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Charles Vergos' Rendezvous

52 South 2nd Street, Memphis, TN 38103-2628 (Downtown)
(901) 523-2746
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Ranked #98 of 1,271 Restaurants in Memphis
Price range: $15 - $20
Sun 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Mon - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Barbecue
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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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278 reviews 278 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

This is a place you need to visit because it is a landmark in Memphis. The food is good, the place is unique with a lot of character.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

When we stay in Memphis it's time for ribs. For a good ol' boy I have eatin some ribs and made some ribs in my lifetime. Vergos has a dry run that just ain't my cup of tea. Not sure what it is, but I think it over powers the ribs. They do a great job with cookin the ribs... More 

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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

When at the opera in Dallas, I was seated next to a guy who had lived in Memphis and when I told him I'd be going to The Rendevous, he told me there was a better place for barbecue. After a bit of research, I decided it would be best to go with the original plan as it seemed to... More 

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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Our Memphis hosts said this was rated the number one bbq place in the city. As we were walking up to the restaurant, we could already smell the delicious food. I am not a fan of messy barbecue sauces, so the dry rub seasoning that they use was perfect for me. The ribs were very tender. I had my first... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

You can't miss the Rendezvous in Memphis...it is a must for any BBQ aficionado. The charcoal cooking method with the special dry rub they use, and vinegar baste make it truly unique. While I didn't realize they aren't open for lunch officially on Tuesdays, they welcomed us and served us slabs of ribs with beans and slaw. I was taking... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

If you are seeking rub style barbeque, then this is the place. There was plenty of food and the staff did a great job. I prefer a different style of barbeque, but also like trying new things, so I gave the Rendezvous a try.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The beans were the best part of the meal, so I guess that says something. Just wasn't impressed with the flavour of the chopped pork, and the ribs required some serious effort and tearing to get meat off the bones. Wasn't terrible but wouldn't bother again.

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Daphne, Alabama
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This place is located in an alley and you have to walk downstairs to the eating area. It is world renown for its BBQ, especially the ribs. They say that whenever the British royalty visit the US, they come to Rendezvous for their BBQ. I went there to eat before a Grizzlies game and it was fantastic. The ribs are... More 

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Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

There is much better bbq in Memphis and this place is overrated. The menu is limited and the prices are higher. Food tastes like it is laden with corn syrup and is below par. The ribs had great flavor but Central BBQ is so much better.

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Jacksonville, Arkansas
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Upon arrival we were told it would be an hour wait so we got ours to go. We walked down to the lower level where they seat everybody. We watched them prepare ours and It has a very cool Speak Easy vibe. We live in AR and we've recently traveled to (KC) MO and TX and we're BBQ fanatics, so... More 

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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:
Sunday 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Monday 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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
Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
Cuisine: Barbecue

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