Potente

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$31 to $50
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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 attire is business casual. Shorts and hats are not permitted.
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Daily 5:00PM - 6:45PM

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VM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was great but prices were excessive for the quantity and quality. Very noisy too. Had been to Pappas steakhouse the week before and paid half the price for twice the food. I have no issues paying high prices, but the food was not worth it. Very small portions and my steak was cooked at the wrong temperature and after sending it back still came out wrong. Not going back.

W
San Antonio
141 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never have we had a more outstanding culinary experience. Chef Danny Trace is indeed a genius with the selected foods he prepares and serves at Potente. Service is artful.

OT
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good. Service was good but felt rushed.

LG
Houston
74 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's a dining experience not to be missed. Chef Trace and staff run a well-oiled machine.

m
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because what happened with our credit card. My husband had left the card on a previous visit and we picked it up on the night we ate there again, using it that night. The next morning there was a $400+ charge on it to Abercrombie. Needless to say we had to cancel that card anyway.

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love the entire team at Potente. They always make you feel special and the food is heavenly.

JM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Service at the table was bad. Multiple waiters and were not friendly. Ordered sea bass, was delivered another fish, possibly snapper, but definitely was not sea bass. Truffle pasta and charred octopus was good. Overall, I could tell it was a great place, just bitter on the actual waiting service. Oh yea, called four days prior to make the reservation for me and my wife, and got seated at the bar. WTF?! I spent $370 on wine, appetizers, entrees, and dessert. Price was good considering we had a $140 dollar bottle of wine.

JL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We had the worst service I have ever had at a restaurant, much less one that is supposed to be fine dining.

RP
Houston
67 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clearly one of the finest restaurants in Houston. The food is creative and delicious and the services second to none. The wine steward helped us with a pairing for each course, which was perfect. I have dined here previously, and each time I find the experience to be exceptional.

Potente
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you for visiting us Rick, we are happy to hear that you guys had a great time and that everyone enjoyed the creative dishes from Chef Danny's kitchen. We truly appreciate the support of our establishment. We look forward to seeing you come back soon.

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JC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time visit. Service was excellent and great ambiance.

Food was some of best that I've had in quite sometime and we will be returning very soon.

Potente
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you for your recent visit James, we are thrilled to hear that we provided great service during your 1st visit with us, and that you enjoyed the dishes from Chef Danny's kitchen. We look forward to seeing you return soon!

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RA
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing business dinner at Potente! The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. I highly recommend the truffle spaghetti as a shareable, it is delicious!

Potente
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you so much for the recent visit Rachel, we are so happy to hear that you had a great time! We will make sure to pass this review to our team, they will be happy to see your kind words about them. We hope to see you come back soon!

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AB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our dinner was amazing! The wine list is extensive and the food is delicious. We will definitely be back.

RS
Houston
202 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and excellent service. The Pappy Van Winkle bourbon was a great surprise and treat! See you again soon.

Potente
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you for your recent visit with us, we are happy to hear that we provided you a 5-Star visit! Looking forward to seeing you come back soon!

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m
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant! The pasta with the black truffle shaved on top is out of this world. Service is impeccable!

Potente
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you so much for your recent visit, we are happy to hear that we made your favorites list, such a honor for us to hear this from our guests. And yes, that Truffle Pasta is truly a local gem! We look forward to seeing you come back soon.

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m
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Valentin, our server, was also perfect. Wonderful ambience .

Potente
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you so much for your recent visit with us! We are happy to hear that you had a great time, and that our staff provided excellent service during your dinner. We hope to see you back soon!

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P
San Antonio
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had an excellent dinner at Potente. Douldn't get reservations for regular seating on open table however when we arrived the hostess offered us a regular table which we really appreciated. Our server was very nice. Happy hour had some excellent choices and the server recommended that we get the empanadas which we don't regret for a minute. The pasta is excellent and the branzino we had was excellent as well. Loved the dessert we ordered as well. All in all I would highly recommend this place.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food was absolutely awesome!! Will definitely return.

JA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine! Highly recommended for anyone visiting the Downtown Houston area.

Potente
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thank you for the 5-Star review Joe, we really appreciate it. We hope to see you back soon!

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxing, great atmosphere and the servers were very nice. Hats off to the chief ❤️

Potente
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thank you so much for your recent visit with us, we are happy to hear that you had a great time! We will pass this kind review to Chef Danny, he will be happy to see your comments. Hope to see you back soon!

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AF
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great place to have dinner and enjoy the conversation as much as the food. Great environment and incredible options from the menu. Definitely will be back.

Potente
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thank you so much for your recent visit with us Andre, we are happy to see that you had an excellent time and that you liked our menu options. We hope to see you back soon!

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SM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overall good food but I personally did not find it worth the hefty price tag. The spaghetti with truffle was really good but too expensive for 3 spoonfuls. I also did not appreciate that the server forced us to pay for the dish after adding it on himself.
We also had quail, scallops, crab cake, pumpkin cheesecake and chocolate cake. While good, none of these were stand out dishes so I do not believe I will be returning.

Potente
Responded on January 28, 2020

Hi Sanjana, thank you for your recent visit with us, we are sorry we to hear that we did not give you a 5-Star visit, as we strive to give all our guest an excellent time with us. We will make sure to bring this incident to our Service Team to ensure we improve our services. If there is anything we can do, please feel free to reach out to us. Thank you!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to Potente and it won’t be our last! I had read and heard wonderful reviews of this restaurant so was looking forward to our visit. We were not disappointed. The restaurant is one of the best I’ve been to in a long time. The food was interesting and delicious - with lovely presentation. The lighted menus were a delightful surprise! Highly recommend... do know that all this wonderfulness does not come cheap - so save your pennies for a special treat - you’ll be glad you did!

m
Memphis
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

My wife and I tried Potente Saturday night. The service was fine but not outstanding. The food did not appeal to our tastes at all...until dessert. That was good! We won't go back.

