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Thurman Cafe

183 Thurman Ave, Columbus, OH 43206-2629
614-443-1570
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Ranked #18 of 1,944 restaurants in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers, Bar
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
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Garland, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We lived in the German Village area for a couple of years and went to Thurman's several times. The burger menu selection is huge and the burgers themselves are ginormous. Besides the size and excess, they are very tasty and well prepared. Expect a long wait on pretty much any night of the week but especially weekends (our first time... More

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Ashland, Kentucky, USA
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

As an occasional visitor to Columbus from our home several hours away, we have read reviews of the legendary Thurman Café. But coming from our dining-deprived area, we're often overwhelmed by the offerings of Columbus and fall back on tried and true favorites. Despite best intentions, we'd never made it to Thurman Café though our quest is often for the... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We lived in Columbus area almost 20 years and had never heard of this place until our son and his family living in Hong Kong visited and told us about it. So we all went to check it out. Had very short wait; probably because we went pretty early on a weekday. We got a couple appetizers and also all... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Have been to Thurman's a couple of times and just haven't been really impressed. This place gets its reputation from an appearance on "Man vs. Food". The portions are huge and the burgers are sloppy. The food overall is average at best. I thought the place was a bit dirty. Went there on a Friday afternoon (around 2 pm) a... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Thurman's is a small restaurant located in the historic German Village. I kept reading about the place and how good their burgers were, so I had to try one. I personally went for the Thurmanator. It has two twelve ounce burgers, bacon, ham, cheddar cheese, sauteed onions, mushrooms, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, pickles american cheese. The burgers are cooked to order,... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

I traveled to Columbus Ohio for business and when I am in a new town I always try and hit a place that I saw on TV. I enjoy watching the programs and Thurman Cafe came up as being on Man V Food so I had to try it. Thurman Cafe is in the middle of a college area that... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

Excelent, with good price. The place is nice too and the burgers is amazing. I not recomend the biggest burgers. Are others better.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This place is way overrated. We went for lunch and the hostess said the wait was around 45 minutes. After 70 minutes in a packed waiting room, we were finally seated and starving. We ordered an appetizer right away: the "Blue Balls", round fried chicken nuggets with cheese in the middle. Unfortunately, they were still frozen in the middle, yuck.... More

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Destin, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Stopped by for lunch and had to wait 30 minutes for a seat at the bar. That's enough to start things off on the wrong foot. Ordered the buffalo chicken sandwich with an order of fries. Sandwich was very good, fries were fresh but somehow lacked flavor. Good pub food...that can be found in almost any pub. Once I was... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

If you love big juicy hamburgers, this is the PLACE...These burger are HUGE. Get'em how you like them but if you go home hungry then you didn't eat here.lol

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