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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 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://paulettes.net
  • Phone: (901) 260-3300
  • 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: Todd Clements
  • 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 (901) 260-3333 x2105
  • 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 & Promotions: 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 Todd Clements features his exquisite creations 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". Renowned local critic, Fredric Koeppel says, "The service is maintained at a consistent level of knowledge, polish, and consideration".Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Beautiful dining experience. I really enjoyed the service and the scenic view of the Mississppi River"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The turnover was incredible (bread). The sole was not as good as I hoped it would be."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The food was delicious. The wait for service very reasonable. The waitress was wonderful."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The Ham Palachinta is the best! I've never found it any place else in Memphis!"
    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!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I have happily eaten at Paulette's for 12 years but had not been to the Harbor Town location since it opened. The location and ambiance were lovely; parking was convenient. The service was attentive and discrete. I ordered crab and spinach crepes, my long time favorite. The crab had no taste and was the texture of bits of wet cardboard, while the spinach crepe was very salty. The crepes themselves were heavy and overcooked. Even the pop overs were overcooked and dry. I was most disappointed with a dinner that cost $36.00, including tip."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Guest came from Wisconsin and had heard about the restaurant from their neighbors, so we celebrated two birthdays. We all ate different entrees and everyone raved about the food, wine, and desserts. Lovely night out!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Recently visited Paulette's for our anniversary. The food and service was great. Everything was reasonably priced. We would defiantly visit again!!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Stumbled upon this place by accident while in Memphis for our anniversary. So glad that we did! Lovely atmosphere, friendly patrons and staff, and excellent food!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended by friends and it didn't disappoint. The service was great. We had a funny waitress who seemed to be quite frazzled but she was very polite and attentive. It made for a comical sidelight to our meal. The food was very good. We have been overeating on this trip so I was trying to eat healthy so I didn't try their most decadent delights. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and go back again. We ate early so it was still light out for a short time after dinner and we went for a ride around the island."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I have to come to Memphis once or twice a year to get my eye checked (I have a melanoma on my retina). Accompanied by one of my daughters, we meet friends (a beautiful couple) for lunch there. We wouldn't think of going to Memphis without having lunch at Paulette's. Thank you for wonderful service and fabulous food."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "My friends and I went there for lunch on father's day and of course it was a bit of a wait, but it was well worth the time. We got to sit in the lobby right next to the guy on the piano. He was AMAZING!!! The food was great and everyone must try the popover with the strawberry butter."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I have been to Paulette's a few times before, and it has been fine. Elegant atmosphere, pretty good food and service. However, I would not recommend it when it is crowded on a Sunday, especially Father's Day. Food was mediocre at best, and some of it was inedible (steak full of fat and gristle). Service was slow, orders were incorrect, wait staff seemed stressed and harried. Best to go when it's not crowded."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Paulette's is always a great venue for a date night away from the kids. The food is top notch, service is exceptional, and the ambience and view set the stage for a romantic evening."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Paulette's always serves great food with great service. We had a great time eating the wonderful filet Paulette and their signature popovers. Even though I had a reservation, we still waited about 45 for a table. There was some confusion about the seating. Anyways, it worked out fine! We all left happy and very full."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The food was expertly prepared, plated well, and the service was very personal. We have some special needs and these were met fully and without fanfare. The establishment is out of the downtown area, but worth the effort. The trout was excellent and the green beans as a side was something I would like to cook myself. We ate here 1 year ago on the Monday night special and had good food and a good time. That evening the noise level was high due to every table being full. Today with the restaurant about 1/3 full it was quiet, pleasant, and relaxed. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "There were 3 choices. Maybe we could have made a better choice - got the beef tips. Nothing special. However, the Key Lime Pie was outstanding. The ambience is outstanding. Maybe Paulette's will bring the food up to that comparison. We will try again - maybe. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Friends and I met to enjoy the three course Monday night special. Great food for a great price. Trout was perfectly cooked and house-made sorbet was a perfect end to the meal."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "The Ambiance at Paulette's is fabulous, and the service is impeccable. However the fried green tomato appetizer was served burnt, not to mention that the promised goat cheese was almost nonexistent. (Also, breading-to-tomato ratio was WAY off!) The grouper was so incredibly bland it could've at least use some salt. Have forgotten the name of the "ice cream pie", but then again it was a forgettable dessert; rather blasé. Beautiful atmosphere and great service though!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Crab cake cool in the center. Fish entrees a bit heavy with butter and sauces"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Roof top patio has now been fully covered with sliding glass windows for year round utilization. Great spot."