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 1667 People Are Saying
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CR
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

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

JH
Memphis
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

DP
Mississippi
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

w
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

JM
Memphis
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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

NQ
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

C
Memphis
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner before a concert at FedEx Forum. Steak Paulette is my favorite—lots of peppercorn sauce. But the biggest hit all around was the popovers! Beats any roll or biscuit. Server was slammed but did a great job.

MJ
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a perfect time to come and everything was outstanding.

FE
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was outstanding. Our food was excellent, and our server was attentive and cordial. The restaurant's location is excellent. We had a view of the sunset over the river while we were there. I would definitely recommend Paulette's.

HD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We’ve dined here before and this was our best experience yet. Our waiter was attentive without hovering. The nicely sized redfish entrée was generously topped with tender crabmeat and the brownie dessert was perfect.

S
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The door between the room being used for a private party and the dining room must have been slammed shut at least 30 times. Sometimes guests, many times by employees. The door also kept being left open. The noise from the part was substantial and the noise in the dining room would elevate with everybody trying to outshout the noise from the party. We both ordered Creme Brûlée. Unfortunately when the custard was made it was not properly tempered causing the consistency to be something like scrambled eggs. The sugar on top had been burned by the person using the torch. Sticking a big strawberry over the burned part is bush league. We love Paulette's and hope they just had a rough night. Usually a great place we will give it another chance.

C
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday celebration where eleven people enjoyed the celebration. The Paulette filet was delicious! Everyone commented on their great meal and experience. Highly recommend!

JJ
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was friendly but not the most prompt. Brunch was approximately $100 for 3 people (includes tip). Quantity of food wasn't all that great. Overall, I'd recommend but Paulette's is pretty steep on price given what you get.

RR
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was just a lovely experience. Enjoyed the quiet graceful ambiance. The food was delightful beautifully presented and tasted delicious.

l
Memphis
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 2

We are regulars at Paulette's so admittedly last night was an anomaly, as it is usually a wonderful experience. Diners one table over ruined the entire evening for us and our guests, due to an uncontrolled toddler child who shrieked at ear piercing levels for 2 solid hours. Management said they were unable to do anything. Really???? In addition, popovers were burned and k-pie was half melted.

I
New York Area
174 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for four older women from NY, CA, DE visiting Memphis. We ordered a variety of drinks and food. Decent wine list including good half bottles. A pleasant evening.

MR
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hard to beat Paulette's for food, service and ambience. It's been our go-to spot since the Overton Square days for birthdays, anniversaries, and the day after Thanksgiving (a family tradition) and anytime a quiet, romantic spot fits the bill.

c
Memphis
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic 5 year anniversary + mother dinner last night. Waiter was spot on with recommendations. Service was outstanding. Food was incredible. And setting was beautiful! I had not been to this location since they opened on the island but I am so glad I did. Will be back again soon!

CH
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Paulette's! We have our family dinner here everytime we visit. Everyone counts on it and cannot wait to go!

BP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paulette's is one of the few restaurants where you can enjoy a good meal in a wonderful atmosphere. It may be the quietest place in Memphis, a reason why I keep going back.

CG
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoy Paulett's. We have dined there at least 50 times over the years and have booked some large office parties there.
On this past Saturday we were served the skimpest portions I have ever seen in Memphis. I had fish, as always, the portion could be covered from view by my index finger.
It was tasty. But gee. I felt like I had received a one dish flight from Flight Restaurant.(My Favorite Restaurant in Memphis) We will go back again. We enjoy the view of the Mississippi river in Memphis, the piano player providing music in the background and the cozy bar.

GM
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was very nice. Our server Marcel was attentive and polite. Very experienced. Food was delicious! I had Redfish fillet that was fantastic over asparagus. Everything was great from beginning to end.

C
Memphis
17 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic, as usual! The sunset from the rooftop was fantastic. The service in the dining room was perfect.Pauletts is always dependable for any occasion.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food

JN
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!!! George Falls was there and we visited with him!

BC
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined at Paulette’s numerous times and frequently entertain out-of-town guests at the restaurant. The food and general experience has never been disappointing. Most of my guests ask to return there on subsequent visits. Consistency in food quality and service makes a huge difference.

OT
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience, business, friends or family dining.

TW
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Poor service , food was not what it use to be , pretty interior ,

JC
Memphis
55 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Seating slower than usual, but great Waitperson and good food.

TN
Memphis
19 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived for Sunday brunch and were promptly seated. The menu offered a nice selection of breakfast and lunch items along with daily specials. First up were the popovers, served warm with powdered sugar and strawberry butter. Delightful! The food including an oversized omelette, the brochette of chicken, and fried green tomatoes with crabmeat was fresh and delicious. Paulette's remains a favorite to celebrate good food, well prepared and always memorable.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful! The service was impeccable, and management was very active in the restaurant. They never made you ask for anything. It was calm and collected. Perfect for Sunday brunch!

JC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful space, courteous service and delicious food. Appreciate the Monday night specials! Good food at a bargain price. Our only complaint was a high noise level in the small but full room.

4
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 49th anniversary but I am not sure why you asked when we made the reservation since nothing “special” was done nor was it mentioned.

The woman employee that greeted us as we walked in never looked at us nor smiled. Not a good impression and if I didn’t know this restaurant my attitude would have gone downhill.
I got the impression she thought we couldn’t afford to eat here.
The server, Mike, was excellent!!

DT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Paulette's to celebrate our anniversary. The food was perfect and our server was very friendly and helpful. This was our first visit and we will definitely be back and tell our friends.

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