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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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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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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: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
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
Nice, laid back resturant to eat at

I came here with a group of 4 people as soon as we got to Memphis because I had heard good things. We got there around 330p, so there was no wait. The food was good. We had some nachos, salad, ribs, and brisket. The ribs were good, but I wouldn't say they were the best I have ever had.... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Cheryl M
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had been told by many not to miss Rendezvous in Memphis. Well...they were wrong!! Although we were able to get a table right away, the food left a lot to be desired. We started with a Greek salad that was fine and large enough to share. Then came the main courses. I had their specialty "ribs" and my wife... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I came here with a group of 4 people as soon as we got to Memphis because I had heard good things. We got there around 330p, so there was no wait. The food was good. We had some nachos, salad, ribs, and brisket. The ribs were good, but I wouldn't say they were the best I have ever had.... More 

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Thank Cheryl M
Alexander, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our second visit to Rendezvous. It is accessed from an alley, and first, we went down a steep stairway to check in for seating. The stairway was difficult for one person in our party. Perhaps they have an elevator for handicapped access. We hope so. That said, we enjoyed our lunch at Rendevous. We were a group of... More 

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

Thank you for your kind review. I apologize for the difficulty you encountered coming down our steps. We are accessible by elevator.It just off the entranceway. I wish someone in your party would have mentioned it to our hostess, we would have sent an employees to bring you down by elevator. Thank you for coming, John Vergos Co/owner 901-523-2746 More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

First time eating here and wonder why it took so long after so many trios to Memphis. The service was awesome, the atmosphere very cool and the BBQ even better! I had their ribs which were yummy. Did not use any sauces as they are flavorful! Need to make a trip back here soon!

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Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Heard about The Rendezvous for decades. In Memphis on business and seized the occasion to experience it personally. Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous' reputation is well-deserved, perhaps even understated. Staff: marvelous. Friendly, knowledgeable, efficient, welcoming. Several worked there for literally decades. Atmosphere: colorful, casual, companionable, interesting. Great place to go for fun, relaxed time out with colleagues. You're in Tennessee, and just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent food, super service. The ribs are to die for. The staff is excellent and the food came really quickly. Be sure to wear your stretchy pants.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a large group and were seated quickly. Everyone enjoyed their food. I had the full rack of ribs. I wish I would have had a combo as the other meats looked great. Service was great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed our lunch at Rendevouz. The food was fantastic. The dry rub was amazing and does not need a wet sauce. The beans were great, but the coleslaw was yellow. I'm not saying it wasn't good, I'm glad I tried it. It seemed to have some mustard in it, which I am not used to. We had a large... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stepped in for dinner after a busy workday. The food was incredible and the waitstaff so attentive. I had the barbecue ribs, which just fell off the bone and the brisket which was cooked to perfection.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant in Memphis was a very nice place to eat as it had a bar upstairs that you could not get food in and a large dining area downstairs for food. Food was excellent the only issue we had was the quantity of the portions. Still a very nice place to eat in Memphis but very hard to find... 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: American, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, 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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