Potente

4.8
416 reviews
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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

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Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Spent my birthday here.. staff was great .. very friendly and made my day even more special

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great overall experience!

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

Service from entering the restaurant to seating at the table or just finding the restroom was on point. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and extremely helpful. We notified him about our timeline for dinner and needing to be at Hobby Center in an hour and he accommodated us accordingly. The truffle pasta was simply amazing! The scallops, sea bass, and filet were all perfect! We would definitely be returning.

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DM
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent, as always! Great spot for date night.

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

Food, service, and decor was amazing. The staff was so helpful in explaining the menu and making sure we were well taken care of. I recommend this place 100% for any occasion. We will be back soon.

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Houston
63 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious but expensive!

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T
Houston
100 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice but entree menu was lacking on seafood. We are not meat eaters

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i
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Executed flawlessly. Service was top notch. The food pushed the envelope of what to expect without loosing it's guests. The chef walks that line effortlessly. If you are dining downtown and are looking for a unique experience, this is a great place to try. Ask for Freddy or David as your server.

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R
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful! Most popular dish did not disappoint- table side truffle experience was memorable.

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A
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great night and great food. Our waiter, David was great.

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M
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, and environment. Phenomenal food. A five star dining experience.

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PP
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

I chose Potente to celebrate our anniversary. The food and dessert were great, especially the fresh vegetables used in each dish. However, the whole dining experience felt rushed. I may have took two bites out of the bread before the entree arrived. Overall, it was a fast food fine dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and dinner was outstanding!

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MS
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve. We had a marvelous time. Everything was perfect!

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UD
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

This was our first time. We went there for Christmas Eve dinner. I had made the reservation a week in advance and clearly noted that one party is strict vegan due to dairy food allergies. The Resturant called me twice to confirm the reservation. I also reconfirmed with them if they can accommodate vegan. They said yes. When we got there, the waiter was clueless as to what vegan is...... and there was no special arrangements made for vegan choices as they had promised. They made managed to make a risotto. My worst risotto ever. They tried 2x and the result was the same. Why confirm that they will provide vegan choices when they clearly cannot? And ruin our evening and their time and effort? Don’t make promises you cannot keep.

That was not it. The 2x they had called they confirmed my request for a special table. And when we got there, they put us on table which is right by the main door. When I spoke to the manager about the confirmed 2x by them. He said I am sorry, and we sat by the bar. In 15 min he was able to arrange for the table they had confirmed. Which I appreciated.

This is the worst restaurant I have ever been to ..... and I never thought I would ever have to say that .... I travel around the world for work and leisure. And being so many cultures around the world, and many cuisines in remote places, this by far the worst.

Only icing on cake, the wine of our choice was excellent.

We will never return here.

On the contrary, the place next door Osso and Kristell. It seems the chef is the same for both restaurants. Hard to believe. The food, service next door is excellent. And not to mention half the price as potente. And even with walk ins they make next vegan accommodations.

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CG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful restaurant. The food is delicious and service from Nicholas was spot on. Kudos to him and the chef.

Thanks very much. I hope to dine here again.

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LJ
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the top fine dining restaurants in Houston. Perfecto in every way!

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s
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, service, ambience. What is expected of Chef Danny Trace's run establishment!
Was just a little loud from the neighboring table. Other than that enjoyed and had fun!

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W
San Antonio
122 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely perfect evening. Top of the charts wine and each course expertly prepared and served at the correct temperature. Everyone got each course served at exactly the same time. Without a doubt, Houston's finest upscale Italian offering. The Spaghetti Cacio Y Pepe with fresh shaved, black burgundy truffle may well be the the best food course I have ever eaten. Picture is of my half of an order. Great with the Barolo by the glass

Available reservations are few and far between - book early and enjoy the evening.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was delicious! Amazing service and the food was delectable.

