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Paulette's Restaurant at the River Inn of Harbor Town, Memphis, TN

Paulette's Restaurant at the River Inn of Harbor Town

4.5
4.5
2186 Reviews
$31 to $50
Global, International

Combine guests’ favorite recipes of 46 years as a revered Memphis dining establishment with extraordinary chef-created offerings, and you have the popular, award-winning Paulette’s Restaurant.

Paulette's superb food, professional service, and warm atmosphere are consistent and unsurpassed. Tender steaks, fresh fish, Sunday Brunch, hot popovers with strawberry butter, and amazing desserts have afforded the restaurant national fame. As one food critic put it, “Paulette’s is a Memphis institution and for a very good reason.”

Paulette’s is known as Memphis’ most charming and attractive restaurant with an unparalleled ambiance and the most appealing river setting. It blends beautifully into the scenic, much acclaimed, planned community of Harbor Town. It’s accessible by way of oak tree lined North Parkway, which continues past the Pyramid and over the Willis Bridge spanning the Wolf River Inlet.

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Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Contemporary French / American, International

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–1:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (901) 260-3300

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    With five great spaces from which to choose, the staff at Paulette’s is very experienced in making every special event a memorable occasion. For small parties, the elegantly appointed Belle Memphis Board Room offers seating for 10. For larger events, Paulette’s offers private dining for groups up to 65. The popular River Hall, with its grand river view, can accomodate up to 80, and our outdoor Courtyard affords a very appealing space for up to 200. Whether for a reception, seated dinner, or buffet, the Paulette’s staff can assemble a menu that fits your budget and the occasion. To book an event, contact Events Manager Casey Collins at 901-552-7866 or email events@riverinnmemphis.com.

  • Private party facilities

    With five great spaces from which to choose, the staff at Paulette’s is very experienced in making every special event a memorable occasion. For small parties, the elegantly appointed Belle Memphis Board Room offers seating for 10. For larger events, Paulette’s offers private dining for groups up to 65. The popular River Hall, with its grand river view, can accomodate up to 80, and our outdoor Courtyard affords a very appealing space for up to 200. Whether for a reception, seated dinner, or buffet, the Paulette’s staff can assemble a menu that fits your budget and the occasion. To book an event, contact Events Manager Casey Collins at 901-552-7866 or email events@riverinnmemphis.com.

  • Private party contact

    Katie Ogden: (901) 260-3333 ext. 2105

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Island Drive

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,186 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. GD

    GDubs

    Memphis/West TN

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful brunch! We had not visited in awhile but reminded us how good it is!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was remarkable. Lee provided excellent service! Highly recommend.

  3. S

    Starry

    Memphis/West TN

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The shrimp and grits was delicious; the salmon, flaky and tender. The artichoke hearts provided the right accompaniment to the salmon. Service was attentive but unobtrusive. The popovers were, as usual, scrumptious. The cheese board, shared by all, featured flavorful and intriguing tastes. The strawberry crepe provided just the right touch to end our meal.

  4. D

    Deborah

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    My Eggs Benedict was too salty. Couldn't eat it. My husband had the Redfish with crab stuffing. The crab was actually on the side with mushrooms. He thought it was very tasty. We had different experiences.

  5. M

    Miller

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience4

    The fathers day brunch menu was very sub-par. We were extremely disappointed with the price paid for the quality of the meal that we received. We visit Paulette's at least 2 times annually (special occasions) and this experience was very disappointing. I would recommend Paulette's BUT not for annual holidays w/ pre selected menus.

  6. MM

    MarkM

    Memphis/West TN

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Menu has changed and there are not as many options The popovers which are my favorite seem to have changed. OverLl good dining experience.

  7. KA

    KATHY

    Memphis/West TN

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Paulette's food and ambience is consistently excellent. We eat there monthly, and this week I tried the redfish with crabmeat sauce for the first time. It was a delicate blend of of the two and was delicious.

  8. P

    Paul

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Paulette’s has always been a lovely place for dinner and the Monday evening dinner is a great value. Wonderful place, keep it up!

