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Paulette's Restaurant at the River Inn of Harbor Town

4.5
1290 reviews
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$30 and under
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Global, International
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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".
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Global, International, Contemporary French / American, International
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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
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Phone number
(901) 260-3300
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jason Dallas
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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.
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Private party contact
Katie Ogden: (901) 260-3333 ext. 2105
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Island Drive
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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.
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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.
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
What 1290 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Quiet
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

First timers celebrating 31st anniversary. Food and service (Tyrin) were excellent. Nice cozy atmosphere. Great if you want good food at affordable price in a nice quiet atmosphere. Highly recommend for a date night dinner!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Experience was great and the food was outstanding. We enjoyed the restaurant and would visit again.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food. There were 3 waiters in our area. Some waiters were more personable than others. Had a great view of the sunset.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We came on a Monday night when they have a three course meal for $19.95. I had an arugula salad which was perfectly marinated! The trout pascal was delicious, tender, and perfectly seadoned. It came with asparagus and roasted potatoes. This entre was delicious but portions of vegetables were extremely small. They ran out of the chocolate brownie dessert but subbed it for flourless chocolate cake w raspberry sauce which was probably a lot better. Our server was from Sri Lanka and most efficient and answered our questions w great intelligence.
You cant beat the atmosphere and ambience. Ive never had a bad meal there- just love it😻. Didi

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

I took my eighty six year old mother to dinner at Paulette's on Monday night for the $20 dinner special. My mother has moderate dementia and excessive noise and over stimulus makes it hard for her to relax and enjoy her meal. Even though the restaurant is has a tranquil atmosphere I asked in advance if we could have a corner table which are usually quieter. The staff were quite accommodating. Our waiter George was exceptional kind to my mother and could not have been sweeter. She is a big desert lover and I believe he intentionally cut her a larger piece of brownie which pleased her to no end. He could not have been more cordial and my mother had a wonderful time. Thank you Paulette's and George for being so kind to my mother. We really appreciate you!

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

My wife and I are regulars here for special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) The food was great, but our server was clearly in training and needed some serious instruction. Other servers had to clear our plates and refill our waters on a couple of occasions. Our server was friendly, just inexperienced. The food was as good as always. Hopefully this young man improves as a server, and other guests won’t have the same average experience.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The food continues to be very good, but portions are now smaller. The Wait staff was friendly but very slow.

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The food was ok not seasoned well we had a group of us tried a few things the appetizers was better then the meal

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Paulette's was a nice place, with nice atmosphere. The food was not exceptional, but, I really can't say it was not good.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Outstanding service and attention to details. The food was excellent and perfect portions. When we come back, we will certainly dine at Paulettes again. Harbor Island is so very charming, be sure to come early and enjoy the view from the bar upstairs.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Paulette's is an exceptional restaurant. The ambiance was excellent, and the food was delicious. Whenever I think of restaurants in the Memphis area for special, high-quality occasions, Paulette's is always at the top of my list. This restaurant is a regional crown jewel.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

I had mentioned to my lady friend about the Monday Special at Paulette's and asked if she'd like to go there for her birthday dinner out. It was a location she had never been to and was excited to try it out. Paulette's did not disappoint! The food was excellent, the staff professional and always available, the value of the Monday Special and then the view of the setting sun over the river. It was a perfect dining experience.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

All was great, except that one of the meals didn’t come out until the rest of the party was almost finished; not sure why. They did cover the meal though.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I loved the food but to be honest our particular server was rude. I would have never expected this out of Paulette's. It was on a SATURDAY before Mother's Day at 11:00. If we come back I will request a different server if given him again.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Our service was amazing. The restaurant is beautiful. However, I was disappointed in the popovers! I haven't had them in years and so looked forward to them. Plenty arrived at our table, warm, but both batches were way too dark, almost burnt looking, not the way they were last time I had them.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We came to celebrate our son’s college graduation and had a great meal. Thank you Chris and staff.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Lovely restaurant, friendly staff, great food.

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Very good. Filet was a bit overcooked but it's hard to find a rare steak these days.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Great food and attentive, not annoying, service. Outstanding Shrimp and Grits.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Awesome food, location and service. Really enjoyed the atmosphere. Server was very nice and and attentive.

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2.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Have been here many times even long before it was in Harbor Town and always enjoyed it. Our disappointment this time was entirely due to the waiter. First he forgot our appetizers. When we did get them after reminding him, one of the two was wrong which he did not want to accept. Next our food arrived which was lukewarm having been delayed by his failure to turn in appetizers. As he delivered our entrees he informed us the other appetizer was on the way and became argumentative when we said we no longer wanted it. The next anniversary dinner will be elsewhere. There is no way to contact the restaurant from their website except for reservations. One way to keep complaints down I suppose.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Chicken crepe was delicious and the strawberry crepe was sooooo good!

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

The group enjoyed the dinner very much. Our waiter, Chris took care of our every need. The food was excellent and consistent with our prior experiences at Paulette's. The facility is outstanding, yet prices are very reasonable.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Nice restaurant overlooking the river with friendly efficient service.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The food was very good. Portions were kind of small and left you wanting more. Ambiance was nice but with the restaurant full of people it was difficult to hear the person next too you. The location of the restaurant was nice but parking was at a premium.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Worth the drive in from the burbs! Excellent dinner, but fabulous lunch spot!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

This was our first visit to Memphis and we loved this restaurant. The food and service were excellent. It is on the Mississippi in a very charming neighborhood.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Paulette's never disappoints. The old reliable "spinach crepes" are still there and still good. "Shrimp and Grits" was an excellent choice, even though I am normally not a fan of grits. Lovely ambience with good service. A quiet atmosphere in which you can actually hear the conversation at the table.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Fantastic!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Went twice this last week to enjoy 1974 favorites....most especially the Jamaica crepe amp dine! Such a tragedy that it’s not on the menu! The old cucumber salad was also delicious! A nostalgically wonderful time!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Just a date night for us and everything from the food to wine was great.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Too rushed. Food was brought out too fast. Had to request they not bring next course till we finished current course. With drinks and payment, took about 45 minutes.

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Would have given a half star for the food if I could. Boring with very little taste. The cheese plate had absolutely no flavor except for the blue, the stuff mushrooms were, I know I’m repeating myself, but very little taste. The entrees were just as disappointing. The dessert was the best part of the night, but we had already left Paulette’s and went elsewhere, because we knew the desserts would be... tasteless too!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We really appreciated the great service. The location was wonderful with river views. Have already told family about how great it is and suggested it would be great for a trip to Memphis.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Food was excellent. Service was average.....the day after Easter, so they may have been recovering from the busy day before.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

We went to Pauletts in order to celebrate my Husband’s birthday. The food and service were outstanding. We will definitely get back to Paulett’s when you come back to Memphis.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Outstanding food and service. Wonderful atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The hostess told us they closed at 2pm as soon as we walked in although we had 1:45 reservations. She was a bit rude.

The waiter couldn’t have been nicer. Great service from him & it was his first day. The food was good as always.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

My guest and I enjoyed a lunch at Paulettes. My guest had the vegetarian zucchini pasta with clams, while I had the redfish and crab entree. Both were excellent. Good service, but server not particularly friendly. Wonderful ambiance overlooking the river.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Service was slow, but they weren't overly busy. There were many open tables so maybe they just didn't have enough servers. Food temp was tepid at best. So disappointing. The flavors were there but the food was barely warm. I don't understand this unless the server just left them sitting back there a while after they were ready. The wonderful popovers that we're accustomed to were burnt on one side. Overall it was just a blah experience. Disappointing since we were celebrating our anniversary.

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