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Charles Vergos' Rendezvous

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52 South 2nd Street, Memphis, TN 38103-2628
+1 901-523-2746
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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...
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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Good for:
Large groups
Local cuisine

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
BBQ stop

Good BBQ but not as good as the hype you hear. They use a dry rub on their Pork ribs that was pretty good. The cut of ribs was great with hardly any fat. Not to much of a difference in size between the small and large order of ribs. The beans were great. Roll was very average. Don't care... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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103 reviews 103 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Good BBQ but not as good as the hype you hear. They use a dry rub on their Pork ribs that was pretty good. The cut of ribs was great with hardly any fat. Not to much of a difference in size between the small and large order of ribs. The beans were great. Roll was very average. Don't care... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Not an easy place to find for starters...long wait ..seems like an overrated place to me ..a little cup of coleslaw which was ok ..a little cup of baked beans and then the ribs with sauce out of the bottle..will try another rib joint next time

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72 reviews 72 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is a definite stop on the Memphis BBQ tour. It's a little hard to find it is actually in an alley near the Peabody Hotel. The service was great and the dry rub ribs are the best. The place is oozing character and is really a bucket list spot. If you don't eat BBQ here don't bother going to... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

That's all the waiters want to know is if you'd like a half slab or full slab of ribs. By far the best best pork ribs I have ever had. They also offer a service of sending ribs across the country (FedEx next day delivery). I also enjoyed the cheese and sausage plate with BBQ sauce. DEFINITELY VISIT THE RENDEZVOUS;... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We started with the pork nachos which consisted of cheap grocery store purchased tortilla chips, less than 2 oz of pork, and 1/2 bottle of jalapenos. For $10.00?! Seriously? Then we also got the cheese and sausage platter...again, cheap store bought cheddar cheese cut into pieces, and sausage that might as well have been Oscar Meyer hot dog with cayenne... More 

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Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this review

Jules, I appreciate your coming down. I'm sorry you did not enjoy The Rendezvous. There is a Vergos family member on the floor always to make sure our customers have a pleasant experience. I cannot recall ever having a complaint on our cheese and sausage plates. It has been a staple for 67 years. As far as the ribs are... More 

California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

The dry rub ribs are good, for sure- but the real lure here is the history and character of the place. It's like stepping back in time a bit and experiencing older Memphis. Food was decent, staff was outstanding. Don't worry about the wait, just head upstairs for a cold beer and before you know it you'll be called for... More 

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Cordova, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Yes, in the Spring of 2014, their royal highnesses William and Harry enjoyed the ambience and flavor of Memphis when they flew across the pond to attend the rehearsal dinner and wedding of their good friend (whose name I cannot remember). He married a Memphis girl from the Kemmons Wilson family (founder of the Holiday Inn hotel chain). Their rehearsal... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

We just took a 3,000 mile road trip around the south for 11 days and this was the best restaurant we ate in! Not only was the ambiance awesome, the food was incredible! We got the dry rub ribs (the norm) and the pork shoulder. Amazing!! Beans and cole slaw topped off the meal. Our server even gave our toddler... More 

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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

when I get anywhere near Memphis I stop to eat here I have been going here since 1981 and just stop there to eat on the way from nashvill and it is still the best I guess they have lot on there menu but the only thing I ever get is the ribs and beans with the strangest coleslaw you... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This place has been around for a long time. You might have to wait if you go for dinner. If just a couple of you try sitting at the bar. They have one of the best dry rubs around. We always drop by when in Memphis.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 52 South 2nd Street, Memphis, TN 38103-2628
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 901-523-2746

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine

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.
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

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