Potente

4.8
378 reviews
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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 suggested attire is business casual. A jacket for gentleman is preferred, but not required. Shorts and hats are not permitted.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 5pm-10pm
Friday & Saturday : 5pm-11pm
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Phone number
(713) 237-1515
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Preferred
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Executive chef
Danny Trace
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Crawford
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Parking details
Valet and street parking are available.
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Special events & promotions
Thank you for considering Potente for your special event. No matter the need for your event, we will ensure that we create the most memorable experience for you and your guests.

Potente is available for events of many sizes and our dedicated events team is on-hand to assist in carefully planning your event. The space features chandeliers, window pieces and high-back tufted furniture designed to create a comfortable, yet sophisticated environment. All of our rooms have a television and the ability to connect audiovisual equipment for presentations or to enjoy a football game.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for a Champagne New Year's Eve dinner! Sip Dom Perignon, savor caviar and truffles. 5-course prix fixe menu, $125 per person ++.

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Daily 5:00PM - 6:45PM

What 378 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
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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DN
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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CS
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food, this course was somewhat inconsistent with previous experiences especially in stew broth.

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

Very nice restaurant, only complaint is that the portions were very small.

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AK
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food, great service and great wine list but limited menu.

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MK
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a great place to celebrate my wife’s birthday. We have been to several swanky place throughout were the food was actually horrible but this place was amazing in almost all areas.

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KA
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCEPTIONAL!

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PA
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful as was the staff. It is a bit pricey but well worth it.

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L
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brennan’s of Houston has been our go-to place for special occasions for years but since Chef Danny Trace left it hasn’t been the same! This year for our anniversary we followed Chef Danny to Potente and it was a GREAT decision! The service was wonderful and the food was simply outstanding! Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING we had was just incredible from the warm crusty bread with hummus and fried artichoke, through the oysters, lobster bisque and entrees there wasn’t a single missed note! Chef Trace stopped by our table with an amuse bouche of the tuna, crabmeat and caviar that made us wish we’d ordered it as our appetizer. My husband, who’s normally not a caviar fan, said it had changed his mind about caviar. He had the rabbit ravioli and I had the veal cheek and both were delicious! The veal came with a lima bean risotto that was so fresh, in fact everything was fresh, flavorful and perfectly seasoned. It tasted warm and Autumny, if you know what I mean. We were too full for dessert but they brought us a tiny sampler with a passion fruit filled chocolate, cookie and mini macaron with Happy Anniversary written on the plate. I’m pretty sure we’ve found our new special occasion restaurant.

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B
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a memorable experience! The cuisine, the service, the ambience all first rate and truly remarkable!

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R
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautifully appointed dining space, appreciated the light up menus, exceptional Lobster Bisque and black truffle pasta dish!

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JG
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family dinner visiting Houston

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l
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

It’s my 6th time dinning at Potente and first bad experience
I informed them it was my boyfriend’s birthday. They initiatially placed us at a table that was in the way of entry and kitchen corridor. We asked to be sat at another table. The other table ended up to be one of a few that was not white table clothed... bizarre when most tables were
Service was extremely slow took almost 40 minutes for the hummus to come and I was getting tipsy on alcohol alone.
It took about probably at least 40 -45minutes between appetizers and entree as we watched tables who sat after us got their entrees before us ....
I ordered the duck breast medium rare to rare plus. It came out fully cooked. Extremely tough ... I barely took a bite of the entire piece of meat. The waiter saw that I had left the entire entree uneaten and did not even bother to inquire anything wrong
The appetizers of tuna was not as good as before. Need to bring the tuna crudo with foie gras back and not something that anyone can make at home such as tuna and crab meat .. nothing special there. My bf thought his pasta was too much of many ingredients with carrots peas in a papardelle. Ruins the theme of the dish
Anyway very disappointing experience given it’s been consistently good last 5 times. not sure when will be back.

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A
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Pasta with truffles was amazing!

