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Potenza Restaurant Review - Washington, DC

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User Rating 2 Star Rating (5 Reviews)


Potenza Restaurant Review - Washington, DC
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The Bottom Line

Potenza has closed!


  • Great Italian cuisine, innovative and contemporary menu
  • Interesting and beautiful decor
  • Great location, just 2 blocks from the White House
  • Reasonable prices


  • Paid parking only in this area of the city


  • Address: 1430 H Street, NW, Washington, DC
  • Phone: (202)638-4444
  • Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30am-10 pm, Fri-Saturday 11:30am-11pm, Sun-10am-3pm for brunch, 5-10pm for dinner
  • Closest Metro: McPherson Square, Farragut West and Farragut North
  • Prices: Appetizers $6-11, Entrées $12-$26
  • Reservations: Recommended

Guide Review - Potenza Restaurant Review - Washington, DC

Potenza serves a wide range of Italian fare using fresh, seasonal ingredients from local farms and artisans. The menu features elegant Italian cheeses, freshly baked breads, pizzas and homemade pastas. The pizza is light and flavorful and the sauces are just right. Signature dishes include Tuscan bean soup with proscuitto, tomato oil and purple basil; a spicy duck sausage pizza with candied fennel, and entrees such as a rotisserie of guinea hen with apples, chestnuts, figs and Ciabatta croutons or whole roasted Bronzino with truffled cavatelli and seared cauliflower florets. I especially enjoyed the Milanese style pork (Cotoletta di Maiale alla Milanese).

The contemporary design of the 10,000-square-foot restaurant includes an open linear kitchen layout with food stations consisting of a bakery with separate entrance, salami counter, raw bar, 6,000-pound pizza oven. The restaurant seats 175 in the dining room with 40 seats at the bar. A charming outdoor patio with views of the Treasury Building and the Washington Monument is also available during the spring and summer months (weather permitting), and can accommodate 60 guests.

Reviewed April 2009 - Prices are subject to change

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User Reviews

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 1 out of 5
worst manager ever, Member jeanlm

My wife and my kid where on a business trip to Washington...we call from our hotel and ask for a table {one bloc from location}we were told to come no prb ....well when we arrived {5 minutes later}different story apparently 60 people show up according to the manager ....{lol}and we would have to wait 40 minutes....the attitude of the manager was poor to said the list ....the lady at the desk we talk too could not event make eye contact .....worst restaurant in my eyes ...and we talk to other peoples at the hotel that told us we miss nothing ....the food is not even good ....i will never return there and when i have i business meeting will avoid it at any cost .

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