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About 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 42 years, recently moved its popular, award winning operation to the River Inn. It has been described 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 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".

50 Harbor Town Square
Memphis, TN 38103
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Global, International, Contemporary French / American, International

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

Cross Street:
Island Drive

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(901) 260-3300

Website:
http://paulettes.net/

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.

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.. can accommodate up to 200 guest reception style.
During the day we have available the "Terrace" at the River Inn, overlooking the Mississippi River, The Terrace accommodates up to 50 guest.

Executive Chef:
Jason Dallas

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:
Katie Ogden: (901) 260-3333 ext. 2105

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Special Events are held at the "new" River Hall; overlooking the Mississippi River. Offering in-door up to 85 seated or 150 reception style. the Court Yard with Gazebo is the place for weddings and receptions - up to 120 seated and 200 reception style.

Paulette's Restaurant at the River Inn of Harbor Town Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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89% would recommend it to a friend

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Cozy (23)
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Waterfront (22)
Scenic View (21)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Great for Brunch (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
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Pre/post Theatre (10)
Authentic (9)
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Casual (8)
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Bar Seating (6)
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Afternoon Tea (2)
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 (Memphis)·Dined 3 days ago

Cocktails arrived late and incorrect. Wine arrived after we finished our lunch. Lunch took over an hour to arrive at our table . No cocktails, no wine.

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 (Memphis)·Dined 5 days ago

Paulettes is always very good. Our reservation was for a table but we ended up sitting at the bar for dinner and receive fantastic service

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 (Memphis)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food! Downtown Dinning Week prices made for a special value.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Service was excellent. Food was delicious. We will definitely return!

Tags: People Watching, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Romantic
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Fun visit with DIL. Very relaxing and good talk and good food.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 15, 2017

We went for downtown dining week. The options were very limited, and the food was somewhat tasteless. Also the service was terrible. Very suprising, because it is usually a great experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

It's very nice inside and the atmosphere is great. We went there a few years back and it was wonderful. This time not so good. The food was bland with nothing distinguishing itself. Maybe they changed chiefs. Anyway it was disappointing.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

George was an excellent waiter, the chef was willing to accommodate our request, the atmosphere was quiet and welcoming, and the food was excellent.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

George and Mike were great. Thank you for a special anniversary

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

The meal started with what at first glance looked like a cream puff but after inquiring I was told is a “popover”. It was a light and flaky pastry that when paired with their strawberry butter made an excellent alternative to a boring bread basket. I had the pleasure of dinning on a Wednesday evening which was Lobster night and as the price was reasonable I could not resist. I added on a 4oz filet so essentially turned it in to a surf and turf. The house salad followed the popovers and consisted of fresh greens, cherry tomatoes and a bit shredded carrot. It was dressed with olive oil and a delightful balsamic that left me wanting for more. Thankfully just as I finished the salad the entree arrived. The Lobster tail was well prepared and not overcooked as was the filet. The filet while melted in my mouth and was a perfect compliment to the lobster tail when dipped into the drawn butter. The standard sides were red potatoes and squash based vegetable medley. I would definitely return and would make this a top spot for a romantic dinner next time the opportunity arises.

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Ran out of the dish we wanted, but ultimately great food and service.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Paulette’s at the River Inn : a great Sunday brunch.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Brandon was our server and he made sure we were taken care of. He made us a Halloween theme cocktail. He went above and beyond to make it a wonderful experience.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

I was disappointed that no mention was made of my friend’s birthday since I had noted that in the messages section. We weren’t going to make a big deal of it. It an acknowledgement wouid have been nice.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Everything I drank and ate was absolutely wonderful! Beautiful restaurant! Our waiter was fantastic! Wish I could go back!!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Another wonderful meal!! One of my favorite places in Memphis. My wife and I were engaged at the old midtown location and continue to enjoy the newer downtown location.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Very good experience

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Wonderful service, delicious meal and great ambiance! We particularly enjoyed a cocktail in front of the fireplace before dinner.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful food & service with a peaceful river view. Great experience.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

We had eaten at Paulette several times when daughter were at Rhodes. It has moved from midtown but taken its special ambiance with it. This location is lovely and it was special to return after 25 years. Congratulations to them and you cannot go wrong eating here. Unlike many restaurants, this one has maintained quality and thus has survived many meals and made many people very happy!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Disappointed 3rd time there with friends and serious was the worse . The food was good rushed and had to ask for waiter 3 times

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

View of the river is very nice. Service was excellent and the food was good as well

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was delicious. The salmon was the best. It was tender and not over cooked.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Had Sunday brunch with family. Easy to get to from downtown Memphis. Excellent value and excellent service. I think our waiter was named George. He was wonderful.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

disabled access nothing to brag about not horrible but could be a lot better

Tags: Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Anniversary dinner. Been going there for years but it seems as though the dress code has relaxed significantly. Not the Paulette’s it used to be.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Expensive breakfast for anyone’s tastes with very limited menu and quantities. The creamer was spilled by my wife and we were moved could have been the high spot of the meal.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great food in a beautuful place brimming with ambiance. The wait staff works hard to ensure you have a memorable experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent again for neighbors 40 th Anniversary. This was a memory they will cherish.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Memphis)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Paulette's is a Memphis legend; I've dined there before and had fine meals. This time, however, was less stellar.

