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Potente

4.8
4.8
1348 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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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (713) 237-1515

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Danny Trace

  • Private party facilities

    Thank you for considering Potente for your special occasion. No matter the need for your event, we will ensure that we create the most memorable experience for you and your guests.

  • Private party contact

    Cristina Guyer: (832) 633-3447

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Crawford

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

BEGINNINGS

  • INSALATA ACCIUGA$12.00

    PETITE ROMAINE, BOQUERONE, PARMESAN RIBBONS, CAESAR DRESSING

    • BARBABIETOLA$14.00

      COVEY RISE BEETS, TEXAS PEACH, MOZZARELLA DOP, PETITE ARUGULA, WATERMELON RADISH, HEIRLOOM TOMATO

      • BURRATA$14.00

        SUMMER HEIRLOOM TOMATO, WHIPPED PUGLIA'S CHEESE, CUCUMBER TEXAS FIG SABA, 1836 OLIVE OIL

        • TONNO$21.00

          AHI TUNA CRUDO, JUMBO LUMP CRAB, BLACK CORAL, CAPERBERRY, CUCUMBER, MEYER LEMON CRÈME FRAICHE

          • POLIPETTI ARROSTITI$19.00

            CHARRED OCTOPUS, CALABRESE PAINT, SQUID INK FETTUCCINE, FAVA BEAN

            • VELLUTATA DI ARAGOSTA$18.00

              LOUISIANA SWEET CORN BISQUE, CRACKED LOBSTER, SPANISH SAFFRON

              • CARPACCIO DI CARNE$21.00

                JAMON SERRANO, WAGYU BEEF, DUCK PROSCIUTTO, WILD BOAR LONZA, DR DELICACY MOZZARELLA, FIG SABA, TEXAS OLIVE OIL

                • TARTINA CON POLPA DI GRANCHIO$21.00

                  JUMBO LUMP CRAB, CALABRIAN PEPPER, MOREL MUSHROOM, MELTED LEEK, SOFTSHELL CRAB SAUCE

                  PETROSSIAN CAVIARS

                  TASTING OF ALL 3 CAVIARS $175 / 36g

                  • ROYAL KALUGA HYBRID

                    • 20g$150.00
                  • ROYAL OSSETRA

                    • 20g$85.00
                  • ROYAL SHASSETRA

                    • 20g$75.00

                  HOUSE MADE PASTA

                  • AGNOLOTTI DI GAMBERI$29.00

                    TEXAS JUMBO SHRIMP, ARTICHOKE, SHRIMP BOIL BROWN BUTTER, LIMONCELLO

                    • SPAGHETTI AL TARTUFO NERO$42.00

                      CACIO PEPE, FRENCH BLACK SUMMER TRUFFLE SHAVED TABLESIDE

                      • RAVIOLI CON ARAGOSTA$39.00

                        CRACKED LOBSTER & CORN RAVIOLI, COVEY RISE ENGLISH PEA, BROCCOLI RABE, SMOKED LEMON TOMATO SAUCE

                        • TAGLIATELLE AL CINGHIALE$34.00

                          SALMORIGLIO GRILLED WILD BOAR CHOP, FOREVER BRAISED BOAR BOLOGNESE

                          FROM THE SEA

                          • CAPESANTE$34.00

                            DIVER SCALLOPS, CRUSHED CORN RISOTTO, RADISH, SEAFOOD BRODO

                            • BRANZINO$34.00

                              FIRE ROASTED SEA BASS, GARDEN VEGETABLES, FAVA BEAN, HEIRLOOM TOMATO

                              • SALMONE AL SALMORIGLIO$38.00

                                ALASKAN KING SALMON, RAPINI, BLISTERED TOMATO, DIMMIT COUNTY OLIVE OIL

                                • GRANCHIO$37.00

                                  CRISPY SOFT SHELL CRAB, PEARL COUS COUS, HEIRLOOM TOMATO, CUCUMBER, SPRING RADISH, PICKLED CORN TARTAR

                                  LAND & SKY

                                  • ANATRA$36.00

                                    CAST IRON ROASTED ROHAN DUCK BREAST, PORCINI & MOREL MUSHROOM RICE QUAIL EGG, BOURBON RANIER CHERRY SAUCE

                                    • LOMBATA$48.00

                                      HARRIS RANCH USDA PRIME BEEF STRIP, PEARL ONION, CHARRED TOMATO, MARBLE POTATO, VEGETABLE CONFETTI

                                      • FILETTO DI MANZO$42.00

                                        HARRIS RANCH PRIME BEEF FILET, MUSHROOM DUXELLE, CIPOLLINI ONION SPRING VEGETABLE, WHIPPED POTATO PURÉE

                                        • BISTECCA ALLA FIORENTINA

                                          42 OZ PRIME PORTERHOUSE STEAK, TEXAS TOMATO, INDIAN CREEK MUSHROOM PETITE ARUGULA, BALSAMIC DOP, FOR TWO

                                          • MKT
                                        • COSTOLETTE DI AGNELLO$48.00

                                          COLORADO LAMB CHOPS, RAINBOW CARROT, LOUISIANA SWEET PEAS, COGNAC MINT JULEP

                                          • VITELLO$39.00

                                            PERIGUEUX VEAL TENDER, FRENCH MOREL MUSHROOM, BROCCOLI RAAB HOMESTEAD GRISTMILL POLENTA, CALABRESE GREEN PEPPERCORN SAUCE

                                            Last updated: February 3, 2022

                                            What 1,348 people are saying

                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                            Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                            4.8
                                            4.8 based on recent ratings
                                            • 4.8Food
                                            • 4.7Service
                                            • 4.7Ambience
