tastemaker nominee
Houston, soft shell crab dishes, June 2017, Potente
Danny Trace brings Gulf Coast touches to Potente's Italian cuisine. Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan

Danny Trace brings the same respect for local ingredients he demonstrated at Brennan’s to this downtown Italian restaurant, and he also shows a flair for Italian cooking that he never got to demonstrate at the Midtown institution. From tuna crudo with shaved foie gras to housemade spaghetti with black truffle, Potente’s cuisine consistently exceeds expectations. The talented front of house staff, led by partner Bill Floyd, lends a sense of occasion to any meal, which is so important at Potente's fine dining price point. Besides, you never know when owner Jim Crane or a group of Astros will drop by.


1515 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002


Sun: Closed
Mon: 5 pm-10 pm
Tue: 5 pm-10 pm
Wed: 5 pm-10 pm
Thu: 5 pm-10 pm
Fri: 5 pm-11 pm
Sat: 5 pm-11 pm

Good to Know

  • Fine Dining
  • $$$
  • Valet Parking
  • Full Bar
  • Locally Sourced
  • Private Rooms