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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” (2,701 reviews)
“beans” (472 reviews)
“pork shoulder” (68 reviews)
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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 yesterday via mobile

We spent last weekend in Memphis and ended up eating at Rendezvous twice. We never had a bad meal there.

Thank banzal
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fun location, large place, food was excellent even for our vegetarian friend. The food came out very quick. Staff very friendly and efficient. No frills. Food in baskets but delicious. Nice stop overall and reasonably priced.

Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We loved this place it truly is an iconic part of Memphis. Those who Say Charlie Vergos has changed I don’t see it. They are the same as the first time I ate here. You have to try many of the items on their menu...More

Thank Rivers1150
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks Rivers! So nice. We hope to see you back down soon! Come say hi when you do!

Reviewed 2 days ago

This restaurant was referred to us by the shuttle bus driver that dropped us off at the Hard Rock Café on Beale Street. Although we walked for quite some time looking for it, we finally came up the graffiti wall in the alley leading us...More

Thank mkr53669
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

So sorry for the hard time finding us!! Second trip down will be easier :). Thanks so much for the 5-star review!

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Our experience at Rendezvous was not as great as I was expecting. The restaurant is located down a back alley in Memphis, which gives it a ‘hole in the wall’ gem type of feeling with a beautifully colorful mural right across the street and the...More

Thank alliewankenobi
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The location was incredibly hard to find. Outside smells like a dumpster. Service was less than exciting. And the food was less than marginal. I don’t recommend this place at all.More

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

So sorry you had trouble finding us - especially since it is now so hot! We usually explain it by saying we are in an alley across Union from The Peabody Hotel. Its definitely an unconventional entrance, but it is where our father/grandfather opened up....More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We went here despite the recent reviews that the place was going downhill. Our neighbor recommended we stop here as the ribs were “fall off the bone”. 1 word: nope! They were way too chewy and not much taste. The service was good. They also...More

Thank pbrashears3
Hogsfly, Owner at Charles Vergos' Rendezvous, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi, We are so sorry you didn't enjoy! The place heading downhill is news to us :). We are glad your neighbor recommended us, but sad you didn't enjoy the ribs. Our ribs definitely aren't supposed to fall off the bone - they have a...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

We went to this restaurant at the prompting of a friend who eats here regularly when in town. It was hard to find and down an alley. Once there, we were seated promptly and had a nice waiter. He was good about filling drinks and...More

Thank avyrose
Reviewed 5 days ago

I was walking not far from this restaurant but didn’t know it I asked people sitting outside another restaurant who were just drinking where I could get some traditional food they recommend this place I thoroughly enjoyed my ribs and found two little bowls alongside...More

Thank Michael A
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Unfortunately, the reports of the demise of Rendezvous as THE place for ribs in Memphis are true. I have fond memories of past visits enjoying the succulent, fall off the bone spicy dry rub ribs. This time, they tasted more like beef jerky on a...More

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

Hi Thomas, We've not heard of the "demise of the Rendezvous" - that's news to us :) Our family is doing the same thing we've done now for 70 years. We cook our ribs in the same pit, with the same cut of meat as...More

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Questions & Answers
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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Daine D
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
US$9 - US$23
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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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