Charles Vergos' Rendezvous

BBQ Joint and Bar · Downtown Memphis
52 S 2nd St (at Union Ave), Memphis, TN 38103, United States
Closed until 4:30 PM (Show more)
  • Tue–Thu
    • 4:30 PM–10:30 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Lunch, Dinner
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

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.


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  • What you need to know
    Murray W.
    "Now sit back and enjoy the best dry rub ribs in Memphis."(11 Tips)
    "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)
    Larry G.
    "Try the Pork Shoulder - It's shoulder...not pulled pork."(5 Tips)
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  • ribs
  • brisket
  • ghost river
  • nachos
  • good for groups
  • pork
  • great value
  • family-friendly
  • authentic
  • lively
  • Greek salad
  • casual
  • beer
  • sandwiches
  • sausage
  • spicy food
  • lamb
  • sweet tea
  • baked beans
  • wine
  • Bruce H.

    Ghost River and the dry rubbed ribs

    Bruce Humphrey · 3 weeks ago
  • Bruce H.

    Ghost River Golden Ale is a delicious complement to the ribs served here

    Bruce Humphrey · 3 weeks ago
  • Lauren F.

    The ribs are out of this world. Fall off the bone finger lickin good!

    Lauren Foster · August 5
  • Janis H.

    everything is awesome

  • TH€ B@ND!T 5-1™

    The ribs! The pork shoulder! Must get the sausage and cheese platter for your app! Everything is Devine!

  • Don L.

    Good bbq but not as good as Corky's

    Don Lucier · June 9
  • Luci S.

    Get the dry ribs! Small plate is half a rack. Beans and slaw is also amazing!!

    Luci Smethurst · May 16
  • Paul P.

    Ribs are awesome. Brisket is delish!

    Paul Phillips · May 15
  • Anu J.

    It was good, but the ribs were a little dry. I prefer Corky's.

    Anu Jayasinghe · April 27
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kait R.

    Memphis classic. Get the dry rub rack of ribs. I promise you won't regret it.

    Kait Redick · March 25
  • 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
  • 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
  • Daniel T.

    One word.... Ribs

    Daniel Trimble · March 6
  • 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
  • Adam R.

    Its legendary. Its the ultimate dry rub destination.

    Adam Rowe · December 29, 2014
  • 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
  • Ricky S.

    Go for a full order.

    Ricky Sherrill · December 13, 2014
  • Tristan M.

    They should have trademarked 'finger-lickin good'!

    Tristan Mulhall · October 22, 2014
  • Elizabeth B.

    I always start with a cheese and sausage plate, they put their famous rub on the sausage

    Elizabeth Bond · October 12, 2014
  • Leslie O.

    Ribs, Ribs, Ribs

    Leslie O · October 3, 2014
  • David F.

    The dry-rub ribs are the best anywhere.

    David Foley, Jr. · September 29, 2014
  • Karen J.

    Great ribs & brisket!!!!

    Karen Johnson · September 29, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kate Y.

    Get the ribs. The coleslaw is on the spicier side.

    Kate Yan · August 31, 2014
  • 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
  • Jeffrey .

    #realbbq #authentic #tradition

    Jeffrey 🅿️inette · August 24, 2014
  • Travis M.

    All you need to know is...RIBS

    Travis Miller · August 19, 2014
  • Elvis H.

    Dry rub ribs!

    Elvis Hidalgo · August 17, 2014
  • Alex H.

    Ribs, pork shoulder and brisket are awesome

    Alex Hale · August 16, 2014
  • 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
  • Alex K.

    Go hungry.

    Alex Kerr · August 9, 2014
  • Chris N.

    Best ribs in Memphis! Get them dry!

    Chris Nixon · August 9, 2014
  • Dirty B.

    If you like BBQ, a must, if you don't, it's overhyped.

    Dirty Bird · August 9, 2014
  • Shannon P.

    Get the ribs and brisket

    Shannon Pigg · August 9, 2014
  • Steve A.

    You can't wait anywhere for a table even outside. You called on a speaker. Ribs and sausage so good

    Steve Allen · August 7, 2014
  • First We Feast

    Ribs. Try them plain (“dry”) first before asking for sauce. The charcoal-broiled lamb riblets—another nod to the place’s Greek ownership—are also a tasty change of pace from the pork onslaught Read more

    First We Feast · August 3, 2014
  • Men's Health Mag

    Their world-famous loin back ribs (Elvis loved ‘em) are grilled, naked, over a charcoal pit for 2 hours and then basted with vinegar, water, and a blend of Greek and Canjun seasonings. Read more

    Men's Health Mag · August 3, 2014
  • Nikki H.

    You can't beat the food best place in town

    Nikki Harrison · August 3, 2014
  • Gary S.

    Go with the brisket. Leave the ribs!

    Gary Standefer · July 26, 2014
  • Cory Y.

    Despite the location in a dark alley and the name, it's actually not a gentleman's club, they serve BBQ.

    Cory Yates · July 25, 2014
  • Austin OB @.

    9000 lbs of ribs a week. You can't go wrong with this rib joint

  • Kristina N.

    Great rub on ribs so dry I couldn't eat them. Better BBQ in New England. Go once just to say you did and then never go back.

    Kristina Neuser · June 5, 2014
  • Kathleen Z.

    Sit at the bar if you're dining alone. Good conversationalists.

    Kathleen Zemlachenko · April 18, 2014
  • Lee J.

    Go here!!!!!!!!!!

    Lee Jacobsen · April 5, 2014
  • Lucy R.

    You can smell it from blocks away. That's not a bad thing.

    Lucy Reedy · March 30, 2014
  • John R.

    Preorder the Shrimp!

    John Robilio · March 28, 2014
  • Ashley F.

    Go early and plan on waiting for an hour for a table. You'll have plenty of time to grab a couple beers while you wait.

    Ashley Furrow · March 23, 2014

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