Potente

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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 suggested attire is business casual. A jacket for gentleman is preferred, but not required. Shorts and hats are not permitted.
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Daily 5:00PM - 6:45PM

What 652 People Are Saying
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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service from our waiter Valentine was excellent! The food was amazing!

DW
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good but overpriced for portions.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is top notch; from the waitstaff seamlessly working together to the sommelier, Vinny. My wife and I don’t often get nice dinners out, but this has become our go-to. Great food, fairly-priced wines, wonderful ambiance, and service that I’ve yet to have matched anywhere else.

OT
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a fairly animated group that came in with a reservation for four but one of our dining mates added one more. Potente the added another table without batting an eye, totally unexpected. Our waiter was awesome, putting up with us laughing and carrying on- it was a reunion of friends. The food was amazing, wine even better, service spectacular. If you’re in Houston, highly recommend!

PN
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another wonderful visit to Potente! Food and service was excellent. My pasta dish was as wonderful as I remembered it. It was such a wonderful dinner that I booked another reservation before we left.

DD
Houston
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the appetizer to desert this restaurant was outstanding. The cocktails we had were also excellent.

DJ
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

This restaurant is hard to describe — other than it is absurdly expensive for what you get and it’s menu is pretty limited. The appetizers were ballpark prices and serving but not an appealing list of options. If you like octopus or oysters ok, otherwise you are pretty much out of luck. I had butternut squash soup with crab lumps — 2 comments, first this soup and the signature Caico

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing experience and great food!

TN
Houston
48 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was great!! We ordered the branzino which was one of the best I’ve tasted. The truffle pasta was incredible too. The beet salad wasn’t my fave but not terrible. The service was good until the crowd from the Astros came then it slowed a bit but that’s to be expected. My only request is a bit more ambiance, vibe. It was a bit quiet and nothing fun which I hoped for especially on a Saturday night. I will go back for the food.

MR
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, outstanding service. We'll come back to try more of the options in the Menu.

DE
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly, outstanding. Don’t miss the truffle pasta. The beef was great too. Friendly and competent staff.

OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service , food original & flavorful, waiter had great selections

RC
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent experience at Potente. We were there to celebrate my 60th birthday and enjoyed everything about our experience. The food itself was outstanding. Excellent. I had the Filetto Di Manzo (beef fillet): it was delicious, and perfectly prepared. The half shell oysters I had as an appetizer were also perfect. On top of the excellent food and great wine list, was excellent service. We were pleased - actually very, very pleased! - with the quality and professionalism of the staff. Great service is not always common these days, but Potente is a wonderful exception. Finally, the physical space itself is beautifully done. It was a feast for the eyes.

Potente has instantly become our "go to" restaurant when we want an excellent, elevated, dining experience.

SC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner! The quality of the food and service was excellent!

CD
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They did an outstanding job accommodating a crowd that came an hour early, at 5:45, because the ballgame ended earlier than people expected. Great job!

KS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BIG deal was the service - it was impeccable. We were so impressed!!! The food was very good - it can be difficult to mess up Italian. Potente did an excellent job - presentation was excellent. Overall, the service made it one of the better dining experiences we’ve had in a long time.

N
Houston
73 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance. Our server David was outstanding. The duck, scallops and salmon were extraordinary. The best dessert is the creams brûlée. We will be back

G
San Antonio
29 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent. Will definitely be back ,

C
New York Area
148 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

comfortable seating at the bar, great for solo dinner.

KL
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter. Excellent food

L
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice for before the ballet

LF
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing menu...terrific service....outstanding wine list!! Attention to detail was sterling! Our waiter even kept the time for us to as not to miss our concert! I highly recommend this dining experience!

b
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great wine list and good food.

Service impeccable.

You made my anniversary dinner more than special.

D
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday dinner. Great to see Bill Floyd, Jim Crane and the crew. Wonderful menu, presentation, service and ambiance.

FM
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dishes were all excellent, waiter was very attentive but not intrusive, ambience is quiet elegance

OT
Jackson Hole
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine was great. We will come back just for the truffle pasta

PP
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the BEST restaurant in Houston!! The CHEF came and made us cheesecake when it ran out.

MC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New York style restaurant in Houston! Simply outstanding...

P
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Third time dining at Potente. We keep coming back becasue the food is excellent and the wine list is terrific. We love the Italian red wines as the selection is excellent and the prices are quite good for restaurant bought wine.

NS
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome...will be back!

C
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good attentive service, server knows the menu.
The Burrata salad was delicious and the softshell crab was the best!

CC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Potente to celebrate our 49th Wedding Anniversary. The staff called the day before to ask if there was anything they needed to know about. I told them it was our anniversary and that we had an event to attend after dinner so we had to be out by 7:00 p.m. When we arrived our menu said Happy Anniversary at the top and Cameron, our server was very attentive. The service was prompt but not overbearing. Cameron printed the menu that evening as a remembrance for us and our dessert plate had Happy Anniversary spelled in chocolate. My wife had the Mediterranean sea bass and it was divine. I had scallops and they were fantastic. The salads Cameron recommended were also fantastic, as was the dessert. This was one of my all time favorite dining experiences and I can't say enough good things about Potente.

WN
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and our waiter Valentine was amazing!

B
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Love the presentation! Thank you Potente!

S
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down one of the best (if not the best) restaurants in downtown.

IK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Kam is the best server.

DY
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried Houston Restaurant Week menu and Waiter's recommendation. Octopus was not chewy and broiled to perfection. Initially, I thought spaghetti portion was small, but it was rich and DELICIOUS!!! Lemon Sorbet dessert was PERFECT.. Will definitely go again!!!!

KS
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience. The staff was on top of everything and the food was excellent.

OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

The atmosphere was quite nice. The bread and appetizers were delicious but the main courses were average especially given the price. The server was awkward and even inappropriate at times especially when he commented twice that the tip was not included in the bill.

HH
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All 4 of us foodies loved this restaurant with its upscale dining in a sophisticated setting. Wonderful service, great small plate and shareable options. It has a busy vibe but moderate noise level, perfect for easy conversation. The backlit menus are genius!

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