it was a special treat to still have restaurant week there during our reservation. The food is always and consistently good! i've never had any problems during the many times i've dined there. it's a great place to bring clients as well as celebrate a special occasion. i recommend the sea bass or the chicken fried steak!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We have been there before and had good experiences, but this last visit was mostly disappointing. The food was a mixed bag and the service was poor. The team approach by the waiters resulted in nobody bringing our water or dessert until we asked.

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JohnP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! The food was excellent and the service was perfect!

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ChrisF
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Food was great. My only complaint is the atmosphere and cleanliness, very run down and dingy. The booth we sat in had stains on it and my tea glass had a lot of mineral build up on it.

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vipHankB
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. We had crab cakes, Denver Roast and potstickers. All were great. BYOB fee is less now - $12.00 a bottle.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dinner with a group of friends! Loved the food, service was great!

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freetea4all
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Went to celebrate 2 birthdays. Wrote in reservation note and mentioned before we were seated, they did nothing to acknowledge it. Waited 30 min after everyone else got their salads, to get my meatball appetizer...which was COLD in the middle. They do not serve any complimentary bread with entrees. The serving "teams" don't seem to communicate with each other. My bread pudding dessert was barely warm. And the tables were close together...no social distancing observed.

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vipMarkM
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brined 16oz Pork Chop in Houston TX! Would recommend Jonathon’s any day!

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vipLouisS
London
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been dining at the original Jonathan's for years, ever since they opened in a quiet, unpretentious Memorial area location. The ambience is also quiet and unpretentious. It is our go-to place also for business friends as well as family. The food is excellent and the portions large! They serve only top-quality food: If a supplier delivers something that does not meet Jonathan's standards, Jonathan refuses that order. The cooks have been with him from the beginning, and they smile genuinely while they're cooking. (We always choose a table right by the kitchen, for the "experience." ) The waitstaff also are friendly and prompt. We very much like the team approach: All the waiters pay attention and are quick to meet the needs of any table. What more can I say?! Jonathan's The Rub is a great place!

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vipTruVietBabe
Houston
66 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've heard lots of good things about JTR for a while now but never had the chance to go. However we just recently moved into the area so had to make the trip here, and it was so worth it. The service and food were wonderful. Everything we ordered was perfectly cooked and seasoned, and the portions were very generous. I'd definitely recommend the lamb chops and fish dishes. Try to save room for desserts too because it's worth it. We had the chocolate blackout cake; and it looked like a brick of dense chocolate when it came out, but the cake was surprisingly light, airy and delicious.

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StevenE
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, people where very sweet. Wait was a little long, but it was restaurant week so completely understandable.

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vipEllenG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were good. Sat outside, so it was hot.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Went to a special birthday lunch and when I arrived they didn’t have my reservation. Seating wasn’t a problem, but the assigned the seat at the table as to how we could face each due to the spacing tile. We were placed so we faced the wall, and not look out into the restaurant. Super disappointed. Service was slow. Food amazing. The lost reservation and seating assignments really was annoying and took away from what was to be a special lunch.

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Jonathan's The Rub offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 465-8200.

Jonathan's The Rub is rated 4.6 stars by 953 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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