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Thurman Cafe

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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
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout

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  • 314
    Excellent
  • 149
    Very good
  • 46
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 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
Great food, drinks, and staff!

I've been to the Thurman Cafe many times, and it never disappoints. The food is always great, and they've got a good selection of craft beer on draft. This is a must stop for me whenever I am in Columbus.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
Steve H
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I've been to the Thurman Cafe many times, and it never disappoints. The food is always great, and they've got a good selection of craft beer on draft. This is a must stop for me whenever I am in Columbus.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

This place is great! The atmosphere is so laid back and takes you back Rio the good ole days. The burgers are great and so is the service.

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

When people say they're in the mood for a burger, THIS is what they're dreaming of... A huge, juicy burger with so many extras that you can't get your mouth around it once you put it all in a bun. If you go here, expect to share a burger, or not to finish it by yourself in one night. Talk... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Be prepared for two things: 1. A potentially really long wait (hour or more and the only reason I didn't give 5 stars), and 2. Really good food! The food here is worth the wait. The waiting area has a tv, juke box, and some coin games to keep you occupied while you wait. You can also get drinks from... More 

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Orrville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Had a great late night meal at Thurmans while on a weekend getaway from the kids...Ive been there a couple times and crown and wait have been too long.....We should have just waited...had the Thurmanator...It was excellent

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Clover, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I travel all over the country and this place is a must anytime I am in the area. It is one of the best burgers I have had ANYWHERE! It is worth the on average 30+ minute wait!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The Jason's Burger was amazing. Perfectly seasoned and too much to eat!!! The fries were also delicious, wish I could remember the name, but crazy combo of teriyaki, hot sauce/wing sauce and blue cheese. Wow. Don't eat anything all day before or after your visit.

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Greensboro
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We arrived around 3:30 PM and were told we would have a 30 to 45 minute wait. It was every bit of the 45 minutes. The place was very small and cramped. You can get every kind of burger you can imagine except a plain burger. The 5 of us each ordered a different burger. None of us could eat... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

When in Columbus, this was one of the places that many of the locals talked about. So some friends of mine and I hopped in the car and off we went. I will say that parking near there can be a bit of a challenge, but we got lucky and got a spot right in front. If you don't know... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Amazing burgers! And I am not a big burger person. Usually eat here once a year, a Columbus staple. Be prepared for a long wait, but it's so worth it.

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

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