We are OPEN this Sunday (March 26th) due to the NCAA tournament from 11 to 7 (possibly later depending on game schedule).
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*SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS*

We are OPEN MONDAY, December 26 to Saturday, December 31.

**We take reservations for parties over 8 people.  

**We are taking reservation for parties of any number for NEW YEARS EVE!   

We are closed for vacation from January 1 to January 9, reopening January 10 with normal hours. 

Restaurant Hours:
Tuesday - Thursday 4:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. 
Friday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. 
Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. 
All times Central (CST)

 

How to Get Here

For three generations, the Rendezvous has been in the alley, downstairs, behind 52 South Second in downtown Memphis. The City of Memphis named the alley Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous Alley. Check a map or follow the directions below.

From the Airport

From the airport grounds or the rental car lots, follow the signs for I-240 Downtown. Follow the I-240 loop about six miles around to Union Avenue (Exit 30). Turn off and follow the signs for Union Avenue West. Go on Union about 1.5 miles. After you pass Autozone Park, Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous Alley will be the first alley on the right side between B.B. King Blvd. & Second Street. Please see below for suggested parking.

From East Memphis

Take Walnut Grove/Union all the way downtown. After you pass Autozone Park, Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous Alley will be the first alley on the right side between B.B. King Blvd. & Second Street. Please see below for suggested parking.

From Nashville

Take I-40 all the way around Memphis. Just before you get to the river, exit at Second Street/B.B. King Street (Exit 1a). The ramp will merge you with Second Street. Go about nine blocks and turn left on Monroe Avenue. Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous Alley will be the first alley on your right, between Second Street & B.B. King Blvd. Please see below for suggested parking.

From Arkansas

Take the I-40 bridge across the river and turn off at Front Street (Exit 1). Turn right on Front, then go about five blocks and turn left on Monroe Avenue. Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous Alley will be the first alley on your right, between Second Street & B.B. King Blvd. Please see below for suggested parking.

From the Trolley

If you're riding the Main Street Trolley, get off at the Union Avenue stop and head east (away from the river) down Union. Use the sidewalk on the north side. Cross Second Street, then follow your nose left on Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous Alley. Our door is on the left, right past the Holiday Inn.

Where to Park

  • To make it easy on you, we have a VALET service.  Please pull up to the corner of Monroe Avenue and Charlie Vergos Alley.  Price is $8.
  • Central Parking, 171 Monroe Avenue (corner of Third & Monroe), this garage is the closest, only a few steps from our door, but also priciest.
  • Commerce Square Parking, 1 Commerce Square (enter garage on Union Ave between Second St & Main St), 1 block from our alley.
  • Parking Can Be Fun, 79 Union Ave (between Main St & Front St), 2 blocks from our alley. This garage is a favorite of locals because they do not raise prices during special events.
  • Peabody Place Blues Garage, 150 Peabody Place (between Second & Third Street), 3 blocks from our alley. This garage is a good option if you’re planning on visiting Beale Street after you dine with us.
  • Toyota Center Garage, 195 Madison Ave (at Third Street), 1 block from our alley.
  • If you're lucky, street parking is free on nights & weekends (pay the meters on week days).

What to See Downtown

If you’re visiting downtown Memphis, you don’t want to spend the entire time hunched over a plate of our ribs. Here’s how to pass the time before and after meals:

  • Watch the Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park, the best ballpark around.
  • Catch NBA action with the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum (and eat some of our nachos while you are there).
  • Catch NCAA action with the Memphis Tigers at the FedExForm (and eat some of our nachos while you are there).
  • Learn about our civil rights pioneers at the acclaimed National Civil Rights Museum
  • Learn about the river at Mud Island River Park, then see the river from the commanding heights of the Bluff Walk (ask our staff for directions).
  • Say "Hi" to the ducks at the Peabody Hotel.
  • Do a bar crawl down Beale Street.

There’s plenty more to do. Try the Downtown Memphis Commission and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau for more pointers.

Where to Sleep

If you’re visiting overnight, our cleanup crew gets cranky if you sleep at your table. Crash in one of these places instead:

  • Holiday Inn Select Downtown – just a few steps away
  • Peabody Hotel – the grand dame of Memphis, just across Union Avenue
  • Madison Hotel – a chic boutique hotel up Main Street on Madison
  • Hampton Inn & Suites – centrally located near Beale Street
  • Westin Memphis Hotel – a new hotel located steps from Beale Street Fedex Forum
  • Find more downtown hotels at the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau site

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Our People

Robert Junior

Not to be confused with his dad Robert, Sr. Justin Timberlake's main man. Even though he'...

Bobby

The “man” – been here since 1970.  He’s the guy that runs the kitche...

Geno

Been here 44 years. Known as The Fixer -- there's no machine he can't fix. Can also serve a mean ord...

Robert Senior

Not to be confused with his son Robert, Jr.  Been here 54...

Big Jack

Been here since 1969. Don't ever question the "Old Dog's" bite, especially when...

Nick

Loves carrying on his father’s traditions.  The best cook in the family – has ap...

Joanna "Blue Eyes"

Our first female server.  "Blue Eyes" is probably too nice to work here, but a rea...

Tina

The youngest in the family.  Keeps track of all of the books and records.  She can also...

Percy

Started in 1970. Always with the big smile. Has served presidents on Air Force One and vice presi...

Dan

Another Memphis College graduate.  Dan started working during college and stayed.  Now ...

Calvin "Pooh"

"Pooh" took over Jack's room; also know as Shaq - notice the resemblance.  Lov...

Demetrious "Red Cap"

Demetrious is fast, efficient and quiet.  We still call him “Red Cap” even thoug...

John

The restaurant started the year he was born.  The oldest son and the politician/lawyer of th...

Frank

Started working here during the early 90's while a student at Rhodes College. He has been in ...

Fred

Also known as Hollyrock, but we don't know what that means. Been here 17 years. Moved into th...

Cheron

If you need to book a party, ask for Cheron.  She’s been booking all of our events sin...

Dean

Our first cousin, the other family member. Dean can be seen on the floor covering for the owners ...

Pat

University of Memphis grad.  Been here since 1988.  Mainly at the shipping kitchen, but...

Henry

Henry has been cooking these ribs for 30 years.  Mr. Charlie taught him how.  Lives in ...

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