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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%
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“ribs” (2,556 reviews)
“beans” (454 reviews)
“pork shoulder” (61 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Barbecue
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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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 1 week ago

Rendezvous boast the best BBQ in Memphis, but I beg to differ. The BBQ here was ok, but overall was kind of bland and boring. We had better BBQ on Beale street at BB Kings.More

Thank Rachel S
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Rachel, We are so sorry you didn't enjoy you barbecue. Our family strives to make sure everyone is happy and full when walking out. Glad you enjoyed BB Kings. There is great BBQ all over Memphis. Our family eats it all too!! We'd love...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a 45 minute wait in a barn-like bar area (no reservations possible) but it was worth it for the delicious ribs in a great setting.

Thank livia073
Reviewed 1 week ago

In 1948, Charlie Vergos cleaned out a basement below his diner, discovered a coal chute, and started a legend. The coal chute gave him a vent for his considerable talent over a grill, and allowed him to expand from ham-and-cheese sandwiches to ribs.Today, several thousand...More

Thank Edward W
Reviewed 1 week ago 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...More

Thank Kevin W
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

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

Reviewed 1 week ago 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...More

Thank Nmmcpa
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

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.

Reviewed 1 week ago

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...More

Thank Scottr1770
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

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.

Reviewed 1 week ago

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...More

Thank karenconnie68
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Really nice. Thank you so much!

Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks so much!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I know, I know, I love Central Barbecue too, but Rendevous has consistently served up the best barbecue I’ve ever eaten. This time my husband and I arrived early - 4:00 pm - and quickly got a spot at the bar. This restaurant is ALWAYS...More

1  Thank Lara B
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

You are right - the bar is the best kept secret at the restaurant! We do take reservations for parties of 8 or more - if you are ever looking to come with a larger group. Thanks so much for your review. (Central is great...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife suggested this place for great ribs. After receiving our appetizer, (which was great) I received my ribs. I like a good St. Louis rub, but do expect them to have some moisture to them. These ribs were like eating leather.

Thank vwman62
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sandmcd
30 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
30 May 2017|
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8 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
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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly
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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