Potente

4.8
455 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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AE
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food. novel choices and preparations without being unduly fussy. Superb service. Lovely ambiance. would recommend it highly

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b
Houston
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Meal was very good. Wine selection also was very good. Unfortunately, red wine was served far too cold. Also, Open Table claimed that no reservations were available at 6 pm, which was not the case.

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NW
Houston
56 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third visit to Potente and the meal was as lovely as our earlier visits. The mixed meat carpaccio was delicious--as was the bread course with the best humus I've ever tasted. The three of us had different mains--a squid ink linguine with lobster, steak and the duck dish--all were both beautifully presented and delicious. We split a dessert--the tour de force version of tiramusu, which is surrounded by a dark chocolate "bombe shell" which opens like a flower when the accompanying sauce is poured. Wow, it is spectacular!
Service at Potente is extremely polished and the space is sophisticated and modern. Potente remains one of the best spots for modern and elegant Italian food in Houston.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service! Great food

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T
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of Houston's best. The duck breast was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They helped us pick wine and then picked our meal for us. They let us split our meal so we could have the most delicious dinner and go home without a food coma. They were wonderful.

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M
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has rapidly become our favorite dining destination. The food, service, and wine list are exceptional.

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LF
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a business dinner, service food was excellent.
I have already recommended Potente to someone I know going to Houston in a few months.

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Potente to celebrate my best friend birthday! I must say that we were blown by the excellent service provided by Mr. Patrick! The wine list is amazing! We had both of the dishes that are on the pictures. The tortellini were to die for! If you want to celebrate an special occasion, this is the place to go!

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JC
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal! Dined with my 12 year old daughter before a theater show. Wonderful service and the food was delicious. The carpaccio starter was great with 3 types of meat and local jams and Texas goat cheese was lovely and a Danny Trace twist for sure. Truffle pasta was on point. Can't wait to go back.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You’ll definitely want to experience.

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AA
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent! Service was great!!

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MH
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My flight was cancelled and I had to spend the night in Houston so I decided to make it a good experience. I love Italian food and I searched Open Table for an authentic Italian restaurant. The menu at Potente seemed well done. My luggage ended up up in another city so I couldn't dress as nicely as this restaurant deserves. Nonetheless I was welcomed in the bar, my first choice. It's a beautiful bar; I found the decor elegant yet warm. It wasn't a busy night because of the torrential rain but it was still half full. The bar staff was extremely accommodating and knowledgeable. The wine list is exceptional- hundreds of wines at very reasonably prices. The food was excellent. I had two appetizers, charcuterie and stuffed oysters, then one the best dishes I've ever had- the homemade spaghetti with shaved black truffles. Kudos to Bar Manager Emily and Carla, Wine Director Vinny, Maitre D' Nate and Chef Danny for their hospitality and professionalism. Great experience.

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K
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous— but expensive!!

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Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant! Excellent service, delicious food, beautiful space. Definitely will be back!

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took customers for dinner. The food and service were fantastic and prices were very reasonable for the quality.

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DW
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love Potente. We are from the Northeast and miss good Italian food. Potente is upscale creative Italian that will never disappoint! I don't think it is possible to order a bad dish. Each one we've tried is so different and all so delicious whether pasta, fish or meat. The ambience is upscale but welcoming and the service is impeccable. We are returning customers and will continue to be! My parents will be visiting this spring and we will be sure to bring them to Potente one of the nights they are here!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

It was a cool experience. We were greeted and sat immediately Menus light up etc. Eventually someone important was sat next to us and all focus on us was lost. Maybe we looked younger, like we weren’t going to spend a lot? Idk. Wait staff had no problem clearing their table and getting their food out ASAP with multiple courses. Our empty plates just sat there. Also, if you’re ever been to italy and actually ate Italian food, maybe this isnt the place for you. Italians highlight the food with flavor, here they were more into how the place is decorated. I don’t know what I was expecting. Oh well, ended up spending $300 easy on 2 people. Cool one time experience , but will not be returning.

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t
Vancouver
48 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. The food is beautifully presented and of high quality. Very nice upscale atmosphere. Will definitely return the next time we are in Houston.

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LA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Arranged pre-theatre dinner and everyone was great and on point. Food was very good.

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A
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hosted an Italian friend from New York and experienced what we consider to be the finest Italian restaurant in Houston! Superb cuisine with an elegant presentation. Perfect service and a very impressive wine list! Made us Texas Italians proud

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! Two days later I’m still dreaming of it.

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A
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Potente for our anniversary dinner. Having worked in a fine dining Italian place in Dallas, I must say the management and staff at Potente know what they are doing. This place is fantastic. Great authentic Italian food, great wine list, service on point, and chique ambiance. Will definitely be back.

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SG
Houston
54 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Houston! The food, the service always on point! Nate & David are the best!

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e
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been here several times now, most recently for her birthday. The food is really amazing and they are accommodating (my wife wanted a salad that had raw beets but she is allergic to raw beets, she asked them to keep them out but they offered to cook so they cooked them AND then chilled them for the salad). Our pasta and gnocchi were orgasmic. Service is amazing. Tip #1 - we have always found free parking on the street within a block or two. Tip #2 - the one '4 star' experience we had was during Houston Restaurant Weeks. Food and service was good but basically everything had an up charge which defeats the purpose of HRW.

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B
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day. Food was different and wonderful. Service was perfect.

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CH
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Set Menu was under whelming. I was

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M
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First first and very impressed. Great wine selection.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

It was my birthday dinner, but the hostess didn’t make it feel special. She was very cold and short and also took too long to even bring us menus at the beginning.

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RC
Houston
155 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always good food and great service. Would highly recommend.

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EN
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Solid dinner. My wife was really impressed by her food. My good was good but not outstanding. The waiter was very professional and knowledgeable. Wine looked overpriced. Ambience was very nice. Overall, we would come back again.

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OT
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exciting food and fantastic wines for a great price. Rene the GM is awesome and the entire staff from head chef Danny on down make you feel like regulars!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great girls night celebrating promotions and birthdays. Had the private wine room and it was just a blast. Service was on par and often checked on - wanted for nothing.

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FM
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance and delicious food, I highly recommend this restaurant!

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B
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Potente ! Nice place, excellent attention ams food out of those world , best restaurant in town so far. Chocolate desert OMG!!! Love it

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and spectacular food.

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M
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Potente is a hidden gem in downtown Houston. Unassuming on the outside and breathtaking on the inside. Service was out of this world. I beg you to eat local!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
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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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great overall experience!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
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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