In 2008, Jonathan set upon combining spices and ingredients and, after 100 days, hence The Rub was born. The Rub is a blend of spicy, salty, sweet and savory spices all in balance, created for the passionate palette for maximum flavor. While The Rub literally refers to this special ingredient, it shares a deeper meaning; taken from Shakespeare (“To be or not to be…”), The Rub represents the very physical and tangible aspects of Jonathan’s restaurant, as well as the emotional connection and passion for it.
Jonathan's The Rub is a family affair. Our restaurant and catering company is located in the Memorial Villages and chef and owner, Jonathan Levine, works alongside his son, Sam, and daughter, Jessica. Not to mention, everyone else who works with and dines with us is like family, too. We like to think we break the mold of Houston restaurants by doing our own thing using bold flavors and presenting a diverse menu that are more than trends.
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.PRESS & AWARDS
Every stage of Jonathan’s life is represented in our menu and you’ll understand why Jonathan has deemed
Jonathan’s The Rub as the “total expression” of himself. From high-end steaks and seafood to New Houston fare and Brooklyn Italian classics, our ever-evolving menu features kicked-up flavors in an unparalleled dining experience.
Come hungry, because we don’t believe in small portions either.
Once you take at look at our rub subs, salads, burgers and other delectable lunch entrées, we don’t blame you if you can never pack a lunch again.
We hope you don’t view our dinner menu on a hungry stomach. An evolutionary menu,browse our selection of appetizers, dinner entrées and desserts.
Pairing the right wines or beer with our adventurous dishes is a delicate process. At Jonathan’s The Rub, we offer a unique selection of high-end wines and local brews at affordable prices that compliment our diverse menu.
We are confident that lunch is the highlight of every Memorial High School student. We have served the students at MHS since 2011. Students interested in placing a Jonathan’s The Rub lunch order should call the restaurant no later than 30 minutes before his or her lunch period. Lunch includes a drink and rub fries.
Whether you are looking for full-service catering or an intimate place to host your private event, we can do it all – unlike and better than anyone else in Houston, if we say so ourselves.
If you haven’t noticed by now, nothing we do here is standard, which is why we don’t have a standard catering menu.
Our catering team customizes every aspect of your event, from menu creation to service levels, for private dinner parties, banquet gatherings, boardroom catering and more.
Our restaurant's private dining space accommodates up to 35 guests and is available for reservation any day of the week. We can come to you, too. As the preferred caterer for Memorial Village for more than 10 years, we take pride in serving all of Houston.713.467.9000
Purchase a 16oz bottle of our signature Rub next time you come in to visit us. We cannot give away our secret ingredient list, but know that it's the highest quality rub you'll ever have in your spice cabinet. Use it to pre-season your seafood or steaks or sprinkle it on your vegetables after they have left the grill. The perfect balance of sweet, spicy, savory and salty, it’s pure taste-bud satisfaction on anything.