                                            • 4.4Value

                                            NoiseModerate

                                            Loved For

                                            • Houston

                                              Italian

                                            • Houston

                                              Italian

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                                            1. AE

                                              ArthurE

                                              Houston

                                              4 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined 2 days ago

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Fabulous!!

                                            2. E

                                              Erik

                                              San Francisco

                                              7 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              7 reviews

                                              Dined 5 days ago

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We enjoyed every aspect of our evening at Potente. The food and service were both exceptional.

                                            3. BP

                                              BobP

                                              Houston

                                              5 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              5 reviews

                                              Dined 5 days ago

                                              overall4food5service2ambience5

                                              Service was bad. Waiter was distracted and forgot drinks and other items. Not usual for the restaurant for sure

                                            4. j

                                              josev

                                              Mexico City

                                              24 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              24 reviews

                                              Dined 6 days ago

                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                              Un restaurante muy agradable pero de Alto precio y no de Alto valor

                                            5. DC

                                              DavidC

                                              Houston

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 17, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We had an excellent experience. After requesting to be located due to the noise level and seating arrangement we were reseated in a quite area with no drop off in service, all food items were excellent and a beautiful presentation. Definitely will return!

                                            6. GR

                                              GavinR

                                              Houston

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 17, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              My wife enjoyed herself so it was a very successful evening. The food and wine was excellent.

                                            7. s

                                              shiv

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 15, 2022

                                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                                              Would be good to have more Vegan and Vegetarian options in the menu

                                            8. DN

                                              DaniN

                                              Houston

                                              5 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              5 reviews

                                              Dined on May 15, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Assolutamente eccellente! Potente never disappoints. This beautiful, romantic gem at the heart of Houston serves the best authentic Italian food in the city. And their insanely long wine list gives endless pairing possibilities to enhance your food! Service - excellent Sommelier - knowledgeable Food - delicious Wine - outstanding Ambiance - amazing

                                            9. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Houston

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Food and service was excellent.

                                            10. VL

                                              VictorL

                                              Houston

                                              33 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              33 reviews

                                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                              I give this a qualified five stars. The place is beautiful, the service perfect, and the wine list is great. The food is also quite good, but it falls short of great; nothing in particular wrong, but no really memorable dishes.

