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Charles Vergos' Rendezvous

52 South 2nd Street, Memphis, TN 38103-2628 (Downtown)
(901) 523-2746
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Ranked #90 of 1,261 Restaurants in Memphis
Price range: $15 - $20
Tue - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Downtown
Description: The Rendezvous, founded by Charlie Vergos in 1948, started out as an 80 seat tavern serving ham and cheese sandwiches. When Charlie cleaned out the basement beneath his diner, he discovered a coal chute and started a barbecue legend. The coal chute gave Mr. Charlie a vent for his considerable talent over the grill. He developed a unique seasoning fusing his Greek heritage with spices he enjoyed from New Orleans. Mr. Charlie was a collector and hung antiques, memorabilia, and artwork on the walls. This, along with a soulful jukebox, lively waiters, and aromas from the kitchen helped him to create an atmosphere unequalled in the city of Memphis. Today, the restaurant is still in the Vergos family and run by Mr. Charlie's three kids. The ribs still taste the same as they did in the beginning. Ribs are the Rendezvous' specialty. Years ago, people started calling them "dry ribs" which is a terrible misnomer. The ribs are neither "wet" nor "dry." They are moist and juicy and come heavily basted in a vinegar solution that should be used for dipping, and they are sprinkled with our unique Rendezvous seasoning. Any use of sauce should be on the side. Most of the main dishes come with a 4 oz side of baked beans and a unique mustard/vinegar based cole slaw. Should you want additional sides, they may be purchased for only $1. While Rendezvous is famous for its ribs, don't overlook the other items on the menu. From the beef brisket to the pulled pork shoulder sandwich to grilled chicken everything is excellent and well seasoned. The newest item, the greek salad, is a recipe that comes all the way from the Vergos' village back in Greece. On your way out, pick up a bag of BBQ popcorn.The Rendezvous can handle parties as large as 300, call us for reservations. Reservations are accepted for 15 people or more during the week and 25 people or more on the weekend based on availablity. Our main dining area is in a basement. If you require elevator access please let our hostess know.
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Putnam, Connecticut
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

While the entrance in a dirty alley made us question going here, we were rest assured that the ribs would be the best the city had to offer. We loved the ribs, the brisket could have been a tad more moist, but all in all very yummy. The potato salad was tasty, as were the beans, the pickles and the... More

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57 reviews 57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

Thus restaurant was recommended as the place to go to in Memphis. Difficult to understand why, the food and ambiance are really awful. Paper plates and plastic knives and forks are what you will get but that would have been ok if the food had been good. But it wasn't . I think these were the worst pork ribs I... More

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Naperville, Illinois
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114 reviews 114 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

What a great find. Thanks to our friends who told us about Rendezvous we were able to find it in the alley across from the Peabody. It was worth making our way to it. The ribs were excellent. Dy rub and then you can put as much or little sauce as you want on them, from mild to very spicy.... More

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Orleans, France
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

A person met in St. Louis (Mo) advised us this restaurant, we did not regret having followed his advice Rib and brisket combo is awesome. Great atmosphere and very good service

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Raleigh, NC
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We dined here for lunch. The service and atmosphere were great. We enjoyed the red beans and rice appetizer (free) but if you are looking for great BBQ pork ribs, keep looking. The ribs were tough and dry and not very meaty. But it was a fun place to eat. Just expect hit or miss on the food.

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Memphis, Tennessee
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

One of the best places in Memphis for bbq ribs. Try a cheese plate too. Great service. If its good enough for the Royals its good enough for me.

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Memphis, TN
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Ate here about 4:00 on Saturday afternoon and had the rib and brisket combo. The ribs were dry, though that could be because it was not peak time (leftover maybe???). Nevertheless, did not taste fresh, which will probably cause me not to return being that I am a resident of the mid-south and this was my second trip here in... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The food and service at The Rendezvous was above my expectations. My guests enjoyed their experience and plan to return.

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I went here after not going in quite a few years. I did not like this style of barbeque as I like the smoky ribs. These to me tasted like they were just cooked in a regular oven. Obviously a lot of people do because it was quite crowded.

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Memphis, Tennessee
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Everything on the menu is pretty good except the sausage and cheese plate...it is awesome!!! The atmosphere is fun. The service is very quick (once you get a table) and the servers can answer any question you have about the place!

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Additional Information about Charles Vergos' Rendezvous

Address: 52 South 2nd Street, Memphis, TN 38103-2628
Phone Number: (901) 523-2746
Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Tuesday 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
Cuisine: Barbecue

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