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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 run by Mr. Charlie's three kids, but the ribs still taste the same as they did in the beginning.

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TollFree: (888) 464-7359

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Price Range:

$6 - $17.50


The entrance to the Rendezvous is located on Charles Vergos' Rendezvous Alley which is between Union & Monroe and between 2nd & 3rd St.  The alley is directly across from the Peabody Hotel.

Downtown Memphis

English, Greek, Spanish
Restaurants, Barbecue Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants
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Parking: Paid, Garage, Valet

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Barbecue, Family Style

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Price Range : Average

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dont beleive the hype

Very disappointed. Overcooked overloaded with dry rub chewy and not very meaty.


This place has some of the mos...

This place has some of the most wicked seasoned bbq you'll ever eat. I hate it's closed on Sunday and Monday. I devoured everything like a mad pig. People gave this place bad reviews because they don't have taste buds. Beware of that Rendevous serves spicy hot soul food that will make you come back for more!


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Service was great. Loved the server. Although the food was well seasoned. I had the ribs and brisket combo, the ribs were not fall off the bone tender. In fact they were chewey and dry. The brisket was also dry. Enjoyed the mustard slaw.


terrible service, terrible food

only been there once, never again. what a hype. place should be closed down.


Provided by Citysearch - 

Memphis has amazing barbecue!! There are tons of great places to try! The Rendezvous is definitely unique among all of them--the ambience, the family-friendly atmosphere, but most of all for the food! Definitely try the beef brisket or the greek salad--delicious!


Provided by Citysearch - 

Their ribs are extremely dried and hard. It?s NOT tasty at all? I had a very high expectation before I go there, but it turned out to be a big disappointment?


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Doesn't stand up to the hype.

Had seen this on several Food Channel shows and was very excited to go. The rub on the ribs was way too salty to enjoy and the waiters were rude. Will not suggest as a stop to anyone.


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I miss the Rendezvous the most

I used to live in Memphis and at least once a week we ate at the Rendezvous. Best ribs I have ever eaten, great atmosphere and just all round best place to be. I enjoyed living in Memphis but the thing I miss the most is the Rendezvous and their ribs. If ever there, it is the place to eat. I order them since we live many miles from there now. That is how good they are!!!


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ribs for people who do not know good ribs

I had a party of 28 with me for our annual dinner,and all agreed this place was far from great..tourist trap at its best
AND i have an argument with the hostess,what a mean spirited individual....

I'll never be back


Provided by Citysearch - 
Not a Dry Rub Girl but these were the best Ribs EVER!!!

Love this place! Go as you are. No need to dress up...that's my kind of place!! Got seated, fed & out in less than an hour on a Friday night! Been ordering their spices & sauce for years. Found out my Dad and Mr. Vergos used to work together in the early 60's in Memphis. Made going there that more special. SO HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO GO EAT THERE!!! Atmosphere is great, service is awesome and love the fact that I can order all their food online & have it delivered in less than 24 hours!! Rendezvous IS A MUST if you're in Memphis!!!

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52 S 2nd StMemphisTN 38103

(901) 523-2746

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