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Charles Vergos' Rendezvous

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52 South 2nd Street, Memphis, TN 38103-2628
(901) 523-2746
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Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Mon - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri 11:00 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
Ribtacular!!

Delicious ribs. But not much meat on the bones. Their sides compliment the ribs(beans). Service is great( Big Jack), friendly friendly. Found it a little dark and cluttered inside but that is just my view. It doesn't take anything away, your there for the food.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW via mobile

Delicious ribs. But not much meat on the bones. Their sides compliment the ribs(beans). Service is great( Big Jack), friendly friendly. Found it a little dark and cluttered inside but that is just my view. It doesn't take anything away, your there for the food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW via mobile

now this place is great ribs , BBQ , and chicken ! But is only open on certain days ! So call ahead and make reservations ! And is a little pricey but you won't be disappointed !

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Moody, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Okay, so I checked the reviews before I went and I know a lot of people don't like this place but I don't really think it is so much the quality they didn't like but the type of food. Warning: the ribs are dry.... meaning there is no sauce. However, they were probably some of the most tender ribs I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

To die for.... that is the easiest way to describe the ribs, beans and slaw here, to die for!!! Pair your email with a local craft beer and you will easily slip off to food nirvana.

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Ocean City, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I was told about this place before I went to Memphis. We were staying at the Peabody which was in walking distance. you can even see the Peabody sign from the front door. It's located in an alley way and wasn't hard to find. From the moment you walked in it was a great experience. Friendly service and great food.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Ribs ribs and ribs. BBQ off a side alley is a casual BBQ with a 45 minute wait. $20 for a full rack of some of the best ribs in Memphis. Cheap beers, wine and BBQ red checker tablecloths with plastic over them.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We had visitors from Minnesota. No trip to Memphis would be complete without a stop at Rendezvous. It is a Memphis institution. Situated in a basement that is accessed from an alley, it is our favorite BBQ restaurant in the Memphis area. They have the whole package; food, ambiance, service and history. And this trip we were not disappointed. Service... More 

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Just left a quick trip to Memphis and couldn't wait to eat some Rendezvous ribs. Have been telling my Wisconson husband how great they are as the ribs cooked in Wisconsin are baked in an oven with disgusting sweet sauce. (Never even see a pit!). As usual, the ribs were great finger licking good. The restaurant was technically closed for... More 

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Charlotte, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

The Charles Vergos' Rendezvous Restaurant is a little tricky to find...located in an alley even though the address is listed as 52 S. Second Street. Go to the Peabody Hotel - front entrance and look across the street for a 'street sign' marked Rendezvous Alley....walk down less than a block and it is on the left....almost no parking in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

As firsttimers to Rendezvous, it waseasy to pick the dinner. No salads to diatract us, just directly and fast to the recommenede barbeque. Delicious, fast and right on, we jyst enjoyed the juicy tasting bites. Actually, in the moment we could easily have eaten more, but I must admit, we were not hubgry again till next morning. Enjoy the well... More 

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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: (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
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

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