Potente

4.8
1172 Reviews
$31 to $50
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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1172 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, best Italian restaurant I’ve been to Houston. Our waiter Nicolas did a great job helping us pick out food and wine.

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Xavier
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary and it was truly amazing!!! The staff was very detailed in making our experience the best ever. I recommend this place to any and everyone who is looking for great food, service and overall awesome experience!!!!

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vipRaphealSienteSe
Houston
235 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and excellent service!

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vipRDLJR
Denver
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoy Valentine taking care of us when we go!

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vipmhgoldie
Houston
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the finest restaurant in Houston right now.

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DeePee
Houston
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm rarely impressed by the most hyped restaurants in Houston, but this one is one of the best restaurants in Houston I've experienced - across the street from MinuteMade Stadium. Unless you can swing it to get in - may be best to avoid it on game day.

But it's worth the experience and the prices are reasonable.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Espectacular lugar. Combina absolutamente todo, impecable servicio, excelente decoración y la comida, un placer para los sentidos. Altamente recomendable

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GlenR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous. The Chocolate sphere for dessert was the most creative and delicious dessert I have had ! Service was impeccable.

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vipLindaN
Houston
57 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food5service5ambience5

So disappointed that our sons car was broken into when parked with the valet service. As one can imagine, it put a huge “dark cloud” over what was a great evening. Hopefully the management team can find a way to address this problem.

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GreggR
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great Service the waiter was very conscious about getting us out on time for the game. The table service was outstanding there were four of us and we were treated really well. I had the fish which was delicious and one of my other guest had the wagu steak and it was delicious. We really appreciated the Valet parking it was reasonable and very convenient!

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Sandy
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt welcome and the food was wonderful. Portions are smaller, but well worth the money. Our servers were outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome in short

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vipHappy
Denver
60 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The pasta was different for the Turtufo. It was still good just not as good.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing, Potente never disappoints!

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PatH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Backlit menus unique. Entrees delicious. Great location.

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KimD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing!! Our server Will had great recommendations and a great sense of humor!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Love it!

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ChristinaL
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A very good meal. Staff was excellent. Food very good but pricey . Excellent wine list. Room we sat in though called the terrace room lacking energy from main dining room and somewhat drab.

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vipRaphealSienteSe
Houston
235 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always great food and superior service!

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vipDisappointed
Houston
64 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted by Valentin, who advised us on all of our food and drink. He is a consummate professional. We had another wonderful evening at Potente.

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ChrisP
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the wine, the staff...all top notch! My favorite restaurant in Houston!

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vipSusanM
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Must try the octopus and the foie gras appetizers! Also loved the truffle spaghetti and paneed rabbit. Don't know when we will be back in Houston but we will eventually figure out a reason and come back to Potente. Don't miss this place!

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vipCindyM
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had confusion with waiter but maitre di help settle matter. Food was delicious especially desserts snd pasta truffle and hummus

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vipSMark
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Don’t go here

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vipAmiK
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect from the hostesses that greeted us with a warm smile to the food, the wait staff and the awesome espresso martini we had at the bar before dinner.
We had a wonderful, perfect dinner.
Can’t wait to go back.

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DillonK
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks and service were great. Atmosphere is perfect for a romantic date night or Anniversary dinner.

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Smooth
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Red carpet style. This place was amazing from the host to the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was delicious! Amy was fantastic! She was so helpful the entire night. Every dish was unique and beautifully played. We hope to come back soon. We are so glad we
Chose to celebrate our anniversary here. 💛

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davidb
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to Potente. The service was world class and the food was outstanding. I had the branzino and it was crispy and tasty. Will definitely return.

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vipRaphealSienteSe
Houston
235 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food and very good service. The wine list is superior and ambiance very nice and inviting.

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vipHelenJ
Montreal
21 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vegetarian option was delicious as was the rest of the food we tried. Great, knowledgeable staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place, the service was incredibly nice. Food was amazing! We will be back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary. Super great place.

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vipPeaBNB
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have thought of everything at Potente, from the design and ambiance to the service and food. It was a fantastic expeience.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals! We will be back. Perfect date night place. Best ambiance, service, food and experience in Houston.

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vipdave
Houston
70 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Houston Restaurant Week. Unlike most of the restaurants participating in HRW, there were numerous choices on the menu and portions were reasonable. We have been to many HRW restaurants over the years (e.g., Maison Pucha, Etoile, La Table, Amalfi, etc.), and this is the best one by far. Masraf's was always extremely good too, but it is closed now. We will go back to Potente outside of HRW because of our excellent experience during HRW.

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Coo31
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved trying out Potente last night for Houston Restaurant Week. The food was absolutely amazing! The spaghetti al tartufo nero might be the best pasta dish I’ve ever had in the states. The Potente Gold cocktail was a beautiful spin on the old fashion, and the ice cube engraved with the restaurant name in it was next level presentation. The ambiance was very good but not as elite as the food and service. Will definitely be back again!

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CarolC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated two birthdays with a couple of dear friends. Both Emily and Vinnie took excellent care of us, and Jim Crane and Danny Trace came to our table to visit with us for a not. The HRW is the beat deal in town, and I hope to be back before Labor Day. The truffle pasta was delicious as was the octopus starter and chocolate dessert. The complementary hummus is a nice way to start the meal.

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MichelleN
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Visited for HRW and the food is so delicious! My only complaint is that we asked for the rest of our entree to be packed up and it was never given back to us. By the time we finished dessert and we had forgotten all about it. I guess we were expecting them to box it and give it right back but didn’t.

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Potente is rated 4.8 stars by 1172 OpenTable diners.

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