Paulette's Restaurant at the River Inn of Harbor Town

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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".

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Special three course menu available only. Please visit our website Paulettes.net for the details. Looking forward to see you!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Special three course menu available only. Please visit our website Paulettes.net for the details. Looking forward to see you!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Special three course menu available only. Please visit our website Paulettes.net for the details. Looking forward to see you!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Special four course menu available only. Please visit our website Paulettes.net for the details. Looking forward to see you!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1695 People Are Saying
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OT
Memphis
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite romantic dinner spots.

We were seated, initally, in a large room in the back where there were several large parties so it was quite noisy. Immediately the server who was in that area offered to move us to a more quiet area. Without any prompting. (So very appreciated, that kind of consideration is rare, even in a fine dining establishment). It was a lovely table in the front area, with a beautiful view and quiet.

The food was delicious we had one of their signature dishes "brochette of chicken, with a creamy, mushroom, wine sauce" and a lovely cheese soup as an appetizer.

I have been dining at the restaurant for most of my life and the service and food are as impeccable as always.

N
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visited with out of town friends, during Memphis Downtown Restaurant week. We all had the featured dinner (choice of one of 2 entrees). All courses were excellent, as was the wine. Popovers were an extra treat.

LL
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Even a rain storm and very cold temps did not dampen a nice evening at Paulette’s!! Great place downtown!!

PL
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Amazing food and great service. You must try the popovers even if you’re watching the carbs.

LY
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paulette's has a beautiful setting, food was very good, atmosphere was fabulous and our server was very attentive. We took out of towners their and gave them a tour of the island. We may have new Memphians!

t
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food very good, service just okay. No spoon was given with the coffee , pop overs came after the meal almost was over. Everyone else around us got them first. Check was dropped off before dessert was offered, again unlike anyone around us.

CS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambience. Loved the pianist in the lobby. Bar tender very friendly while we had a drink and waited for our table. The quality of the food was excellent. Our complaint is that the portions were not large enough to satisfy my husband's appetite. One small amazing crab cake as an appetizer instead of two. The filet was delicious but my husband had to have a bowl of cereal at home afterward. Really

S
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The host was inconsiderate and placed in a nearly empty restaurant next to a birthday party who jokingly suggested this would not be the best choice. You think he would have been more observant. Our waiter was very pleasant but completely uninformed and very overwhelmed. The food was average and when we asked to split and pay more they just brought a second plate. I have never commented on a restaurant prior but found this to be a very disappointing experience !

D
Memphis
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our time spent at Paulette’s. Everyone was very courteous. Our waiter George was the best. Food was wonderful.

WH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual!!

EC
Memphis
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always a nice ambiance with good food and a nice pace!

G
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant in a great area. Our server, George was great! He knew a lot about the menu and was very attentive. Unfortunately though, the steak could have been a lot better. We ordered medium but the first half of it was well done, and then the other half was more medium rare and had a burnt taste to it. (not a good char taste to the steak, like actually burnt tasting) and had zero seasoning/butter. I don’t think it was fairly priced for what we got, I substituted mashed potatoes instead of the au gratin, and the steak seemed to even leave that burnt flavor on the potatoes. The potato’s, asparagus & rosemary sauce were great though, as well as the popovers and cocktails. We may come back later, but will not be ordering the filet.

g
Memphis
129 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service by Anastasi. She was phenomenal. She was friendly, super attentive , and professional. She knew we were going to Elton John concert and made sure we get our food on time. She refilled drinks and popovers on numerous occasion. She even talked to us about her home country and how she came to Memphis. She made our evening super special. We would love to ask for her again next visit. Food was fantastic. We had the lobster special. Awesome evening.

a
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places!!

TN
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Plenty of room between tables. The staff was so attentive and observant of the time between courses. I had the crab topped red fish and it was amazing. I highly recommend Paulette's!

