Le Jardinier at MFAH

Le Jardinier at MFAH – pic courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

May 19th, 2021 Update: The Le Jardinier Restaurant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston officially opened on May 18th 2021. 

For those with an eager appetite, elevated palette, and general fascination with all things culinary, it’s time to get excited! The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is adding 2 new restaurants bringing food by Michelin Star Chefs to Houstonians. 

The hospitality group responsible for La Table, will be making these new additions to its repertoire. The restaurants will stay in the group’s tradition of creating elegant, high-quality dining experiences. With that being said, both bring something different to the table. 

Michelin Star Chefs At the Restaurants at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Cafe Leonelli, inspired by New York’s Leonelli Bakery, will be focusing on Italian fare with an emphasis on freshly prepared pasta and bread. Jonathan Benno, backed by Michelin star renown, will serve as head chef for this exciting new restaurant. By his side will be Salvatore Martone as the establishment’s esteemed pastry chef. With their skills combined, the team aims to provide accessible Italian food that reaches a top-notch standard. 

Also joining Cafe Leonelli will be Le Jardinier, a French concept boasting a picturesque atmosphere as well as a highly respected team. Alain Verzeroli will serve as head chef, pouring decades of impressive experience into this new stage of his career. Also hailing from a Michelin star background, Verzeroli promises to deliver an amazing dining experience. Overlooking the Museum of Fine Art Houston’s sculpture garden, guests can look forward to delicious dishes focusing on organic, locally-sourced cuisine. 

Both of these restaurants are set to open in the spring, with Cafe Leonelli debuting in March and Le Jardinier following shortly behind in April. Both of these dining establishments will reside in the Museum of Fine Arts’ Kinder Building. The Kinder Building is one of MFAH’s newest additions from its most recent renovation. 

This prime location paired with the aforementioned culinary additions is sure to make the Museum of Fine Arts Houston even more of a cultural hub. For more information and updates on the openings of Cafe Leonelli and Le Jardinier, please visit the Museum of Fine Arts Houston website.


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