Paulette's Restaurant at the River Inn of Harbor Town
Paulette's Restaurant at the River Inn of Harbor Town

Paulette's Restaurant at the River Inn of Harbor Town

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://paulettes.net/
  • Phone: 9012603300x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am - 10:00am

    Lunch: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00 pm, Friday-Saturday 5:00pm - 9:30pm

    Brunch (Saturday & Sunday): 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, French, International
  • Executive Chef: Stan Gibson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering events are served at our Harbor Square Room (up to 40 Guest) or Harbor Square and River View Rooms (up to 60 guest). Also our new River Hall and the Court Yard with Gazebo, ideal for receptions and weddings..
    During the day we have available the "Terrace" at the River Inn, overlooking the Mississippi River, The Terrace accommodates up to 50 guest.
  • Private Party Facilities: A private board room overlooking our temperature controlled wine room. The "Terrace" on the rooftop with views of the Mississippi (for day functions only), River Hall, free standing building with court yard and Gazebo, overlooking the Mississippi River. Paulette's River View and Harbor Square Rooms.
  • Private Party Contact: Trish Bloodworth 9012603333x2105
  • Entertainment: Before & after dinner, you can enjoy the cozy setting & hospitality of the LITTLE BAR, relax in front of the lobby's wood-burning fireplace set in an 1850s era New Orleans mantel and listen to the live piano music or the roof terrace with the best view in Town of the river. An extensive & carefully selected wine list is overseen by our Restaurant Manager.
  • Special Events: Special Events are held at the "new" River Hall; overlooking the Mississippi River. Offering in-door up to 54 seated or 100 reception style. the Court Yard with Gazebo is the place for weddings and receptions - up to 100 seated and 200 reception style.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Island Drive
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Paulette's Restaurant at the River Inn of Harbor Town
Paulette's Restaurant at the AAA 4 Diamond - River Inn of Harbor Town