                                            11. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Houston

                                              6 reviews

                                              vip
                                              1.0

                                              6 reviews

                                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                                              overall1food4service3ambience1

                                              Worst dining experience for a long while. Ambient was meant for fine dining ie dim lights soft music yet we were surrounded by tables of drunk LOUD people. We were seated in the extension area with no sound treatment. Everything reverberated. We were so annoyed but couldn’t escape. Our first experience were great and we thought we’d have a great time there for the second time. We were so wrong! Big disappointment! For 2+ hours we could not hear ourselves talk. Waste of $700.

                                            12. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Calgary

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                              Service was excellent and food and wine was lovely

                                            13. MB

                                              MaggieB

                                              San Antonio

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 13, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Very good food and great service. Seated upon arrival and were waited on when we first sat down.

                                            14. v

                                              valerie

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 12, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Wonderful food. A bit noisy but still the waitress made up for any disturbance from the other table, along with the management staff. Everyone so kind and helpful.

                                            15. h

                                              houdinner

                                              Houston

                                              124 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              124 reviews

                                              Dined on May 11, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Potente is a go to for a special occasion meal, or for terrific food and service. Our recent visit was not exception--wonderful food (crab crepes, veal chop, lobster/quail ravioli, terrific salads and desserts). Service is attentive and polished and the ambiance is sophisticated. We always enjoy working with the wine sommelier as well.

                                            16. F

                                              Francoise

                                              Houston

                                              11 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              11 reviews

                                              Dined on May 11, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Potente is likely the best restaurant in town in my opinion. Excellent food and service.

                                            17. CC

                                              CynthiaC

                                              New England

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 10, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The food (truffle pasta with crab and salad) and cocktails were fantastic. The service by the bartender, maitre’ D and especially our waiter, the charming Valentino, was fantastic. We were not rushed through our very long (4 1/2 hour) dinner and we were treated like queens. To top off the evening, the maitre’ D left the restaurant with us to make sure we got into our Uber safely. I highly recommend this fantastic restaurant.

                                            18. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Houston

                                              2 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                                              overall4food3service3ambience5

                                              It was my birthday

                                            19. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Houston

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Absolutely amazing food! Cannot wait to go back!

                                            20. MQ

                                              MariaQ

                                              Houston

                                              2 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on May 6, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              In my opinion Potente is a Michelin restaurant. The service is excellent, the food outstanding and the ambient perfect. I recommend Pitente.

                                            21. JS

                                              JosephineS

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 6, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Staff are very professional and friendly! Fantastic food!!! Love every bite of it:)

                                            22. J

                                              John

                                              Houston

                                              19 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              19 reviews

                                              Dined on May 4, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The spaghetti al tartufo nero is amazing. It is a must if you go here.

                                            23. i

                                              iand14

                                              Houston

                                              18 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              18 reviews

                                              Dined on May 4, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The best of the best. The staff is world class, the food is absolutely amazing and the service impeccable. It is without a doubt my favorite restaurant in Houston. Must tried Soagetti Al Tartuffo Dinero (I am sure I got the name wrong but amazing truffle spaghetti dish. ), Diver Scallops, and the Fillet Mignon.

                                            24. RS

                                              RaphealSienteSe

                                              Houston

                                              256 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              256 reviews

                                              Dined on May 3, 2022

                                              overall5food5service4ambience4

                                              Always great food and excellent service.

                                            25. S

                                              Sheni

                                              Houston

                                              3 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Excellent food and recommendation. It was my husband’s bday and like most hi end restaurants i believe the dessert should be provided complimentary for occassions.

                                            26. S

                                              Stargirl

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Everything about this place was amazing. From the moment I entered, customer service was excellent, the hostess and the waitstaff were kind and helpful. The food was absolutely wonderful, seasoned perfectly. The drinks phenomenal. I can't wait to return!

