Charles Vergos' Rendezvous

BBQ Joint and Bar · Downtown Memphis
52 S 2nd St (at Union Ave), Memphis, TN 38103, United States
Hours:
Closed until 4:30 PM Tuesday (Show more)
  • Tue–Thu
    • 4:30 PM–10:30 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Drinks:
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:
No

The Rendezvous has been serving ribs in a downtown Memphis alley since 1948. It has been owned and operated by the Vergos family for three generations. If you want to eat like a local Memphian, start with a pitcher of beer & cheese/sausage plate and soak in the atmosphere.

8.6/10

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    Murray W.
    "Now sit back and enjoy the best dry rub ribs in Memphis."(13 Tips)
    Hogsfly
    "Rendezvous is now proudly pouring Ghost River beer"(8 Tips)
    Kylee Jo M.
    "best place for ribs in Memphis!!! deff a most go for anyone!!"(5 Tips)
    Tiffany L.
    "There are better BBQ joints in this awesome BBQ city."(6 Tips)
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  • ribs
  • brisket
  • ghost river
  • nachos
  • lively
  • good for groups
  • family-friendly
  • authentic
  • casual
  • pork
  • great value
  • Greek salad
  • beer
  • sausage
  • spicy food
  • sandwiches
  • sweet tea
  • baked beans
  • wine
  • good for a late night
  • Jeff Y.
    Great gluten-free options
    Jeff Young · 5 days ago
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  • Jeff H.
    The ribs agree the best you'll find anywhere.
    Jeff Hammer · 2 weeks ago
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  • Brian R.
    I believe that the Rendezvous has the best rib in the entire world. I like them so much, I ate there two night in a row. I'd travel at least 100 of miles out of my way to eat there if I was traveling.
    Brian R · 2 weeks ago
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  • Nathan J.
    I still prefer Central or Payne's BBQ. Very friendly staff, excellent ribs, and one of the few places to have mustard slaw. Being downtown it does tend to cater to the touristy crowd.
    Nathan Jones · 3 weeks ago
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  • Bryan D.
    The ribs were absolutely amazing
    Bryan Downey · April 15
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  • Chance M.
    If you don't try the ribs, you are wasting your time there. Their dry rub is delicious and the ribs are tender with a little but of crispiness.
    Chance Morgan · February 23
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  • Tiffany L.
    There are better BBQ joints in this awesome BBQ city. If you find yourself here, get the lamb ribs or bring a group (a call ahead) for the BBQ shrimp
    Tiffany Langston · February 12
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  • David F.
    If you have to wait for a seat, go upstairs and grab a pitcher and chill out, it's worth the wait.
    David Fura · December 31, 2015
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  • Alan H.
    Oh yea. You have to dig the ribs and sausage cheese platter. Great place to have BBQ in Memphis.
    Alan Hedrick · December 8, 2015
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  • David G.
    Disappointed. Love dry rub ribs but these were apparently just a bad batch. Super dry, no meat, no flavor. Pork was SUPERB!! Server "THE Mr Calvin" was outstanding!! Too $$$
    David Gates · December 3, 2015
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  • TheDL
    Tourist trap with equally touristy dry-rub ribs. Lots of history as is evident on the walls tho.
    TheDL · December 1, 2015
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  • James
    If you favor dry rub ribs, it's worth experiencing the unique ambiance of this place. Otherwise, there's far better BBQ to be found at Bar-B-Q Shop and Central BBQ.
    James · November 17, 2015
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  • James
    Avoid this touristy, overrated resto, as there is far better BBQ to be found in MEM. My personal favorites are BBQ Shop on Madison Avenue and Central BBQ.
    James · November 17, 2015
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  • Bruce H.
    Ghost River and the dry rubbed ribs
    Bruce Humphrey · September 16, 2015
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  • Bruce H.
    Ghost River Golden Ale is a delicious complement to the ribs served here
    Bruce Humphrey · September 16, 2015
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  • Lauren F.
    The ribs are out of this world. Fall off the bone finger lickin good!
    Lauren Foster · August 5, 2015
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  • Janis H.
    everything is awesome
    Janis Hoffman White · July 30, 2015
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  • TH€ B@ND!T 5-1™
    The ribs! The pork shoulder! Must get the sausage and cheese platter for your app! Everything is Devine!
    TH€ B@ND!T 5-1™ · June 25, 2015
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  • Don L.
    Good bbq but not as good as Corky's
    Don Lucier · June 9, 2015
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  • Luci S.
    Get the dry ribs! Small plate is half a rack. Beans and slaw is also amazing!!
    Luci Smethurst · May 16, 2015
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  • Paul P.
    Ribs are awesome. Brisket is delish!