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Austin
31 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Staff are all extremely welcoming, experienced and professional. Ask for Valentine he is a very experienced waiter and will make your dining experience great! We had an excellent dinner with highlights including cacio e Pepe homemeade pasta with shaved truffle. Lamb chops perfectly cooked and a delicious vanilla panna cotta. Great wine list and cocktails. Also conveniently across the street from Westin downtown Houston and very close to theatre district.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cacio e Pepe was fantastic. Service was exemplary. We will definitely return.

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in, to the moment we left, my daughter and I were treated like royalty. Our waiter was very attentive, and helpful. The food was absolutely delicious, and the Chocolate Ornament dessert was spectacular. I definitely list Potente as one of my fave restaurants in Houston.

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HP
London
42 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant in Houston

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V
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific service! Came for a birthday/anniversary dinner, which they acknowledged. Great recs by the waiter. Loved our wine and food. Beautiful restaurant. Would come back!

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Houston
18 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good but not amazing.

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AM
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An absolutely lovely evening was given to my husband celebrating his birthday!
Service impeccable! Food outstanding!
Loved it!

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MJ
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant in Houston by far! At the level of top places in Italy.

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TD
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything about this restaurant is excellent; food, service, ambiance, price. would definitely recommend and revisit.

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PE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply perfect in every way. We’ve been fortunate to eat here twice in the past couple of months and it has quickly risen to one of our favorite spots in town.

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l
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went with some dear friends for the first time to Potente. Service was exceptional by our server as well as other floor staff. I won't spoil the surprise with the menus, but the selection was eclectic and diverse. Prices are a little high, but this IS a fancy place and well-deserved. Being holiday times, there were several boisterous company parties going on, but it quieted down later in the evening. We will be back.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and staff super kind and pleasant!

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j
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal! Went for a business dinner. Ordered an assortment of appetizers. Delicious and light. Had multiple entrees from lamb, to prime rib, to duck and crab cake. All plates were completely cleaned! Dessert was amazing too especially the blood orange sorbet and pistachio sorbet. Best meal!

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Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Why did it take me so long to try their famous truffle pasta. This was like no other. We had not even planned to eat here, but after the Elton John concert decided to walk over and try the restaurant that I had bookmarked in Yelp for quite some time. I always try to avoid eating downtown, because of the hassle of getting in and out and parking but this surprisingly turned out to be one of the best dining experiences ever. Freddy, our server was excellent, the place is beautiful and the food is delicious what better combination?? It can’t get better than this. I will no longer be going to Damarco for their truffle pasta I will coming here!!!

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SW
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The perfect dinner after the ballet!

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Houston
18 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place to go before a show at the Toyota Center because it’s just 5 blocks. Extensive wine selection and beautiful food that is prepared perfectly.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We love the restaurant and food.
BUT SADLY THIS WAS THE SECOND TIME OUR FOOD DID NOT COME OUT IN A TIMELY MANNER TO MEET OUR SYMPHONY POPS TIMING.
Both times we announced our need to be finished with dinner, to then get to Jones Hall and into our seats.
We announced our Symphony reservations and our need to be out by 7:30.
We told the hostess upon arrival and the waiter upon seating.
We weren’t assured that the main courses at 6:50 would be right out...no no no.
Again at 10 after 7 same story.
At 7:25 were told would be 2 minutes.
WE CANNOT EAT IN 5 MINUTES...till 7:30...an at that point I had no reason to believe anyone.
So we got our check and left.

I can give you the date of our last similar experience and details, but suffice to say it was a previous repeat. We just came back to the future on Saturday night.

We just can’t eat at your beautiful restaurant when attending downtown events...and that is our reason for being downtown.

Thanks for the eat.

Dr Lee Centracco
2727 Kirby Drive. 10D
Houston, TX. 77098

405 820 5710

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PE
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exceptional..so many flavors and textures.. and the service was outstanding as well.

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DN
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are always greeted by the staff walking into Potente and thanked by the staff as we are leaving. The food is always terrific. A must try if if you not yet.

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EM
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New favorite restaurant!! Great staff and a true dining experience!

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