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Charles Vergos' Rendezvous

52 S 2nd St, Our front door and entrance is located on Charlie Vergos Rendezvous Alley, Memphis, TN 38103-2628
+1 901-523-2746
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Overview
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good26%
  • Average19%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“ribs” (2,595 reviews)
“beans” (459 reviews)
“pork shoulder” (63 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Barbecue
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
52 S 2nd St, Our front door and entrance is located on Charlie Vergos Rendezvous Alley, Memphis, TN 38103-2628
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Reviewed yesterday

charcoal smoked, dry rubbed ribs--served quickly and without fuss. a good meal, but not my cup of tea. it's good, and filling, but not for everyone. kudos for the commitment to the style and for not willing to give into the deep smoked style that...More

Thank world_weary069
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We arrived in Memphis on the day of a bad ice storm. When we had to cancel our original dinner plans because of bad travel conditions, we were delighted to find that the iconic Rendezvous was less than 2 blocks from our hotel. What a...More

Thank Connie H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We stopped in Memphis on our way to another destination and wanted to eat at the Rendezvous. We got the large order of ribs and they were ok but a little dry. I couldn’t eat the coleslaw because there was too much vinegar in it....More

Thank Bytemyhyny
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

BEST. RIBS. EVER. Guess Trip Advisor wants more than 3 words. Great atmosphere. Great location. Great service. Great prices.

Thank LittlePaint
Reviewed 6 days ago

In a city known for its ribs, you are allowed to be picky. And that's where I find myself now. Rendezvous used to be amazing. Unbelievably amazing. Tender, flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth, smoky, smoky goodness. When I first visited in 2006, I left with a memory of...More

Thank MagNEATO
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic. And worth the wait. Awesome staff and wait bar area. Food comes fast once you are seated. Don’t miss this place.

Thank Brenda H
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Brenda, Thanks so much! Hope to see you back down soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited this place for my birthday and being a Memphian I have been this The Rendezvous many many times. The service is always on par and a great group of servers but the ribs sucked. I am not sure if it was because I...More

Thank SnapOn86
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Eeks. Hate to hear you didn't enjoy your ribs! We've been doing this a long time, but that doesn't mean we can't make a mistake. We wish you would've said something while you were down - we definitely would've replaced. Our ribs definitely don't fall...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Anniversary trip 2015 to Nashville Memphis and Amtrak train to New Orleans great! Ribs the greatest eat ‘em threre or to go you cannot miss out on this place. Got back in town and headed straight for the Rendezvous. Hummm...

Thank Paul B
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Ha! Thanks so much. Hope you head down for your next anniversary!

Reviewed 1 week ago

There were an extra 30,000 people in town. Place was packed. WE expected the worst- got the best!! Reasonable wait time, and had no trouble getting a table and drinks in the waiting area. Food and service the best in town.

Thank Dave W
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It was packed :). So glad you enjoyed!! Thanks so much for your kind review!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have heard great reviews to me its not worth it from the alley entrance etc etc. Ok but not where i would go visit again

Thank Niquita P
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sandmcd
31 May 2017|
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Response from Hogsfly | Property representative |
Sorry this is so late. Absolutely, just give us a call 901-523-2746. We take reservations for parties as small as 8 and as large as 300.
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sandmcd
31 May 2017|
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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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 9 - USD 23
Cuisine
Meals
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
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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, Our front door and entrance is located on Charlie Vergos Rendezvous Alley, Memphis, TN 38103-2628
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: 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. 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.
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