  9. i

    insearchofgoodfood

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Breakfast we would give Paulettes 5stars (don't miss the grits & fresh juice!), this reservation was for lunch, which we give 4 stars on food. Service was excellent & ambience is serene, with free parking & a nice walk along the river after you are full!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service! Incredibly delicious meal!

  11. JD

    JacksonDiners

    Memphis/West TN

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4

    We are not from Memphis, but were regular customers when in Memphis, except for the last two years. Upon returning to Paulette's (with great expectations) we were disappointed that the menu had completely changed from the long-time French inspired selections. Only the popovers remained and they were great. However, we found the balance of the meal to be barely edible. The deviled eggs were tasteless and disappointing. The salads were a pile of non-distinguished greens with a dressing that was mostly vinegar. All three of us ordered fish, all of which were over-salted with sides that were not appetizing and were not a good accompaniment to the fish. The worst was that the dessert menu no longer including creme brulee!!!!! The service was good, except that a different server brought the salads and had to inquire which salad was for whom. Sadly, we won't be returning.

  12. LG

    LoriG

    Memphis/West TN

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food! The atmosphere was elegant. And our waiter gave excellent recommendations! I highly recommend!

  13. n

    nick

    Memphis/West TN

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed it tremendously!

  14. AB

    AmyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed our meal. Nick was attentive and friendly. Ambiance was nice.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing n priceless

  16. KS

    KarenS

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    This was a lovely restaurant near the water with easy parking and great service. There were four of us dining and we tried 5 things off the menu. The mixed green salad with cherries, the Wedge Salad, Shrimp and Grits, Ham and Apples crepes and the Chicken Crepe. Everyone said their food was delicious. The rooms are beautiful and divided to keep noise down. Our server Evan was incredible and we were well cared for. If anyone can get the recipe for their rolls that would be amazing!

  17. BW

    BrandonW

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Very old money, southern/Cajun origin French kitchen restaurant. Filet was world class. As good or better than a Michelin starred kitchen.

  18. JS

    JoeyS

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Both dishes were extremely tasty!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent meal and excellent service!

  20. BL

    BigL

    Memphis/West TN

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a fabulous meal at Paulette's! Mr Falls is a gracious host and I can't recommend them highly enough!

  21. LH

    LauraH

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional ambience, it is cozy & feels moody & Parisian. Our food was fabulous 💯

  22. GS

    GeraldS

    Memphis/West TN

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server Alexandria was AWESOME! She was attentive to details, checked on us appropriately and made sure that we were completely satisfied! She is a KEEPER!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    We did the Monday night Three-course special. I got the salmon pasta and expected to see salmon over pasta but it was more like grated bits of salmon in the pasta. It tasted good but seem to be a little chintzy with the salmon

  24. LT

    LaToyaC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The overall experience was great, the wait time for the food was long though.

  25. BE

    BettyE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful fun, incredible service! A little noisy at times, probably because a few large tables of people, I think, graduations.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Greeted when we arrive Seated immediately Everyone was pleasant Food was good Wait staff may need a little training checking what customers ordered is what is being served

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    Sicilian Chicken and angle hair pasta with a dot of sauce was extremely dry. A few weeks ago my soup with a smoked season was far too burned tasting and tonight the smoked pine-nuts on the salad had the same horribly overwhelming smoked taste (not edible), the chocolate desert had a drop of a nice raspberry syrup and another sour dollop that was way too pungent. The chocolate cake wasn’t very good either. What has happened? Nothing on the special is very good any more. A few months ago we had the Sicilian chicken and pasta that was amazing. Tried it a few times since; no comparison .

  28. m

    mmim2017

    Memphis/West TN

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    We had a new wait staff person. He was not real attentive. Not bad but not attentive. The Monday nite menu was really great. Loved the food.

  29. GV

    GaryV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the Mother’s Day Brunch. I’d booked the wrong date and they worked us in! Food and service were great! I have always loved this restaurant and their move to the River location was a great one ! We live in Germantown , but still love to come here for a wonderful dining experience! Thank you!

