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Potente

4.8
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867 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 867 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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geri
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service great food . this was the best HRW menu that we had this year

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vipTraciJ
Houston
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Was able to take advantage of the HRW menu. Good & service were outstanding and what we have come to expect at Potente. While all of the staff wore masks and hand sanitizer was available upon entrance the tables in the dining room were way too close together. They tried to seat the table next to us and two times the guests asked to be moved because of the lack of social
distancing. We also expressed our lack of comfort with guests being so close. That table then stayed vacant for some time but in the end they moved it a few inches away from us and sat another couple there. Potente has done nothing to adjust the distance between their tables and at a restaurant that is already an intimate size it was too close for comfort in the middle of a pandemic.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Too crowded for Covid times

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TashaC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Octopus appetizer was amazing. Truffle pasta was good but the octopus stole the show. Strawberry tart was also really good. I would come back to this restaurant. Waiter left a lot to be desired, didn’t explain the dishes and we had to hear what the dishes were made of from another table! Guess he didn’t want to serve us because it was hrw

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JeHu
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The food did not come out as hot as my first visit a few weeks ago. The fish skin wasn't as crunchy. My tart was not as warm. The service was good.

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vipDavidP
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tables seemed to be unmoved and were closer than 6 feet apart.

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vipMike
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed when my wife and I have dinner at potente.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful time at Potente!

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vipLovesfood
Houston
36 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a great dinner this week for my fiancé’s birthday. We sat at a high top in the bar area which was a good choice. We were able to order off both the regular menu and the happy hour. We tried the lobster arancini (awesome), octopus ( best I’ve had in Houston), oysters (weren’t my favorite), and two orders of the cacio e Pepe with truffles. Beyond beyond! I will definitely be coming back soon! I also want to call out that I posted on Instagram and not only did they repost but took the time to make personal comments about my fiancé’s bday and thanking us for coming it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and amazing food!! 10/10!!!

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AmyB
Baton Rouge
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We went as first timers from out of town for higher end experience. Seated in the bar it was more casual than anticipated. Food was decent was not extraordinary.

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vipFoodieLawyer
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends 30th wedding anniversary.

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TonyC
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were celebrating a special event and it happened to also be Houston Restaurant Weeks. The HRW menu was a wonderful representation of their larger menu, including some of the more popular items. Our server, Valentine, was very helpful in selecting a wine that could accompany various seafood, truffles, and dessert - he made a wonderful suggestion that worked well with our entire meal. All of our food choices were scrumptious (and made with Valentine's recommendations), but the diver scallop starter and the soft-shelled crab entree were to-die-for. Nate, the maître d', came to visit us and invited us back soon - and I think we shall take him up on it!

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Love4Food
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Top-notch service. Excellent food especially the truffle pasta! Treated us with a birthday dessert.

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DanielR
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentin is the best... there is no potente experience without Valentin. Service is exceptional. Food superb
I can't wait to go back. Since the moment you walk in to the restaurant you know you will have a unique and priceless experience.

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vipmassemail
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love this place. The service is amazing...the waiter was so personable and the Maitre D came over and introduced himself to us. The food was absolutely delicious. You must try their signature Cacio Pepe...rich, velvety pasta with black truffle; absolutely scrumptious. Their soft shelled crab is to die for...it's huge, and very tasty. We were seated in the main dining room which is much quieter than the patio room. Drink and wine selection was very broad. Highly recommend this place...it has become my new favorite place to eat in Houston!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I came here just for the truffle pasta and it was very disappointing. The noodles were way under cooked so it was chewy and more like ramen and ends were crunchy. I’ve only had truffle pasta one other time in aspen and it was amazing so I had high hopes. On the other hand our service was very good. I don’t remember his name but he was super polite and very good to us. I’m not one to complain or send back food but with the appetizer and hummus I was full enough so we just asked for it to go. Great staff all around and the burratta was amazing

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service is outstanding! We tried the HRW menu, and added the roasted oysters. The oysters are amazing.

