Potente

4.8
558 reviews
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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 suggested attire is business casual. A jacket for gentleman is preferred, but not required. Shorts and hats are not permitted.
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Daily 5:00PM - 6:45PM

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Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fantastic! Food was amazing. Great experience overall. I recommend this place for date night.

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TF
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The food was delicious. Great staff as well.

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TG
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing all around!!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the great restaurants I’ve been too and I’ve been to a lot.

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TK
Baton Rouge
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner! We had the burrata salad, black truffle spaghetti, scallops, sea bass, tirimi su, limoncello desserts. This meal ranked in my top five meals of all time. The black truffle spaghetti is amazing! We shared it as an appetizer so we could try multiple menu items, but honestly, I won't share again. Hahaha! Sooo good! The service was wonderful and the atmosphere was great. I highly recommend Potente.

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DD
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff and assistants were great. Really enjoyed the experience. Portions were reasonable for area but on the small side of scale. All in all the atmosphere, service and taste of food made up for it.

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MC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Can’t wait to go back.

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MM
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish, Potente was exceptional. We appreciated the valet service & proximity to Minute Maid. We were looking for dinner before the Astros game, & definitely scored a grand slam. Potente is upscale, a beautiful restaurant - not your typical pregame fare. We were seated in a booth, intimate & quiet. Our waiter, Patrick, was professional, attentive, & friendly. When he brought us bread & smoked hummus starter, we knew it was going to be a stellar meal! I’d highly recommend the house-made truffle pasta to anyone with discerning palate. Lovely evening in every way. We’ll be back.

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JS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Everything we had was exceptional. Reasonable proces

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PT
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

First class dining. Attentive staff attractive entrees. Incredible wine list. Fair prices for the quality offered. Our party of 4 had one app (burrata salad) that was less than stellar but every other app/entree and dessert plate was scraped clean down to the china pattern. Go and enjoy

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M
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early dinner before Astros Saturday night game (7:15 start) not usual 6:15. Perfect timing for a lovely, leisurely meal. Great creative food, great service.

Will do it again.

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A
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just spectacular!!!

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k
Tampa
26 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, lovely table, great evening! We hope to return soon whennext in Houston.

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J
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food and wine I’ve ever enjoyed! Service was superb as well!

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TL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truffle pasta. Truffle pasta. Truffle pasta. Everything is good, and every time my coworkers and I go, we try something new. The scallops, beet salad, tuna starter, salmon, seabass... all amazing, but what we often order multiples of is the truffle pasta.
So yummy.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomenal and service provided by David elevated our experience. We will be back soon.

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JC
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dining experience. Food was amazing and presented like artwork. Maitre D Nate Jackson made sure that all of our needs were taken care of. Highly recommend Potente if you are seeking an upscale dining experience.

Jonny Campbell

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Houston
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding and the food delicious. It is a bit on the high end for serving size; however, I expected that prior to my arrival. It is a great place to celebrate a special occasion.

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R
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal! We can't wait to enjoy Potente again.

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MV
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience we had at Potente. I will be happy to recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to have an upscale and excellent experience while in downtown. The service was top-notch, even when the restaurant got busier in the night. I ordered the new lobster bisque-esque soup that was added to the menu that day. The meal was fabulous and presentation was even better. I then ordered the caccio e peppe with freshly shaved truffles - also such a great visual and even better taste! We ended our dinner by sharing the creme brulee and the tiramisu - both large desserts and more than enough to share. While the restaurant is pricey, it is worth the expense and will leave you wanting to come back for more.

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SS
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wine was outstanding. I highly recommend this place for date night or dinner with colleagues. Our waiter was a bit pushy (everything was an upsell for him), but that should not be seen as an indictment on the restaurant or the food. Definitely recommend.

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LA
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great service and food

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OT
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, very nice wine list, service was lovely

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p
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff really went above and beyond with their service and accommodation of our special requests.

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a
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I appreciate your attention and service dinner was super special.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Entree was supposed to be grilled and arrived deep fried. I did not want to make a fuss at the time.

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O
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

got engaged here. They put us in a private room which has a great ambiance. Food and service was incredible and they went out of their way to make it an enjoyable experience. We are really really appreciative for their flexibility in hosting us also! Would fully recommend it.

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m
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service and food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a good experience overall. Would go back for a special occasion.

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OT
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I loved the veal but do not order the lobster ravioli. It was subpar. I’m not sure what happened with this dish. It was borderline stale. It looked like it was left out to dry while my dish was being cooked. I’m sure that there isn’t anything wrong with anything else on the menu but that item was a disappointment. The staff of extremely helpful and seem knowledgeable. The drinks are great. Wine by glass is okay. Like I said, the veal was amazing.

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E
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was outstanding. The service impeccable, and each course was unique and visually appealing. I would definitely come back again.

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v
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food! Very attentive!

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R
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. The pregame appetizers were incredible.

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RS
Houston
175 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and excellent service. Another great experience at this downtown restaurant.

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OT
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, restaurant, staff were incredible. We ordered two cocktails, the ravioli, the the fillet. All cooked and prepared to perfection. Our only hesitation on going back is the portion size is very small for the price. The ravioli dish was $39 and you get 3 raviolis 😲 Beautiful presentation and the best ravioli I have had but yikes. Would recommend if you are a upscale foodie that loves presentation over quantity.

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Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food quality. Prices reflect it, of course. It was moderately but not exceptionally busy the evening we dined - a little busier would've been nice for ambiance.

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OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food in small portions. Superior service. Great wine list.

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JS
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was incredible--Celebrating my wife's birthday.
The Main Menu Had "Happy Birthday Jacqui", really cool.
Wait Staff was on it!!! Great service!!!
The Food was Outstanding!!!
Great selection of wines!!!
We'll be back for another Dinner!!!
5-Stars!!!!!

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s
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's definitely one of the top/best restaurants in the Houston area. The food was outstanding in taste and presentation. The wine list is favorable for an oenophile and reasonably priced. From start to finish, cocktails to desserts, our meal was exceptional!!! Thanks to our waiter Cameron and Maitre'D Nate.

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