Potente

4.8
910 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.

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Nov 26, 2020

Let us handle the turkey and the truffle this year! Executive Chef Danny Trace created a special 5-Course Thanksgiving Menu sure to impress you and your special guests. Dinner is $99 per person, plus tax. We will be open from 11am-3pm on Thanksgiving day.

What 910 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.8
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SidneyY
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Waiter did not pay attention to our order and added stuff to our order. Went by memory and got it wrong. Sent a drink to us when we did not ask for it. Was always in a hurry and acted as if we were interupting him from a more important task.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was very good- I would say that the only complaint is that the desert I ordered left out an item that it said it would include and didn’t.

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Mangoes
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary 35 years
Excellent dining experience. The dish cost is high for the quality and quantity.

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MBJ34
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been there many times and decided to go for our anniversary. Great ambiance, superb food, wine and service.

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PaolaV
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recommend Potente, great service, and very respectful staff. My second time at the restaurant and it seemed that it was the first time again, we tried more items from the menu and it was totally worth it.

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KStewart
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Must try the truffle spaghetti and the steak is amazing as well. We tried the Oysters this time as a starter and they were delicious.

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VictorR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our waiter, Valentin, was a true gentleman and made our evening very special.

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OakhurstFan
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Excellent service as always!!

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JasmineP
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They showed so much discrimination towards us. Kept having people stare and watch us we never return

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurant experiences in Houston. Highly recomend

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vipisee2
Houston
93 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and service were top tier as expected. I enjoyed the special attention and unique details the service staff offered. Every course included some surprising detail. The wine list offers quality at all price ranges. Pleasant experience but not quite above the norm at this high price point.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best restaurant and food in town. The service is superb but the food is equivalent to a Michelin star restaurant. This place continues to impress us every time

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Chelsea
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional. The staff was knowledgeable about the menu and had great recommendations.

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LeeC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't go out for dinner often, but when I do I want it to be over the top in presentation and flavors. Potente did not disappoint.

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vipcourtneyll
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner at Potente was fabulous! Food, service and drinks were all exceptional. This has become our go to for Italian fine dining in Houston. We look forward to returning soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a cute decor, very romantic and ambiance was amazing. The table seating was very spacious and intimate at the same time. Service was impeccable and food was beyond amazing. Covid19 safety was very adequate. Loved it all.

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vipMaddog
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening at Potente could not have been better. The food, wine, and service exceeded all expectations. Our experience began with an off the menu platter of fabulous meats and cheeses. We then progressed to appetizers of house made spaghetti and black truffles as well as a serving with white truffles.Our dinner could have stopped there and we would have been happy but we continued to a veal chop ( unlike any other ), duck breast, confit, and sausage over pasta, Bisteca, and anglionotti topped with crab meat. Perfect desserts capped a perfect dining experience.

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vipDianaW
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience. I always love coming here and it was a first time for my guests. They enjoyed it as well. The service, food, and ambience were perfect. We enjoyed each course and the wonderful desserts. This is my first eating out since Covid-19 started as well and I was very comfortable!! Thank you making my birthday a special one and also making my guests' experiences amazing as well!

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vipDeborahB
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great reprieve during COVID. The ambiance was wonderful like the service and food. High ceilings and very spacious so felt very safe. Beautiful spot to have a night out enjoy family. Will be going back very soon. Highly recommend the seafood.

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DouglasSchincaglia
Amarillo
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!
Excellent Italian cuisine, all staff very professional and warmed welcome.
For sure we will return many times...
I strongly recommend.

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vipChrisR
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The service was outstanding. Not much else to say, we’d dine here again without hesitation.

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DrDave
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Danny and His Team were Outstanding as Always!!!

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vipRaphealSienteSe
Houston
215 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and superior service. Thank you for another great experience.

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NickS
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service, made our anniversary very special! Would recommend!

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AlanM
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Would have been excellent, but sat for 15 minutes unattended with no drinks or menus.

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Jayy
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to be in Houston.
Quiet and great food

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vipTaniaE
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and the service over the top.
I will definitely come back to eat here.

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vipTracy
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful way to celebrate a birthday. The spaghetti with truffle shavings is out of this world! I’ll be dreaming of it!

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Lori
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my anniversary here.
Wonderfull experience.

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VincentE
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Small portions for big prices. The experience is worth it but the food was not

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vipdmelbourne
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Incredible variety offered on the menu. Attentive service. Looking forward to returning again & trying something new. Potente is a wonderful addition to downtown dining.

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MauricioA
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyrhing was excellent, we will be recommending.

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MDR1
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here. Everything was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with the tasting menu and wanted a particular menu item included, to which they they were very accommodating. The service was exceptional. I appreciated the backlit menus and they made a perfect Old Fashioned

I’ll definitely go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food! Really cool spot in Houston with high quality food.

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vipSophia
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent! Great service ambiance and the food was on point. Will be returning

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service was excellent. Although social distancing could definitely have been better. The tables were very close to each other and the dinner room filled.

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MarioB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will was amazing and attentive. As was the rest of the wait staff. Food was even better this time around. Wine list is excellent. Thank you!!

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vipUmame
Houston
89 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for last day of HRW dinner. Everything was superb from the cocktails to the dessert. Didn’t have wine in addition to cocktails because it was a weeknight. Restaurant is spacious so at 75% capacity still allows distancing between tables. Truly enjoyed our time here. Brought back memories from past few years when we’d frequently come before or after the baseball games since we are season ticket holders.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The truffle spaghetti is so amazing! I ordered this six times in this September. Highly recommended.

FAQs

Potente is rated 4.8 stars by 910 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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