If you live in the Memorial-Spring Valley area, Jonathan's The Rub is right in your own backyard, but don't worry: there is no typical backyard grilling going on here. Jonathan grills up tasty food and creative combinations. This restaurant has surprised us! We had seen the catering truck many times as we dropped off our laundry or ran into the corner quick-stop market in the strip shopping center. We were curious when one day the restaurant appeared. What makes the place so appealing is the atmosphere: small and intimate like so many we had been to in cities like New York and San Francisco where neighborhoods offer their own culture and personality. With Jonathan cooking in the kitchen as soon as you walk through the door, friendly waitresses, and recognizable faces of friends and neighbors enjoying a bottle of wine they brought from home, the place has an appeal that keeps us returning and telling our friends to meet us there. The most important element of any restaurant, however, remains its food, and Jonathan has nailed it. The food is fresh, not too heavy or over seasoned, with fresh meats, fish, pastas, and salads. We like the fact that the fare changes from time to time with new items appearing from the chef's kitchen while items we may be craving that night are also available. We love the food and the atmosphere and the fact that Jonathan's is right in our own backyard keeps us wondering what he might be grilling up for us tonight!
Decent food.What did I remember? The olives or I should say the olive plate. They were the best olives I have ever had! How different can they be? The only difference between green olives and black olives is ripeness. Unripe olives are green, whereas fully ripe olives are black. Some are big some are small. Such is life. It has to be how they are cured which in this case seems to be seriously, a warm cinnamon based fluid. Killer! They are so good I'm going by tonight to get take out olives and bring them home and try to pair them with one of my mystery wines in the fridge... The ambience is very nice, warm earth colors mixed with romantic lighting. BUT the music is inappropriate for the restaurant. Kind of like playing "I've got friends in low places" in a 5 star restaurant bad. All the time. How bout Italian music? How novel.. The wine list was impressive. The owner/manager was pretty well informed. Lots of different wines from Italy as well as the standard Calfiornia Whites and Reds.. even a few french. They didn't skimp there. Would I go back? Would they please change the music?
It looks like a little hole in the wall place from the outside but wow dont judge a book by its cover! inside this little green building is just beautiful beautiful the design of the layout i love it its romantic and just a great feeling walking in there. Now we sat down and the service was one of a kind top notch service killing us with kindness style =) loved it! then they bring out the bread!! THE BREAD!!! I LOVE THERE GARLIC BREAD!!! it was perfect cute little round cut halves crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside and what a great taste! loved it! :) and yes the salad was perfect and the food also was perfect it all tasted just fantastic! when i get hungry for italian food thats where i go! they have a dance floor too but when i go its usually early in the day before the night life =) but when i get time i most certainly will be going there to check it out! i also saw they had signs that said Salsa lessons...? thought at first this was strange but then it makes sense =) who wouldnt want to learn salsa dancing lol!