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Potente

4.7
4.7
1568 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 23 times today
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • 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

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What 1,568 people are saying

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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    Italian

  • Houston

    Italian

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  1. TD

    TomD

    Houston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all the way. The bar is pleasant, the food and service are great. We will definitely be back
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall great experience.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect evening with friends. The food, wine and service was excellent.
  4. DD

    DonaldD

    San Antonio

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cacio Pepe was amazing, add the crab for a great experience, fruti mare was perfect and great flavors. Octopus was Devine! Oysters spot on and great flavors. Dessert was delightful! Service was one of the top ever in a restaurant!
  5. PJ

    PerJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Waiter Jose was excellent. Made good suggestions. Wine suggestions were very good! Quality was very good, but burrata cheese was not great. Birthday dessert wasnt comped but thats a minor thing. Went to bar after dinner for a drink and must say the reception by the lady bar tender was VERY disappointing and almost like she could not be bothered. She we actually didnt order anything and went elsewhere
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The food was good but not extraordinary for the price. They put us sitting next to a group who was super loud. It was good to try something new but I wouldn’t go back.
  7. ME

    MEH3

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tremendous food. Not inexpensive but worth every penny. Nice wine selection too.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere, food was excellent, ate in the lounge, waitstaff responsive and prompt
  9. M

    Morgan

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was spectacular! Great food, great staff, I recommend highly!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The overall experience was so elegant and delicious. We were there to celebrate a birthday, and the staff made sure it was extra special. They followed all the special requests I submitted. Will always love and have a special place in my heart for Potente.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time with the best Tartufo!!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent
  13. I

    Irene

    Birmingham

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I came here with my mom and aunt before a symphony show and this was our first time. We are all really excited to try it based on the menu and reviews but all of us just felt eh about it after dinner and definitely do not think what we got was worth the price we paid. The drink I got was excellent and I would go back for the drink again but I won’t be going back for the food, especially not at their prices.
  14. W

    Waffle1600

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is perfect for a nice diner or special occasion, nice drinks and good food
  15. SS

    SamanthaS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great wine selection. Food is great and I love the ambiance.
  16. CT

    ChrisT

    Austin

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect, luxurious restaurant focused on excellent food and service. A delightful break from the loud and impersonal spaces that take up too much downtown real estate.
  17. H

    Happy

    Denver

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Guest next to us were extremely loud. This isn’t usually an issue at this restaurant where people rent to be more self aware.
  18. MB

    MBFE

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience for ringing in the new year
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Potente is top notch in every aspect of your dining experience.from service, food, cocktail and wine selection. A very extraordinary restaurant for extraordinary events or just a night out.
  20. J

    Jenn

    Houston

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Potente is my favorite restaurant in Houston. I love everything about this restaurant. The service is always impeccable, and I always feel special like royalty. However, last night, just didn’t feel special. We opted to sit at a table in the bar area for a more casual dinner. I didn’t even think about it, but the servers are also the bartenders. The gentleman that served us didn’t even introduce himself so I don’t know his name. Yes, we got the delicious food and wine that we love so much, but the experience isn’t the same as in the main dining room.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything! Our waiter Patrick was bar none. Super fun experience can’t wait to return!
  22. JN

    JenniferN

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mom’s 87th belated birthday celebration
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter chapparito went above and beyond ! Food tasted amazing , overall great experience
  24. NG

    NikkiG

    Houston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this place is outstanding. Top tier service and fantastic food is what they offer. Absolutely recommend.
  25. DM

    DonnaM

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ask for Valentin as your server! Great service!!
  26. c

    crazyfaith

    Houston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was impeccable. The service was unmatched.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas play
  28. S

    Sonya

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect and my husband and I are hard to please!
  29. Y

    Youngatheart

    Houston

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was wonderful right from the start. We have enjoyed excellent service in other fine dining place in Houston but Potente went above and beyond last evening. Always attentive but never hovering. All staff were helpful if we had a question or a need. Food was served to all of us simultaneously. Compliments from all of us from the salads to entrees to dessert. I personally can’t wait to return. More dishes I want to try.
  30. RL

    RobbL

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Knowledgeable, professional and respectful staff serving extraordinary cuisine!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an amazing experience! The staff and food were outstanding! Our Anniversary was amazing!
  32. TG

    TG89

    Houston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a joy to go to our first date night spot!! Wonderful service all around from start to finish!! Love the waitstaff, excellent chefs, and menu!!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time coming with my wife on our anniversary. We love it. Food good. Service is great. Love the restaurant design.
  34. CT

    CarolT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Does not disappoint. Food was fabulous. Wine was perfect. Unforgettable evening.
  35. R

    Rustyw

    Houston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food. But it is very noisy
  36. JD

    JosephD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice restaurant for our anniversary with fantastic service!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service was impeccable but it would have been nice if our entire group was eating at the same time
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Freddy was absolutely excellent guiding our meal plan thought out the dinner, I couldn’t ask for a better location for my birthday!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints.
  40. y

    yolandag

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service…Ron was incredible and we loved everyone who approached us!

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 4.7 stars by 1568 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 23 times today
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

  • 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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