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Potente

4.8
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793 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Potente is a sophisticated and upscale Italian restaurant located in downtown Houston led by Executive Chef Danny Trace. Every dish is locally sourced and uses only the highest quality ingredients. Try our chef favorite homemade pasta with black truffles shaved table side, petite filet with pistachio gremolata and homemade desserts sure to delight!

Our attire is business casual. Shorts and hats are not permitted.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 793 people are saying
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vipVirgilioC
Las Vegas
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Potente was a wonderful experience, again. Everything we had was delicious (the duck, the black truffle spaghetti, and the boar tagliatelle). And based on the lively conversation at the other tables, the other patrons were also enjoying their meals. The service was also excellent - thank you, Nicholas and your colleagues. We will be back.

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KellyC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Outstanding food. Only complaint - when you have a reservation at 7, your table should be ready at an establishment like this. We had to wait for 10 minutes while they set the table.

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MichaelB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. You have to try the spaghetti with truffle. We had a great time!

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Collin
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Coronavirus precautions were thorough. Service was excellent and so was the food. Recommend the truffle pasta.

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vipbchristenson
Houston
85 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal once again and the absolute best service in Houston

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Brenna
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, great ambience, very clean- everyone wore masks—great night overall.

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vipDanMan
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints! The SPAGHETTI AL TARTUFO NERO is a MUST!

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vipTRICIAP
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food, drinks and service. It was great to be "fine dining" during this time.

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and fantastic service. Best fish I've had in months.

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BrannonR
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was terrific and service was outstanding. Look forward to coming again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an amazing time— food was great, service was fabulous (they even figured out a little tasting menu for us with a wine pairing so that we could try more things) and we had such a lovely time. Would definitely recommend and will return!

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AdhamA
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING = The food, Service and atmosphere are top notch !

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MarioB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was perfect and the staff was really knowledgeable! Well done

MR
MicheleR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Way too many servers at the table considering the times. I bet four different employees came to our table. I think during the times of social distancing the number of servers should be kept to a minimum. Serve the water and then put the pitcher on the table. They were there at least 5 times. Another person came to shave the truffles (couldn’t the waiter have done that too). Another came to serve the drinks. And then there was the waiter and then the head waiter that came to wish us happy birthday. Too much unnecessary exposure.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding!

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SydneyH
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here on a date and it was so nice! The ambiance was just perfect! The limoncella cocktail was perfectly mixed and the food was delicious. The black truffle pasta I highly recommend!

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vipRaphealSienteSe
Houston
209 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and amazing service! The best in Houston!

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AshleiK
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was unique and different. Most likely will not be back. Wasn’t good enough

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and even better service!

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Theresa
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Upscale restaurant we visited to celebrate a high school graduation. Waiter was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful with food allergy concerns.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Place and Awesome Service as Always

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JoshuaO
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire staff treated us like royalty. The food was amazing! We came in, waited at the bar, got called back to our table where we were seated and had our napkins laid on our laps. The service was always there at the right times, not too much, not too little. We ordered 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 desserts, and a few drinks which totaled us $236.00 give or take. Plus 20% tip costed about $276ish. Me and my fiancé are very young and newly engaged so I figured I’d put the price to expect when you go so it might help someone in a similar situation as mine. Overall, amazing place to try new and different foods while having great service. We were extremely impressed by the pairings that they have come up with because they’re not things you’d expect to put together but they taste amazing! Anyway, a great day that me and my fiancé got engaged was made more memorable by this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic my girlfriend loved it

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vipJenn
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner to celebrate our anniversary. Ronaldo guided us through the menu, and we trusted his judgement on both the food and wine pairings. His suggestions were amazing as this was one of the best meals we’ve had in a long time. Thank you!!! This was our first visit to Potente, but it will not be our last.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 43 anniversary and you made it so special for us!! Can’t wait to see ya again!!

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Leisha05
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was immediately welcoming. Upon arrival, we my husband and I went to the bar for a drink where they have a short but nice happy hour list of drinks and snacks. The bartender was helpful and was eager to serve. After a delicious, light and refreshing Limoncello cocktail, we were led to our high wall booth for our dinner reservation for my birthday. The server brought us their decently sized wine list by the bottle and glass. The atmosphere is cozy, romantic and pretty quiet. As a birthday treat, they surprised us with a complimentary amuse of lobster gumbo-delicious. My husband and I started with and shared the cacio e pepe, which they shave truffles on top of table side. The pasta was decadent, creamy and cooked to perfection with the pasta being al dente. After taking the server’s recommendation, I decided on frutti di marre for my next course. It had amazing seafood, but I was unaware that it had red, green bell peppers in the dish, which give me horrible heartburn. I would not order it again, but only for that reason. My husband enjoyed his wagyu dish. We left happy and full. Our servers never let our glasses go empty and bent over backwards to make our experience enjoyable. They even brought out a small sampler of their cheesecake and carrot cake, which is not my favorite, but the gesture truly was appreciated and showed how much they care for their patrons.

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DonaldH
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Potente is top notch! We thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance, the beautiful cocktails, our personalized time from the sommelier, and the food is absolutely divine. We split the truffle pasta which is a must. Then we enjoyed the scallops “Cepasante” and the Frutti di Mare. We finished with the creme brûlée, and everything was truly an experience. Thank you Potente and Chef Danny Trace for an unforgettable birthday dinner for my wife!

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WJDII
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way - Service, Food and Safety precautions. A must if you’re in Houston!

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vipWestUGuy
Houston
36 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening from start to finish. Strong varied menu, each course was a hit. Exceptional first class service and adherence to CDC guidelines.

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vipHappy
Denver
52 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing as usual. Thank you for making getting out to dinner a normal and safe experience again.

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vipjrey
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food, and a great cocktail and wine list. Come here if you want all the above!

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vipBling
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the staff is amazing. During this challenging time, they made us feel safe; all servers and staff were wearing masks and gloves. the food was phenomenal as usual. Diners were seated with plenty of space between tables. Although it was more quiet than usual, it was a very pleasant dining experience. Love this place and thank you so much to the servers and staff for going the extra mile with the restrictions being put in place. Bravo.

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OfficeBuildingBlues
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, as always. Great food. A favorite.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was absolutely amazing!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I had a made a reservation for a birthday celebration and the restaurant didn’t had any attention to the occasion

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a pleasant time with great tasting foods, beautiful presentations and excellent service.

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viptfb1
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was truly outstanding and the service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional. In every single way.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Came in and the place is beautiful. Dimly lit and set up very romantically; the menus even have a backlight which is a nice touch. They definitely go all out on the little touches here which we really admired. Our waiter went over the menu with us and he has definitely put in his time going over his spiel so points to him there.

Wine list was quite nice with strength in Italy(which is expected for an Italian restaurant). I had selected a 5th growth from the 90s. Then the wine Director came over to open the bottle for us. I noticed he stood the bottle up instead of leaving it on it’s side shaking up sediment inside the bottle. Next after opening the bottle it was apparent the bottle was bad but he tried to argue with me saying that it needed time to open up and that it wasn’t bad. Then spending over half an hour trying to explain why the bottle was bad before they finally take the bottle away and fix the problem. Our food was very bland and the steaks seemed like they were cooking in a microwave and chewy even though we ordered them medium rare.

Overall, service from our waiter was good and he was very attentive. Having to argue with the wine Director and poor food made the experience really poor considering the prices of the food.

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AliceJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! When the vanilla gelato didn’t meet chef’s standard,
He sent out 2 scoops of other flavors. Service was impeccable

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