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Charles Vergos' Rendezvous

#20 of 1,198 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
Closed now
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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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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Tourist know about this place but its ribs are short on meat. We don't go here any more and don't take guests there.

Thank Judynewsom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We found it had to find by the street address but it is located in the back alley, down in the basement! Quite busy the evening we were there but the set up is very efficient. Nice ambiance and well worth the wait! Like the title states, best dry-rub ribs I have ever eaten! We will be back.

Thank Rick O
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great value. Bustling and VERY noisy atmosphere. Prompt and friendly wait staff. Memphis barbecue at it's best! You can also buy their sauce and meat rubs to take home.

Thank TweetyLover
Berkeley, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our ribs had a great rub, were perfectly cooked and we love the hot sauce. The beans are delicious with little chunks of meat and the slaw really good, too, nice and vinegary, a good compliment to the ribs, that were not dry or too greasy. The only complaint we had is that there weren't enough beans and slaw. We... More 

Thank Robb1n419
O'Fallon, Missouri
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place was highly recommended to us and it didn't disappoint! The atmosphere was great and so were the ribs! We shared a full rack and thoroughly enjoyed them! The staff was friendly and service was prompt. We feel like we had the true Memphis BBQ experience!

Thank Julie S
Austin, Texas
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stopped at this restaurant driving through Memphis - the dry rub was to die for. We shared ribs and brisket. The brisket had a killer BBQ sauce unlike any I have ever had in Texas. Service was great! This is in a old building and has 3 floors to the restaurant - valet parking is a must. Definitely will stop... More 

Thank txredhead2016
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were told this was a must eat place to try Memphis Barbecue. The building and decor was very cool. It was a cross between a museum and a good antique store. Unfortunately we came to eat. Everyone warned us this was dry rub - which we love. We ordered ribs and a rib & brisket combo. Our ribs were... More 

Thank G6T
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Red checked table cloth, good local beer, signed photos on the wall. On the other hand, the ribs were nothing to write home about. Handy to the Peabody hotel but I would look for better value next time.

Thank Brian_Palmquist
Bend, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was one of the best places for BBQ and my husband loved the beans. We had the brisket combo to share. It is near the Peabody so we went after the ducks retired to the roof and did not have a long wait on a Saturday too.

Thank Rosie L
Wise, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Was looking for some true Memphis BBQ and a few local friends recommended this place. They said they had the best ribs in Memphis and they were right! Staff was awesome and food came out super fast. Restaurant was super clean. I had the pork ribs and chopped chicken combination dinner and it was perfect. I'm not usually a fan... More 

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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
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
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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