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Charles Vergos' Rendezvous

#19 of 1,190 Restaurants in Memphis
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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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Chandler, Arizona
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142 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My curiosity has been satisfied. This place is one that you've heard of before if you've ever watched a food or travel channel. The food is good. The BBQ nachos were great. The ribs and brisket were good but nowhere near the best I've had. The beans, coleslaw and potato salad were meh. The ambience is cool and the service... More 

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De Soto, Missouri
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to this location for dinner because someone recommended it. They said it was the best BBQ. When we walked in the smell was wonderful and we were excited. We ordered ribs,brisket,chicken and pork shoulder. It was all mediocre. The meat was dry and definitely not tender. The sauces they had at the table were good. I have had... More 

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Katy, Texas
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67 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My first visit to Rendezous was in 1995 - my memory was of smoky tender ribs and an open pit BBQ. I bought my fiancé an apron that she still has today. I was disappointed when I finally got to take my now wife there for ribs while passing through Memphis on a road trip. Maybe my memory is bad,... More 

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Carmarthen, Wales
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had to visit this gem after watching man vs food and am so glad I did...the best ribs and pulled pork ever! A must if on a visit to memphis! Can't wait to return

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Dighton, MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I , each ordered large order of pork ribs, 10 ribs served with delicious baked beans and AWESOME coleslaw ! Our meals with a pitcher of beer , tax & tip was $70. OUCH ! The ribs were good, The service was excellent, The atmosphere was neat but a definite tourist trap. Been there ,done that!

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

I appreciate all our customers and the feedback on Trip Advisor, but one complaint I must respond to is when we are called a "tourist trap", as if we lure unsuspecting customers down and jack up our prices to gouge out of towners. Our menu prices range from $8.75 for a pork shoulder sandwich with beans and slaw to our... More 

72653
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Me and some friends make it a point to go here to eat when traveling to Memphis. I always get the ribs!! In fact I've never preserved anything else. Why steer away from perfection. I like the dry rub they use and the hot sauce at the table to finish it off with. It's been a while since we've been... More 

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Evansville, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was average. Loved the BBQ Pork Shoulder, thought the BBQ Brisket was very good, BBQ ribs were dry and disappointing. We were not impressed with the unusual slaw and the baked beans were way to spicy for this group. Some of us are fans of spicy but this spicy hot flavor was just too much for all of... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Place was awesome !! Our waiter Robert has worked there since 1964 !! A little hard to find but just look for an alley.

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Thank Beth V
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of places on Beale Street are serving ribs and generally they are covered in barbecue sauce and fall off the bone type. These require a little bit of work as they are dry rub. The Taste was delicious the service was fantastic the environment is really cool in a basement. The entrance is in a small alley right across... More 

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Thank Robert M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While visiting Gibson's got the tip to go to Rendezvous for dinner. The place did not disappoint us at all. It was very busy but the service was fast and efficient. Joe Jr took care of us and make sure that we got a good taste of the food of the house. Lovely!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $20
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
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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