Potente

4.8
987 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 987 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food was great, everything from the appetizer to dessert was wonderful. After we got our dinner, our server did not attend to us and rarely checked in on us. We were there for 3 hours because the service was so slow after our dinner arrived. Overall, the food and ambiance was great, just terrible service that really killed the mood for me and my partner.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian meals we have had. Val, our waiiter, guided us through the menu and hit the highlights that made our evening!! We will DEFINITELY be back.

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vipawesome
Houston
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

Potente
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much for the 5-Star review! We are so happy to hear that you had a great visit with us! We hope to see you back soon!

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vipBling
Houston
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Went before Astros game and expected it to be lively and noisy. Service was slow though as I don’t think they expected the crowd and maybe we’re not prepared. I will go back though! Best truffle pasta I dream of!!

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Lorrising
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Potente is never anything but absolutely outstanding and it's even better that they respect their customers enough to allow them to use their own judgment when it comes to wearing masks! I am so pleased that my favorite restaurant doesn't feel the need to dictate to their customers. So...now that I've given them props for their embrace of personal choice I have to say that the food as always was absolute perfection! We had four different starters, octopus, oysters, pork belly and rabbit (which was an off-menu special) and while they were all excellent the oysters were a special standout! For our main courses we had the Vitello, Costolette di Agnello, Ragu All'Anatra and the Spaghetti Al Tartufo Nero and they were all fantastic but the Spaghetti Al Tartufo Nero is in a class by itself! It was fantastic. Even though we've been to Potente several times it was the first time we'd ordered it as we actually don't care for truffles at all (I know, we're neanderthals) but as usual Chef Danny can take a food you think you don't like and make it absolutely delicious! An extra note, my youngest son has Down syndrome and they are always so accommodating to him, he likes his steak plain and served with french fries and at Potente they are always so gracious to make special requests! All in all it was an amazing dinner. To be honest I have literally never had anything at Potente that wasn't fantastic! We followed Chef Danny from Brennan's to Potente and are so glad we did! The service is impeccable, the food fantastic and the atmosphere sophisticated and beautiful. As always a perfect night out. Potente is our go-to restaurant for special occasions and that is even more true since they are so gracious on their mask policy!

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JessicaQ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spaghetti Al Tartufo Nero is a absolute must! Love Potente ! Can’t wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food, best service , best ambiance , best overall experience at a restaurant! Highly recommend!!

Potente
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much for the 5-Star review! We are so happy to hear that our team provided excellent service during your time with us! We hope to see you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

Potente
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much for the 5-Star Review! We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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Jones2CFP
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, fantastic service, incredible way to spend our one year anniversary! Thank you!

Potente
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much for including us on this special celebration! It truly means the world to us to be part of these beautiful memories. We look forward to celebrate many more anniversaries with you two!

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Kennation
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our 9th anniversary at Potente and they made every minute so special. The hostess was very welcoming, our table location was perfect and our server, Nicolas, was spectacular. I have a few fruit allergies and he went above and beyond to ensure that none of the allergens were in any of our dishes. He served with a smile and a warmth that is so rare in the industry. His timing was perfect and he made us feel like VIPs. We shared a wonderful beet salad and actually had two orders of the pork belly appetizer because it was that delicious! We followed the salad and appetizers with the spaghetti al tartufo nero which includes tableside truffle shaving, and the salmone--both so very yummy. They have an impressive wine and whisky menu and Nicolas was very helpful with his recommendations. The menus are well lit for the more mature crowd, great convenience lol. They gave us a special dessert for our anniversary and the manager came by and personally thanked us for spending our special day at their establishment. We are so happy with our experience and will definitely return. Thank you Potente!

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DanielR
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentin and the rest of the staff always make us feel so welcome! Amazing food, amazing service. Always a reason to go back.

Potente
Responded on March 25, 2021

We are so thrilled to hear this about our team, Daniel! Thank you so much for the 5-Star Review, we look forward to seeing you back soon!

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Houstonian
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice, modern, great food and service. I gave a 4 star for value because I don’t think the quantity of food was sufficient.

Potente
Responded on March 25, 2021

Thank you so much for your recent visit, and for your feedback about our food quantity, we will make sure to share this with our team. We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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BethanyS
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and flavors are amazing. It is expensive, but worth it. We recommend the faux gras, scallops with a very tasty corn risotto, the filet, and the after dinner drinks. We are in a delirious food coma now.