JU
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Way overrated. Average all the way around. Service very lacking. Unimpressive. I’d not go back

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was slow, unprofessional and overall mediocre. Our appetizers were served cold and the overall quality of food was ok but overpriced.

GW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were celebrating our 47th wedding anniversary. We wanted to find a special restruant for the evening. We were both very pleased with the service, food and ambiance of Potente. The staff was exceptional, friendly and professional. Thanks for making our dining experience a memorable one.

Potente
Responded on January 28, 2020

Lucy and Gary, we are thrilled to hear that we were part of an amazing Wedding milestone for you two, it truly means the world to us that we could be part of this special celebration, thank you so much for including us on this day. We will make sure to tell Chef Danny and his team that they did an excellent job on serving you guys during your visit with us. Once again Happy Anniversary, and we can't wait to see you back soon!

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G
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and excellent customer service

Potente
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thank you for your recent visit with us! We are so happy you had an excellent time with us. We hope to see you back soon!

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b
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my birthday!
Wow what a beautiful treat!
So impressed.

Perfect!

Potente
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thank you so much for including us on your special day! We are happy to hear that we provided an excellent time for you and your guests. We hope to see you back soon!

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VC
Las Vegas
26 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food - the cacio pepe with black truffle was simply delicious, as was the wild boar pasta and rack of lamb. The portion sizes were just perfect. The wine list is extensive with a very wide price range. But above all, the service was fantastic - thanks Freddy. Absolutely worth the visit.

Potente
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thank you so much for visiting us! We are so happy to hear that you had a great time Virgilio! We love to hear from our guests and their valuable feedback. We hope to see you back soon!

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BW
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Potente prior to a night at the theater. Our waiter, David, made sure to pace our evening and have us finished, filled with desert and out the door at the time we requested. The entire staff was both welcoming and professional. The food was excellent and the spacing of the room permitted conversation. Thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Potente
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thank you for your recent visit with us Buddy. We are so happy to hear that you had an excellent time with us, as we truly strive to give all out guests a 5-Star visit. We hope to see you guys back soon!

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience in years. Amazing service and chef set the bar for fine dining. Amazing!!!

PG
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service by Cam, food was very good and was perfect atmosphere for a business meeting.

Potente
Responded on January 13, 2020

Thank you for the 5-Star Review Paul, we are really happy to hear that Cam took care of you and your guests. We hope to see you back soon!

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Cam was wonderful. We will be back.

Potente
Responded on January 13, 2020

Thank you so much for visiting us, and we are very happy to hear that Cam took excellent care of you and your guests! We hope to see you return soon!

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DI
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Potente is always a fabulous experience. I took two friends who had not dined there before, and they fell in love with the food, the outstanding service, and the fact that we could actually hear each other speak and have a real conversation. The ambiance is lovely, so well accommodated and designed, and our entire experience was divine--right through being escorted to the valet to close out the evening. This establishment is always a delight to visit!

Potente
Responded on January 14, 2020

Thank you so much for your recent visit with us! We are so happy to hear that you and your guests had an excellent time! At Potente we strive to give all our guests a 5-Star Experience, so it brings us joy to see that our team did this for you during your time with us. We hope to see you all back soon!

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OT
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit on 1/4 met and exceeded our wildest expectations. It was truly refreshing to see the level of care from not only our knowledgeable server, but getting a visit from Chef Trace and the manager to ensure we were enjoying ourselves.

The kitchen was gracious and accommodating to modifier requests as well.

This level of service and attention is what we value highly, and is the reason we will continue to return as regular patrons of Potente.

Potente
Responded on January 13, 2020

Thank you so much for recently visiting us! We are so happy to hear that our team gave you and your guests an excellent experience at Potente, we strive to give our guest the best time possible with us. We hope to see you all back soon!

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by Cameron and the entire staff

Potente
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you so much for your recent visit with us! We are happy to hear that Cameron and our team were able to give you a 5-Star Potente experience. We hope to see you back soon!

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BB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff and great food! Highly recommended.

Potente
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you for kind words Barbara! We are always happy to hear that our team gave our guests a 5-Star Experience at Potente. We hope to see you back soon!

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NW
Houston
74 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a "coup de forchette" as the French would say. A set menu for New Years--quite a range in each category, and inclusive of an amuse bouche and some champagne to start. The starters we had (crab and the tuna) were world class; my halibut likewise though the lamb was ('merely) very good. The spaghetti with black truffles was sublime. Fabulous desserts, extensive and attractive wine menu and one of the best bespoke cocktails I've had in 10+ years (mango, vanilla vodka--but not sweet or weird).
The ambiance at Potente is sophisticated but not stuffy; service superb. Run don't wait to go there.

Potente
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you so much for this amazing review! We always strive to give our guests a 5-Star Potente Experience! We are happy to hear that you had an excellent visit with us and that our team did a great job of serving you as well. We hope to see you back soon!

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NH
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Maybe our expectations were too high. Service was awkward. We had a fixed menu and they skipped a course, then served it out of order as a result. Not sure they would have noticed if we did not say something. Nobody from the restaurant said a word about it. No reason to come back here with so many better options in the city.

T
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best high end restaurant in town, with the friendliest & most professional staff around.

Potente
Responded on January 2, 2020

We are so happy to hear that you had a 5-Star Potente experience with us, and that our team took excellent care of you! We hope to see you back soon!

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