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Charles Vergos' Rendezvous

52 South 2nd Street, Memphis, TN 38103-2628 (Downtown)
(901) 523-2746
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Ranked #91 of 1,282 Restaurants in Memphis
Price range: $15 - $20
Hours:
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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Ontario, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This place is huge! Couldn't believe how many rooms and floors there were! Note: the entrance for this place is actually in an alley next to the Holiday Inn. The food and service was really fast. I really enjoyed the dry rubbed ribs and LOVED the vinegar sauce at the bottom! Couldn't get enough of that stuff! The sides were... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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127 reviews 127 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We were recommended by everyone to go here for authentic dry bbq ribs. Huge servings, friends who had the shoulder and ribs said the shoulder was really good. I loved the ribs. Friendly southern service. Even if as Aussies some things were lost in translation

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Milton, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

My wife and I stopped in for an early dinner before attending the International Blues Challenge. The place was almost empty and we were told to sit at a small 2 seater table. I found a larger one and took it which seemed to upset one of the waiters! Our waiter was actually quite good and even brought us a... More 

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Edwardsville, Illinois, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Sorry. After all the hype we were disappointed. The barbeque was not as good as we were told. Enjoyed the barbeque on a eagle St much better.

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Kinnelon, NJ
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Been a couple of times to Memphis and finally had a non-customer night where I could explore the infamous Memphis BBQ. Looked through a variety of articles and on-site websites and said the Rendezvous was a must. Love the ambiance of the place. That got it one star. Got another for the smiling service. But thoroughly disappointed with the ribs.... More 

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Martin, Tennessee
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

The Rendezvous is a Memphis Institution and should be on every visitor's agenda at least once. Keep in mind that the waiters (I can't remember ever seeing a waitress) are older and have been there a gergillion years. There are generations of waiters as sons and fathers work together. They are not known for being polite, but they will steer... More 

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Houston
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We sat at the bar and the food and the service were both good. It is a must visit restaurant for anyone going to Memphis. The interior provides a lot of history to admire and think of while you eat.

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Sat at the bar as I was traveling solo. The wait staff was friendly, quick and entertaining. The food was amazing. Great to a and I loved the spicy slaw. I will be back.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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51 reviews 51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I have spent many evenings at the Rendezvous and I still enjoy it. The food is always good but the ribs do have a tendency to be vacillate between good and great. The dry rub used on these ribs does not change...it's always fantastic. However, the gumbo, sausage/sausage plate and other items on the menu are also consistently outstanding. The... More 

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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We missed this restaurant the first time we visited Memphis so we made sure that we didn't miss it this time as we had heard so much about it. The restaurant was very very busy when we visited but it didn't make any difference as the service was brilliant. The staff are all characters and we had some good laughs... 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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