Potente
Responded on March 24, 2021

Thank you so much for your recent visit Bethany! We are so happy to see that we were able to provide a 5-Star experience during your time with us! We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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vipShaynaA
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a treat! Potente is just fabulous. Do not leave without eating the spaghetti with black truffles!

Potente
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much for the 5-Star Review Shayna! We are so happy to hear you had a great time and enjoyed our Truffle Pasta! We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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MichaelB
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Best in Houston.

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Cher
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks, ambience, and service were exquisite!

Potente
Responded on March 24, 2021

We are so happy you had a 5-Star Experience with us Cher! We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Thank you for your recent visit!

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BrittanyV
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was so beautiful. Our host was incredible & gave us amazing advice for our first time at potente. The food was delicious. My request for birthday accommodations was impeccable. Everything was perfect and made my birthday guest feel special.

Potente
Responded on March 24, 2021

It's always a joy for us to see amazing reviews like this Brittany! Thank you so much for entrusting us on a your special celebration, it truly means the world to us! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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MichaelB
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Houston.

Potente
Responded on March 18, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5-Star review Michael! We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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LaurenV
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter recommendations and portion sizes were perfect. Everything was delicious - spaghetti with black truffle was perfect to split.

Potente
Responded on March 18, 2021

We are so happy to hear that you had an excellent time with us, Lauren! We truly appreciate the 5-Star Review, and we look forward to seeing you back soon!

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Eb101
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I came here for my birthday and truly loved the ambiance or the restaurant. Our server, Patrick, was just amazing! He took care of every little detail and really made my birthday dinner special. The truffle pasta was delicious as well as the Agnolotti di Granchio. I was also blown away by the presentation of the dessert- sphera dolce. Overall, I think the food was great, but the ambiance and service was above all. Definitely recommend!

Potente
Responded on March 18, 2021

Thank you so much for your this awesome review and for visiting Potente for your birthday dinner! We are so happy to hear that our team provided a 5-Star experience during your time with us! We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is awesome

Potente
Responded on March 18, 2021

Thank you so much for your 5-Star review! We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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RebeccaM
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

I had a reservation for 5 on the books for over a month. We were seated at a 4-top with 5 settings. Not comfortable for anyone, not enough room on the table for shared apps, etc. The guest of honor has already said that she will not return because of this.
Tried to order wine for our entree course, but it didn't come out until we were done with our entree, and the decanter had water it the bottom.
Our server was fantastic! Can't say enough nice stuff about Amy, but her support team was not good. They didn't clear plates, and as we were already at a table that was too small for us, we ended up just holding plates until someone would take them away. Water was refilled very promptly, but Amy was stretched too thin with terrible support to be able to show us the attention we would expect from a dining experience of this caliber.

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KatrinaL
Omaha
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Would have liked the food to come out quicker. The food and ambience is wonderful for a date night.

Potente
Responded on March 9, 2021

Hi Katrina! Thank you so much for your recent visit with us! We are happy to see that you enjoyed our delicious dishes, we will make sure to share the delivery time of our food feedback with the team! We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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KarenS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious and the service was phenomenal. Make SURE you get their signature pasta!!!!

Potente
Responded on March 9, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5-Star review Karen! We are so happy to see that you had a great visit with us, and enjoyed our incredible Truffle Pasta! We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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vipTerrenceG
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Potente is absolutely first class. Ambience, food, the team -- everything. Our server, Will was an absolute pro -- friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Mr. Crane, the owner, came by our table and was very welcoming. Joel, the GM, gave my wife and I a tour of the restaurant -- he offered when he saw us check out the bar on our way out. Best touch of all -- it was raining when we left, I brought my car around, and the guys walked my wife to the car under an umbrella.

We'll definitely be back and will definitely recommend.

Potente
Responded on March 9, 2021

Thank you so much for this incredible 5-Star review Terrence! We are always so happy to hear about our guests experience as we strive for everyone to have a magnificent time with us. We truly appreciate you sharing your night with us, and look forward to seeing you and Trina back soon! If we can be of service for anything else, please let us know.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Oysters came out cold, twice. Girlfriends pasta was also lukewarm. Chicken was average, simply not impressed. Max the bartender was a saving grace here he was amazing.

