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1430 H Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20005 (Downtown / Chinatown)
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Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: 2 blocks from McPherson Square metro

111 reviews from our community

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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Madison, MS
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34 reviews 34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I ate at this restaurant three time two years ago. The food was fabulous, it had a huge outdoor seating section, and the wait staff was terrific. My husband and I went back day after day. I went this year in October and it was closed. No one at the W Hotel knew why. Too bad. A great loss.

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Venice, Florida
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111 reviews 111 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

We truly enjoyed everything about Potenza! Soup to nuts, we had no complaint! So... you're thinking...why did I title it "Loved it....but...." The only reason is because our waitress told us the restaurant has been sold and will be changed over completely : (

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San Jose
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

We liked this place well enough on our recent trip to DC that we ate there twice. The food, service and atmosphere were all quite good. I would especially recommend the pizza arrabiata. Bottles of wine are half price on Sundays and Mondays.

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Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

i've had mostly good food here - early on it was more hit or miss. sundays and mondays are half price bottle of wine days. the staff always go out of their way (sometimes too much) to make sure that everything's going well.

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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

Recently took my family on vacation in DC. We chose to eat at Potenza after hearing about it from a co-worker and reading the good reviews on trip advisor. The food was tasty, but nothing special. I was disappointed that this exclusively Italian restaurant didn't have some old favorites on the menu including Lasagna or Baked Ziti (at least I... More 

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Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
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95 reviews 95 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

We first ate at Potenza about a year ago. We shared pizza and a couple of side orders -- the roasted brussels sprouts were good -- and we each had a decent and reasonably priced glass of wine. On that visit, we liked Potenza's informality and unpretentiousness and even preferred it to another downtown Italian restaurant that had been billed... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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82 reviews 82 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

Very nice place in downtown DC for lunch. Essentially Italian, with a nice variety of luncheon items. Fungi sandwich was excellent, but to big for a lunch item, so be ready to take half home.

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Williamsburg, VA
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

We enjoyed an excellent Italian dinner last week at Potenza. My husband chose veal scallopine; I went with pasta and three different kinds of meat balls. Both of us were more than pleased. We are senior citizens, both a bit deaf, but the staff did their best to give us a quiet-ish table, which we appreciated. Potenza is neither fancy... More 

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Greensburg, PA
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128 reviews 128 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

I had high hopes for authentic Italian cuisine. The pizza was very good, but not like Italy. Salad on the other hand was wonderful, as was the service and the wine list.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

The menu is awesome. The kids had Polpette e Mozzarella served with house made Tuscan potato chips. I had the Insalata con Bistecca and wow it was great.

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Additional Information about Potenza

Address: 1430 H Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20005
Phone Number: 202.638.4444
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
Cuisine: Italian

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