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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".
Memphis, TN 38103
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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 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.
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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