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Charles Vergos' Rendezvous

) #19 of 1,249 Restaurants in Memphis ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, Barbecue
52 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103-2628
+1 901-523-2746
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good26%
  • Average19%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“ribs” (2,428 reviews)
“beans” (430 reviews)
“pork shoulder” (59 reviews)
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16:30 - 22:30All hours
American, Barbecue
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52 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103-2628
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Reviewed yesterday

I Love Ribs being from Texas and I Love the Ribs here!! Cooked over Charcoal and those Greek Seasonings, out of sight!! It was so different to me and Oh soooo Good!! I Loved the way you go downstairs and the Staff was Awesome!! We...More

Thank deandavis29
Reviewed yesterday

Not really a fan of hanging outside in the heat in an alley to get in. I would say go late in the evening or in Spring or Fall. Miserable waiting with the kids. Dry rub is not my favorite but that is a personal...More

Thank BillIBT
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Never have I been happier to walk down an alley in a busy city! You can smell the aroma from afar, and lunch lived up to the promise of that wonderful scent! I had a combination of ribs and brisket that was out of this...More

Thank pkingnews
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We ate here our first night in Memphis. The food was excellent and the service was even better. Amazing hospitality here! I would go again!

Thank Courtney S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Restaurant hass been around since the 49s so you know they're doing something right. The ribs are dry run and they are perfection!!!! Pork bbq was also good (yes, you can get a combo plate) if you leave hungry and less than happy, it's your...More

Thank viscontigirl
Reviewed 3 days ago

Ribs were so tough, you really really had to work on each and every rib to get meat off the bone. The slaw was so tart and terrible looking. The potato salad and beans were very good, enjoyed those. The rolls were cold ole packaged...More

Thank cathy m
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a "Must visit" barbecue joint that every barbecue aficionado must try on their first trip to Memphis. Access is through an alley near the Peabody Hotel and is easily missed. It kind of has a "Top Secret" Speakeasy vibe from the outside. The...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

I was skeptical at first. But I was presently surprised. For a first timer it was hard to find the door to get in. But once you got in the atmosphere is fantastic. The waiters are fantastically efficient and they appreciate if you know what...More

Thank petej65
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had the small pork ribs here and they were bloody fantastic. My first rib experience in the States and was well worth the wait. This place gets busy. We had to wait half hour to get a table.

Thank skybluesmurf
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The ribs were probably the worst I've ever had. Both mine and my wife's were very tough and dry. We thought they must have been leftovers reheated. The side of beans were good but you only got a small paper cup of them. I would...More

Thank Jeff W
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31 May 2017|
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Response from Angie H | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe they take normal reservations but I would definitely call for a large group. They have rooms big enough for 40-50.
31 May 2017|
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Response from Glenn D | Reviewed this property |
yes to both
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9 April 2017|
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Response from Hogsfly | Property representative |
Our waits are actually overrated, but if you call me at the number below - I'll be happy to get you a reservation . If I'm not in please ask for my daughter, Anna, and tell her about my offer. Remember we are closed... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 20
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
16:30 - 22:30
16:30 - 22:30
16:30 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 52 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103-2628
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: 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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