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9061 Gaylord Street   ///    Houston, Texas 77024   ///   713.465.8200
Lunch: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday – Friday // Dinner: 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Mon – Fri, 5 - 10 p.m. Sat

Therein Lies The Rub

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.



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.

Lunch Menu

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.

  • Soup & Salad
  • Crab Cakes & Salad
  • Sweet Chili Shrimp & Salad
  • 1/2 Rub Sb & Salad or Soup
  • Sliders
  • Tacos
Let’s Start With...
  • Crab Cakes
  • Sweet Chili Shrimp
  • Meatballs Marinara
  • Dumplings - Fried or Steamed
  • Mussels
Homemade Salad Dressings: House, Caesar, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Blue Cheese, Ranch, SW Ranch, Honey Mustard or Oil & Vinegar
  • Soup of the Day
  • Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
  • Caesar Salad
  • House Salad
  • Greek Salad
  • Rub Grilled Chicken Salad
  • Jessie Salad
  • The Houston Salad
  • Waldorf Chicken Salad
  • Create Your Own: Salmon, Shrimp or Tenderloin
The Rub Burgers
9 oz. char-grilled Rub seasoned ground chuck on a toasted Sheila Partin sweet sourdough bun & served with Rub fries.
  • Original Cheeseburger
  • Texas
  • Blue
  • AVO
  • Jonny
  • Triple Smoked
Rub Subs
Served on a toasted French baguette with Rub fries.
  • Fried Shrimp or Fish
  • Chicken Chipotle BLT
  • Chicken Parmesan
  • Brooklyn Meatball
  • Steak & Cheese
Served with Rub fries
  • Shrimp & Avocado
  • Chicken Gruyere
  • Waldorf Chicken Salad
  • Italians Caprese
From The Sea
Choose from blackened, broiled, pan-seared or grilled.
  • Scallops
  • Salmon
  • Shrimp
  • Snapper
  • Fish toppings: Pontchatrain or Santa Cruz
Jonathan’s Seafood
  • Broiled Chilean Sea Bass
  • Red Snapper Fresca
  • Tuna Osaka
  • Mango Salmon
  • Blackened Shrimp & Grits
Texas Entrees
  • Stuffed Quail
  • Pork Tenderloin
  • Lamb Athena
  • Filet Mignon
  • NY Prime Strip Steak
  • Rib-eye
  • Steak toppings: Black & Blu, Au Poivre or Béarnaise
Brooklyn Style
Served with a side salad and your choice of: angel hair, spaghetti, fettuccine or penne pasta
  • Shrimp & Chicken Carbonara
  • Parmesan, Chicken or Eggplant
  • Marsala, Chicken or Veal
  • Piccata, Chicken or Veal
  • Shrimp Scampi
  • Meatballs & Pasta
Lunch Sides
  • Rub Fries
  • Sautéed Mushrooms
  • Sautéed Spinach
  • Roasted Cauliflower
  • Creamy Grits
  • Mac-N-Cheese w/Applewood Smoked Bacon
  • Asparagus
  • Honey Glazed Carrots
  • Side House Salad
  • Side Caesar Salad
  • Side Greek Salad
  • Country Fried Chicken
  • Buffalo or Regular Chicken Fingers
Please ask your server for our fresh dessert selections.

Dinner Menu

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.

In the Beginning
  • Meatballs Marinara
  • Pork Vegetable Dumplings
  • Sweet Chili Shrimp
  • Lobster Tacos
  • Lobster Sliders
  • Barbecued Shrimp
  • Bruschetta Caprese
  • Mussels
  • Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
From the Sea
With choice of Tampico, Mandarin, Santa Cruz, Cancun, Athena, Vera Cruz , Pontchatrain or Pomberry sauce.
  • Gulf Red Fish
  • Ahi Tuna
  • Scallops
  • Salmon
  • Shrimp
  • Chilean Sea Bass
  • Gulf Red Snapper
New Houston Cuisine
Our culinary interpretation of our incredible cosmopolitan metropolis.
  • Steak Gaucho
  • Scallop Gaucho
  • Scallop St. Jacques
  • Wasabi Tuna
  • Tuna Osaka
  • Blackened Shrimp, Scallop & Grits
  • Hill Country Chicken & Shrimp
  • Chipotle Pork Rubbed & Wrapped
  • Houston Pork Chop
  • Fried Chicken & Grits
  • Pan Seared Chicken & Crab Gruyere
Steaks & Chops
With choice of Au Poivre, Au Jus, The Black and Blue, Bearnaise, Vera Cruz or Gaucho style or sauces.
  • 20 oz. Rib-eye Bone-In
  • 16 oz. Rib-Eye Boneless
  • 10 oz. Filet Mignon
  • Lamb Chops
  • Pork Chop
South Brooklyn Italian
With choice of Angel hair, Fettuccine, Pappardelle, Penne, Spaghetti or Rice.
  • Eggplant Parmesan
  • Chicken Parmesan
  • Chicken Piccata
  • Chicken Marsala
  • Pasta and Meatballs
  • Veal Saltimbocca
  • Cioppino
  • Shrimp Scampi
  • Seafood Fra Diavolo
Dinner Sides
  • Yukon Gold Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Sautéed Mushrooms
  • Sautéed Spinach
  • Glazed Carrots
  • Creamy Cheese Grits
  • Smokey Mac n Cheeses w/Bacon
  • Basmati Rice
  • Grilled Asparagus
  • French Fries
  • Blue Cheese Broccoli
  • Roast Cauliflower

Beer & Wine

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.

  • Chardonnay
  • Estrada Creek 2012
  • Sauvignon Blanc
    TENZ (by Winemaker Tom Eddy) 2013
  • Frisson 2014
  • Interesting Whites and Rosé
  • Tenuto De Checchi Pinot Grigio 2013
  • Ridgeback “Vansha White” 2014
  • Tenuto de Checchi Prosecco
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
    Enkidu “E” Cabernet 2013
  • Tom Eddy “Elodian” 2012
  • Malbec
    Ricardo Santos 2013
  • Tercos 2014
  • Pinot Noir
    Coho 2013
  • Merlot
    Waterstone 2012
  • Zinfandel
    Perry Creek "Altitude 2401" 2010
  • Interesting Reds
    Penny Black 2013
  • The Prisoner 2014
  • Delectus “Argentum” 2012
  • Shiner Bock
  • Peroni
  • St. Arnold’s Amber
  • Amstel Light

Memorial Mustang Lunch 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.

  • 8 oz. Rub Cheeseburger
  • Fried Chicken Sandwich
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich
  • Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
  • Chicken House Salad
  • Chicken Greek Salad
  • Chicken Caesar Salad
  • Brownie
  • Bottled Water
  • Dr. Pepper
  • Diet Coke
  • Coke
  • 7-Up
  • Arizona Ice Tea



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.



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.

Available for in-store purchase during normal business hours for $12 a bottle.



Jonathan's The Rub

  • 9061 Gaylord Drive
  • Houston, TX 77024
  • 713.465.8200
  • 713.467.9000
  • (catering)
  • We accept reservations for six or more,
    with 20% gratuity added