Paulette's, which has been operating successfully in Memphis for 40 years, recently moved its popular, award winning operation to the River Inn. It has been descibed by one reviewer as "A Memphis institution and for a very good reason". Paulette's is serving the same soups, salads, and entrees that have made it so well known throughout the mid-south for many years. The restaurant has always been famous for its desserts and hot popovers with strawberry butter. Paulette's Executive Chef Stan Gibson changes his daily specials on a daily basis. Paulette's has a distinct warmth, charm and ambiance that is unsurpassed in the city. Restaurant polls have annually recognized Paulette's as Memphis" "Most Romantic" and for it's cuisine - "Best Continental".
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Paulette's Restaurant at the River Inn of Harbor Town reviews from OpenTable diners
133 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (91)romantic (77)scenic view (59)neighborhood gem (53)fit for foodies (38)great for brunch (35)good for groups (27)great for lunch (24)notable wine list (21)hot spot (7)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (4)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Great meal!
    Turkdoc
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We were stimulated to go down to Paulettes by the note that Stan Gibson was guest chef for several weeks. The Monday special has to be best bargain in town- I had a nice Bibb salad, salmon with pesta sauce and linguine, and a very nice desert crepe while my wife opted for a superb crab cake, avocado and shrimp salad, and grouper from the regular menu. Every dish was perfect and the service was excellent- we will be back soon and again, the Monday night special has to be the best bargain in Memphis dining!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An enjoyable birthday celebration
    foxfire
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Monday evening's fixed price menu was fine dining with appetizer, entree and dessert. All courses were delicious, especially the fresh plum crepe. Spectacular sunset as we arrived. All for $40 plus tax for two people.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and Service just Ok
    Niki
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I thought the food was ok. Nothing to be remembered. Our server definitely was not paying attention to us like he should, and seemed confused.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    jalexsrVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Took some out of town relatives for dinner. Started upstairs at the Terrace for a drink then downstairs to Pauletts. The service was perfect and the food delicious as always. Pauletts's location in Harbor Town adds to the ambiance of the evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Paulette's
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My wife and I are always pleased with our dinner experience at Paulette 's. The service is excellent; and the Monday and Wednesday night food specials are great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    DininginMemphis
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Everything was great! Trout was exceptional. Miss the popovers...maybe they don't do them at lunch?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    This was my first time at Paulette's, but won't be my last. Everyone in my party enjoyed the location of the restaurant, the ambiance, and most importantly the food. Three of us had the salmon and it was excellent. The service was excellent and everything on the menu was reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Small portions of food for the price but very good food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great birthday dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Went here recently for a birthday celebration. Staff accommodated seating requests and we had a great view of the sunset over the river. We each had the filet and both were prepared perfectly as ordered. Staff was friendly and attentive. Even provided a birthday surprise with our dessert order! Would recommend to anyone; we had a great time!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LuvIt
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Enjoyed the food, service and surrounding; the waitress was very friendly. She discuss up coming events and made sure we had a positive experience. Planning to do brunch for the first time. Heard brunch was great
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was not worth money
    memphisfinest
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My wife and I went here for her birthday dinner because we were trying to find a restaurant that we had never been to before.We ordered food and she got the salmon and I ordered the steak.After receiving our food, her salmon had no flavor to it at all.I have tasted better salmon from Sams club in the frozen section.My steak was way over cooked.My steak had no flavor.She asked to send that back and requested a steak because she thought she would have better luck. She requested her steak to be medium well and it came out rare. We sent it back to be cooked longer and still was not correct. We asked for it to be taken off.By this time I was finished eating.We left and went to another restaurant so she could have a nice meal on her birthday.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • musicman
    musicman
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    delicious food, good service, reasonable prices, nice background music
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Food was great and the Monday night special was affordable and offered a great variety. Will visit again soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BryanVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellence at its' Best! Food, service, ambience, roof-top lounge-everything you could ask for on a night out on the town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Venue
    ILuv30A
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Paulette's has been a mainstay of Memphis for a long time. So I wasn't surprised that the quality of cuisine had remained consistent over the years. The venue is great with a view of the Mississippi River. And if your timing is good, you get to see a wonderful sunset in the process.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    CCD1972
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I really recommend this resteraunt for a special occasion. The food and location are perfect. It is truly one of those great finds!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a Memphis Experience...
    martini59
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    If you are looking for a restaurant with a Country Club-feel, this might be it! We were disappointed that the restaurant lacked any local flavor in design and the flavor of our fish was that of salt. I'm no expert but the fish, which I and my husband ordered, was too salty. They wanted to send me another piece but by that time we had too many negatives and really just wanted to leave. They were either unable to accommodate our Open Table request or no one read the notes. We let them know it was an Anniversary celebration and requested something romantic. We were seated next to a party of 20. I would not recommend this restaurant no matter how many awards they have won.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paulette's
    Crab1VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great food and excellent service. One of my favorite Memphis restraunts.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    havingfun
