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Charles Vergos' Rendezvous

#19 of 1,199 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Downtown
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52 S 2nd St, 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
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Kirkwood, Missouri
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207 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Once in a while everything comes together for a great experience. On a busy Saturday night at 6 pm we headed down the alley across from The Peabody Hotel and into The Rendezvous. There was a 30 minute wait for a table for our party of five. It went by fast in the sprawling upstairs area where one can enjoy... More 

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Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Was the best meal I had in Memphis. I had the brisket / rib combo as that's what the bartender suggested. Very tasty and very hot and fresh. Beans were so yummy too. I especially enjoyed the character of the place and the people. Busy hustling place. I had no line as I sat at the bar but as I... More 

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Thank GlenMClark
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Our first time to eat here. Have seen on food shows and heard about it from friends. With all the hype we were not sure what to really expect. A very busy lunch crowd and surprisingly seemed mostly locals along with a few of us tourists. In any event the red beans and rice served immediately were great, and our... More 

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Leesville, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I took a trip to this place and we learned about it through Andrew Zimmer on the travel channel. The nachos with pork was out of this world. Our server was excellent and so was one visit. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Thank Michael0717
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A great place the locals go to. Nachos and Ribs were my pick of the menu. Meat is smoked in house and really get the tastebuds working overtime.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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86 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The BBQ requires 24 hour notice and it is served in quantities for a team of people. I wish we could have ordered just enough for 1! You enter off the alley to get into the restaurant. It's in the basement so has a speak easy vibe. Limited menu. Kids liked the ribs. Grilled cheese was terrible. Service was great.

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Wadsworth, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I enjoyed my experience at this restaurant. Very authentic with that southern hospitality and flare. The restaurant had great vibes and I recommend coming here for the experience. Was this one of the best meals I've ever had? No, but it's good authentic Memphis BBQ!

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Lenoir City, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Down an alley, down a flight of stairs, and into a crowded basement diner for outstanding dry rub. It was not much on ambiance, but I was there for ribs and brisket! Both were killer as were the baked beans. We had been warned about the long lines to get in, so we went at mid-afternoon in mid-week and were... More 

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place lives up to its reputation. It has been here for many many years and the Barbeque is the drawing card but the side dishes are fabulous also. It opens for lunch at 11:30 am but we arrived at 11:05 and within 5 minutes they were open for business and invited us inside. All the staff are warm and... More 

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Bartlett, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Rendezvous is at least as famous and a major hitter in Memphis as is Elvis. Dry BBQ wasn't born there, but it could have been. Great food, big portions, a romantic hideaway, a Memphis must. You will not be sorry that you went. Interesting to see the way the anthill stays orderly and the food comes out quickly. A... More 

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

Thank you for coming and for saying such nice things. I must correct one thing,however. My father did invent "Dry Ribs or Memphis Style Ribs". It was solely his creation, when he mixed his Greek Seasonings with the New Orleans seasoning -, and put them on his ribs after basting them with our vinegar baste. This was different than the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $20
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 52 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103-2628
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 901-523-2746
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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