Charles Vergos' Rendezvous

BBQ Joint and Bar$$$$
Downtown Memphis, Memphis
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  • Murray W.
    "Now sit back and enjoy the best dry rub ribs in Memphis."(15 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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  • Gary T.
    Dry Rub Ribs
  • Steve W.
    If you have a large group call ahead an order the shrimp, they are unbelievable. Of course the ribs are great.
  • JMAR
    JMARMarch 2
    Very good dry rub ribs. I will be back.
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly RoseJanuary 31
    Brisket. Service was fantastic. & all the brisket.
  • L J.
    L JJanuary 24
    Ribs could have been good...but they were cold! Tourist place.
  • Whit M.
    Whit MaullJanuary 23
    A must try in Memphis. Cozy classic vibe and top notch unique BBQ. You've never had slaw like this before.
  • Cindy S.
    Cindy SzaboDecember 4, 2016
    Ribs, brisket, sausage appetizer
  • Ross R.
    Ross RhoadesDecember 1, 2016
    They do not open until 4:30 for full menu had the Ribs which were just ok as I expected not tender not meaty just ribs that were pricy
  • Tom T.
    Tom TaylorSeptember 13, 2016
    Yum pork ribs
  • Larisa G.
    Larisa GrollemondSeptember 11, 2016
    Go classic and don't add too much sauce.
  • Reashun G.
    Reashun GladneyJuly 26, 2016
    The barbecue is off the hook. Great place to visit.
  • Brian M.
    Brian McGJune 5, 2016
    Incredible ribs and beef brisket. Don't leave Memphis without trying the famous charcoal dry-rub ribs, and try the brisket if you prefer saucy BBQ
  • Obed M.
    Obed MurilloJune 3, 2016
    Ribs and sweet beans
  • Jeff Y.
    Jeff YoungMay 24, 2016
    Great gluten-free options
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HammerMay 13, 2016
    The ribs agree the best you'll find anywhere.
  • Brian R.
    Brian RMay 12, 2016
    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.
  • Nathan J.
    Nathan JonesMay 7, 2016
    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.
  • Bryan D.
    Bryan DowneyApril 15, 2016
    The ribs were absolutely amazing
  • Chance M.
    Chance MorganFebruary 23, 2016
    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.
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LangstonFebruary 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • David F.
    David FuraDecember 31, 2015
    If you have to wait for a seat, go upstairs and grab a pitcher and chill out, it's worth the wait.
  • Alan H.
    Alan HedrickDecember 8, 2015
    Oh yea. You have to dig the ribs and sausage cheese platter. Great place to have BBQ in Memphis.
  • David G.
    David GatesDecember 3, 2015
    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 $$$
  • TheDL
    TheDLDecember 1, 2015
    Tourist trap with equally touristy dry-rub ribs. Lots of history as is evident on the walls tho.
  • James
    JamesNovember 17, 2015
    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
    JamesNovember 17, 2015
    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.
  • Bruce H.
    Bruce HumphreySeptember 16, 2015
    Ghost River and the dry rubbed ribs
  • Bruce H.
    Bruce HumphreySeptember 16, 2015
    Ghost River Golden Ale is a delicious complement to the ribs served here
  • Lauren F.
    Lauren FosterAugust 5, 2015
    The ribs are out of this world. Fall off the bone finger lickin good!
  • Janis H.
    Janis Hoffman WhiteJuly 30, 2015
    everything is awesome
  • Don L.
    Don LucierJune 9, 2015
    Good bbq but not as good as Corky's
  • Luci S.
    Luci SmethurstMay 16, 2015
    Get the dry ribs! Small plate is half a rack. Beans and slaw is also amazing!!
  • Paul P.
    Paul PhillipsMay 15, 2015
    Ribs are awesome. Brisket is delish!
  • Anu J.
    Anu JayasingheApril 27, 2015
    It was good, but the ribs were a little dry. I prefer Corky's.
  • Marc
    MarcApril 24, 2015
    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"
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly RoseApril 16, 2015
    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!
  • Kait R.
    Kait RedickMarch 25, 2015
    Memphis classic. Get the dry rub rack of ribs. I promise you won't regret it.
  • Tamara B.
    Tamara BrownMarch 15, 2015
    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!
  • Kristin C.
    Kristin CookMarch 7, 2015
    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.
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TrimbleMarch 6, 2015
    One word.... Ribs
  • Christina S.
    Christina SkurskyFebruary 12, 2015
    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.
  • Adam R.
    Adam RoweDecember 29, 2014
    Its legendary. Its the ultimate dry rub destination.
  • Grant
    GrantDecember 19, 2014
    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.
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillDecember 13, 2014
    Go for a full order.
  • Tristan M.
    Tristan MulhallOctober 22, 2014
    They should have trademarked 'finger-lickin good'!
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BondOctober 12, 2014
    I always start with a cheese and sausage plate, they put their famous rub on the sausage
  • Leslie O.
    Leslie OOctober 3, 2014
    Ribs, Ribs, Ribs
  • David F.
    David Foley, Jr.September 29, 2014
    The dry-rub ribs are the best anywhere.
  • Karen J.
    Karen JohnsonSeptember 29, 2014
    Great ribs & brisket!!!!
  • Byron W.
    Byron WilkesSeptember 19, 2014
    I've heard the ribs aren't cooked from start to finish at the original location any more... But they're still damned fine.
  • Zach H.
    Zach HedrickSeptember 7, 2014
    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!
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanAugust 31, 2014
    Get the ribs. The coleslaw is on the spicier side.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Rendezvous as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate , Man vs Food Read more
  • Jeffrey .