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Nrod
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will was a most attentive server with great recommendations. Drinks and food were stellar.

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vipJohnY
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food combined with very good service, a winning combination!

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LindaT
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new find. The food has amazing flavor and beautiful presentation. We all loved what we ordered.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my third time to Potente. The truffle spaghetti with extra crab meat and foie gras are super amazing! I already recommend my friends to come here and they also love cuisine here.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our waiter Valentine was the best! We followed his suggestions on the menu and were not disappointed. I definitely recommend him if visiting Potente

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viptpak
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and staff is amazing! Great night out!

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vipConrad
Houston
62 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always excellent cuisine and efficient, friendly service. We enjoy dining here.

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catalinas
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food was astounding. Beautiful place and would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food wasn’t as good as I hoped. Wine selection was fantastic though.

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g0ldenkitty
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food options for HRW 2020. Great service. Loved everything. Will definitely recommend and go back.

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. we went for restaurant week. The bread served with the humus was a great sourdough. I would recommend the charred octopus for the first course, the main course would be their specialty, the spaghetti. Don't worry, it will be the best spaghetti you ever had.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg!!! The truffle paste is amazing!

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MichaelG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choices on HRW menu--everything was delicious and service was impeccable. Highly recommend to try and we will be going back to try the regular menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really lovely! I had been wanting to go for quite a while, so my husband and I went for HRW. Everything we ordered was perfect, and we loved the atmosphere. Portion sizes were more than substantial, and even after making a "happy plate", I was not bloated - which tells me the ingredients were high quality with no BS added.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service, excellent food. You feel special.

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vipFoodieLady
Houston
46 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service from start to finish, including valet service. Food delivery perfectly timed for each course. My only complaint would be the guests at 2 tables near us who were unnecessarily loud and annoying, but that is not the restaurant's fault.

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vipAliciaP
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family has enjoyed every time we have been to Potente! From the service to the food. Everything is perfect!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a girls night after 6 months due to the current situation. We sat at the bar and Emily was awesome and accommodating. She was friendly and helpful. She let us stay as they were closing to finish our drinks she was awesome. Totally worth it. Thank you Emily.

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OpenTable Diner
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. We went for our first anniversary. It was our second time going to Potente, and it has never disappointed! The service is amazing, and regardless of what you order, it’s executed with attention to detail and style. The flavors are unbeatable and each menu item is unique. Highly recommend the black truffle spaghetti (made with in-house pasta) and the scallop capesante. My husband ordered the octopus appetizer and it was the best cooked octopus I’ve ever tasted. He also got the agnolotti with shrimp and of course that was amazing too. The espresso blackout cake was our favorite of the desserts we ordered. We will be back for future special occasions. Worth every penny.

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nmlane
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was okay. Doesn't stand out from any other restaurant in it catagory and for the price point I could have gone somewhere else and had a much better meal. Everything was just okay. Dont spend the money

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Lorrising
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There isn’t a better place to celebrate than Potente! Everything we had was simply amazing. Our party of five managed to choose five different entrees from the special restaurant week menu and they were all superb with the shrimp a particular standout! The evening started with the great happy hour that Potente offers and finished with four different desserts (two people chose cheesecake) and lattes. It’s always a treat for us to see Chef Danny for a quick visit and he was gracious and friendly. We followed him from Brennan’s to Potente and always eagerly anticipate his use of the freshest ingredients to create memorable food! He never disappoints.

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vipmassemail
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great restaurant weeks menu-lots of choices. Presentation was beautiful. Hummus was delicious. The diver scallop and the burrata were amazing. I had the soft shelled crab, which was the best I have ever eaten. Huge, full of meaty crab, and not overly fried. My husband had the beef tenderloin. And although cooked to perfection, he said it was a bit flavorless. The desserts were only so-so. Cocktails were great and not overpriced. The noise level was really loud. Even so, we will definitely be going back here to try some of the other main course menu options.

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Potente is rated 4.8 stars by 867 OpenTable diners.

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