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The Thurman Cafe

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183 Thurman Ave, Columbus, OH 43206-2629
16144431570
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11:00 am - 2:30 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Seating, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff

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  • 365
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  • 186
    Very good
  • 50
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  • 20
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  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The very best burgers in the world!

Any combo is a winner. And I actually loved mine without ketchup ...and that is really saying something because the burgers on their own are so tasty. The service is friendly and the atmosphere lots of fun. The beer selection is quite good. Sometimes there's a wait for a table.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
etaurins
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Any combo is a winner. And I actually loved mine without ketchup ...and that is really saying something because the burgers on their own are so tasty. The service is friendly and the atmosphere lots of fun. The beer selection is quite good. Sometimes there's a wait for a table.

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Thank etaurins
Columbus, Ohio
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

although this restaurant takes awhile to seat you, it is well worth the wait. the food is absolutely amazing and i love how they now have a veggie burger option. theres also branches to this restaurant that are equally as good

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Thank palex0808
Jacksonville, Florida
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm originally from Columbus OH but moved away more than 30 years ago. On 1/20/2016 my wife & I took my Mother to Thurman's for a burger. Mom uses a walker and she was able to manage to get to the table. The service was slow. The seating was tight. It is not fine dining. But the burger's are huge,... More 

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Thank Gregory P
Dublin, Ohio
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185 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Eating at Thurman cafe is an "experience". It doesn't matter what time of day or night we have come here it has always had a long wait. We've typically waited an hour and a half. One time we were here late on a weekday night and waited almost an hour. The problem is that there is very little seating space... More 

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Thank Ness S
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very cool place HUGE portions!! Known for their burgers - AMAZING!! Featured on Man VS Food!!! Very unique "dive" bar - twinkle lights and dollar bills everywhere !

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Thank Jeff Rachel C
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'd been warned they were big, but having waitresses my way thru college at a "half-pound steerburger" place, I still wasn't prepared for these! They tasted just as good as they looked :-)

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Thank Ruth B
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71 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fun, Fun, Fun! The burgers are awesome, the crowd is upbeat, older, younger, families, teens, 20's all having a good time. Went on a Saturday though and waited over an hour for a table. Understandable when you see how few seats they actual have. Enjoyed people and food watching.

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Gahanna, Ohio
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thurman's is a little hole in the wall bar/restaurant that is a to die for burger joint. They don't take reservations and you will probably wait at least an hour. Come not hungry. You will be hungry by the time you are seated. However, it is totally worth it. It is a Columbus icon and if you have a to-do... More 

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Thank Tiffany W
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were visiting Columbus and my late uncle had always talked about how amazing the food was at The Thurman Cafe, so we thought we should check it out since he had talked about it. This was the best burger our family had ever had. I had a blu burger and my husband had a burger with egg on it,... More 

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Thank Jessica P
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very popular local pub with great food and superior service but you might wait 15-20min for a table. Sometimes you even have to wait to sit at the bar, but try that for 3 people or less first. Great people watching place with notes (on dollar bills) from past patrons over the last 2 decades that are both funny and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 183 Thurman Ave, Columbus, OH 43206-2629
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Columbus
  • Phone Number: 16144431570

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: American, Bar, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Monday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:30 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?