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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” (2,769 reviews)
“beans” (490 reviews)
“pork shoulder” (73 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 2 days ago

One of the experiences that I was looking forward to in Memphis. It was busy so we were directed upstairs to the bar waiting area for a 40 min wait. It was as interesting an airport boarding gate. Plastic cups for a drink while you...More

Thank Br0ssac
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi, We are so sorry we didn't live up to your expectations and you found our waiting area uninteresting. The waiting area has a great jukebox and cool memorabilia lining the walls. In fact, the Rolling Stones have played in that room, President Bush hosted...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

After hearing about Rendezvous from a few people we decided to check it out. The ribs were fatty, dry and tasteless. The pulled pork sandwich looked like they scraped the edge of the grill. BUT the restaurant had very nice decor inside and a very...More

Thank BargainHunter247
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi, We are sorry you didn't enjoy your ribs or shoulder. Our ribs should never be fatty, dry or tasteless. We wish you would've said something while you were here - there is always a family member on the floor ready to correct any issue....More

Reviewed 4 days ago

Came here years ago and got the ribs which were rubbery. Decided to give it another shot and they were average at best. If you want them to come off the bone easy, you may want to look elsewhere.More

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

You are right - our ribs are different - they don't "fall off the bone". Our ribs have a bite to them. That's just how we cook them. If our ribs aren't your thing (which we hate to hear), we have tons of other menu...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

Tried this place while visiting the area. Wasn't really impressed; the ribs were okay, a little tough. The brisket was just okay, tender but not very flavorful. Did not like the two slides that came with the meal. It came with coleslaw and baked beans;...More

Thank missconsumeradvocate
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Nothing pretentious here, just tasty ribs! Service was quick and friendly. They know what they are doing and they do it well.

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

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

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

From the moment we sat down we had amazing service. Our waiter made recommendations that perfectly fit our needs. The food was sooooo good. Robert Stewart Jr was the perfect host. We went in every room looked at all the antiques, pictures. The place is...More

Thank Meg0209
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We'll make and show this to Robert!! Thank you for the kind review!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was in Memphis on business and wanted to try some barbecue. Rendezvous was across the street from my hotel so I tried it. The food was fabulous. I had pork ribs and brisket. They'll weren't finger licking good. I will be back.

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

Come say hi next time you are down! So glad you enjoyed!

Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here before a Redbirds game. They whole family loved & my two little ones are picky eaters! The sausage & cheese appetizer is a must! And, the ribs were amazing. Great atmosphere & staff!

Thank murphyjmc80
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Love this. We do have something for everyone - even picky little eaters :). Hope to see you all back down soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is such a treat! Walking there was an adventure for us, which we didn't mind. We were seated quickly and received our order quickly after we ordered. You can't visit without trying their ribs, they are absolutely delicious! For our sides, we tried...More

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

Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed everything!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped by for dinner, and at 5pm midweek they were already mostly full. But we got seated right away, and our server was right there. I ordered the ribs which are smoked with a dry rub. I wasn’t sure about eating ribs which weren’t cooked...More

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

So glad you enjoyed! Love that you were surprised by dry rub ribs! Parking is tough - we do offer valet for $8, which is cheaper than most garages around us. Glad you were able to find us. We hope to see you back again...More

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Deidra T
21 June 2018|
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We do! So sorry just seeing this! Just give us a call 901-523-2746.
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sandmcd
30 May 2017|
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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
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
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, 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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