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Charles Vergos' Rendezvous

#17 of 1,218 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Downtown
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52 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103-2628
+1 901-523-2746
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11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 11:00 - 19:00
Tue - Thu 16:30 - 22:30
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Mexico City, Mexico
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77 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I travel to Memphis once a year since 8 years ago. I try to taste different BBQ ribs in each trip, this time I managed to visit Rendezvous. Locals either recommend the place or discourage you to go. Because of that it took me 8 years to come and I regret it. The slab of ribs were very good and... More 

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Akron, Ohio
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82 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I'm typically not a rib person but this place was defiantly worth trying not being a rib fan. They were fall off the bone ribs. We also got the brisket which was oh so good! There was a line and we waited about 40 minutes but they have a large wait area.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

You can't visit Memphis without going to the Rendezvous. Period. Ribs, pulled pork, plates of it, sandwiches, sides, lots of beer choices. Noisy, happy, bustling, that smoked smell, paper plates and plastic forks (and plastic knives that do NO good whatsoever). Actually you don't need knives cause you use your fingers. Go.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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148 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This restaurant was suggested by friends living in Memphis to try the traditional ribs. The ribs were actually very tasty and also the atmosphere very particular, kind of old fashioned and easy going. The place is quite hidden from the main street and you have to go down in the basement. Definitely a place to try in Memphis.

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Lake Jackson, Texas
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115 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was one of the stops we made on our BBQ tour, All of us got the ribs and followed our waiters recommendation and ate them dry. I would recommend and come back

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Lancashire
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70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Called in for lunch and was told they only do the ribs and not the full menu at lunchtime. As it was the ribs we wanted to try that was no problem. We had a table where we could see the kitchen ovens with massive stacks of ribs which looked and smelled amazing. The ribs were served with slaw and... More 

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Lawton, OK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are looking for great barbeque ribs this is the place. We were able to get a table. The ribs were to die for.

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Heltonville, Indiana, United States
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The atmosphere is very unique and cool. Old portraits and advertising, murals, antiques, repurposed church stained-glass windows... the service was excellent and the food was good. It's a must-see in my opinion, just to experience the restaurant. I'd recommend sitting in the "older" part of the restaurant to get more of the vibe. Our food this time came very quickly,... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I have to be very careful when I eat out as I have Celiac's and am limited to gluten-free only options. The wait staff was very knowledgeable about the ingredients and very helpful with the ordering process. The food was good and service even better.

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London, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Made a beeline for this joint after it came recommended by a number of locals. Checked in for a table and were told we could grab a drink in the upstairs bar while we waited. Waited less than ten minutes before we were seated and we were offered menu and water immediately. We ordered the ribs and brisket plate with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 20
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
16:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
16:30 - 22:30
Thursday
16:30 - 22:30
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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
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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