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Potente

4.8
4.8
1826 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (713) 237-1515
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Danny Trace
  • Private party facilities
    Thank you for considering Potente for your special occasion. No matter the need for your event, we will ensure that we create the most memorable experience for you and your guests.
  • Private party contact
    Cristina Guyer: (832) 633-3447
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    Crawford
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • The Tuscan Wines of IL Borro Wine Dinner

    $324.75 per person

    Mar 8, 2024 only
    Please join us for an Enchanting Dinner featuring The Tuscan Wines of IL Borro with the owner Salvatore Ferragamo and executive Chef Danny Trace. This exquisite 5-course dinner menu will be served and paired from sparkling through dessert wines while learning about Salvatore’s medieval hamlet and his wines produced. Each couple will be gifted a complimentary bottle signed by Mr. Ferragamo himself. (Book while supplies last) Seating is limited. Please RSVP at (713)-237-1515, or events@potentehouston.com. $250 plus tax and gratuity

What 1,826 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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1,826 Reviews
  1. gohornsgo

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, great service. Gets better ever year.

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  2. JodyA

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is wonderful. Great staff and amazing food! We will be back.

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  3. VirgilioC

    Houston

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our third time visiting Potente and it still is a wonderful experience. The ambiance is sophisticated without being obnoxious. The food was delicious, from the starters (lobster cake, foie gras, and burrata salad) to the entrees (duck breast, lamb chops, and the cacio pepe pasta) to the desserts (cafe cioccolato and cheesecake) - everything was cooked perfectly and was wonderful. The wine list is extensive and has reasonably priced, very good wines all the way to the extremely expensive and probably just as good. Above all was the excellent service - Kristine and the folks helping her took exceptional care of us. This is a place that must be on your list of must visit restaurants.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    East Texas

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rachel was great. Awesome food. Always a good experience.

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  5. KarlaF

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is an excellent place to dine. The staff was extremly knowledgable and very plesant. I will surely be visitng Potente again.

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  6. HeatherW

    Minneapolis

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brought a top client here for dinner on a Monday evening. Service was perfect, making the dinner impressive- food was amazing. This restaurant is truly a treat and a perfect selection for a client dinner.

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  7. ASHouston

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience and service! The truffle pasta was incredible. The steak special was stellar. We will definitely be back.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentine was our server and we had the most above and beyond experience. Definitely worth a visit.

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  9. BrandonS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service and food! Very polite employees! Will definitely be back!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was mostly good except the chocolate dessert. I usually really enjoy desserts but this one I didn’t even want to take another bite. That was very disappointing after a series of great dishes. We also never received our complimentary glass of bubbles, nor did our waiter ever mention it or ask about it. The pace of the dishes coming out was way too slow. We spent two and a half hours at the restaurant just to eat all of our dinner. At the end, we were so ready to leave and the waiter was nowhere to be found. The experience started off great but didn’t end as well which is too bad. We likely will not be returning as we value consistency and excellent service.

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  11. SheldonG

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good service and ambience. Food was exceptional. I’ve never been disappointed by Potente.

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  12. Okie60

    Houston

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding Valentine’s Dinner with my beautiful wife. This was our 3rd time to dine at Potente and we will definitely be going back. Our waiter, Patrice, is the best.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed Valentine dinner at Potente very much. All dishes were really yummy!

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  14. RichardR

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. Service amazing. They make you feel very welcome. Danny Trace the chef is incredible. He adds extra touch visiting the customers. Such a special experience. I will be back!!!

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  15. JoshF

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service! Chris took excellent care of us.

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  16. palouf

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Amazing experience, food and service was great!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Excellent service. We had a great time.

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  18. AspiringWineLovers

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Salads, halibut and sea bass were delicious! Arthur made our anniversary a special night. Potente is our #1 choice for special occasions.

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  19. LauraG

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our waitress gave excellent service. The hummus was to die for and so was the amuse bouche. The entrees were average. It’s a bit pricey for the amount/quality of food.

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  20. Mberman

    Orlando

    14 reviews

    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Did not live up to the hype. Food was just ok. Service was very slow and inconsistent. Server did not seem well trained. Did not know the nightly special , did not give one of us a menu, missed the basics. Food was greasy and mediocre. Way overpriced for the level of food and service received. Not a single manager to be seen in the restaurant. Probably part of the problem here.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best pasta Ever! Started out with the ROYAL KALUGA GOLD caviar for the table. Delicious and well thought out accoutrements. Had the SPAGHETTI AL TARTUFO NERO, which our waiter recommended and it was exceptional! Overall, from reception to the Lemonchello, it was a wonderful dinner experience!

