Potente

4.8
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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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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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OT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was absolutely amazing!!

OT
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

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

t
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was truly outstanding and the service was excellent.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional. In every single way.

AJ
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

TC
Dallas
86 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great prices.

JL
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.

NT
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

M
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.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was truly phenomenal.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wine and atmosphere! Hidden gem!

OT
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.

BS
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.

SE
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!!

VM
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.

W
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.

OT
Cincinnati
12 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.

OT
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.

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
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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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