Potente

4.7
1079 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 1079 people are saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Seewhy
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Elegant ambience, attentive service, really clean restroom.
Excellent HRW menu.
SPAGHETTI AL TARTUFO NERO topped with crab meat, highly recommend, full of flavor.
The diver scallop was fresh. Duck breast was cooked to perfection.
The last but not least, the cheese cake, is one of the best I have tried so far.
Well done, Potente!!

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Sharon
Houston
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening at Potente.
The attention and service of Valentino added significantly to the pleasure of the evening. I followed his menu recommendations and was not disappointed. Potente will definitely join my list of favorite restaurants for special occasions.

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ColleenS
Houston
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So polite and attentive. We didn’t have to ask for anything because they were so on top of everything. Made us feel like VIPs. The food was out of this world good. Their spaghetti can’t be beat. The duck was delicious too. The strawberry tart should not be missed.

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Timeka
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Horrible service, waitress was very impatient and rude. Did not refill drinks and made the experience very bad.

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vipRoya
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time and keeps getting better. This time I has a birthday celebration, again Will was our server ( we requested him) and we sat in the back private dining wine room. It is stunning and charming on the inside of that room but any seat in that restaurant is wonderful.
There were 9 of us and we ordered so many different items off the menu. The truffle pasta is mind blowing but the Branzino, the Filet, the scallops are to die for as well! We really enjoyed our experience and will be back again very soon!

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vipSethGuy3
Houston
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal with great ambiance and superb service ...

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Javier
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overrated. Ordered:
Pork Belly - good mix of flavors, really small portion
Octupus: Fishy and chewy. Had to return it and got carpaccio in exchange.
Carpaccio. It was good, even though not an Italian typical carpaccio.
Spaghetti al Trufo: really good
Scallops: meat was good, risotto non existent, mostly corn.
Expressos: took long to come, were warm when they arrived at the table.
Service: it was good.

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David
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything we ate was incredible. Service was fantastic. Valet should have been free since they literally parked our car across the street… And when you’re paying $200 for dinner for two… well… the “small things” like valet parking should catch you by surprise by being complimentary.
Regardless, we’ll be back for the pasta if nothing else.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The service was spotty and inconsistent, not up to expectations for a higher end restaurant. It took some time for the sommelier (over 15 minutes at 6:15 pm not a busy time) to come over. We had to ask for bread numerous times. The octopus appetizer was very tasty but in a smaller portion. The truffle pasta was incredible. Our dessert was quite pretty but overly sweet and sugary. All in all, we enjoyed the food but were seated in the bar area in spite of the restaurant being half full and the service was consistent with getting burgers at a bar. Given the price point, we won’t be back.

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RobinF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food disappointing
Carpaccio was not authentic and tasted like salami
Porterhouse was far too much food an smothered with garnished which tendered it tasteless
Wine disappointing with no good recommendations offered.
Service good but atmosphere too dark

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always

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vipRaphealSienteSe
Houston
224 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always amazing food, wine and service.

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LianaB
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

The Ravioli was too sweet and really bland. Not even with tons of Parmesan we could get any flavor out of it. The spaguetti with black truffle, the duck and the frutti di mare were really, really good, but the Ravioli was for the birthday girl and she didn’t like it do that ser the time.

When we ordered the extra Parmesan and one extra bread the waiter looked at us as if we were out of our minds.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

It was our Anniversary . The Service was Bad and Slow. The waiter kept on patting our back and had a bit of an attitude.so no no for us

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Spencer
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Definitely worth the price. Service was top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Fake Italian accents (Our waiter was from Nicaragua with the worst Italian accent I’ve ever heard)

The food was pretty tasty list and the fried fruit tasted like old Greece. Rabbit tasted exactly the same as this soft shell crab. Overpriced garbage. I would not recommend this restaurant to anybody.

This was meant to be a special anniversary dinner and it ended up being a huge disappointment.

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vipCheunger
New York Area
207 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good downtown joint for Italian food as always. Quality consistent.

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vipLeanneH
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Style over substance. Pushy waitstaff did not re-seat us after asking two times to be seated away from a kitchen door and order input area.
Had to send back an appetizer after three ingredients were missing. They brought it back with still one ingredient missing (basil)—but we just ate it anyways.
Ordered a bottle of champagne and they originally brought us white wine glasses to drink out of. Had to ask for the proper wine glass—surprising for a more upscale place.

Additionally, the lobster tail in one of the entrees was over cooked to the point of needed a knife.


Houston is a huge town with exceptional dining options. This isn’t really one of them.

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TamaraO
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente restaurante.
Nuestro mesero fue muy atento y nos hizo excelentes recomendaciones.
La pasta con trufa está excepcional!

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vipSP06
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

A couple of dishes are outstanding while others are just ok for the price. What really upset us is that there is clearly street parking that is free after hours but they tell you that the owner of the restauran who is also the owner of the houston Astros owns the street and therefore you have to pay $11 for valet parking. It seems very petty!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Potente was excellent! Valentine was attentive, helpful with the new menu selections and made our time very special. We definitely will be back in the Fall!

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vipJevonW
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic cuisine and the service was impeccable!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was amazing!!

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EricK
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and outstanding wine list. 5 Star restaurant without a doubt.

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TDCA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an incredible dining experience. The service was outstanding and the food was delicious!

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RichardM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very, very good. But the service was exceptionally good. All around great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and great food! Will definitely be back

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vipIkey
San Antonio
76 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pulpo was outstanding. Desserts were absolutely underwhelming. Wouldn't say this is Italian cuisine.

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vipTaliN
Houston
59 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always 5 star for food and service!! Highly recommend this restaurant!!

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vipAlainW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Delicious. Amazing food quality and consistency. Ate here 3 nights in a row and every single dish was cooked to perfection. Service was excellent and pricing is extremely reasonable for this high level of sophisticated dining. Potente is definitely worthy of a Michelin star. This is my go to place when visiting Houston. You will not be disappointed.

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vipPaulT
Houston
32 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went for Fine food before the game and Potente delivers. Exquisite flavors textures color and taste. Incredible wine list. We had 4 diners ... steak...shrimp...fish...all were great. Service was not as attentive as I would have liked but they got us fed and to the game slightly late. Go by all means. Plan on fine dining

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vipRoya
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow!! What a phenomenal restaurant from ambiance to food. Will took the best care of us. He was attentive, knowledgeable and explained everything fully. We loved our food and experience and can’t wait to go back.

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RobertD
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have really upped their game post pandemic. Food , service,drinks new and improved.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always consistent. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing !! The service was great and the drinks were delicious and well balanced , Definitely going back !

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NancyC
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was great, food just average.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing truffle pasta

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We went for my husband’s birthday. Reservations were full so we sat at a table in the bar. My family split several plates and all were good. I requested vegan options land ended up with a nice salad and pasta primavera that the chef put together from ingredients on hand. Overall great experience.

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PizzanHotSpot
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Spaghetti potente. That is all.

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vipjcafeflore
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

food and ambience was excellent, lack of wine choices

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Potente is rated 4.7 stars by 1079 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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