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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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4.5

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4.2

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87% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (39)
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Quiet Conversation (26)
Good for a Date (24)
Cozy (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Worth the Drive (18)
Scenic View (17)
Great for Lunch (14)
Great for Brunch (14)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Waterfront (12)
Business Meals (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined 3 days ago

Paulette's is our weekly date night go to restaurant! It is the best run, most consistent restaurant in Memphis because of Beata and her staff. We are partial to Iza waiting on our table because she is like part of our family. No one has a sweeter personality and we look forward to seeing her every week. We are always welcomed by all the staff and Karl always makes a special effort to say hello no matter how busy he is. Because of this, we are extremely lucky to have them in our neighborhood. That personal connection makes us return every week. But also the filet is the best in town and definitely try to leave room for K pie! Paulettes and the River Inn are our neighborhood gem and we feel extremely blessed to have them in Harbor town. The sunsets are magnificent upstairs at the Terrace and then dining downstairs at Paulettes makes for a perfect evening. You won't be disappointed!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Delicious as always. Perfect for my birthday celebration!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 15, 2018

Beautiful dining experience. Elegant. Great atmosphere. Great waiter and friendly staff. 25th Anniversary that they helped make very special for us, especially our waiter. Would highly recommend for any dining occasion.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Better than I remembered from the food to the service

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year’s Eve

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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Once in Overton Square, now at Harbor Town, Paulette's is still the romantice Memphis icon. For a quiet romantic dinner with superb food and excellent service, you can't beat Paulette's. Top it off with an overnight stay upstairs in the River Inn, and you'll Paulette's breakfast on the house!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Calvin was THE BEST waiter!
Food was great!
Atmosphere perfect!
Our “Happy” place!

Tags: Good for Groups, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Love Paulette’s. One of the best restaurants in Memphis. Calvin, our most recent server, is very knowledgeable and attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Delicious food! Servers anticipated your needs ahead of time. Very thoughtful. Cozy yet elegant. Stunning view of the Mississippi River.

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great atmosphere!

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Wonderful meal and it was served timely and professionally.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

My family of 7 went to Paulette's to just have a wonderful night out. The atmosphere is wonderful and the food was great. The service was amazing.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Our food was fabulous and our waiter Brandon was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 13, 2017

This was my first time going for lunch and I specifically stated on my reservation that we needed to be sat in a more quiet area of the restaurant. Well we ended up being placed in a centrally located table in a back room filled with some ladies social club meeting of 35-40 people. Try conducting an interview when it feels like 10 TV's are full blast on volume watching The View. Even better they shut to doors to the room locking in the sound.

At dinner, this place is amazing; for lunch not so much. Would not recommend for any type of professional meeting at lunch.

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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Paulette's is a great local restaurant with great food & service. The piano player in the bar is a very nice touch and that area makes for the perfect spot to eat.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

my wife and I for many years gone to Paulette's either for our anniversary or other special occasion. Paulette's never fails to live up to our expectations.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We had a delicious meal. Our server was great! Fabulous dessert!

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in Memphis. Never disappoints. Brandon our server was excellent and food was incredible as always.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Very nice atmosphere. Best Creme Brule ever. Food was very good.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Wonderful. Great service. Brandon was outstanding.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Excellent food but service was miserably slow. Other tables ate and left. Took us 2 hours for lunch. Waiter blamed it on two showers that were going on. I say these things are scheduled and a good restaurant will not let it impact other customers. Would certainly hesitate to go here if on a schedule.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

This was a Christmas get together for our book club group. Of course we had reservations but when we arrived the employee who asked to help us made us wait at the front while he walked around looking. It appeared as though he couldn’t find our reservation. Turns out he assumed we were with a bridal party because we were carrying gifts. Once he looked in computer he found our reservations and we were seated. He was not friendly. However, we had a great table with a great view and great food and a great server!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was VERY good. Portions small. Great dining and service

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This was our first visit to Paulette's since they moved from Overton Square years ago. The restaurant is beautiful and the service was excellent. The food had high and low points. The seared foie gras was spectacular. I had the lamb chops and my wife the Paulette's filet. I ordered the lamb chops medium rare and they came out medium. My wife ordered her filet medium and it was medium with parts that quite rare. I expected more consistency for the price.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I was excited about this brunch, based on the reputation of the restaurant. It did NOT live up to the hype. Our server was friendly, but it was evident to me pretty quickly this doesn’t equate to effective. He forgot multiple requests early in the dining experience (e.g. creamer). Perhaps it is their standard practice, but he did not write down ANY orders. This was a huge red flag given 4 out of 5 orders were build your own omelet. When the food arrived - which took awhile - only one of the omelets was correct (ham & cheese). The rest were missing 1 or more topping or included toppings that weren’t requested. Someone asked for turkey bacon, which we were told they don’t serve AFTER the omelet was brought out with pork sausage. The egg white omelet was undercooked and thrown together. I realize egg whites aren’t the easiest to hold together, but most good restaurants can do it. When we pointed out what was missing he brought the items out in small side dishes. So the missing bacon came out as bacon crumbles, which at this point should have just been a side of bacon since the omelet was half eaten. The spinach came out as a side of spinach, which should have been recooked in the omelet, since the whole plate went back to the kitchen. And although the ham and cheese omelet was correct the first time, the side of potatoes were visibly hard and dried out and had to be replaced. I received exactly what I ordered (french toast and shrimp & grits). The french toast was delicious, but we had to make multiple requests for extra syrup and plates to split it. The shrimp and grits had a nice flavor, but the grits were on the thin/runny side and a small portion. One guest asked to speak to the manager, who never came to the table. She was simply told the egg white omelet would not be charged. Even the bills were split incorrectly, adding 10 mins of delays in us leaving. Still no manager visit although I assume that’s who I could hear the server talking to behind the wall.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent service and fabulous food served in an intimate setting.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Had Thanksgiving dinner here. Excellent food and service. Would have preferred to order from menu instead of prix fix, especially since some in party had food allergies but appreciated the opportunity for a holiday.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I had fish with crab. As this was a fixed menu for Thanksgiving, it seemed the food was not freshly made, but pre cooked and left on a warming rack for service. My daughter had the turkey and said it was alright. Not a great experience.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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