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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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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, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, 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
excellent place for dry rub Memphis style ribs

The entrance is off an alley but, judging from the crowds people have no trouble finding it. Casual atmosphere and their specialty is dry rub ribs so if you want wet ribs you are in the wrong place. The portions are very good size so, if there are two of you, you may want to split an order of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Cary, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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Cary, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

The entrance is off an alley but, judging from the crowds people have no trouble finding it. Casual atmosphere and their specialty is dry rub ribs so if you want wet ribs you are in the wrong place. The portions are very good size so, if there are two of you, you may want to split an order of ribs... More 

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Everett, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

We have eaten BBQ all over the country but The Rendezvous is by far the best. We try to keep an open mind when we get ribs elsewhere but it always comes down to....not as good as Rendezvous! It's kind of different getting to the place down the alley and might be a little intimidating for some people. It could... More 

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Tempe, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

So most people coming to Memphis have heard of this restaurant. Could call it overrated, but it's certainly popular ad it isn't just toursts. Ribs were unusually spiced, reminded me of over spiced Indian food, rather than barbecue. Three stars is generous. The staff certainly think, or are trained, to promote them as something special, they are not. And the... More 

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Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

The pork BBQ sandwich was good, and the ribs our friends got looked good. The atmosphere was okay; lots of cool stuff on the walls. The menu was very rigid, and you had to get exactly what they had listed, no choices for sides and no substituting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Upon hearing we were going to Memphis, one friend advised us to pass on going to Rendezvous, that it was more hype than anything, yet another friend told us we had to go there because the ribs were to die for. So, we decided that we give it a try and decide for ourselves. We had a little trouble finding... More 

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Reston, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Well worth a visit to taste the ribs and brisket. The smell alone will lure you in. Not a fancy place but tasty food.

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Bo'ness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

After a ridiculously long day travelling from the UK, 3 flights later, the first place we visited when arriving in Memphis was Rendezvous. It did not disappoint. The atmosphere is great, the servers were excellent - helping us decide what to get, and the barbecue was spectacular. We shared the ribs & brisket, both were out of this world good... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I take out of town guests here because they have heard of it and want to go. I'm over the experience myself,but my guests do enjoy the place. It has a neat atmosphere and interesting decor. The food is the downfall every time. If you have never been here you need to go. If you are looking for good BBQ,... More 

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Glasgow
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

If you are looking for fine dining and silver service the Peabody is behind you. Plastic cutlery and paper plates are the order of the day with fittings and fixtures that haven't been touched since the day this place opened. With that said this was a fantastic eating experience, we ordered ribs and chicken with all the trimmings and it... More 

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Jackson, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Some of the best dry rub ribs you could put in your mouth. None of that messy BBQ sauce. Even though this was definitely finger licking good.

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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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