For "Starters" my wife had the foie gras and braised pears, and I had the "Artisinal" cheese plate. The foie gras came with a mound of greens and the pears were braised in red wine; the dish was tasty but not exactly loaded with either foie gras or pears. The cheese plate came with blue-veined, yellow (cheddar type) and white (Camembert type) cheeses; there was a generous amount of cheese along with fruit compote, berries, etc.

For the main course, my wife ordered the Grilled Lamb Chops which were not actually lamb chops but slices from a rack of lamb - very good but not exactly as advertised. That wasn't a problem, but it's not a good sign when what is served isn't quite what was ordered. Her sides were Gouda cheese grits and bacon-apple Brussels sprouts. The grits were good, but the Gouda made for such a rich dish it was hard to finish. My wife loves Brussels sprouts and thought they were delicious.

For my entree, I considered the 8-oz filet because it came with a rosemary demi-glace but our server recommended the Sautéed black pepper encrusted filet mignon instead so I tried that. It was prepared with a butter cream sauce and served with fresh julienne tomato, onion, bell pepper and whipped potatoes. The latter were the typical euro-style, finely pureed and squeezed from a pastry bag onto a small plate. The filet did have black pepper but was far from "encrusted." The sauce tasted of roasted red bell peppers which was fine, and there were a few julienne vegetables as advertised.

The problem for both of us was that the dishes were well-prepared and technically correct, but were not at all inspiring. They were very good, and I don't want to use words like "lackluster" but in all honesty we were expecting something a bit more interesting and savory from Paulette's - we've been there before and we know they can do better.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

My wife and I have been eating at Paulette's for over 30 years.
However, since moving downtown, we have not taken time to go there.
SO, for my wife's birthday this year, she wanted "K pie" and "Paulette's fillet". We have been married 27 years, so I was happy to make the reservation.
We were very disappointed.
Mediocrity is the operating word here.
The food was not terrible. The service was not awful. But there was absolutely nothing special about it. It didn't help that the young couple sitting next to us got 4 times the attention as we did. Our water was empty, no pepper was offered for our salad, the wine by the glass we ordered was disparaged as not as good as some of the others. Most of the people at our table were expeditors, not the waiter.
But the food also was mundane. Stuffed mushrooms were mounds of stuffing over microscopic mushrooms, the wedge salad was exactly that - no more preparation than a knife chopping a hunk of lettuce. The signature Fillet Paulette was OK, not great and I remember better beef under that cream sauce.
There was no big thing wrong - but it was totally mediocre.
We left without ordering "K Pie", and I told her I would take her to Houston's next week for a Cheeseburger. (I was half joking - we had gone there for the first in a long time the week before and I had a Cheeseburger. It was a much more satisfying experience than Paulette's, I am sad to say. )
So I guess we are getting old. Things have changed. Sometimes my joints hurt, and I guess I'll never go back to order K-Pie.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We were staying at the River Inn hotel where Paulette's is located on the quiet Mud Island. Nice location, pretty decor and not over-crowded with tables. Friendly and efficient wait staff. I wouldn't characterize the menu as particularly inventive but it covered the bases with options for just about anyone. There were two of us and we both chose the Redfish with crab meat with a lemon beurre blanc on asparagus. It was excellent. They were nice enough to adapt one of the more interesting salads -- greens, dried cherries, oranges, goat cheese and walnuts -- to accommodate a food sensitivity, but some acceptable ingredients were missing when it arrived. My friend ordered their massive Kahlua and coffee ice cream pie on a pecan and coconut crust. Nice combo of flavors. However, the ice cream filling had some ice in it -- perhaps the ice cream had melted and been refrozen or it was old. It seemed to be a theme as I had a vanilla ice cream crepe with chocolate sauce and chocolate shavings, and the scoops of ice cream had a similar problem. I also thought there was too much ice cream (Is that possible?!) to really enjoy the lovely crepe and the yummy chocolate sauce, and the chocolate "shavings" -- nuggets really -- were unnecessary.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Memphis)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Horrible service, from hostess to the waiter. Got our lunch order wrong and had to wait 30 minutes. Ridiculous, not even a I’m sorry or please let us comp this......nothing.

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·Dined on September 25, 2017

We chose this restaurant because it was rated #3 in Memphis.
We were at Flight a couple of weeks prior and loved it but wanted to experience other restaurant s in Memphis. Paulette's was a HUGE disappointment.
We were not greeted at the door amd the food was well below average in taste and presentation.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on September 24, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants. Usually have dinner but was downtown for Sunday morning service so decided to try them for breakfast. It was great!

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food was very good. I thought that the portion size of my redfish entree was a little small.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Waterfront
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 (Memphis)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Delicious. Waiter was exceptionally nice and helpful. Enjoyed our dinner before the Orpheum show.

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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Our experience at Paulette's was lovely. However, we grabbed drinks at the Terrace bar above before our reservation and the service was terrible. Like really bad.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Paulette's has been a favorite of our's since 1976. Superb food, atmosphere, and service. We eat there every time we are in Memphis.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Walked in the door and went right to our table. Everybody was very nice. Our orders were taken very quickly. Best steak on the island! Deserts were fabulous.

Tags: Special Occasion
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