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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Ring in the New Year with us! We will celebrate with a prix-fixe menu which includes our famous black truffle pasta and a glass of champagne. Seating is limited, so please make your reservations early.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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Daily 5:00PM - 6:45PM

What 692 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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OT
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
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 .

SC
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overcooked filet, yet excellent service

E
Houston
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Potente
Responded 3 days ago

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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J
Austin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 3 days ago

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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p
Houston
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 3 days ago

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 7 days ago
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.

SH
Houston
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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
1 review
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
1 review
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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OT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Valentine is a profession and the Som Vinnie is always on his game and spectacular

S
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our experience was amazing! We had tickets to the theatre and requested our meal be competed by a certain time. Our waitress ensured that happened. Everything we ordered tasted divine, their truffle pasta is to die for. Highly recommend this place.

Potente
Responded on November 28, 2019

Thank you so much for your review, our staff strives to be the absolute best for our guest, happy to see you had a great visit with us! We hope to see you back in again soon!

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for date night. Amazing scallops, duck pasta

TN
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

We came in as 2 couples and ended up joining other friends that we recommended Potente to. We were a party of 12. Service was extremely slow, our table was in a part of the restaurant that looked like an extension and had no ambiance at all. Our friends were not pleased with the food or service. We enjoyed what we ordered although menu choices are limited.

Potente
Responded on November 21, 2019

Hi Tali, we appreciate your feedback and are so sorry to hear about your experience. We will continue to work with our staff to ensure we provide the best service possible. If there is anything we can do at a future visit, please let us know.

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SG
Houston
65 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best! Emily, Kam and Nate always make our visits to Potente extra special!!! Chef Danny’s food is the best in town!

Potente
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you so much for your review, happy to hear that our team provided stellar service during your visit! We hope to see you back in again soon!

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MD
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our 47th anniversary. Had been to the Hobby Center for a Broadway Play. Arrived earlier than our reservation and had wonderful seating.

Service was superb.

Drinks, appetizers and entree all served timely and perfectly. Food was excellent. Chef Danny does a wonderful job.

A very memorable evening of great service and fabulous food.

A highly recommended place for that special someone!

Potente
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you for your review Mike, it means the world to us to be part of your celebration! Once again, Happy 47th Anniversary! We hope to see you back in again soon!

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LA
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, notable wine selection. Service is top notch!

Potente
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you so much for your review! We hope to see you back in again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant in the downtown area. The staff was attentive and the food was outstanding

Potente
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you so much for your review! We hope to see you back in again soon!

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PB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place with fabulous food. Enjoyed a nice dinner out with friends.

Potente
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you so much for your review Pat! We hope to see you back in again soon!

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OT
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We reserved the wine room there for the noise level was perfect. Everything was absolutely perfect except for our waiter Patrick was extremely pushy was bringing drinks when they were not ordered. When we would order something he would tell us that we needed to order two because one was not enough. He asked my husband four different times about an after dinner drink when he told him he didn’t want one. We did not appreciate his pushy service. We ordered a $280 bottle of wine and he poured all the sediment in to the decanter.

P
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent selection of wines, food presentation and speed to serve was very good. Intimate setting with good attention to detail in plating and contrasts of flavor and consistency in each course. Will recommend and will revisit.

Potente
Responded on November 22, 2019

Thank you so much for your review! We are so happy to hear that you had a great visit! Hope to see you back in again soon!

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OT
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent menu and good. Very vibrant Saturday evening atmosphere. Our service was a bit slow, but readily recognized by our server (without us saying a thing). Our server gave us some credits on our receipt for the inconvenience - spectacular service, when acknowledging your shortcomings without provocation.
We had a great dining experience despite service being a tad slow.

Potente
Responded on November 22, 2019

Thank you so much for your review! We are so happy to hear you had a great visit! Hope to see you back in again soon!

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WU
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food certainly tasted good and was well presented but the food was too rich for me. I had the duck and there must have been a reduction sauce on it that did not agree with me.

Potente
Responded on November 22, 2019

Thank you so much for your review! We truly appreciate your feedback, we will continue to work with our staff to ensure we serve the best food possible. If there is anything we can do at a future visit, please let us know.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bday dinner experience.

Potente
Responded on November 22, 2019

Thank you so much for your review, we are so happy we got to be part of your birthday celebration! We hope to see you back in again soon!

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was a wonderful experience! The food was amazing and delicious and the services

Potente
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you so much for your review! We hope to see you back in again soon!

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BD
New Orleans
24 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best lamb I have eaten in years. My colleague had a beautiful halibut meal. I will come back the next time I am in Houston. Just a e we wonderful experience..

Potente
Responded on November 22, 2019

Thank you so much for your review! We are so happy to hear you had a great visit while in town Hope to see you back in again soon!

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Pasta was very good

S
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Diamond of modern Italian recipes with fish and meats. Excellent wine list, service and ambiance near Minute Maid Park

PA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Need to have a closed area for noisy table customers that disturb with their volume the conversation of other tables

SY
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful 11th Anniversary dinner at Potente! The truffle pasta here is THE best in all Houston!! Service was excellent as usual!

EB
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is fantastic. Try the seafood entrée!

OT
Corpus Christi
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful delicious fantastic

MN
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I was expecting more but felt I've had better italian food in Houston. Perhaps not this "fancy", but we had to return a strip steak because it was overcooked and chewy and my Cacio e Pepe pasta (which they said was the house specialty) tasted good, but nothing like what Cacio e Pepe tastes like based on eating it at least a dozen times around Italy over the last several years.

Overall it was a good experience, but didn't live up to the expectations. The food is beautifully prepared but lacked in flavor.

J
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first experience with Potente and it was outstanding. Excellent food and service in a wonderful space. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and look forwards to returning soon.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience. Had the octopus starter - yum, black truffle pasta which was worth the price and frutti di mare entree which was delicious. And dessert was creme brûlée which was also amazing

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the best time for my birthday! It was very quiet in the dining room - game 1 of the World Series! We were able to watch the game through the wine cellar! Service and food were unbelievable and We will definitely be back. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

OT
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience1

We didn’t realize the World Series game was going on… Parking cost was $60. They told us it would be 20 minutes to get a cocktail from the bar since the bar was full of Astros fans. It was extremely loud. They should have limited reservations for that evening knowing it was a World Series game. We had never been to the restaurant therefore we were not sure of the location. Due to it being so packed the service was poor. Perhaps under different circumstances we were given a different review. The scallops were amazing mouth watering and my husband loved his filet was absolutely delicious. We did not like the appetizer nor the desert.

L
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food - great service

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