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52 South 2nd Street, Memphis, TN 38103-2628
+1 901-523-2746
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4:30 pm - 10:30 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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
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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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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My first visit to Rendezvous was in 07. I am not a fan of ribs. Rendezvous convinced me that ribs are God's gift to man. My second visit was a week ago Saturday. We were told that the wait would be 40 minutes. Within 25 minutes we were seated. We were 2 couples. We ordered 4 large rib racks... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I've never walked into a closed restaurant and gotten served, but that's what happened at about 2 on a Thursday. Several of us wandered in and were funneled to the downstairs. We were greeted and told that while the restaurant was technically closed, they would still serve ribs, beans, and slaw. We accepted and enjoyed those legendary ribs right outside... More 

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Saint James, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We had the best time. We arrived around 4pm on a Saturday and were able to be seated right away. Our server Dan was the best. He answered all our questions and made us feel right at home. The food was awesome and we even got a slab of ribs to go. The valet parking was great.

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Cataula, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Very unique restaurant that you have to try. It's very old and has a lot of history displayed on the walls. Dry rub ribs, brisket and all the fixings.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I have had much better ribs before. Don't get me wrong they are good.....but I bet I could get better ribs somewhere else that would blow my socks off. One thing however that was outstanding was the Greek Salad. The veggies were super fresh and the dressing was very yummy. The salad is a very large. We ordered one brisket... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

My first visit to Rendezvous was in 07. I am not a fan of ribs. Rendezvous convinced me that ribs are God's gift to man. My second visit was a week ago Saturday. We were told that the wait would be 40 minutes. Within 25 minutes we were seated. We were 2 couples. We ordered 4 large rib racks. Our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

My family of about 50 (including aunts, uncles, and cousins) always eats here the day after Thanksgiving. We are always impressed with not only the food but the service. Yes, of course, the food is mouth watering AMAZING, but the service is just as good. You don't need to be told twice that you would enjoy this place. Just take... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

What to eat in Memphis? Well BBQ of course! My kids and I tried two bbq restaurants during our stay Central BBQ and Rendezvous - so I am comparing the two. At each we had nearly identical plates. The entrance to Rendezvous is in an alley, but make no mistake about how serious this BBQ is. We went on a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

My wife and I went here for a late lunch and it was a bit crowded but well worth the wait. I ordered the large rib plate (9 ribs) and my wife ordered the bbq nachos. Both were exquisite!!! Will def have to go back! Oh and btw make sure you have $8 cash for valet parking...its worth it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

First time visit. Cool location down the alley! Wait upstairs with a cocktail. Went pretty fast. Seated with an attentive server. Attentive, but so busy, he didn't have time to be pleasant. They definitely want you in, and out, of there. So, we're from Texas, and we asked for onions with our Que. THEY DONT SERVE ONIONS!?! Okay, after we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

You HAVE to go here for ribs!! So good!! We asked a few random people and they all sent us here. You will not be disappointed!

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Additional Information about Charles Vergos' Rendezvous

Address: 52 South 2nd Street, Memphis, TN 38103-2628
Phone Number: +1 901-523-2746
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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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: Local cuisine, Large groups

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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