  30. S

    Swale6

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The restaurant is in a great location. The service was attentive but not over the top and the food was exceptional

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful HS graduation Brunch celebration for my daughter! The Food and drinks were as wonderful as always. The popovers….. my absolute favorite. We ordered the Lump crab meat omelettes and Ham Palacsinta crepes….. delicious!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Food was not that good and one of the app was disgusting and I wanted the to take a 12 off my bill and management took forever to come see us and then had a attitude. We were ok with paying for the other food. No pics was taken

  33. TP

    TedP

    St. Louis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Hidden gem located on the banks of the mighty Mississippi. When LaSalle made his maiden voyage it would have been his favorite spot.

  34. JP

    JPRoland

    Little Rock

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Paulette's is very nice and quaint and the food was very good. I had booked it thinking we would have a beautiful view of the Mississippi and it turned out to be a view of the parking lot with the Mississippi in the background. Had we gone after dark to wouldn't have mattered. Our waitress was fantastic and the strawberry crepe for desert was delicious!

  35. m

    mmim2017

    Memphis/West TN

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    We had the price fixe meal. It was a bit underwhelming. My steak was very tough.

  36. B

    Bill

    Louisville

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great service. A really nice place to have a meal with friends.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went before Orpheum

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3

    It took a long time for the waitress to greet us. Then everything took so long. Also, my husband never received his glass of wine. My mock tail tasted like a V8 splash. Then my steak that was ordered medium came out well done. So when the steak was recooked, it came out medium rare. Neither entrees came out hot, simply warm. Then I was given only 2 asparagus, I mentioned it and the waitress stated they usually only give 3. So why was I given 2, not sure. No manager ever checked to see if we were fine. Was not the best experience. Honestly was highly disappointed.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Jalen gave us excellent service. Deviled eggs ✅ cheese plate ✅ both amazing apps. Wedge salad was perfect size not a half head of lettuce. Wife had shrimp and grits and I had the redfish and crabmeat. All was fresh and exceptionally prepared. Rumswizzle and razzmatazz cocktails were perfect. Did I mention Jalen? Excellent service with a polite smile. I will come back to see him for sure.

  40. KU

    KristaU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed an excellent dinner of filet mignon in a quiet atmosphere! We would definitely recommend this restaurant!!

Safety precautions

  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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You can order delivery directly from Paulette's Restaurant at the River Inn of Harbor Town using the Order Online button. Paulette's Restaurant at the River Inn of Harbor Town also offers 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 4.5 stars by 2186 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Paulette's Restaurant at the River Inn of Harbor Town

50 Harbor Town Square Memphis, TN 38103

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Island Drive

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–1:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Contemporary French / American, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (901) 260-3300

  • Catering

    With five great spaces from which to choose, the staff at Paulette’s is very experienced in making every special event a memorable occasion. For small parties, the elegantly appointed Belle Memphis Board Room offers seating for 10. For larger events, Paulette’s offers private dining for groups up to 65. The popular River Hall, with its grand river view, can accomodate up to 80, and our outdoor Courtyard affords a very appealing space for up to 200. Whether for a reception, seated dinner, or buffet, the Paulette’s staff can assemble a menu that fits your budget and the occasion. To book an event, contact Events Manager Casey Collins at 901-552-7866 or email events@riverinnmemphis.com.

  • Private party facilities

    With five great spaces from which to choose, the staff at Paulette’s is very experienced in making every special event a memorable occasion. For small parties, the elegantly appointed Belle Memphis Board Room offers seating for 10. For larger events, Paulette’s offers private dining for groups up to 65. The popular River Hall, with its grand river view, can accomodate up to 80, and our outdoor Courtyard affords a very appealing space for up to 200. Whether for a reception, seated dinner, or buffet, the Paulette’s staff can assemble a menu that fits your budget and the occasion. To book an event, contact Events Manager Casey Collins at 901-552-7866 or email events@riverinnmemphis.com.

  • Private party contact

    Katie Ogden: (901) 260-3333 ext. 2105

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