Potente

4.8
1139 Reviews
$31 to $50
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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1139 people are saying
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davidb
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to Potente. The service was world class and the food was outstanding. I had the branzino and it was crispy and tasty. Will definitely return.

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vipRaphealSienteSe
Houston
227 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food and very good service. The wine list is superior and ambiance very nice and inviting.

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vipHelenJ
Montreal
18 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vegetarian option was delicious as was the rest of the food we tried. Great, knowledgeable staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place, the service was incredibly nice. Food was amazing! We will be back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary. Super great place.

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vipPeaBNB
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have thought of everything at Potente, from the design and ambiance to the service and food. It was a fantastic expeience.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals! We will be back. Perfect date night place. Best ambiance, service, food and experience in Houston.

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vipdave
Houston
70 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Houston Restaurant Week. Unlike most of the restaurants participating in HRW, there were numerous choices on the menu and portions were reasonable. We have been to many HRW restaurants over the years (e.g., Maison Pucha, Etoile, La Table, Amalfi, etc.), and this is the best one by far. Masraf's was always extremely good too, but it is closed now. We will go back to Potente outside of HRW because of our excellent experience during HRW.

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Coo31
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved trying out Potente last night for Houston Restaurant Week. The food was absolutely amazing! The spaghetti al tartufo nero might be the best pasta dish I’ve ever had in the states. The Potente Gold cocktail was a beautiful spin on the old fashion, and the ice cube engraved with the restaurant name in it was next level presentation. The ambiance was very good but not as elite as the food and service. Will definitely be back again!

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CarolC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated two birthdays with a couple of dear friends. Both Emily and Vinnie took excellent care of us, and Jim Crane and Danny Trace came to our table to visit with us for a not. The HRW is the beat deal in town, and I hope to be back before Labor Day. The truffle pasta was delicious as was the octopus starter and chocolate dessert. The complementary hummus is a nice way to start the meal.

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MichelleN
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Visited for HRW and the food is so delicious! My only complaint is that we asked for the rest of our entree to be packed up and it was never given back to us. By the time we finished dessert and we had forgotten all about it. I guess we were expecting them to box it and give it right back but didn’t.

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slimjim
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant week experience! Food was great and portions were delightfully generous! Would definitely visit again!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food presented with elegance.

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TastyFanstastic
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Potente was impeccable. Valentine made our experience amazing and gave it a unique taste from each course served.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! From the moment you step foot in Potente, you realize it will be an amazing and unique experience. We went for Restaurant Weeks, and it was far and away the best HRW we have ever had! The food and service were both amazing and worth every penny! We’ll definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!

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NN113
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time, went for HWR 2021 and everything I ordered were DELISH! Food came out extremely fast! Service was great! Had an enjoyable night!

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LandonS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was perfect except my dates ceased salad had some huge wedges and too much cheese which was melted on there. Otherwise the food, wine, and ambiance was perfect. Will definitely come again very soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Amazing food

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vipHappyhb
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good service and food. Great for a date night. Menu is adult centric (no 'kids menu'). We did take our 10 year old son and he ordered the octopus and squid ink pasta (one of his fave meals) as well as the branzino from my plate. He said it was all really good.

Keep an eye out for whether there are events in the area on the night you go - Astros just finished playing when we went and traffic was awful and streets in the area were blocked off by police. Factor in more time if so.

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vipIluvtoeat
Phoenix
41 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and service was fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentin was amazing!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall the experience was great. Service and food was outstanding minus the attitude the bartenders. One of the blonde have the worst attitude because of her I minus one star.

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vipScottM
Houston
56 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit- enjoyed the HRW menu. Great service from Valentine.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever had was from here. Great customer service as well

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there to celebrate a friends 40th birthday. We really enjoyed the service and the initiate setting. The food was phenomenal. If you haven’t been there yet, this is a MUST in Houston.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried Potente for the first time. The hostesses and servers were very friendly & knowledgeable. The food was delicious. I really enjoyed everything. I would definitely come back and eat here again. There's also valet outside. Cost was $11 for valet.

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vipTBird
Houston
48 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visitor, using Houston Restaurant Week as the motivator. Service and food were both amazing. Great location and facilities.

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vipGregC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time here and everything was amazing.

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Stefkski
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious Houston Restaurants Weeks meal! What a great way to try several of the favorite Potente dishes. We had the scallop, the truffle pasta, and the strawberry cheesecake. Outstanding service and great wine selection, too. We will return when Houston restaurants weeks is over.

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vipEdHouston
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience overall, as usual. Food, service, drinks, ambience, all first class.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience. Food was amazing and service impeccable!

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vipLisa
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved having Fredy as our waiter.

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vipNGM9
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was delicious and absolutely amazing. The service was just ok. Both the hostess and the waiter were rude.

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vipMiguelD
Mexico City
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excelent! Service by William was extraordinary, wine and food recommendations were on point. The place is a little bit loud but ambiance is beautiful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best restaurant in Houston.

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vipsmnc
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was great. Starting from the appetizers to dessert, everything was wonderful. Can’t wait to go again.

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MandyB
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited Potente for HRW. Delicious food and great service.

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OBWan
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal. Will, our server, was very good, knew the menu inside out, and would request in future in a heartbeat.

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vipRyanM
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are always outstanding. Houston is lucky to have this restaurant.

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Potente is rated 4.8 stars by 1139 OpenTable diners.

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