                                            27. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Houston

                                              4 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Excellent food, service and ambience! Def return…

                                            28. G

                                              Glo1949

                                              Houston

                                              44 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              44 reviews

                                              Dined on April 29, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We love dining at this restaurant. We started with a couple of old fashions. Our appetizer was the foie gras which was excellent paired with sauterne. We moved on to the spaghetti Al tartufo and I had the scallops with a nice bottle of Italian red wine. Excellent meal!!!

                                            29. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Houston

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 27, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Celebrating pre-Mother’s Day at one of my wife’s favorite Italian restaurant. We love the surrounding area, the building and inside decor. Our waiter in waitstaff was amazing coupled with the food and the ambience! Thank you for a great time.

                                            30. HA

                                              HenryA

                                              Houston

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 23, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Beautiful!

                                            31. AJ

                                              AmyJ

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 22, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The food was amazing and the service was outstanding!! Great find on our visit!!

                                            32. CS

                                              CharlesS

                                              Jacksonville

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 21, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great staff, the food was impeccable. Thank you for a great evening and fun experience!!!

                                            33. HG

                                              HGW2

                                              Houston

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 19, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The food was outstanding and it was a great option before walking across the street to Minute Maid for the Astros game.

                                            34. c

                                              chodado

                                              Houston

                                              27 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              27 reviews

                                              Dined on April 18, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Somewhat of a boutique restaurant not large but extremely sophisticated atmosphere. Food is unique to the restaurant and adjacent bar area very vibrant. Wine list extensive. But the pasta with truffles is top rate. Excellent for business or pleasure and great spot prior to Astros game. Valet parking helps.

                                            35. f

                                              flower

                                              San Francisco

                                              7 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              7 reviews

                                              Dined on April 18, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We had a wonderful evening, delicious food, wine was divine. A great experience. We are certainly going to recommend Potente!

                                            36. H

                                              Happy

                                              Denver

                                              68 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              68 reviews

                                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Date night with the hubby. We sat in the bar at a table. Our waiter was fantastic, I can’t remember his name but he’s from Texas and lived in Seattle for many years. He was very personable and gave us the perfect amount of conversation and privacy. Good suggestions were spot on. We love Potente. The food is amazing and so is the staff. We have never been disappointed with a meal here.

                                            37. EK

                                              EthanK

                                              Houston

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We went for our 1 year anniversary. Everything was amazing from start to finish. The food was outstanding, the service was exceptional and the ambiance was modern and comfortable. One of our new favorite places!

                                            38. RE

                                              RobE

                                              Houston

                                              8 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              8 reviews

                                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Food was excellent and the wait staff is outstanding… shout out to Valentin

                                            39. SB

                                              ScyllerB

                                              Washington DC

                                              2 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on April 15, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We had a lovely dinner, the food was exceptional as was the service! The truffle pasta was worth the trip alone. Highly recommend it!

                                            40. NG

                                              NicoleG

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 15, 2022

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The staff was on point. It felt like white glove service. Food is absolutely amazing and the wine selection was amazing too!

                                            Safety precautions

                                            • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                              • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                              • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                              • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                            • 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

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                                            Potente is rated 4.8 stars by 1348 OpenTable diners.

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                                            Booked 24 times today
                                            Google Map for Potente

                                            1515 Texas Avenue Houston, TX 77002

                                            Dining areas

                                            Additional information

                                            • Cross street

                                              Crawford

                                            • Neighborhood

                                              Downtown

                                            • Hours of operation

                                              Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

                                            • Cuisines

                                              Italian, Mediterranean

                                            • Dining style

                                              Fine Dining

                                            • Dress code

                                              Business Casual

                                            • Parking details

                                              Street Parking

                                            • Payment options

                                              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                            • Executive chef

                                              Danny Trace

                                            • Additional

                                              Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                            • Phone number

                                              (713) 237-1515

                                            • Private party facilities

                                              Thank you for considering Potente for your special occasion. No matter the need for your event, we will ensure that we create the most memorable experience for you and your guests.

                                            • Private party contact

                                              Cristina Guyer: (832) 633-3447

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