    Jeffrey 🅿️inetteAugust 24, 2014
    #realbbq #authentic #tradition
  • Travis M.
    Travis MillerAugust 19, 2014
    All you need to know is...RIBS
  • Elvis H.
    Elvis HidalgoAugust 17, 2014
    Dry rub ribs!
  • Alex H.
    Alex HaleAugust 16, 2014
    Ribs, pork shoulder and brisket are awesome
  • Joe R.
    Joe RecomendesAugust 10, 2014
    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.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KerrAugust 9, 2014
    Go hungry.
  • Chris N.
    Chris NixonAugust 9, 2014
    Best ribs in Memphis! Get them dry!
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdAugust 9, 2014
    If you like BBQ, a must, if you don't, it's overhyped.
  • Shannon P.
    Shannon PiggAugust 9, 2014
    Get the ribs and brisket
  • Steve A.
    Steve AllenAugust 7, 2014
    You can't wait anywhere for a table even outside. You called on a speaker. Ribs and sausage so good
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 3, 2014
    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
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagAugust 3, 2014
    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
  • Nikki H.
    Nikki HarrisonAugust 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't beat the food best place in town
  • Gary S.
    Gary StandeferJuly 26, 2014
    Go with the brisket. Leave the ribs!
  • Cory Y.
    Cory YatesJuly 25, 2014
    Despite the location in a dark alley and the name, it's actually not a gentleman's club, they serve BBQ.
  • Austin OB @.
    9000 lbs of ribs a week. You can't go wrong with this rib joint
  • Kristina N.
    Kristina NeuserJune 5, 2014
    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.
  • Kathleen Z.
    Kathleen ZemlachenkoApril 18, 2014
    Sit at the bar if you're dining alone. Good conversationalists.
  • Lee J.
    Lee JacobsenApril 5, 2014
    Go here!!!!!!!!!!
  • Lucy R.
    Lucy ReedyMarch 30, 2014
    You can smell it from blocks away. That's not a bad thing.
  • John R.
    John RobilioMarch 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Preorder the Shrimp!
  • Ashley F.
    Ashley FurrowMarch 23, 2014
    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.
  • Beverly A.
    Beverly Allick-WisemanFebruary 21, 2014
    Great ribs!
  • Michael P.
    Michael PullomFebruary 13, 2014
    Love it here, great food, delicious dry rub.
  • Nathan C.
    Nathan CovingtonFebruary 2, 2014
    Far from Memphis' best! There are smaller places in the city that smash Rendezvous. The meat is absolutely boring without saucing it and the sauce is well, to cinnamony. The waiter was top notch!
  • Roger P.
    Roger PlourdeJanuary 25, 2014
    Ask for Calvin! He's the Bomb!
  • Lisa
    LisaJanuary 23, 2014
    I really like their beans...slaw has a bit of a kick and vinegary which I like too.
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyNovember 20, 2013
    Choosing a favorite Memphis barbecue spot is like choosing a favorite child, but we give this basement joint top billing for its vinegar-soaked, spice-crusted ribs.
  • marcelo s.
    marcelo suarez salviaNovember 19, 2013
    Awesome!!!!!
  • Jonathan V.
    Jonathan VaccaNovember 1, 2013
    Try the ultimate cheese plate! :)
  • Jeff E.
    Jeff ElzemeyerOctober 26, 2013
    Be sure to get a sausage & cheese plate
  • Robert F.
    Robert FischerOctober 25, 2013
    The ribs are awesome.
  • Chris J.
    Chris JusticeOctober 19, 2013
    Lamb, beef or pork, it's all good!
  • Tracey E.
    Tracey ElkinsOctober 18, 2013
    I stand corrected. I DO like BBQ. But only from here.
  • Steve Z.
    Steve ZvolanekOctober 6, 2013
    Ribs are terrible!!!!! This place lives off reputation alone. Don't waste your time or money. And this place takes a lot of both!!!!
  • Jennifer W.
    Jennifer WOctober 1, 2013
    Apparently only ribs before 4:30? Who cares? I'm only here for that heavenly meat-on-bone anyways.
  • Murray W.
    Murray WilliamsSeptember 12, 2013
    Congratulations! You found it. Now sit back and enjoy the best dry rub ribs in Memphis. Try the beans too.
  • Thomas V.
    Thomas VaultAugust 31, 2013
    Get here early for the free red beans & rice!!
  • Preston B.
    Preston BattleAugust 18, 2013
    As a longtime patron of this restaurant I highly suggest you forgo the pork and get the lamb ribs they are out of this world!
  • Courtney B.
    Courtney BrennanAugust 18, 2013
    Awesome RIBS!!!!
  • Miriana
    MirianaAugust 12, 2013
    Showed up with a big group (20+people) got sat in no time right before closing, had great service, but the ribs by that point were a little dry :( the rub itself was delicious
  • Kirk S.
    Kirk SwanAugust 11, 2013
    Love the unique taste of the charcoal heavy ribs.
  • Sam S.
    Sam SchratzJuly 30, 2013
    Delicious food and friendly service!!
  • Steffani B.
    Steffani BelisleJuly 27, 2013
    Amazing environment and delicious food. The dry ribs are phenomenal!
  • George F.
    George FreasJuly 18, 2013
    Awesome ribs and smoked pork shoulder
  • Doug W.
    Doug WarrenJuly 2, 2013
    Extremely fast and friendly service. Combo plates big enough to split!
  • Carrie G.
    Carrie GJuly 2, 2013
    Only sweet tea. Not si good for fiabetics. :(
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