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Unfortunately, my previous experiences have all been quite pleasant; however, this most recent experience was far less superior. The service from being seated by the host to being dismissed by our server was totally on the low end of the scale. Our menu selections (I guess we should have opted for the Monday night specials after all.) were bland and required table multiple sprinkles of salt & pepper. I'm not sure why, but we had to wait at least 16 minutes to place our order and there were only six (6) tables occupied at the time when we arrived. Our server NEVER apologized for our wait; in fact, he seemed bothered that he had to serve us from beginning to dismissal!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Took out of town guests to Paulette's to cap a great weekend. Food was excellent. Service a little sluggish at first, but things got straightened out. Overall, great experience and one more good impression of Memphis for our guests. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Second time I have ordered fish. First time it was too fishy and the second the cook left it in the oven too long. Very dry but not fishy tasting. If the chef attended any type of cooking school I think he slept in the morning that fish cooking was taught."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Paulette's to celebrate my birthday. We both enjoy cooking and could be considered "foodies." The food was classically prepared and delicious. The service was friendly, knowledgable, and efficient. The atmosphere was quiet with a great view of the river...A perfect experience for a quiet celebration and good conversation. Well done, Paulette's."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My wife and I were married two years ago in the adjoining hotel and we went back for our anniversary. We were seated on time and greeted by the wait staff with "Happy Anniversary" plus the evening menu was printed especially for us with another "Happy Anniversary Dr. and Mrs. Markham" printed at the top. The place is really special with the best of service and the food is definitely 5-star. The view of the Mississippi River really adds to the ambiance."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "So a special $19.99 Monday menu. Very tasty, quite basic smaller portions but good. Waiter was friendly and informative. Nice setting and atmosphere. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "It is the best Monday Night Deal in town. They offer different menu items each week. Portions are generous. Service is excellent. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "The food, atmosphere, and staff were awesome! A must-visit with in Memphis, and out on Mud Island."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Took clients to Paulette's. Service was very slow, despite the restaurant being practically empty. They were late sitting us down and then took 5 minutes before they even filled water glasses. Slow service throughout the meal. Food is good, but there are too many options downtown Memphis to allow for such poor service."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The restaurant was very pleasant and the food was AWESOME! Great place to take your date on prom night"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We eat here for brunch every month or so and always have an outstanding experience. Can't beat the service, the atmosphere, or the food. The menu doesn't change too often but there is always a daily special. Lately we've been ordering our coffee and taking it up to the terrace for the view. The terrace isn't open for service that early so we usually have the place to ourselves. "
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The food was delightful as always. The waitress should retire quietly. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I was not impressed with Paulette's. While I am sure there may be some really great dishes on the menu, my wife and I did not have one of those. My wife ordered the filet Paulette expecting it to be a reliably good meal. I ordered a pork ribeye special which had gorgonzola starch (it was so forgettable that I forgot if it was potatoes or polenta). The filet paulette was a new preparation. Gone was the classic French sauce. Now it had a weak jus that actually made the taste worse. My pork dish was just boring and one note. I don't know if the chef is trying to innovate on classic French, and only making boring yet competently prepared dishes OR if the chef is just not good at classic French preparations. A middle ground mediocre meal. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We first ate at Pualette's four years ago when it was at its Midtown location; we were dropping our daughter off at Rbodes College. Having dined at its current location several times since then, it provided a nice bookend to our daughter's time in Memphis as a special place to celebrate her graduation. Service is exemplary and the food it worth breaking the diet for."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Our party of four enjoyed Paulette's very much. However the popovers seemed dry, hard and a little stale. My wife was not crazy about the crepes. And, another person in our group had to send her steak back for more cooking. I feel that while the restaurant is very nice, it has lost some of its ambiance from when it was located in mid-town. It is a good restaurant, but I do not think it is worth the drive from my home in Germantown. And, because of that, we were somewhat disappointed. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "A great selection of choices for brunch. I'd like to go back and try them all! We had the Southern Benedict with ham, real Hollandaise, etc. Delicious. Nice piano music in the background, lovely setting."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Paulette's was one our favorite spots when they were in their old location. After the move - they are still one of our favorites. The setting in "Harbor Town" has the "elegant - quiet village - fine dining" feeling that you expect. I took out of town guests for "Lobster Night" and they were very pleased with the meal. I got Paulette's filet and found it to be tender and juicy with an outstanding sauce that helped enhance the meal. My wife got the pork tenderloin - same report - "tender and juicy". Their famous "popovers" are still as great as great as ever and the strawberry butter is a good fit. The presentation of all four of the meals was well done."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Paulette's is always a treat... This evening was no different. The service was attentive at just the right level, the food was stellar as usual. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014