Potente

4.7
273 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic
Potente is a sophisticated and upscale Italian restaurant located in downtown Houston. Every dish is locally sourced and uses only the highest quality ingredients. Try our chef favorite butter poached lobster 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 5pm-10pm
Friday & Saturday : 5pm-11pm
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Phone number
(713) 237-1515
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Preferred
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Executive chef
Danny Trace
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Crawford
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Parking details
Valet and street parking are available.
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Special events & promotions
Thank you for considering Potente for your special event. No matter the need for your event, we will ensure that we create the most memorable experience for you and your guests.

Potente is available for events of many sizes and our dedicated events team is on-hand to assist in carefully planning your event. The space features chandeliers, window pieces and high-back tufted furniture designed to create a comfortable, yet sophisticated environment. All of our rooms have a television and the ability to connect audiovisual equipment for presentations or to enjoy a football game.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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Daily 5:00PM - 6:45PM

What 273 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We had a wonderful Anniversary dinner at Potente. The service was impeccable. The food was extraordinary! We had the best truffle pasta and it reminded us of our favorite restaurant in New York. I highly recommend dining at Potente. The bar was really nice also and overlooks Minute Maid Park. We will be back!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We had a great anniversary dinner at Potente. The restaurant decor was stunning. We were impressed that they printed our name along with Happy Anniversary on the lighted menus. Our favorite waiter, Freddy, provided excellent service and helped us with our menu selections. Bill Floyd, the restaurant general manager, came right up and introduced himself. The sommelier was immediately available to answer questions about their wines. Each course was excellent - we will be back.

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NM
5.0Dined 4 days ago

The waiter was attentive, food and drink was excellent. Ambiance fantastic. Can’t wait to go back.

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OT
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Absolutely delicious meal and superb service!

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m
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Our server was fabulous and funny. He engaged with us while still giving us room to enjoy our meal. The food was fabulous! We had the burrata as an appetizer. It is served with tomatoes and peaches and it is perfection! We shared a pasta dish that had mushrooms and peas. It was delicious. Then we both had scallops. They were served on top of the freshest corn! Loved everything!

We were celebrating my husband's birthday. The menu even said happy birthday on in, as did the dessert!

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PJ
5.0Dined 7 days ago

The food, service and ambiance were all fantastic. We went for an 'adult's night out' and everyone in our party was impressed. Would definitely recommend Potente for any special dinner occasion.

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S
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Absolutely love this place. David is an amazing waiter, we always request him. And love the Wine Director, Vinnie. Food is fantastic and the restaurant and bar are stunningly beautiful!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

excellent service from all staff

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OT
5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Exceptional service and one of the best dinner out I’ve ever had

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Potente gets it all just right: gracious attentive service, judicious wine advice from Vinny and many other staff members, friendly conversation with waiters that never turns intrusive, and damned good food that honors tradition and yet works innovative twists on most dishes at the same time. You feel simultaneously right at home and out having a glamorous evening.

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BB
5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Food and service was fantastic. Our whole party enjoyed the evening tremendously.

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CK
5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Excellent experience. Went on A Thursday PM. Amuse Bouche was a squid ink macaron with truffle cream filling and topped with caviar.
Perfectly done octopus, well cooked and charred just right. The cacio e pepe with truffle was as good as you will find in Rome. Branzino incredibly delicate and the soft shell crab very flavorful and crispy on the outside.
Service was superb and very timely.
Will definitely be back.

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JE
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

This place has it all. Super food and great wine at bargain prices. Every time I go back it seems to be even better !!

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OT
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Food and the service was wonderful. Only thing, my girlfriend had the Quail and got sick to her stomach. Otherwise, celebrated my birthday there and had a good time.

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Z
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Incredible scallops, overall meal and wine to boot!

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m
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

I love the food here. Best octopus in town hands down! Great atmosphere. You see people dressed up or popping into the large bar area before or after the game.

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T
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

After numerous previous visits, this has become our favorite. Ambiance, service and Chef Traces,s creations are just the best.
Sommelier Montecuollo is as polished in his expertise as he is in his bearing. Jim Crane has another winner.

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BB
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Our waiter, Freddy, was very attentive without being intrusive and knowledgeable about the food. The food was very nicely plated and was delicious. Great time was had.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Service and attention is beyond expectation. Food is superb! Executive chef Danny is amazing. Will definitely return.

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T
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Potente is exquisite in every respect. Spaghetti with black truffle is to D.I.E. for. Lamb and scallops were our perfectly perfect entrees.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Had my anniversary dinner here and our waiter was Valentin. Absolutely the best service we ever received, his attention and knowledge and service was amazing. The LED menu is a chic touch and they customized our menu with our names. Made it very special. The food was delicious, octopus with black-ink pasta was incredible along with Colorado lamb chops was extremely delicious. Top-notch!

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Wonderful start to finish! The service was attentive and the food was outstanding.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

My 4th time there. Consistent and delicious!

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KM
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Gorgeous dpace. Excellent service. Food was a work of art! Each course was perfection. Loved the burrata and the seafood stew!

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MR
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Very good by all accounts

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OT
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Fabulous. We loved everything about our experience, but most of all our waiter, Nate! He made our night!

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Food was good though one pasta dish was slightly too al dente. Also had an awkward situation where the hostess said she wasn’t sure we could sit in the dining area because my wife was wearing a t-shirt but she wasn’t wearing a t-shirt. It was a nice short sleeve top or blouse. It cast a cloud on an otherwise enjoyable dinner.

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MW
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

This is the absolute pinnacle of food and service. It was a fantastic and memorable evening.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

We loved the food and the staff was very nice!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

This was our first visit to Potente - for our 35th anniversary. The crab bisque was divine! The tomato salad tasted fresh as promised. Our scallops were cooked to perfection.... presentation was beautiful!

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CP
4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Great food and service, interesting ambiance though..

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JE
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Potente is awesome !! Terrific food and wine. The wine prices are fabulous. You can't beat this one. Bill Floyd is running this restaurant extremely well !!

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g
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

The service and food were excellent. Will definitely return.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Truffle pasta just like in Italy

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T
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Love their lighted menus! Excellent service and wonderful food.

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OT
3.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Our dish was 42.00 but would not even satisfy a child’s appetite. Black truffles were tasty but it was quite ridiculous. As far as portion. Value. I’m sure they could add some more pasta. We thought it was just a taste or sample. Oh goodness.

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BS
1.0Dined on June 15, 2018

So disappointing. It was really the worst experience that we have had in a long time. The food was very mediocre - definitely not worth the price. But more than that, the service was awful. Ordered drinks and bread 3x and never received either. We had a major issue with the manager and valet attendant. We were treated horribly by both. Would never recommend Potente to anyone, unfortunately.

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t
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Presentation was well thought out. Serving size was the right about. It's a small intimate setting with romantic couples & business gatherings.

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CY
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

First time at the restaurant and it was OUTSTANDING! Our server Amy was absolutely amazing, the service she provided Truly added to an incredible dining experience.
My wife and I split a salad and oysters appetizer, she ordered the soft shell crab which was prepared perfectly and was delicious, I ordered seared scallops upon the suggestion of our server and was not disappointed they were tender and cooked to perfection. We finished the evening with a choconut dessert..don’t be thrown off by the description in the menu...order this and it will be the perfect ending to a fantastic meal!

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CP
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Great service! Food was fantastic and portions were perfect for a full 4 course meal with clients. We will definitely be back for future visits.

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