    Paul Phillips · May 15, 2015
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  • Anu J.
    It was good, but the ribs were a little dry. I prefer Corky's.
    Anu Jayasinghe · April 27, 2015
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  • Marc E.
    Thrillist Top BBQ List: go to this eclectic, awesome resto, and eat all that history in rib form. "What you're getting: Large order of the charcoal-broiled pork ribs, & sausage and cheese appetizer"
    Marc E · April 24, 2015
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  • Kelly R.
    The ribs were ok, honestly my husbands are better. But the brisket! Oh, my! The best I've ever had! Also, get the cheese and sausage plate & red beans & rice to share!
    Kelly Rose · April 16, 2015
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  • Kait R.
    Memphis classic. Get the dry rub rack of ribs. I promise you won't regret it.
    Kait Redick · March 25, 2015
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  • Tamara B.
    Grabbed a Ghost River beer while waiting for our table. Good Memphis style ribs- seasoned well and very meaty. Potato Salad, Sweet Tea, and Baked Beans were off the chain!
    Tamara Brown · March 15, 2015
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  • Kristin C.
    Cheese and sausage plate were great. Ribs were okay, but not my cup of tea. Glad I can say I tried them, but won't be back.
    Kristin Cook · March 7, 2015
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  • Daniel T.
    One word.... Ribs
    Daniel Trimble · March 6, 2015
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  • Christina S.
    Greek Salad with chicken is amazing!! The chicken is beyond flavorful and the homemade dressing tastes as good (if not better) than what I had in Greece.
    Christina Skursky · February 12, 2015
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  • Adam R.
    Its legendary. Its the ultimate dry rub destination.
    Adam Rowe · December 29, 2014
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  • Grant
    The ribs are pretty good. Don't get me wrong, I'd order them again, but they're a bit overhyped after reading all the other tips.
    Grant · December 19, 2014
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  • Ricky S.
    Go for a full order.
    Ricky Sherrill · December 13, 2014
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  • Tristan M.
    They should have trademarked 'finger-lickin good'!
    Tristan Mulhall · October 22, 2014
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  • Elizabeth B.
    I always start with a cheese and sausage plate, they put their famous rub on the sausage
    Elizabeth Bond · October 12, 2014
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  • Leslie O.
    Ribs, Ribs, Ribs
    Leslie O · October 3, 2014
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  • David F.
    The dry-rub ribs are the best anywhere.
    David Foley, Jr. · September 29, 2014
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  • Karen J.
    Great ribs & brisket!!!!
    Karen Johnson · September 29, 2014
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  • Byron W.
    I've heard the ribs aren't cooked from start to finish at the original location any more... But they're still damned fine.
    Byron Wilkes · September 19, 2014
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  • Zach H.
    I've eaten plenty of great ribs at the MIM BBQ Festival. These are not my favorite. I absolutely love their BBQ Nachos. Red Beans & Rice are fantastic as well!
    Zach Hedrick · September 7, 2014
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  • Kate Y.
    Get the ribs. The coleslaw is on the spicier side.
    Kate Yan · August 31, 2014
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  • TV Food Maps
    Check out Rendezvous as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate , Man vs Food Read more
    TV Food Maps · August 26, 2014
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  • Jeffrey .
    #realbbq #authentic #tradition
    Jeffrey 🅿️inette · August 24, 2014
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  • Travis M.
    All you need to know is...RIBS
    Travis Miller · August 19, 2014
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  • Elvis H.
    Dry rub ribs!
    Elvis Hidalgo · August 17, 2014
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  • Alex H.
    Ribs, pork shoulder and brisket are awesome
    Alex Hale · August 16, 2014
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  • Joe R.
    For any BBQ enthusiast, it's worth making the pilgrimage. Get the ribs, since that's what they're famous for. Also try the cheese plate, sprinkled with their special seasoning.
    Joe Recomendes · August 10, 2014
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  • Alex K.
    Go hungry.
    Alex Kerr · August 9, 2014
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  • Chris N.
    Best ribs in Memphis! Get them dry!
    Chris Nixon · August 9, 2014
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  • Dirty B.
    If you like BBQ, a must, if you don't, it's overhyped.
    Dirty Bird · August 9, 2014
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  • Shannon P.
    Get the ribs and brisket
    Shannon Pigg · August 9, 2014
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