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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".
Memphis, TN 38103
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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 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.
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
We had eaten at Paulette several times when daughter were at Rhodes. It has moved from midtown but taken its special ambiance with it. This location is lovely and it was special to return after 25 years. Congratulations to them and you cannot go wrong eating here. Unlike many restaurants, this one has maintained quality and thus has survived many meals and made many people very happy!
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