Potente

4.8
1235 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 1235 people are saying
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vipRaphealSienteSe
Houston
242 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always the best food, service and experience.

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Houstongirl
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dinner at Potente. It was a lovely experience from food, decor, drinks to service. A memorable night.

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BenjaminP
Mexico City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good but not spectacular. Price was high compared to food quality. Excellent service.

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AnitaU
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Delicious food. Great place for a fancy night out

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MarieQ
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night spot for special occasions to get dressed up and have amazingly great food. Not one of those overpriced restaurants that gives you child portions but portions to share!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service, food and atmosphere were excellent. The only thing that could be improved upon would be: to add some live music such as an instrumental guitar, soft trumpet or piano to enhance the ambiance ( no piped in music please).

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AmberB
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine list, great food and excellent service! We sat at the bar and Emily (I think that’s her name) waited on us. She is wonderful and helped to make our night out fun!

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vipkerryl
Houston
40 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can honestly say this is some of the best food I have ever had. The oysters were fire roasted and superb. We had scallops for our entree and they were cooked to perfection. I recommend making a reservation and getting there as fast as you can.

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vipVicFromLouisiana
New Orleans
72 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed everything about the evening except the initial champagne service. The waiter came up and said Happy Birthday and then said “Can we start you off with some champagne?” I like champagne but don’t love champagne but the way he said it seemed to indicate it was compliments of the restaurant since he wished me a birthday first. Well it wasn’t and it was $22 a glass.
Not a big deal but felt a little deceptive and we will know better next time.
The food was great, service was very attentive and the atmosphere was quiet. Really enjoyed the evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary Dinner

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Barbie
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent as always. Potente is a lovely setting. The ambiance is fantastic along with the food, service and waitstaff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

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vipDavidH
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of the best pasta I have had. Food was excellent. Drinks are great and the wine list is top notch. Added to one of our fav’s in Houston.

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Nathan
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I ordered
Appetizers : Grill oysters and foi gras. They are okay. Not great

Entrée: truffle pasta and Scallops. Nothing spectacular. Just plain.

Dessert: dessert items are good.

Overall: not worth the hype. Food is okay-average

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vipVickie
Hawaii
49 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a A-list restaurant that we choose for business and special occasions. We are pleased with our service and can request our favorite staff member Valentin. That qarantees us over the top service. It is always a delight to see Chef Danny's presentations. Excellent caviar and wines. If you want the best try it.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable customer service and delicious food as usual!

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ColinB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A very nice place for Christmas Eve dinner. The food was excellent, if a bit unimaginative, and the waitstaff knowledgeable and friendly. The grilled oysters and truffle pasta were the standout dishes at our table.

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HappyNHouston
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance is always top notch at Potente. The pate appetizer was a trio of tastes. The white truffle pasta was amazing. Pheasant and iota red entrees were delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant. You will not be disappointed.

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vipBhav
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The Service here is always 5+ stars. The staff understands what true hospitality is...they always have!
The food is always excellent, but the menu hasn't changed in a while...wondering about that.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Date night for Christmas was the occasion and we had an overall nice time. I had the scallops and he had the filet—both well prepared and tasty. Not the caliber of fine dining we expected but still solid experience.

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Memoriesthroughmeals
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing dinner experience. The food was incredible and the wine amazing. Loved everything about our dinner. It was on the pricey side, but overall worth it.

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NicholasA
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Valentin was wonderful and responsive. It was a quick drop in for a meal, so not your typical lounger dinner, but it was not as good as an experience as I had recalled. When I first arrived there was a manager at the door that seemed indifferent to my visit, as I mentioned last time I had come in with a regular. I will come again next time I am in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Best steak and cacio e Pepe I’ve ever had

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING food, cocktails and service!!! Potente has become our new HTown favorite!! The octopus, foie gras, black truffle pasta w/ crab…everything is delish!!

Potente MGMT: Y’all have a true GEM In Chiara…she’s helped us plan two group parties and her customer service is impeccable!!

We’ll be back soon!

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vipMLowe
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the finest places you will ever dine.

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JasmineJ
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. This was our first time in Houston. We will come back just for this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once a year Christmas outing with great friends!

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RickS
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb. Dinner before show was perfect! Eat here and 15min walk to Ballet.

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vipKumarS
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience3

The white truffle shaved was small..

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vipTomH
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Houston has plenty of great restaurants, but Potente is at the top of my list. Chef Danny Trace is a master. I've never had a dinner there that didn't leave me thinking about it days later. On this visit the scallops were wonderful on a bed of creamy risotto that is cooked perfectly. The rabbit was terrific, balanced with pasta with a light gravy. The wine selection is largely Italian, but the staff is great in assisting with a selection with reasonable pricing. We had a 2016 Barbaresco which pared perfectly.
The wait staff is very attentive without being to much.

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vipRaphealSienteSe
Houston
242 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Also excellent food and superior service.

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RiseM
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
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
15 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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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 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
45 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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Potente is rated 4.8 stars by 1235 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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