Paulette's Restaurant at the River Inn of Harbor Town

4.6
1884 Reviews
$30 and under
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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".

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very accommodating. The food was excellent. Pleasant experience

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RonnieS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The night was low attended, but the servers did a great job and food was excellent as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!!!!!

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bonesblesser
Memphis/West TN
26 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A pleasant Sunday afternoon following morning worship services. My bride and I were met at the door and quickly escorted to our reserved table. The young lady who served us was atteentive and friendly. And as always, no disappointment with the food. Our compliments to the Chef. Paulette's standard of excellence in dining keeps us coming back.

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Drew
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance was fantastic. Dimly lit interior with low music. Everything on the menu was $3 more than was indicated online.

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AnnaG
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fell in love with this little slice of heaven! Great customer service and the cocktails are delicious.

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Memom
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Dinner was perfect! We should not have gotten the k-pie! Need to have 4 people to enjoy it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing. First time going but defiantly not the last!

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JonathanC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I can tell the quality of meat they are using is not prime as it used to be. My filet for ~$40 was around 6 ounces of “select” meat, not even “choice.”

Hope it returns to how it used to be, but after two lackluster, expensive evenings, my wife and I will go to Folks Folly instead for the flavor and the value.

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Pla57
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!!

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JodieV
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Paulette's is always a treat and their Monday night dinner specials are absolutely divine! And don't get me started on those popovers!

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Bjohnson
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food4service5ambience5

The amount the price the portions dint equal the value. Overall service was good.

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Snowbunny
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful place for a peaceful meal with family or friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with my daughters to celebrate Downtown dining week - the service and meal were lovely as Paulette’s always is

JP
vipJohnP
San Antonio
27 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure, with a perfect balance between professionalism and friendliness from the staff, as well as delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The chicken on the downtown dining menu was LIFE CHANGING

JA
vipJoAnnW
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very impressed with the service and the food. We had such a lovely experience.

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SamB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good restaurant. Food was tasty with very nice presentation. Excellent service.

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john
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

very nice. About as good as it gets in Memphis....

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EdnaW
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite of ours from years past Paulette’s is still maintaining its reputation of excellence. Thanks for a lovely visit—kahlua mocha parfait pie continues a favorite . Edna W

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vipmemdiner
Memphis/West TN
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Paulette's has been one of my favorites for decades and I always enjoy a visit there. However, the food on this last trip was very disappointing. It was cold and tough. And the portion size was very small. This is a dish I get often. The Brochette of Chicken. There might have been 2 ounces of chicken if that much. It was overcooked in addition to being cold and was quite tough. I got a side of green beans, and they too were a small portion and extremely greasy. The popovers, always a treat, were not that Sunday. They were hard, cold and have a very greasy, like old oil, taste. Atmosphere is great. Service was wonderful. I love the menu but I do wish that the food this trip was its usual hot and delicious. I suspect had a manager seen my plate, it would not have left the kitchen.

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ClaireQ
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service and ambience were outstanding. All wait staff wore masks and social distancing was observed at all times. Salads and entrees were very good. I look forward to our next visit.

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vipCHUw
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose outdoor dining for lunch. It was lovely on the sidewalk right outside the restaurant. The food was excellent as was the service. We were celebrating a birthday and enjoyed the $1 bubbly available at lunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Popovers were amazing. Dinner was just okay. Not worth the fuss. Dessert was the same. Service was wonderful.

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vipRRisRambo
Memphis/West TN
27 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was Excellent!

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Pamhc
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We've always loved Paulette's, and am hoping this experience was just an off night. Their Monday Night Specials always look good, especially for the price, so our group decided to try it. 3 courses for $19.99 is a great value, but we were really disappointed. Basic drinks, Cosmopolitan and Old Fashioned, were not right, and took about 20 minutes to receive. (Another 15 after we asked for them to try again.) The wines came a little better, although they could have sold several more glasses to the table had the delivery and service been more attentive. Prosecco was served slightly less than room temperature, the glass didn't even sweat. Our salads and soups came out at 2 different times, and short a spoon. Dessert (on the set menu) was to have been an apple crepe, but after another long wait, we received brownies with a scoop of ice cream that was so tiny it was really only garnish. We weren't told there was a problem or shortage, they just plunked brownies down in front of us. The entrees were both good, but the overall experience was a huge letdown compared to our expectations. Will go back, but only because of over 30 years of much better food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful customer service and fantastic food. They have lovely outdoor tables as well.

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MillieJane
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Not the Paulette’s I’ve always known and loved. No popovers at mid-day? I’ve never been to Paulette’s when there were no popovers and it took our server at least 15 minutes from the time he said he was bringing them to the time he told us there were none.
The server was personable, but incredibly slow. My guests were from out of town but even if they come back to Memphis, I don’t believe I could entice them to return to Paulette’s. It was disappointing because Paulette’s has always been in my top three places to eat.

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AandB
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a repeat customer, the one word that sums up Paulette’s is “perfection.”
My filet is cooked perfectly and was so juicy and tender it literally melted in my mouth. People might frown on the price but you get what you paid for and so much more. Our server had a great personality and took her time to explain some of the dishes we had questions about. Will return and encourage others to try them out

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

years ago it was great ! Now it is Horrible I believe it is under new ownership and is

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CortlandtB
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really great experience. The food was amazing and the ambiance was very nice.

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CathyR
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner. Service and food were exceptional.

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Caradonna
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wish we could have tried everything on the menu! Decided on shrimp & grits, and lamb chops, with cauliflower tempura appetizer & fudge brownie for dessert, Excellent meal!

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DeidraR
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience was extravagant!!! I will be back soon.

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Gale
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had not seen my friend in a while and we decided to go to Paulettes. Everything was great - from the service GEORGE provided all the way to the caramel bread pudding. We tried the Monday night special and it was a perfect serving.

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bonesblesser
Memphis/West TN
27 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Paulette is one of the few remaining resturant where the atmosphere, food presentation and taste, and ambiance equals a wonderful unique experience. My bride and I look forward to our next visit.

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CorneliusM
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anasatsia, our waitress, was phenomenal!! We will definitely be coming back in the very near future!! The food was awesome as well!

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ChrisN
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, service and atmosphere. We had an enjoyable experience.

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DebbieT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch! Lovely setting. Great service!!!! Paige was our server and she was delightful!! The food is always great and today was no exception.

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vipCindym
Dallas
57 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great spot. Food is always good with a well-rounded menu. I eat at Paulette's when traveling through Memphis and am never disappointed. Service is excellent.

FAQs

Paulette's Restaurant at the River Inn of Harbor Town does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Paulette's Restaurant at the River Inn of Harbor Town also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (901) 260-3300.

Paulette's Restaurant at the River Inn of Harbor Town is rated 4.6 stars by 1884 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.