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NW
Houston
47 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a terrific spot in downtown Houston for sophisticated and delicious Italian food. The space is beautifully designed to allow for intimate dinners or quiet conversation; service was both friendly and professional; and the food is spectacular. We had the beet salad and the mixed carpaccio (boar, a less salty ham than prociutto and waygu beef with delicious jam pairings), and then two pastas-a ragu of boar and a sublime crab ravioli with limoncello sauce. All the dishes were exceptional in taste and presentation. The wine list is notable and extensive, the sommelier was terrific in helping us select what proved to be a smooth and flavorful choice.
We will be back.

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J
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant with impeccable service and delicious servings. Portion sizes are a bit small but the quality is top notch.

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PA
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restrauant in Houston. So many speacilty items on the menu and a very relaxing
noise level.

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M
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dining experience! Will return!

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DL
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service always great. If you like truffles you can go without getting the spaghetti.

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FD
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

On arrival, the valet guy gave us an attitude. We pulled up to valet but he was just looking at us and no there cars. I got out of passenger side to ask if they were not doing valet. He apologized and said he assumed we were not going to the restaurant.
We had a reservation for 630 but we were late for 20min, I apologized as soon as we got to the front desk staff as we were stuck in traffic. The lady at the front desk told us "I already cancelled your reservation- you did not call" we were shocked as she said it with an attitude. While at the front desk, 3 people entered and were treated very different by front staff. Waited for 5 minutes and we were seated. Next to our table were several empty tables.
The food was good and our server was ok. We are never going back or recommending to others.

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j
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Sadly overrated. Fine ambience and an exceptional waitstaff, but the menu offerings were somewhat limited and mediocre in flavor. The online menu did not match the actual menu, which was unfortunate. As an example, the soft shell crab was off the menu, which was our primary interest. In addition, the cost was excessive for the quality. Disappointing, and not worth a return trip downtown. Too many finer alternatives in Houston, so go elsewhere.

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JR
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exquisite and service was outstanding. Awesome spot for romantic date

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CP
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service. Our waiter was extremely attentive and curtious. The food was delicious.

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WT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food... worth every penny ... a must for downtown Houston Date Night

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F
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most incredible truffle pasta and terrific wine and cocktail menu. First class service and amazing dessert

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HW
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food.

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OT
Houston
157 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food. Very delicious.
Outstanding incredible service.
Great staff.
I will return now often.
Did not realize how great it was.

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O
Houston
51 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience on our visit. The food and service are absolutely top notch, Freddy was our server and he was fantastic. Everything we had was perfectly prepared and delicious. I can't believe this was our first time here but we will be back soon.
Thank you for a great experience.

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DR
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. First time dinners. Valentin was exceptions. Def. we will be back.

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OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Remarkable staff and delicious food!

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FE
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great time, Matthew made us feel like bosses. It was my anniversary and they made sure the dinner was special.

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JW
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome, this was a wonderful place for a romantic evening. Nate and Amy were super as well as the rest of the staff.

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MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolute find. Service is top, top shelf. I would recommend it to everybody and anybody. Not the least expensive but easily one of the best.

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SM
Houston
80 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and staff. The experience here is outstanding with fantastic waitstaff. We had Matt and he is a rockstar. Love the rotating locally based menu and fabulous wine menu

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D
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

I ordered the Frutti di Mare and it was so salty it tasted like it was cooked with ocean water. The scallops were mostly raw. This is a stew and the seafood should have been cooked. Our dessert was supposed to include gelato but it tasted like ice cream from a carton. It definitely wasn’t gelato. I won’t be back.

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OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very friendly staff. Love the light up menu.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second year we’ve celebrated our anniversary at Potente, and it didn’t disappoint. Food, wine, and service were amazing! Definitely will be back.

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HS
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time to visit Potente and we were super excited to go back. We made this our dinner stop before an event at the Toyota Center as it's not too far away. Everything from start to finish was amazing. They have an extensive wine list, the sommelier was very knowledgeable and recommended some great wines. The truffle spaghetti is a must order (ordered at our first visit), we opted to split that as an appetizer so that we could indulge in other entrees. I had the filet, my fiance had the lamb chops...both were superb. It was a pricey meal, but worth every cent. We look forward to our third opportunity to visit. Highly recommend.

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

Love the food, ambience and especially the service. It is outstanding.

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