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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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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: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, 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
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great atmosphere and tasty food.

I like the decor in this place. Great for all ages and lots of food and drink, to choose from. The ribs are served dry and then you choose the sauce. This is about my fifth visit and it never disappoints. Looking forward to returning!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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  • Local cuisine
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Delray Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I like the decor in this place. Great for all ages and lots of food and drink, to choose from. The ribs are served dry and then you choose the sauce. This is about my fifth visit and it never disappoints. Looking forward to returning!

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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This is one of the most famous BBQ restaurants in Memphis and I'd probably rate it a 5 for their ribs, if I was comparing it to BBQ restaurants in other cities, but it's probably slightly below average relative to some of the other well-known BBQ restaurants in the Memphis area. It is located in the city and easy to... More 

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Alexandria VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The is a very casual place; food comes on chinet-style paper plates, they do NOT serve coffee or dessert. They do make delicious dry rub pork ribs (sauces are also available), brisket (moist and tasty) and lamb riblets (ok, I was tired of pork ribs, knew I'd get a taste, and wanted to try something new). All the meats were... More 

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Huntington, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We weren't crazy over the heavy amount of dry rub but that is a matter of taste . Ribs were tender but not falling off the bone. Side dishes were fantastic though. Never tasted beans or coke slaw like that.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I heard so many mixed reviews about this place before we went. Most simply said that it's not "normal BBQ". I also heard that the ribs were very dry. Well, it's not typical BBQ at all as their ribs are cooked quickly over charcoal vs. low and slow. I thought it was a great change of pace from the other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Our friend who previously lived in Memphis told us to be sure and eat at the Rendezvous and we were so glad we did. The smells coming down the steps gives you a hint to the good things to come! We just let our awesome waiter Robert Jr order for us, he had only been there 35 years! Great choice... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I had eaten here almost 10 years ago. I remembered the ribs and could not forget them! they say you can't go home and I was worried they would not measure up to my recollection. I was excited to be back after all that time and they did not disappoint! service was great, the ribs were outstanding. I have only... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Yes, the ribs are tender and good. Great prices and fast. Good service. Beer cold. Fun place for families to dine for BQ.

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Martinsville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This restaurant had been recommended by several friends but going in I wasn't sure about dry rub ribs. I loved them and was sorry I only ordered a 1/2 rack. The sauce was great and the slaw and beans were very, very good. Our waiter was Robert and it seems he is an institution there. Tons of photos on the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Overhyped and not good. The restaurant seems filthy and the meal was disappointing, especially after hearing so much about it.

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

Dear Mad, Thank you for coming down. I'm sorry you did not enjoy your meal. I'm not sure how to respond when all you say is we were overpriced (our average check charge is $18.50) and not good. I must defend my restaurant from your lack of cleanliness assertion. Our four Shelby County Health Dept. scores were, 98,98,97,100. This inspection... 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: +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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