Potente

4.7
1035 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 1035 people are saying
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4.7
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ChicagoTransplant
Houston
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a wonderful time with friends. The food was amazing, as usual!

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SatY
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Potente is the best Italian restaurant in Houston.

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vipjuliaf
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience from seating to walking out.
Our server, Freddy, was very knowledgeable about the menu and cocktails and every recommendation was on point. Then Vinny, the wine expert/manager, stopped by to check on us and made us feel just like the regulars sitting a table away.
Now - the food! The octopus appetizer was perfectly prepared and in small pieces so it did not scare my sister who normally doesn’t do tentacles. So good!
The pasta with shaved truffles (table side) did not disappoint! It was the perfect amount of noodles, sauce, and mushrooms.
I did not take pictures because we were enjoying the ambiance, the service, and the company.
I will be back the next time I travel to Houston!!!

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ThomasK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to go to get out of the house, enjoy downtown Houston, and have a wonderful evening of great food and great people. Highly recommend to anyone, and I will be returning in the near future to try more of their delicious entrees!

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JordanA
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I sat at the bar and Max helped me out. He made some great recommendations for food and drinks. The food was exquisite. I will definitely be returning on my next trip to Houston.

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vipCheunger
New York Area
202 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat by the bar. Great food and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very attentive and the food was phenomenal The truffle pasta was to die for and the octopus was great. Definitely a place we’ll return. Thanks for a great evening.

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GeorgeS
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Thanks Freddy

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vipHappy
Denver
58 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Potente so much we moved into the building above it. ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Orlando was an outstanding host for our table of 8!

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mgray2006
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely loved this meal. From the service and atmosphere to the actual heaven on earth pasta, we thoroughly enjoyed our experience.

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viphcsd
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was delicious
the staff was extremely helpful and attentive
we just had drinks and appetizers, but will be back for sure

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vipChris
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and delicious food. Great special occasion restaurant.

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vipMonali
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nos gusto mucho! El ambiente, la atención y la comida! Todo muy rico

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place! Great dinner! Congrats Nicholas!!!

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AdeleB
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a luxurious and delightful experience at Potente. The truffle pasta was spectacular and the service was amazing. Valet parking was affordable as well. Would definitely go back for another great time.

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HoustonJR
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Service was spectacularly bad. They forgot to take the order for people at the table. They kept trying to get us to leave even though it was nowhere near closing. The restaurant ambience is really nice. The food and service are not.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Anniversary. Very good service and good pasta.

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ChuckS
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great except for the large party behind us that were very load.
The pasta with duck is as good as I have had. There was not a noise issue the prior two times.

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vipJoeyS
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated at the wine room. The room is very comfortable and cozy.
The Maitre D’ Nate Jackson and Freddie our waiter were very professional. They really know how to treat their guests properly. We were given the A class service.
Nate even gave us a cigar when my friend realized he forgot his at his hotel.
I would highly recommend this place!

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vipThomasN
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my book this is the best Italian restaurant in Houston! Nate is the best!

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Jenn
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was great. I had the sea bass, pork belly starter, and tiramisu for dessert. The steak was sub par so were the cocktails, ended up switching to a bottle of wine. Service, and experience was below my expectation for such an upscale restaurant.

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Mogie
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A night out for fine dining in Houston. Yes, by many standards, expensive—but that is what fine dining is.

The cocktails, the food, the service are all. First Class.

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alex
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service. Food is a bit salty - especially the calamari and Caesar salad. The main dish -truffle pasta should be shared as a side dish. It's very rich and may be too much for one person.

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viphoustonfoodie
Houston
414 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

A little too over the top for my taste

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vipCricketMason5177
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots. Potente never disappoints.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Definitely not a 4-5 stars restaurant as I see in OT or Google maps...
The place is nice but the food quality is not as good as we expected.

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TracyP
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was fantastic. They made us feel special as we were celebrating our anniversary! Its a great place for a special occasion. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and provided excellent suggestions.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, wine and service is always spot on! Joel the manager is very attentive to the patrons.

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AspiringWineLovers
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ronald and the rest of the staff made my wife’s birthday a wonderful experience!! Looking forward to our next visit!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't say enough how great the dining experience you get at potente. They make you feel like a King. The hardest part is wanting try a different dish every time you because you fell in love with your previous dish. Amazing staff !! Amazing food !!! Master Chef Danny Trace keep those dishes coming !!!!

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vipKathy
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and they have a very good wine list.

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PaulW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at Potente and glad we made the choice! The dining experience was great along with the attentive service. Highly recommend and we plan to visit again.

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EmilyS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visitors for a birthday. For apps we got grilled octopus and the rabbit. Both were so unique. For dinner we got the truffle pasta and the duck breast Bologna’s. We had a bottle of wine and they brought out a raspberry dessert. All was so so so good and we left absolutely stuffed. Definitely won’t be the last time we visit!

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jlaw52
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the early dining menu and it was absolutely delicious.

Potente
Responded on April 28, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5-Star review, we are super happy to hear that you enjoyed our Early Dining Menu! We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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RomanoD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The appetizers were very good, yet thought that an Italian restaurant would be great with pasta, and the agnolotti were badly undercooked making them gluey as chewing gum. Really disappointed. We were given the desert as courtesy which was appreciated yet it is a big mistake with the pasta.

Potente
Responded on April 28, 2021

Thank you so much for your feedback Romano, we will make sure to share this with the team.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Black truffle pasta was great. I’ll definitely go back!

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vipJohn
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was visiting from out of town. Attended the Astros game. Had dinner afterwards. Over the top great. I’m heading here when ever in Houston!!!!

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Cielito
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first experience, and go back again! The waiter was superb! He was very knowledged on his suggestions. Excellent recommendations and great personality.
Definitly going back with friends!!

Potente
Responded on April 28, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5-Star review! We are so happy to hear that you had a great 1st visit with us, and that our team provided excellent service. We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for wife’s birthday in search of black truffle. Found it at Potente. Was delicious. Great recommendations from our server. Will be back!

Potente
Responded on April 28, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5-Star review! We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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Potente is rated 4.7 stars by 1035 OpenTable diners.

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