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JosephC
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great customer service and great drinks from Max. The server left something to be desired. The food was very good.

Potente
Responded on March 9, 2021

Thank you so much for your recent visit with us Joseph! We are so happy to see that you enjoyed our dishes and our cocktails! We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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vip1MandaBear
San Francisco
88 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, delicious food, truffle pasta is a must, amazing Italian wine list, well priced.

Good sommelier and impeccable service by Cristina & Emily.

Jon the bar for a fantastic cocktail program!

Chef Danny Trace food is 1 of the best we had in Houston.

Potente
Responded on March 9, 2021

Thank you so much for this 5-Star review Amanda! We are so happy to hear that everything turned out excellent for you and your husband during your visit with us. We look forward to seeing you two back when you are in Houston!

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viphoudinner
Houston
92 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Potente remains an incredibly accomplished and sophisticated restaurant. The wine list in particular is outstanding, and service is the equal of any 5 rosette Michelin venue. Our meal was quite good, but not quite as stellar as on past visits. The lobster bisque was fantastic, but all of our mains were just good, not great. Desserts were also superb.
Perhaps the pandemic is affecting the supplies available, or wearing on the best of our chefs. I hope not. This is a restaurant that deserves to be as fantastic as it always has been.

Potente
Responded on March 9, 2021

Thank you so much for your 5-Star review! We are happy to see that our team provided excellent service during your time with us and that you had the opportunity to enjoy one of our amazing wines! We will make sure to share your feedback about our dishes with our team.

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vipBrendalovesyummystuff
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. The spaghetti topped by black truffle is a must.

Potente
Responded on March 4, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5-Star review Brenda! We are so happy to hear that you had a great time with us and enjoyed our Truffle Pasta! We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our dinner with the family! Best truffle past in Houston! Great ambiance and service.

Potente
Responded on March 4, 2021

Thank you so much for your 5-Star Review! We are happy to hear that you had the opportunity to try our Truffle Pasta and enjoyed it! We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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vipRobertC
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very pleasant evening, delicious and creative food along with wonderful wine!

Potente
Responded on March 4, 2021

Thank you for the 5-Star review Robert! We are happy to hear you had a great time dining with us! We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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vipImpressMe
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Reidel wine decanters... an added touch to the elegant atmosphere which makes dining here so very special. The service is always exemplary. My favorite dishes are the truffled spaghetti and Foix Gras. Although it’s pricey we always feel like it is worth it. The perfect place to celebrate a special occasion and have a wonderful bottle of wine!

Potente
Responded on March 4, 2021

We are so happy to hear that you had the opportunity to enjoy one of our beautiful Wine Decanters and our amazing Truffle Pasta! Thank you for the 5-Star review, we look forward to seeing you back soon!

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vipplayndine
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was a make up for Valentines. The waiter promised us the experience would be special. He did as promised. The build up to the entree was awesome. My wife enjoyed the filet and I loved the NY strip. Everything was prepared to perfection. The staff was friendly and attentive. A must for all.

Potente
Responded on March 4, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5-Star review! We are so happy to hear that you had a great time enjoying our delicious dishes and that our staff provided excellent service during your visit with us. We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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TWYLAB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was the BEST! The Chef was wonderful and the service was one of a kind!

Potente
Responded on March 4, 2021

We are so happy to hear that you had an excellent visit with us! Thank you so much for the 5-Star review, and can't wait to see you back soon!

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LindaH
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!
My second time there.
We LOVE the truffle spaghetti 😋

Potente
Responded on March 4, 2021

Linda! Thank you so much for returning to Potente, we love to hear this! We are happy to hear that our team provided an excellent dining experience for you guys. We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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AmberY
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If your looking for upscale, date night vibe. This is the place. Great service and the food was delicious.

Potente
Responded on March 4, 2021

Thank you so much for your 5-Star review Amber! We are happy to hear that our team did an excellent job in serving you. We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service

Potente
Responded on March 4, 2021

Thank you so much for the 5-Star review! We are happy to hear that you had an excellent time with us!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection. Nate and Rolando were terrific

Potente
Responded on March 4, 2021

Thank you so much for your 5-Star review! Nate and Rolando are such amazing team members, they are truly the best of the best. We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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AdilA
Adelaide
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience , food was delicious

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Potente is rated 4.8 stars by 987 OpenTable diners.

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