We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Night on Beale”

Charles Vergos' Rendezvous
Ranked #58 of 1,543 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 9 - US$ 23
Cuisines: Barbecue
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Neighbourhood: Downtown
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. 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. 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 everything is excellent and well seasoned. We take reservations for parties of 8 or more.
Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

Around 8pm on a Saturday night, We arrived at the restaurant to find a large crowd. There was a bustling dining room and bar area. The wait was about 20 minutes but well worth it. We had the ribs and brisket. Great quality and quantity of food. The BBQ was dry rubbed and very moist and flavorful. Great food, service and ambiance!

Thank Kevin W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

Thanks so much!! Hope to see you back down!

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (4,342)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

267 - 271 of 4,342 reviews

Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

I’m not a pork eater but I found out Rendezvous had lamb riblets that is prepared separate from the pork ribs. The lamb riblets are Yummy, succulent , tender and they have the best coleslaw in Memphis. Their coleslaw is a mustard base so it’s not sweet but tangy with a little kick. Every time I’m in Memphis I must get my lamb riblets. Lately I’ve only done take out which is super simple since they have an area to park for pick up customers and they are super quick to get your order. My children also enjoy the chicken nachos as well. Now they are offering some vegan options as well. Their staff is super polite and accommodating.

Thank Nmmcpa
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

Thanks so much!! Glad your kids enjoy coming as well. We love starting kids on the 'vous early :). Thank you again for your kind review.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 December 2017

The full menu is available at 4:30 pm, but I dropped by at 11 am and had a large order of the famous dry-rub ribs. Try them without the sauce! They are succulent, tasty and pack a mouthful of flavor. Had to be the best pork ribs I had ever eaten. The side of beans was delicious, but I wasn't used to the odd coloring of the cole slaw. Still a delightful meal in an eclectic atmosphere!

    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Scottr1770
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

So nice! Thanks so much! We always suggest people try our ribs without sauce first - just dip in the juice on the plate. So glad you liked them that way.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 December 2017

we did have to wait for about 30 min but it was so well worth it - once seated we had quick and friendly service - our waiter was busy but still got our order fast and was attentive to our needs - the appetizer sausage and cheese was fabulous a definite must to start your meal - ( i would suggest if you want to linger between courses you ask them to hold your order) then we shared ribs and chicken with each other and all was delicious- the mustard cole slaw was different but tasty - highly recommend this place for BBQ - not fancy paper plates plastic silverware and a little crowded but delicious

    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Karen S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

Really nice. Thank you so much!

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

You can't go wrong with ribs or pork sandwiches coated with their famous rub. Two spicy sauces available. Fast service and lots of seating complement the unique no frills atmosphere. Down an alley right by the Peabody hotel. A walk to Bealle street.

Thank ReefWatch
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

Thanks so much!

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Charles Vergos' Rendezvous also viewed

 

Been to Charles Vergos' Rendezvous? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing