Potente

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720 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 attire is business casual. Shorts and hats are not permitted.
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What 720 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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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.

G
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and excellent customer service

Potente
Responded 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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
21 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 4 days ago

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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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!!!

BW
Houston
17 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 4 days ago

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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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
19 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
12 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
67 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
9 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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PN
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot imagine a better place to dine on Christmas Eve than Potente. The evening was perfect from beginning to end: drinks in the bar, an excellent recommendation for a bottle of champagne, wonderful meal, & excellent dessert/ after dinner drinks. Potente has never disappointed! We continue to return & will continue to return as every visit is as good, if not better than the last. Thank you for being such a consistently wonderful place to dine!

Potente
Responded on December 28, 2019

Thank you so much for this amazing review Priscilla! It truly brings us joy to know that you and your guests received a 5-Star Potente visit with us, as this is our goal for each of our guests. We appreciate your continued support for our dining establishment. We can't wait to see you guys back soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service was great!!

Potente
Responded on December 28, 2019

Thank you so much for your 5-Star review, we are happy to hear your visit was excellent with us. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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HK
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal here, unbelievably delicious!!! The service was excellent! Our server David was so wonderful and friendly, and even other servers would stop by and made small conversation with us, made us feel so welcomed and happy!!! Will be back soon enough!!! Thanks Potente!!!

Potente
Responded on December 28, 2019

We are so happy to see that our team took great care of you and your guests! Thank you so much for your 5-Star review of your recent visit with us. We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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TG
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful service, food, wine, and ambience!!

Potente
Responded on December 28, 2019

Thank you so much for the kind words! We are happy to see that our team did an excellent job during your recent visit to Potente. We hope to see you back soon!

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OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, cocktails and wine

Potente
Responded on December 28, 2019

We are happy to hear you had a great visit with us! Thank you so much for your 5-Star review, and we truly look forward to seeing you back soon!

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PD
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went before our evening at the symphony. It was my first time and the experience was spectacular and one I hope to repeat. The service was amazing. We sat in the bar area which honestly I’d rather sit in than a stuffy dining room. Our waiter was amazing. Please get there cacio e pepe it was mouth watering. I already want to go back and eat it again.

Potente
Responded on December 23, 2019

We are so happy you guys had a great visit with us before your event, we love to see that our team provides our guests with a 5-Star Experience. We hope to see you guys back soon!

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j
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time eating here and we will definitely be back. Amazing food and outstanding service. Already planning an taking some friends to dinner here in January.

Potente
Responded on December 23, 2019

We are so thrilled to see that you had an excellent 1st visit with us, thank you so much for your 5-Star review, and we are looking forward to having you back soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved our dining experience and food was exceptional.
We’re from Arkansas and made reservation based on past reviews. Very glad we did and will return when back in town.

Potente
Responded on December 23, 2019

We are so happy you guys had the chance to visit us during your trip to Houston, and that we were able to provide you a 5-Star Potente Experience. We hope to see you back on your next visit to town!

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P
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant experience in Houston. Super attentive service and creative food.

Potente
Responded on December 16, 2019

Thank you for your review Pbr46, we truly appreciate your kind words, and are glad to hear that you had a great visit with us. We hope to see you back in again soon!

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OT
Raleigh
74 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flawless. Be sure to check it out.

Potente
Responded on December 18, 2019

Thank you so much for your 5-Star Review! We are happy to hear that you had a great visit, we hope to see you back soon!

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DS
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a 5-star dining experience!

Potente
Responded on December 23, 2019

Thank you so much for the 5-Star Review Dirk, we are happy to hear that you had a great visit with us. We hope to see you back soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had a wonderful experience at Potente .
It was my first time dining here , but I will definitely be back again .
The food was excellent as well as our service .

Potente
Responded on December 16, 2019

We are so happy that you had a great 1st experience at Potente! We truly appreciate the kind words and hope to see you back in again soon!

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SC
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overcooked filet, yet excellent service

Potente
Responded on December 16, 2019

Thank you so much for your review, we truly appreciate your feedback, and are glad to hear that you had great service during your visit with us. We hope to see you back in again soon!

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J
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place is incredible. If you’re looking for somewhere quiet to take a date or even dine alone, this place will be just what you’re looking for in a restaurant.

Potente
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thank you for your review Jimmy, we are glad to hear that you had a great visit with us! We hope to see you back in again soon!

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E
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding at Potente'. We have never been disappointed and the service is also exceptional.

Potente
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thank you for your review Erin, we truly appreciate your kind words, and are glad to hear that you had a great visit with us. We hope to see you back in again soon!

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p
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best dining experience I have had in Houston. The food was superb. The service was friendly and attentive. The ambience was lovely and comfortable. This restaurant is on a "splurge" level for me because of the prices. Having said that, it is worth skipping a few dining out events just to invest in a dinner at Potente!

Potente
Responded on December 9, 2019

Wow, thank you so much for your kind words, we truly appreciate it! We love to hear from our guest dining experiences with us and are happy to hear you had an excellent visit. We hope to see you back in again soon!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked this restaurant for our holiday dinner , perfect ambiance . Food was delivered as group and wine options are fabulous . Highly recommend and will comeback soon.

Potente
Responded on December 16, 2019

Thank you so much for your 5-star review, we truly appreciate your recommendation, and are glad to hear that you had a great visit with us! We hope to see you soon!

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SH
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time there. Went before a show at the Alley, only a ten minute drive. Service was very good, although this was a weeknight and kind of early. The apps and mains were well prepared, nicely seasoned and presented very well. The wine list was pretty good, although the mark up seemed a little higher than most other similar places. Overall, 4 stars.

Potente
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thank you for your review Steven, we truly appreciate your recommendation, and are glad to hear that you had a great visit with us. We hope to see you back in again soon!

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T
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and the staff were exceptional!

Potente
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thank you so much for your review, we love to hear that our team did an excellent job with our guests during their visit with us. We hope to see you back in again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I enjoyed everything except when I went to the ladies room there was a gentleman with a lady.

Potente
Responded on December 2, 2019

Thank you for your review, we are happy to see you had a great visit with us, and we will make sure to check our restrooms more frequently to avoid these kinds of incidents. We hope to see you back in again soon!

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CG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience.

Potente
Responded on November 28, 2019

Thank you so much for your review Chris, glad to hear that we provided a great Potente experience for you! We hope to see you back in again soon!

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PN
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely, as always! I was hoping to have the squid ink pasta, which is obviously my favorite, but with a seasonal menu, I was able to experience another wonderful dish. Everything from drinks to dessert was exceptional.

Potente
Responded on November 28, 2019

Thank you so much for your review Priscilla, we truly appreciate the kind words! And yes, that squid ink pasta is so good, one of our favorites! We hope to see you back in again soon!

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J
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best fine dining establishments in Houston. The service is suburb, waitstaff first class, the food is an outstanding quality, and seasoning spot one. The wine guy is authentic and extremely knowledgeable and very personable. Go, eat and enjoy one of the finest restaurants in Houston probably the US.

Potente
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you so much for your review, we truly appreciate the kind words! Our goal is to give our guests a 5-star experience while dining with us! We hope to see you back in again soon.

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