Jonathan's The Rub

4.7
986 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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipKenV
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last dinner in original location. Outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Jonathan’s, the service is always excellent and the servers are amazing!!!!! The burgers are ALWAYS DELICIOUS!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1 year anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual, ever since we found this place 5 years ago we continue to come here to celebrate our special occasions or just for an amazing lunch every now and then

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How about this review CANT WAIT TO GO BACK!!

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vipKitty
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jonathan’s was excellent, as always. Interesting specials, good wine list, great atmosphere of an old fashion diner with the best of new fashion cuisine. Really nice wait staff. They get extra stars.

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Bbothe
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love sitting on the patio and relaxing with my wife. They’re always friendly and the food is great. Perfect date night.

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GreatValue
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time...couldn't have gone better. Table was ready on arrival, service was prompt and food was off the charts. We'll be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Very very loud but great food

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sandyb
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience1

One of the loudest restaurants I've ever been to, and there were only maybe 6 or 7 tables in the room we were in. The food was lukewarm, but the taste excellent so the temperature didn't bother me as much; however due to the horrible noise level, I will not be back. I would recommend only if you don't mind having to shout your conversation.

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RMBoz
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great choices with the exception of regular tea!! Excellent service and food was very good.

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vipmaxs
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Our food was excellent and the value is solid. We unfortunately had horrible service which hurt the overall experience. 20 minute wait between finishing our appetizer (the dumplings are really good) and entree arriving. Only saw our server once after receiving the appetizer and that was because we had to track her down for a water refill. We had to grab someone else to finally get the check and a to go box. Would have liked to try dessert and more wine but she never came around. Very frustrating for such good food.

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vipRickieD
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Made a res on Opentable. Got to the restaurant and the girl behind the counter said I had no res. After a few minutes she said she’d find a place for us anyway...doing us a favor. She went off and never came back. Asked a server walking by if we could sit at an empty table and she said yes. 15 minutes go by with no menu, water or cutlery. Flagged someone down to ask for it. Took 20 minutes for someone to come by to get out orders. Waited 43 minutes to get our food, and had to flag someone down to ask where the food was, and then they forgot to place the order for our sides! Had to ask twice before we finally got all our sides and then there was some attitude when we asked. Extremely disappointed in our experience there. When Jonathan’s opened years ago, you got bread on the table at arrival and most entrees included a house salad and 2 sides. Now you pay for each individually. Wine corkage fee is very high, discouraging people from BYOB, which has always been a selling factor for this establishment. Jonathan’s has gone from an affordable neighborhood eatery to an overpriced mess.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleaser.

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vipSeth
Houston
154 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great menu with something for everyone. Their bruschetta and veal parmigiana are my personal favorites. Their wine by the glass offers the best wine deal in town. I am looking forward to their relocation soon to their new restaurant. Sam and Jonathan are most welcoming, and I look forward to visiting with them every trip in.

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Loulie
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Food was even better. My steak was cooked just like I like it .

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vipgourmay
Houston
416 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Jonathan's is a good choice for casual dining off I-10. It is nothing fancy, but has a good menu with a lot of good choices. Jonathan is from Brooklyn and there are some Italian specialties from his growing up there. The quantities of the food are a bit over the top, so plan on doggie boxes. The atmosphere is somewhat stark depending upon where you are seated, so definitely casual.

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BobH
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We ate outside, not crowded. Excellent food, good service.

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Fortune
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The local place for excellent food and feel like family! Love the BYOB and also their choices are all good for wine. Looking forward to new place but sad to say goodbye to this around the corner place.

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NRPDDS
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood place. I love the neighborhood vibe here. Food is yummy especially the grits and coconut cream pie!

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vipKelleyS
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

You fee right at home. Service is excellent. Food and wine selection is also wonderful. Looking forward to seeing their new location!

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vipBandN
Houston
73 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Varied menu provides lots of good choices. Rainbow trout with mango topping with a side of delicious sautéed spinach was a real treat. Veal saltimbocca was a little too cheesy and a little too salty, but still fed a hearty appetite.

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vipTechsan89
Houston
47 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As to be expected the food and service were absolutely on point. Ready to return!

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MC11
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was flawless. It was a perfect way to celebrate a birthday.

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vipJC74
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal. Each had a different fish dish and they were all great. The cioppino was delicious!

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BillF
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Normally I love this place, but it fell short this time. The food was marginal, the service terrible, and got stuck over beside the kitchen/ bathroom. Will give it another shot, but maybe at the other location.

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ChuckZ
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent! Would definitely come back to try other items on the menu.

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LukeT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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ShawnS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Date night, we had a nice night.

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vipAvatar910
Houston
53 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Back to Jonathan's after a hiatus of many months (I used to work across the street - and it was a great spot - even a habit) to a nice lunch of outstanding Gumbo and Shrimp Tacos. I forgot to substitute sauteed spinach or cauliflower florets for the french fries to reduce my carbohydrate load, but my fault, not the restaurant's. Prompt unobtrusive service, sizable portions (no one goes hungry at Jonathan's - a holdover from his years designing menus for Offshore oil platforms perhaps), and congenial ambiance.

P.S. My colleague ordered an appetizer of crab cakes and I was treated to one- outstanding!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Every time we come the food and service are exceptional. Not sure if it was an off night, but the server had AirPods in and a few times didn’t hear us correctly when we ordered. It seemed a little strange that she was wearing headphones while taking orders.

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MikeK
Calgary
8 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
Houston
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
68 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.

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vipJimmyG
Houston
14 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
37 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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Jonathan's The Rub offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 465-8200.

Jonathan's The Rub is rated 4.7 stars by 986 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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