CH
Memphis
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent server. The waiter added to the good experience of the meal Food was very good. The portions were appropriate. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

CP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The only reason I gave only four overall stars was because of service. Our server Lee was amazing; however, we sat there for almost 10 minutes waiting to order a drink. Lee had been double sat so I don’t blame him. I asked the host if he would mind taking our drink order and his response was that our server would be with us soon. That was a very disappointing response especially in a setting like Paulette’s. No one should sit for longer than two minutes without being greeted and offered a drink. Drink service was very slow too. Took about 7 minutes to get them when we finally did. Other than that I loved it!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mother and her friend and I had a beautiful brunch together and were knocked out with our river view table and the great food. We were late arriving but we were accommodated with our wish for a view. The popovers were perfect and Mimosas and crepes and Kahlua Mocha Parfait was a giant enjoyment. Paulette’s was my first Memphis job when I graduated from high school in 1977, and the transition of location from Overton Square to riverside in Harbor Town has gone beautifully and everyone I know adore’s New Paulette’s! Please let George Falls know

EZ
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paulette's is the best kept secret in Memphis. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was intimate, our waiter, George, was incredibly charming and generous, and it was the perfect setting for a double date. We will definitely be coming back!

M
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service by our waiter Eric. Good food in a nice atmosphere and quiet enough to have a conversation.

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and view of river

RC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Had dinner and breakfast...food quality and service were below par. Have visited Pauletts many times but will not return after this experience.

OT
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t say anything negative about this place. We were in from out of town and made reservations based on past reviews. And glad we did!! It was wonderful!!!!

JB
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I just wasn’t overly impressed. The ticket time was almost 40 mins, and we were told that the kitchen was behind.

Also, it was very difficult to have a conversation because of the noise level.

e
Memphis
23 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful quiet dinner. Everything was very good.

VM
Birmingham
20 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy eating Lunch or Brunch at Paulette's. Love the Redfish with Crab meat on top... It is a very attractive restaurant..They always have beautiful fresh flowers...Our service was very good this time as it always has been...

CR
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The food was a bit unremarkable, but it has a very pleasant ambience and decor.

JH
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We visit Paulette's quite often, especially on Monday nights for their weekly special! We loved our waiter, Richard (aka: Slim). He was very nice, funny and checked on us often. The food was great and we even waited an extra 20 minutes for the chocolate creme brulee to come out of the oven. Yumm!

MV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place. Great atmosphere. Excellent food. Great service. We will come again soon. We just moved from Los Angeles to Memphis and brought friends visiting from Los Angeles. We couldn’t be more please.

CD
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, Paulette's is charming with high quality food and service without feeling overly stuffy or pretentious.

DP
Mississippi
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town for concert, in search of a nice restaurant close to the venue. Open Table directed us to a wonderful restaurant with fantastic food, service, and atmosphere!

LF
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. Will definitely go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paulette’s never disappoints. Attentive service, delicious food and a quiet dining room make Paulette’s my favorite Memphis restaurant. The warm popovers and strawberry butter are worth the trip!

B
Mississippi
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambiance is unbeatable. Live flowers, table cloth, attentive waitstaff.

Paulettes is not the culinary experience it used to be. Menu choices are steadily shrinking and less inspired.

A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in a good looking room. Not a ribs and slaw restaurant. Interesting menu and the wait staff is trained to explain what is being served.

w
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Nice Southern atmosphere and food. A bit too dark for people with bad eyes ...
But we’ll be back.

TS
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food! Beautiful restaurant. We had a wonderful luncheon.

JM
Memphis
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Nice ambience but very slow service. Was not busy so no reason for the slowness.

NQ
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marchell was an outstanding server and made sure that everything was okay. Enjoyed the meal (salmon and trout) as well as the seating. We were able to see the sunset over the river. We had not been to the new location since it opened and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We will be back!

BA
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Paulette's; My wife and I went for our 51st anniversary, on the high recommendation of friends. Everything was "just right." Our server (Lee) was extremely attentive, professional, and knowledgeable. He took care of us so well and was very responsive to our individual needs. It was so nice to have such a quality place to enjoy this special day for us.