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I would recommend that if you want great service get your reservation for earlier than 7. The place was packed on a Monday and our server was over extended. We never got a refill on our drinks until we were done with our meal and ready for desert. Food was wonderful Ginger Salmon was incredible. The Jamaican Crepe was not made to what the description stated in the menu. No brown sugar rum glaze on the bananas. That was a bit disappointing. I wish they served half servings of their K pie. I have had it in the past but I couldn't finish it this time so I went with the Jamaican Crepe. Should have gotten the K pie.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our service and food exceeded our expectations! Our server was attentive, polite and knowledgeable. The filet Paulette was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect 1st Date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I had the pleasure of dining this past Saturday night at Paulette's. It was a first date with an amazing woman and the staff at Paulette's went the extra mile to make it a memorable experience for both of us. When I made my reservation, I asked for a table with a great view and explained I was meeting someone there for the first time and the staff had us seated at a table with an amazing view of the sunset over the river. The service was impeccable and incredibly friendly and fast. The house special filet was divine as was the chocolate crepe desert. Also the wine list was quite extensive and the waitress was spot on on pairing the perfect wines for the steaks and the deserts. It was a terrific night and meal. 5 stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Paulette's Outstanding Food
    Nancy48
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    As always, the food was outstanding - wonderful menu selections, traditional popovers and strawberry butter, excellent wines and dessert choices - loved it all! The service that evening was weak - very unusual as service is normally excellent - e.g. mix up concerning our reservation (two members of our group were asked to wait in the hotel lobby while the third member, who arrived a minuted later, was seated immediately - it was 15 minutes before we were actually together); it took 20 minutes after we were seated to actually receive a menu; at the conclusion of the meal, we were presented with three checks when one person was hosting the event and planned to pay the entire bill - the waitress never asked how the bill was to be presented.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Setting wonderful view
    Loveplay
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great setting quaint and enjoyable Feels like you are somewhere else Food was excellent my hats off to the chef Just watching the people and the view afterwards gives a new meaning to dining experience
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary there and we were very happy with the selection of restaurant. The restaurant was an upscale quality in terms of setting and food without the enormous price tag. I will put this restaurant on the short list for the future.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A pleasant dining experience.
    birthdaybrunch
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We have visited Paulette's for many years. We always enjoyed the Overton Square restaurant. We missed the shrimp crepes this trip. Our brunch was very good. We were never offered a wine list and service was fair from the standpoint of friendliness.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful anniversary dinner
    ARvisitors
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Paulette's. We had a wonderful experience! The food was outstanding and the service great. So nice to find a place in the downtown Memphis area where you can park close for free, too! We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Paulette's was amazing as usual. Food was incresdible. My only slightly negative comment is that the service was a bit slow. (Still gave 4 of 5 stars.)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cara
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Overall the meal was good. The pop up pastry tasted like is was made the day before. Also a pastry brush Bristol was found in my serving.i had eaten at their old location many times and the food was great! I was not impressed with the new fare. To bad!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great celebration!
    diningduo
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We celebrated our 40th anniversary at this great restaurant. Fabulous food and great service. Only negative was the eight people sitting next to us who were loud and using vulgar language. Luckily they came in about halfway through our meal and not at the beginning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    Runningmere
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had a lovely dinner for two to celebrate a special occasion. The food was very delicious and beautifully presented. I only wish we had been seated in a more secluded corner instead of a large table in the middle of the room. I would definitely recommend Paulette's for special evenings.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mosquitoes
    YumYum
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The food was good, but there were mosquitos inside the restaurant which was very annoying. Monday deal is quite a steal though.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOrlando
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I went to Paulette's with a couple of co-workers for dinner and the food and the location are wonderful! I will definetly go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special dinner.
    ehh4
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We enjoyed our special dinner at Paulette's very much and will definitely go back. The service, the food, the ambience - everything was lovely. And we especially enjoyed the piano player.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paulette's hospitality
    Jimmy
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This was a VERY disappointing experience! I have dined at Paulette's many times for a number of years and have enjoyed eating there. This visit was different.. Small parties had to tolerate a noisy party of 12 when there were plenty of options for seating. A bottle of white wine was brought to table unchilled and was never really brought to an acceptable temp. Popovers(one of their signature dishes) were cold and stale, probably left over from noon. Two of our party of four had Grouper for their entrée It was overcook, tough and oily(we should have refused it). Won't be returning.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and service!
    Calou
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We stayed at the Harbor Inn while passing through Memphis. We were road weary and didn't want to drive to a restaurant so we divided on Paulette's as it was a short walk away. Glad we did! We both had the seared Tuna special and it was melt in your mouth delicious! The service was top notch. The decor is a bit tired and dated, the low lighting helped.... Breakfast the next morning was delicious too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    goodeats11
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Beautiful dining experience. I really enjoyed the service and the scenic view of the Mississppi River
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OutOfTowners
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My husband and I try to eat at one very nice restaurant each out of town trip we take. We rely on recommendations, trip advisor, etc. This restaurant had very high ratings. We were very disappointed. The food was just ok. Nothing great. My husband had the filet medium. It arrived over cooked. We should have sent it back but did not. I had the crab and spinach crepes. The crab crepe was dry, I ate about 1/2 and the spinach crepe did not have a good flavor. The only thing exceptional about this evening was the waitress and the fact that we paid $140 for a mediocre meal. We enjoy great food and don't mind paying for it. In this instance, a chain restaurant would have had better food and would have been way less expensive.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • opseye
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The turnover was incredible (bread). The sole was not as good as I hoped it would be.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Have eaten here many times & have always been pleased w/ both food & service. Not so, this time! Inattentive waiter; had to talk w/ host to determine why it took over 30 min for entree to arrive. Was told there was backup in kitchen - no apology given. Portions have decreased in size; no longer serve salad w/ entree; dessert portion much smaller; popovers cold & dried out... prices increased!! Dirty wine glass! Entire wait staff appeared stressed & indifferent. Not sure what has happened, but this is not same restaurant it used to be!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique items!
    RAH14
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The Ham Palachinta is the best! I've never found it any place else in Memphis!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.