Potente

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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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4.8based on recent ratings
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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was absolutely amazing!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I had a made a reservation for a birthday celebration and the restaurant didn’t had any attention to the occasion

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a pleasant time with great tasting foods, beautiful presentations and excellent service.

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viptfb1
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was truly outstanding and the service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional. In every single way.

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AliceJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! When the vanilla gelato didn’t meet chef’s standard,
He sent out 2 scoops of other flavors. Service was impeccable

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vipTabascoCat14
Dallas
86 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great prices.

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vipJodiL
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about Potente. Truffle spaghetti was delicious and we are already planning to go back for round two. Service was top notch and ambience was perfect.

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NormaT
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Great service and easy access from Westin Hotel.

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Michael
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was really good -- steaks, scallops, pasta -- except for the Caesar salad that was just mediocre.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was truly phenomenal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wine and atmosphere! Hidden gem!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had wonderful, attentive service.
The food was outstanding and delicious.
We were celebrating a birthday, and the celebrant was extremely impressed by her whole experience.

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BrianS
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere is great, staff is definitely on point. My water glass never managed to reach halfway, because they were constantly refilling it. Food wise I couldn't say anything bad about it, but honestly I'm just not sophisticated enough to really enjoy it heh. Everyone raves about the truffle pasta, and the sauce was good, but the truffles tasted like ... Mushrooms. Just regular old mushrooms to me. I probably wouldn't go back, but it is definitely a great experience, and would impress almost anyone for a date night.

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SERGIOO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For your consideration ,
Potente was a superb experience. Our assigned team member was well versed on all the items in the menu, my wife selected the salmon that surpassed our expectations..,,,!!!!
The home made pasta with truffle shaved on the table over the dish ,, explosive!! then my frutti di mare felt like sea breeze... excellent!,,
I was invited to tour the restaurant, and cellar, ,, and yes, they truly nailed the concept. (met the sommelier)
We were delighted, with the freshness and finesse of the food. True farm to the table experience .
While in town the place is a must, won't be dissapointed.
Thanks to the Cheff, Owner and Team members!!

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vipVivianM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
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.

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vipWinegeek03
San Antonio
142 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good. Service was good but felt rushed.

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vipLove2Gourmet
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.

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mjs3606
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We let the restaurant know in advance we were coming to celebrate Valentine’s Day and I requested a more private/romantic spot. We called to move our reservation up but I made it a point to still confirm we would get the table we requested. Instead of adhering to the special request they made sure to say they would accommodate, they sat us at the first table upon entry. I felt like the maitre d and hostess were staring at us the whole time. It ruined the whole vibe. My husband and I rarely have time to go out to dinner and we were celebrating Valentine’s Day. For such a nice restaurant I expected a lot more. In regards to the food, it was good but definitely not anything we will go back for.

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JustinM
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.

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JordanL
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.

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vipRickP
Houston
69 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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vipJamesC
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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vipRachelA
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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AmberB
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.

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vipRaphealSienteSe
Houston
203 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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mjs3606
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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vipmichaels
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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Poornima
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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JoeA
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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vipOpenTable Diner
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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AndreF
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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SanjanaM
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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OpenTable Diner
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!

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mkholt
Memphis
10 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.

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vipJoeU
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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

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