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Thurman Cafe

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American, Bar, Hamburgers
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183 Thurman Ave, Columbus, OH 43206-2629
614-443-1570
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11:00 am - 2:30 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 am
Good for:
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 259
    Excellent
  • 130
    Very good
  • 43
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Burger

My son had a baseball tournament in Columbus and every city they play I goggle who has the best burger. When we pulled up there were people waiting outside. We had to wait about 20 minutes to get a table. Well this place does Not disappoint. The Burgers here are excellent. I would have to rate them... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
Daniel I
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Toronto, Canada
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

While the burger and fries were humongous and very tasty. Not worth the drive and wait in my opinion. So many places have great food and burgers to do that. It is iconic in Columbus, so glad I did it once...but,no hurry to go back any time soon though.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

My son had a baseball tournament in Columbus and every city they play I goggle who has the best burger. When we pulled up there were people waiting outside. We had to wait about 20 minutes to get a table. Well this place does Not disappoint. The Burgers here are excellent. I would have to rate them in the top... More 

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Anderson, Indiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Great burgers! Great atmosphere! Had the opportunity on a business trip to find this gem. Wait staff was friendly.

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15 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We were in Columbus & had heard so much about the Thurman Cafe we just had to check it out. The burgers were great but the service left a lot to be desired. Once we were seated the waiter came & took our order & that was the last we saw of him until our food came out which was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Whow visited here as had heard it was the home of "The Thermanator" a 1.5lb burger so had to try it and whow what a treat, it was so tasty and the ingredients were all very fresh. The handcut fries were the best i have ever had. Had to wait around 30 minutes for a table on a Monday as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

On my way back from DC my wife and I were talking about places to try. I love the show man vs food so I got the Thurman burger and it was the best burger bar none. Never ate at a place quite like this Columbus Ohio, record this because a Hawkeye was here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Heard the burger's were large but that's an understatement. Everyone got a different burger and they are all awesome and huge portions. Small place with alot of cozy atmosphere. Great staff as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This place deserves the hype it gets. Ate dinner here with a few business associates from New York. Ordered the loaded fries ( Amazing ) and split the Hot Dog 3 ways as an appetizer. WOW. To end it off we have the Thurman burger and a bacon burger medium rare. I would definitely recommend but I felt my cholesterol... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This is my second visit here as an out of towner on business. I brought one of my business partners and was once again impressed. It's got that one owner dive feeling with you guessed it, fantastic food and spirits. I don't think this place has changed in years and honestly, it shouldn't.

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Great place, awesome burgers and friendly staff. Get there early, it's tiny and very popular so there's always always a wait.

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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: 614-443-1570

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine
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?