About Paulette's Restaurant at the River Inn of Harbor Town
Memphis, TN 38103
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".
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
This was our first time at Paulette's. We both ordered the Filet Mignon, and they were cooked to perfection! I loved the environment. The restaurant is located in a great location by the river. We would love to return and be able to enjoy that area a little more. I do have to say, our server was not the greatest. My boyfriend was annoyed by the lack of refills, and sat with an empty drink until we received our entrée. When paying, we wanted to use a VISA gift card - which had $100 available to spend - along with cash. The waiter came back to the table only to say that our card had nothing on it (when returning to the Peabody, our hotel for the night, we discovered that the card actually was active with full balance still remaining). We ended up paying with cash and tipping our waiter. These occurrences would have really made a dinner more enjoyable, however, I do think we would try again in the future. I would definitely recommend it to a friend!
Usually I love Paulette's, but I will never eat there again on Valentines. I had 8:30 reservations and was not seated until 9:10. For the restaurant to have a $45 per person cancellation policy, guest should be seated for whatever time scheduled. Also, behind us was a table of 12. The table was so loud that my wife and I could barely hear each other. The food of course was fantastic as usual. I just know now avoid Paulette's on holidays.
Paulette's has been a reliable favorite of ours for over 30 years. The Filet Paulette is my go-to standard, and the fish of the day offerings were spectacular. It is a perfect place for quiet, upscale dining just outside the downtown Memphis buzz. Mike was our waiter and did a fantastic job... just the right about of attentiveness without being too much or too little. Glad to see they still serve popovers with Strawberry Butter!
This was the first time in years that my husband and I ate dinner at Paulette's. We had been disappointed a few years ago with the food and the service when it first moved to Harbortown. We had a great meal and great service, reminded us of the "old" Paulette's when it was in Overton Square. We will be back again soon. Great atmosphere for a "date night".
Paulette's is absolutely lovely. We confused our reservation by 30 minutes, but they still sat us and treated us wonderfully. The food and service were amazing. The view is nice, as it near the river. It's a historic Memphis restaurant. Must go at least once.
Our reservation was slightly delayed because a previous party was still at its table, so we were offered a seat in the adjacent inn lobby. A drink menu would be great in those situations.
The very sweet hostess took us to the first available table. It's lovely and cozy inside--ideal for dates or adult friends/family time.
The cocktail menu/wine list is small and I was disappointed by the cocktail offerings.
However, almost everything on the menu sounded great. We had house green salads and he had steak while I had sicilian chicken. Both were delicious.
Service was fast and our server was sweet. We were treated to popovers to start the meal--unique and lovely.
We both had dessert. The K-pie is amazing, but I'd recommend sharing with at least one other person. My husband said the key lime pie is delicious.
I'll definitely return. I'd like to try brunch.
First time to dine at Paulette's in a long time. Everything deserved a "5" except the amount of food for the price. I ordered the chicken crepe at lunch and it was delicious. But other than the crepe, there were just a very few sauteed vegetables. Same with my friend' dish. She had the crab cakes, which tasted great, but for the price, one would have loved a side. The desert chocolate crepe with ice cream, however, was a good value. We split it and each had many spoonfuls. Because of the atmosphere, service and tastiness of the food we will definitely return and just hope for a little larger portions.
I loved my experience here. The staff was very friendly and let my mother and I know what was good as it was our first time. Everything we ate was delicious from the pop ups, to the lamb chops. Definitely mood dining with great service. If I ever go through Memphis again, this will be my go to spot for dinner. I recommend this restaurant to anyone!
I was excited to take my wife here as I had dined at Paulette's previously and had an excellent experience. This time, I was less impressed and it was particularly a result of the service.
We ordered an appetizer shortly after viewing the menu. 5-10 minutes later we order our meals in addition to a salad / soup. Guess which one first, the appetizer ordered 5-10 minutes previously or the soup/salad? You're right, the soup and salad! Prior to even tasting the soup our appetizer then arrives. This is just unacceptable in a restaurant of this caliber and I always wonder why management allows this to occur. Total dinner time there was less than 60 minutes! While the food was good the service was lacking any knowledge as to why most people dine out which is the experience, socialization, and intimacy. This evening was very slow which frustrates me even more!
It was a good experience, overall. The popovers were a little overdone on this occasion. The redfish was a little over seasoned (too much salt). Service and ambiance were unparalleled, as usual. The wife enjoyed the sirloin tips. Seafood chowder was excellent.
Paulette's was a great choice for New Years Eve. The menu was already set and the choices were great for a first time dining experience. Although the food was very tasteful (except a bland salad option; no dressing options), the waiter could've talked about the food choices and recommended things rather than just asking what we wanted. It was a "move you through" type of night for Paulette's it seemed. Would recommend for a special occasion or date night; I project it would be different if their was not a pre-set menu.
An old Memphis favorite... likely one of the most romantic restaurants in Memphis with great views of the Mississippi River... quiet enough to enjoy conversation and a glass of wine, and excellent wait staff that are quick to serve... desserts?? SUPER!! Make sure to put the K-pie on your list... and order 2 spoons as it's easily enough for two!!
Paulette's was one of the few fine restaurants to be open on Christmas day in Memphis. The Prix Fixe menu made it easy to choose from a nice selection of tasty and well prepared food. Located in The River Inn Hotel, It had Old World charm and the location by the water was marvelous. Our waiter, while professional, was easy to talk with and did an excellent job of recommending an outstanding wine to go with our meal. I would surely recommend Paulette's to the discerning diner.
Outstanding Dining Experience! This is a great facility. It is not very old, but has the character of a much older building.
Reservations well done with minimal weight. Every person from hostess to server was top quality. It was a special occasion with three of our grandchildren - enjoyed by all. It was everythingvwe were looking for. OBTW - the food was great!!
We ate here on a Sunday night in December 2016 and it was a great experience.
Our server was great and fun to talk with while ordering and attending our table when needed.
For an appetizer/starter, we ordered the crab stuffed mushrooms, which were delivered hot and were yummy. We had iceberg lettuce salads with our choices of dressings. They served pop overs with strawberry butter which was delectable.
We had the Filet Mignon with au gratin potatoes and asparagus. The filet was one of the most tender I have ever eaten and was cooked perfectly when brought out of the kitchen. We also ordered the Chicken Sicilian-it was good, however the Filet Mignon was the star of the show. However, the portions were small for the price we paid. For dessert, we ordered and split the Kahlua-Mocha Parfait Pie and what a delectable and rich dessert! Delicious and different...
This is a perfect place for a quiet supper or even for a family gathering.
We will definitely return in the near future!
Visited December 2016
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