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Charles Vergos' Rendezvous

#17 of 1,205 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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52 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103-2628
+1 901-523-2746
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Mon - 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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New Market, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The red beans and rice were delicious! We split ribs and chicken and had beans, slaw, and potato salad as sides. It was so delicious! And the atmosphere was awesome as well! It was great food for a low price!

Thank Shannon K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The BBQ gumbo served on Fridays and Saturdays should be be on the menu. It was delicious. I ordered the pork butt sandwich (they call it a shoulder which is correct but not as cool). It was really good. I prefer a lot more bark but it was still tasty. The sauce is sweet but not quite like KC which... More 

Thank Jeff H
Ararat, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had read a lot about Charles Vergos' Rendezvous and the anticipation was very high ..... which might be why it was only a very good rating. The service was good considering how busy they were and we were seating quickly. Our orders were taken and the food arrived really fast. We had better BBQ later in our journey of... More 

Thank Tahla
Baltimore, Maryland
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been here a few times to have dinner when traveling on Business to Memphis. I have had the BBQ in many places, but this place by far was my favorite. Ribs, Chicken and brisket! All good and served in minutes! Our room was overseen by Percy Norris who retired the week after we had dinner. 48 years he... More 

Thank Tom M
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Charlie Vergos lived up to the expectations. I had the full rack of dry rub ribs and at the server's suggestion, didn't use any sauce. While BBQ sauce is available, the dry rub makes it unncessary to add any other flavors. Friendly, quick service...I'd estimate that I waited less than 10 minutes from the time I ordered to the food... More 

Thank Brian V
Chandler, Arizona
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58 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This Memphis landmark is still dishing out classic dry rub ribs year after year. I was in town visiting friends and have eaten here several times over the years. Ribs are always very good and the side dishes are excellent as well. We were there on a busy late afternoon and got seated fast. By the time we finished, the... More 

Thank Razzman72
Collierville, Tennessee
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed my outing with great food and music. My drink wasn't good tried to exchange it . But the manager wouldn't just wanted to add more liquor. So the manager needs to learn more about how to make the customer feel to he cares. Instead of just saying no exchanging . Because I brought friends but overall it was... More 

Thank atlanders
Dallas, TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

These were definitely not the best ribs I have ever had but they were tasty. We ordered 2 plates to share for a family of 4 and they came out quickly - decided we needed one more order and it took a while - I guess it depends on when you hit the cooking cycle. Service was efficient

Thank AAS
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The lamb riblets got the best reviews at our table. Tender and flavorful. Shoulder plate had good flavor, was large portion but a bit tough. Why is it that BBQ joints cannot get the side dishes to be more interesting? We ate downstairs. It was cold, noisy and crowded. If asked I would say skip this place and visit one... More 

Thank luckyinlove02
Fullerton, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They have the best BBQ in Memphis and it is in the heart of town. Would suggest lunch through an early dinner.

Thank Kent F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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
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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