Potente

4.8
541 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

What 541 People Are Saying
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Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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MV
Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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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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
19 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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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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Houston
7 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
173 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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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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F
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very expensive as well too noisy at the corner of the sitting
Small pasta costed $50

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

We celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary by having a spectacular dinner at Potente. This was our first visit to the restaurant. I had requested a booth; I had read it was better if you wanted a quieter area for a special occasion. Initially, we mere taken to the end of the sitting area which was very noisy. However, the maître d’ realized we had requested a booth and asked if we wanted that sitting accommodation. The night would not have been as memorable if we had remained in that section. Our menus had Happy Anniversary written at the top. Our waiter, David was very attentive and offered wonderful suggestions. We had the Tartina Con Polpo Di Granchio (lump crab appetizer), Spaghetti Al Tartufo Nero (spaghetti with shaved black truffles), Capesante (scallops), and the Filetto Di Manzo. For dessert we had the Meringa Al Limone and the Sfera Dolce (opening tiramisu). The tiramisu had stunning presentation and tasted even better. The desserts came out with Happy Anniversary greetings written on the plates. All this attention to detail in a very pleasant setting with outstanding food made for an exceptional experience for our anniversary. We are looking forward to going back to Potente.

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H
Denver
49 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding meal in a quite environment where you can actually talk to the people you are with. Love Potente

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KP
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite fine dining venue in Houston right now. The experience is superb!

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DK
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The decor was elegant, cocktails outstanding especially the signature old fashioned, wine perfect, and the food was so delicious and beautiful (must try their tiramisu)! And if that isn’t enough of a reason to go back, our waiter, Valentine, was exceptional!

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very personalized service. Small touches that made the experience one to remember.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was absolutely amazing. Wine pairings were perfect. There was no music in the dining room so you could hear others’ conversations and there was a slight echo but overall, I would highly recommend.

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MC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere, wait staff was great! Wine list was quite extensive, great service! Our food was done very well.

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JW
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Professional service and food is very good. Unusual menu.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Not pleasant

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ME
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time but everything was phenomenal. Food, service, etc.

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E
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service continues at potente new wine list additions at reasonable price are fantastic. Still high on the list of places to have special meal in HOUSTON. Cheers

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KM
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant! Great for special occasions or just a fancy night out. Fantastic wine and hummus:) I am vegan so not many options for us, just one pasta dish. But I enjoyed the wine and hummus, and will be back!

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MP
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb and interesting creations served in an sophisticated and unusually quiet setting. Our server was perfect: attentive but never intrusive.

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W
San Antonio
130 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, drink and service were all outstanding as we celebrated our 50th anniversary. Potente is always the place for Italian in Southeast Texas.

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BM
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Potente. We went for our 5th anniversary. They made us feel so welcome. The menu even said “Happy Anniversary” at the top. Our waiter suggested at least one of us get the truffle spaghetti. It was amazing! We also ordered the branzino, which was delicious. Great spot!

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MG
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was outstanding. Freddy made sure our meal was perfect and offered wonderful suggestions.

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