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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vipOwls93
Houston
30 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jonathan’s consistently delivers great cuisine with options that vary widely, from the tuna my friend ordered to the off menu juicy Lucy burger to satisfy my craving. It was an unusually slow night (only two tables) so we were in separate rooms but they’re doing a lot to make the dining experience safe anyway. Whether you dine in or order take out, their food is always great - support local!

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SamM
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We went to Jonathan's the Rub on Gaylord for the fried chicken special they were offering last weekend. It was the best fried chicken either of us have ever eaten. We also had very nice side salads, one greek and one caesar, and an excellent piece of coconut cream pie large enough to share. Fried chicken is not on the regular menu but chicken and grits are as well as a fried chicken and shrimp which I'm sure are excellent if prepared the same.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipBrianS
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was disappointing and there were 3 tables occupied...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
46 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great location, excellent service and food was outstanding.

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LadyLuck
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never ceases to please! Always a sure thing! So glad y'all are still around. :)

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vipMem610
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was very good and no complaints about our food. However I was shocked to walk in and find the tables set up exactly the same as before the pandemic. There may be 30 inches between the rows of tables but the chairs to the table in front or back of you are less than 10 inches when seated. All of the waitstaff wore masks, but I noticed no extra effort in wiping tables between seatings.
I will wait until Houston is not increasing daily with both diagnoses and deaths before returning.

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AndreaW
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Jonathan’s is our favorite, date-night restaurant. The service is always top notch. We love the option to share a slightly larger entree. We usually bring our own wine, but they also have very good options by the glass and bottle. We are so very happy that Jonathan’s was able to survive the quarantine.

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LeslieM
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food from start to finish. Great service. Wonderful to see people out having a good time.

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BethanyT
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Took over an hour to get our entrees. Waited 15 minutes after appetizers to even get silverware. Service was definitely painfully slow

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vipCoco
London
40 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Gave it 2 stars simply because we were excited to be 'out to eat'. I ordered the Chicken Piccatta. It was tasteless. Didn't come close to finishing. Our appetizer, crab cakes, was a little too much cake and not a lot of crab. Good wine.

Can't say we'll be back as we need more of a sure thing when we splurge on dining out.

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KrisS
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great! They have amazing steak and are BYOB. Went there to celebrate my one year anniversary with my husband. The atmosphere is very chill and the waitresses were awesome! They definitely helped make the night special.

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TerriB
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and choices. The quail dish was to die for!

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vipGalleria
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food, wonderful service and BYOB makes it even more special!!!

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JohnE
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, feel, and service was exceptional with my experience. Being a great place for a nice date. Also, I never felt worried about safety, because the servers were very careful in what they touched and gave to us. Overall wonderful experience, will definitely go again.

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LathamK
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our service was very good and food quality tasty. Look forward to returning there.

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vipcrm813
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service.

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LouisS
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ours was an extended family gathering, with nephew and family who have loved Jonathan's for several years. Jonathan's is always our first choice, as a couple or for guests. It is always a lovely, cozy, and delicious experience, with excellent service!

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HoustonGal
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I picked Jonathan’s the Rub for my birthday dinner because I heard great things and I was not disappointed!! We all had excellent food and the service was great!! The menu is very diversified and I’m sure everyone can find something they would love!! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone!!

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vipBethM
Houston
32 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a family dinner for 9 & food & service were great! Jonathan & Sam Levine took very good care of us! Thank you!

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Bbothe
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual, the team did a great job and the food was awesome.

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JAMESS
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Way overpriced for what we got. 4 nice scallops and a lump of mashed potatoes for $36. There was no attempt to make the plate look more appealing. Cioppino, also $36, was flavorful, but I was never offered any bread to soak up the broth. Jonathon's used to be much more value, but he seems to have lost his way.

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LukeT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food & service.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anothe amazing meal. Love how well the team works together!

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KandiceE
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was DELICIOUS! It was our first time eating there and we will def be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious

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vipJSmith
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

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent.

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vipIngrid61
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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

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vipAllenP
Houston
19 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.

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SuzanneK
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.

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vipCityGuy
Houston
56 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Small restaurant, local place.

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vipHollytop
Houston
39 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.

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vipKatySteve
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Wait staff was a little slow.

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vipRomanR
Houston
219 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipImpressMe
Houston
88 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.

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Biev
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.

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tornado
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipDorothyN
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.

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

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