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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
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good26%
  • Average18%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“ribs” (2,742 reviews)
“beans” (486 reviews)
“pork shoulder” (71 reviews)
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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

This place is hard to find. The address is on South 2nd street, but you enter from an alleyway behind the building and go down into the basement. There was construction in the alley the day we visited and it was lined with dumpsters so...More

Thank Dennis M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I had been to Rendezvous over 20 years ago while on business and had such great memories. This time my hubby was with me and it was BETTER than I recalled! That dry rub is amazing and the atmosphere and smell of barbecue is authentic....More

Thank Leann T
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks so much Leann!! Love that we've only gotten better in your book!! Hope it won't be 20 years before your next visit!!

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This place is a must do for Memphis, ribs were great but very cool atmosphere inside basement with cool memorabilia. Nice outside alley photo options by the mural. See the pit masters in action.

Thank Julie G
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks so much Julie. We appreciate it! Hope to see you back!

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you like ribs, then you will love these! We found them to be very delicious ! We were advised to go there by many, many people and now pass on the same advice. If it Memphis and you want ribs, make sure you visit...More

Thank BBAM4
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much and please tell those folks thank you for recommending us as well! We appreciate it!

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This place came highly recommended... Because it always has been. There are other places in downtown Memphis with better food. I think the shine has dulled for this old staple.More

Thank TheJack4780
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Jack, We hope we come highly recommended because people enjoy our food, service and atmosphere. Our family just does what we do and have been doing now for 70 years. There is always a family member on the floor - if you feel like...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

The food was way above expectation, the service was on point, and the atmosphere was quite nice. Though it was a bit pricey, it felt totally worth it for the combination of the three. It was absolutely possible to split a larger meal between two...More

Thank Jy K
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks so much! So kind. Hope to see you back soon!

Reviewed 2 days ago

Sorry. It is just not good BBQ. It is cooked quickly and not smoked. It is NOT Memphis style BBQ. I know of no locals that regularly eat there, although i assume some do. Great barbecue is always followed up with great banana pudding. This...More

Thank Tkaplan1
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We are so sorry you don't enjoy our BBQ. We've been cooking ribs the same way now for almost 7 decades. Our father/grandfather found a old coal chute in a basement in Downtown Memphis and started grilling ribs 18 inches above the coals. We cook...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

The ribs were fantastic!!! This is really a Memphis landmark, just a few steps from Beale Street in the heart of the music district! All of the food we ordered was great!

Thank Carlyke
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Love this. So glad you enjoyed!!

Reviewed 2 days ago

Great food and excellent service at reasonable prices. Good entertainment whilst dining. Very busy but got seated very quickly.

Thank MWB27
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Right on. Thanks so much. Hope to see you back down soon.

Reviewed 3 days ago

sat at the crowded bar, ordered a cold beer, ribs and brisket. Very happy with everything. Service was great and food was quite good. A different taste than other bbq places around. The meat has a very nice cook to it. Great taste. Brisket was...More

Thank khonkaen
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks so much! So nice! Appreciate it!

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Deidra T
June 21, 2018|
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Response from Hogsfly | Property representative |
We do! So sorry just seeing this! Just give us a call 901-523-2746.
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sandmcd
May 30, 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$9 - US$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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Tuesday
4:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Wednesday
4:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Thursday
4:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Friday
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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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