Potente

4.8
1204 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 1204 people are saying
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vipRaphealSienteSe
Houston
237 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Also excellent food and superior service.

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RiseM
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was outstanding. I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND AND WILL VISIT POTENTE AGAIN.
From the time you are actually 'greeted' at the door by the hostesses and Nate the Maitre D' with broad welcoming smiles to the engaging wait staff. There's an obvious investment in staff training.
The food was the best part. We started with the seafood puff pastry appetizer. The first thing you notice after the first bite is that there's no 'shaken' salty seasonings in the dish. It was clean and refreshing. Loved it.
The citrus roasted lobster tail was phenomenal. Again, no 'shaken' salty seasonings. It truly makes a difference when you taste the lobster, which was extremely tender. No chewy parts. The risotto was light and the rice perfectly cooked. This dish sort of melts on your palette. You eat it slowly and really enjoy the taste of every ingredient.
As a first time visitor to the restaurant, I encourage anyone who wants upscale ambiance with really special food to go. The service and food are unparalleled.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is fantastic all-around: Great service, great ambiance, and most importantly, great food! The Cacio e Pepe (spaghetti with a light truffle sauce) is a staple and beyond delicious! The chocolate tiramisu is also a must!

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ChristopherL
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was wonderful. Food was great

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vipLeeG
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. In an age where restaurants are a bit understaffed, Potente rises to the top. The food was excellent and the service was top notch. Ask for Will, he is a true professional and gave awesome recommendations. The Sommelier, Vinnie was on point with recommendations as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great and very special experience

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinario servicio
Gran ambiente buena música
Excelente cava
La comida espectacular

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vipRichC
London
44 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Second time there. Food and service were outstanding. Great ambiance

We will be back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent . Great recommendations. Definitely will be back here for dinner!!!

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Maggie
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The black truffle pasta was superb! 10/10 would recommend!

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TLH3
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was unique and delicious. The service was very attentive and loved the atmosphere in the bar.

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meateater
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitstaff and Manager were excellent. All food was perfect.

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vipfoodfrontier
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All superb except pricing. $39 for a smallish (delicious) pasta dish is a bit stratospheric. People pay this, obviously, including us, but visits will be far fewer. We dine out at least four times weekly, but this spot’s pasta prices are simply too high to permit us to consider it as a frequent choice

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SaraR
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing. They really went the extra mile helping me surprise my boy friend for his birthday. Service is amazing, food amazing. We loved it and will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!

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AlexTX
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well prepared, attractive dishes in a subdued atmosphere with excellent service.

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DavidE
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Was highly recommend by a friend & loved it !
Happy to know they could accommodate us after a late concert show !

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JWha
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in Houston. Never had a bad meal here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a perfect dinner. 5 course chef’s selection, wonderful wine and a decadent dessert. Exceptional service. Fabulous choice for a special occasion. But any meal here would be a special occasion itself.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re looking for elegant, classy and authentic Italian restaurant in Houston, Potente is it. A great way to impress your clients or significant other! The food is superb and the staff is knowledgeable and attentive to your every need. It is expensive, but you definitely got what you pay for!

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vipPaulK
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such great food and professional service along with a beautiful venue makes for a wonderful evening!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter (Will) was very informative and gave great suggestions for food and drinks. We ordered the black truffle spaghetti and the white truffle risotto. Both were to die for. We ordered the espresso martini for our dessert cocktail and by far the best espresso martini we have ever had!

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vipDeborahK
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always at our favorite Houston restaurant! Love every bite, sip and presentation plus the Cacio Pepe is the worlds best and Potente Gold signature cocktail is delicious. Thanks Valentine and Potente team! ❤️

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MeganB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Potente' may be the best in Houston! Delicious food and wonderful atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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vipSammyB
Houston
56 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellence! Food, service, ambiance and location were exceptional! 5 stars! I had the beet salad, branzino, truffle spaghetti and 4 cocktails (it was comparable to an old fashioned). Absolutely wonderful! Thank you for the experience!

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vipHappy
Denver
63 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere were fantastic.

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vipTrendswithFriends
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails and wonderful food!!

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MargieB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food , wine and service was exquisite ! Charming and inviting ambiance . Can’t wait to come back next time I am in town !

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DavidB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with wonderful food, helpful staff and a great location just a short walk from our hotel.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. We had the Fruite de mar, l could eat it 3 days a week

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LisaK
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. The dinner for two could have fed 4. The beef was some of the best tasting that I have had.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, best Italian restaurant I’ve been to Houston. Our waiter Nicolas did a great job helping us pick out food and wine.

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Xavier
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary and it was truly amazing!!! The staff was very detailed in making our experience the best ever. I recommend this place to any and everyone who is looking for great food, service and overall awesome experience!!!!

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vipRaphealSienteSe
Houston
238 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and excellent service!

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vipRDLJR
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoy Valentine taking care of us when we go!

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vipmhgoldie
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the finest restaurant in Houston right now.

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DeeP
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm rarely impressed by the most hyped restaurants in Houston, but this one is one of the best restaurants in Houston I've experienced - across the street from MinuteMade Stadium. Unless you can swing it to get in - may be best to avoid it on game day.

But it's worth the experience and the prices are reasonable.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Espectacular lugar. Combina absolutamente todo, impecable servicio, excelente decoración y la comida, un placer para los sentidos. Altamente recomendable

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Potente is rated 4.8 stars by 1204 OpenTable diners.

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