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
139 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (93)romantic (83)scenic view (62)neighborhood gem (55)fit for foodies (41)great for brunch (35)great for lunch (27)good for groups (25)notable wine list (21)hot spot (8)late-night find (4)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Amazing
    Bobt
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    All I should need to say us amazing, but then I think heavenly such as their popovers. The staff was incredible and the food Devine
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paulette's in Memphis
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Paulette's is a lovely restaurant situated near the river and downtown Memphis. We went on a Saturday night, and enjoyed ourselves. The noise level was good for conversation, quiet background music was unobtrusive. Service and ambiance was good, and so was the food. We had their traditional popovers with strawberry butter, then salad, and I had the sole while my husband had the Chicken Sicilian. A chocolate crepe with ice cream provided a sweet finish. We will be back, I feel sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favorite
    AJB3
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This was my first experience at the current address and I will definitely return. I had eaten at the Overton Square address many times over years. The ambiance with the different rooms makes for a personal experience with you guest. With the different rooms the noise level does not interfere with table conversation. The food was nicely presented and was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dock
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Recently attended a wine dinner at Paulette's. The 5 course dinner was outstanding and the wines selected for the evening were great. It was a fun evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • To-die-for popovers!
    Belle
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We were weary from a long day of travel, so a relaxing dinner at Paulette's was just right...and the popovers delivered hot and fresh were to-die-for! Just the right touch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    Kathrynb
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We loved eating at Paulette's. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was quaint and perfect for our anniversary lunch/brunch. We have already recommended it to others. We will be back. The bread was incredible!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not hold up to reviews
    Foodie2
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I was looking for a classy restaurant to bring my husband to for his birthday. Made the reservation on OT, specifically noting that. Waited 30 minutes past our reservation time for our table, reminded the host that it was my husband's birthday. General decor was pleasant; had it not been for 2 LOUD groups right next to us, the ambiance may have been romantic. Instead, we had to yell to each other to be heard. Husband compared it to a bar in New Orleans during Mardi Gras! The server was inattentive; disappeared for quite a long time, had no recommendations for the menu, as she hadn't tried any of the food (bad sign). Nothing was even remotely prepared in the French cuisine; everything was bland an unimaginative. No birthday recognition.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Paulette's
    stephlp
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We love Paulette's! We go there for almost all special occasions now - and other times as well. Their Monday night $20 3-course meal makes getting a wonderful "fancy" meal affordable. This time we went for Wednesday night lobster night for the first time - and the food was AMAZING! We're always pleased with our food, the service and love the ambiance. It's a quiet, romantic place to go for an evening out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • romanticouple
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Fiance and I here from Florida. Exquisite restaurant.... filet and salmon were both delicious. Exceptional service. We would go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Treat
    radioreader
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    It was nice to watch the sun go down, enjoy a glass of wine and a wonderful dinner. I had the seafood and spinach crepes-yum. My husband had a lobster dish over black noodles; interesting but a little fishy for my taste. The waitress was so thoughtful, even suggesting she move us to better see the view out the winder. It was a great night out.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very nice Sunday brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    the salmon was excellent and the southern eggs benedict very good as well. Beautiful setting on the Mississippi river.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Before the show.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This is a Great place to dine before the Orphium The service is outstanding,the food is awesome and the wine list is very extensive. Just be sure not to fall asleep during the show.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner at Paulette's. Everything was very flavorful. We started with the crab cake and the stuffed mushrooms. They were equally delicious. For dinner, we had the grouper, lamb, and filet. Again, the dishes looked nice, we cooked well, and tasted delicious. The only complaint I would have is with the service. I had to ask for a wine list and the waiter was somewhat difficult to understand.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Meal from a missed friend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Our first meal at Paulette's since the moved from Overton Square. Our meal and service was excellent and the perfect ending to an excellent afternoon at the Orpheum. Highly recommended and we promise not to stay away so long and to place Paulette's back on our regular rotation of fine Memphis dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice brunch, wonderful service
    GiulioVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Nice ambiance, had smoked salmon Benedict. And lobster roll. And banana pudding. Lovely southern hospitality.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as usual.
    Sammie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Donna was our server and she was fantastic. She was attentive but not intrusive. We have never been disappointed with Paulette's.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Usually Fantastic
    Johnny
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I was somewhat disappointed because I had taken a date to Paulette's this past Friday evening and I described it as a relaxing romantic high class resturaunt . Someplace quiet where we can talk and be heard quietly. For the entire dinner there was a large group there for a birthday and they were very loud and up and down out of their seats. It was hard to hear our own conversations and we were about 20 feet away. Just when I thought it couldn't get worse a woman with bag pipes came in and played a long version of happy birthday then followed it up with another song. I do appreciate people celebrating but I was there to celebrate also and this pub style atmosphere was very disappointing. Thank you John Curry 901-461-4546
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
  • JCarr
    jcarr1954
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This restaurant is a "Gem". It was so romantic and the food and service was excellent
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.