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  22. Will

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Potente is a culinary gem. We had an unforgettable dining experience. The ambiance sets the stage for a menu where the cuisine shines. We ordered the foie gras, cacio e pepe, and wagyu ribeye… each dish was amazing. Complementing the exceptional cuisine, the service at Potente is noteworthy. The staff's knowledge and kindness enhance the dining experience, making every guest feel special. Potente combines extraordinary food with first-rate service, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking a memorable dining experience in Houston.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Jackson Hole

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always exquisite food and first class service. Potente never disappoints!

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  24. ArnabD

    Houston

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Had a good experience. The octopus was great. Overall a good experience

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never fails to impress. Literally one of our two or three best dining experiences in the country.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lonely staff, amazing pasta. Fish came out a littletough but

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  27. StephenL

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food quality is overated and price outrages for quality of food. Sea food (fish & shrimp) was not fresh.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was phenomenal, the food was exquisite, and the ambience was amazing. Nicholas Vasquez has to be one of the top-notch best of the best waiters and a true ambassador for this phenomenal restaurant. The general manager and chef kudos for leading by example. You are truly the anchor of delivering the best of the best in Houston in your restaurant. This is my third visit to this restaurant. I will definitely be coming back and will encourage as many of my friends, professionally and non- professionally to partake in this restaurant Thank you for treating us like family and not just a number Most of all, it has to be one of the cleanest restaurants I’ve ever had the privilege to enjoy a meal. All the staff was courteous, kind, and yes, very loving

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  29. Jenn

    Houston

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Potente is probably my favorite restaurant in Houston. The food and service are always great. We really enjoy letting the server use his/her expertise as well. We started shared the MELA salad, TARTINA DI GRANCHIO, of course the SPAGHETTI AL TARTUFO NERO, and finally GUANCIALE BRASATO. We asked our server, Kamran, to choose a glass of wine to pair with each and he didn’t disappoint. The Mela salad was new to the menu and I will 100% get again. The apples and blue cheese were perfect! The Tartina was filled with warm blue crab meat. The truffle spaghetti is the best dish in all of Houston! The GUANCIALE BRASATO was extremely tender. As usual, we enjoyed the experience.

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  30. Toscana101

    Pittsburgh

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent wine list. The Truffle pasta is amazing! Ambiance and decor is nice. Very pleasant experience and great service.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is very special with the very best ingredients and top notch service.

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  32. JoshuaH

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seating is tight. There are moments when you will be able to hear the conversation at the table next to you. And vice versa.

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  33. ChristineD

    Houston

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. We did a Chefs tasting and I was amazing.

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  34. EmmanuelaI

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The service is quick but the food was mediocre at best. It was pretty loud but I went on a weekend so it’s expected.

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  35. PaulB

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was very good. Ambience was just ok. Nothing too special. Very good service and attentive staff. Hostess was super friendly and got us a table right away. She asked if we were celebrating anything special and we told her it was our anniversary dinner. And yet we were seated by a table that was 1 foot away from the kitchen door, which I found a bit annoying. There were plenty of other seating areas and booths open. 

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good service and great value.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fabulous dining experience right before a Broadway musical at the Hobby Center. If you can, ask for Chris for your waiter. He went over the TOP to give us excellent service and make sure we made it on time. The food and ambiance was incredible. Highly recommend. Five stars . Heard it was the BEST restaurant downtown. Definitely met all five of us expectations. They do offer valet service too.

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  38. TJACK

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service, and drink… as always. Always great experience every time.

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  39. MichaelG

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This was New Year’s Eve so I understand that they were busy but the bartender had the ugliest attitude and other people even had to say something. The live music was beautiful and the food was amazing!

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  40. TracieC

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an AMAZING NYE dinner and can’t stop raving on the food and service. Thank you, Potente, for an excellent evening!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • 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

FAQs

Potente is rated 4.8 stars by 1826 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Potente

1515 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Crawford
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Danny Trace
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (713) 237-1515
  • Private party facilities
    Thank you for considering Potente for your special occasion. No matter the need for your event, we will ensure that we create the most memorable experience for you and your guests.
  • Private party contact
    Cristina Guyer: (832) 633-3447
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