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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Takeout

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  • 292
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    Very good
  • 43
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  • 18
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  • 9
    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
Loved this place!

Great food, amazing burgers, good value for food! Will definitely be back. Really neat decorations with dollar bills with messages on them all over the bar.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
Lynn C
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Great food, amazing burgers, good value for food! Will definitely be back. Really neat decorations with dollar bills with messages on them all over the bar.

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Mooretown
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Wow...this place is a must! We went in a group of 15 for a late lunch early dinner. Wait time was an hour. The other people that were waiting told us to wait....that it was worth it. We had some beer and played with the jukebox while waiting. Wait staff was very friendly. Food was fantastic! Atmosphere was fun. I... More 

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Fresno, CA
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82 reviews 82 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

It sounds like hyperbole, but the Thurman Cafe might be one of the best real restaurants in the country. There's nothing artificial about the place, which can get crowded quick since due to its small dining area. Don't worry about any of that; just make sure you get in there. The burgers are as scrumptious as they are huge, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Every time I visit my friends in Columbus we drive straight from the airport to Thurman Cafe to get on the waiting list! I have tried a pretty good variety of their burgers and have not been disappointed yet! :) Awesome place!

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Jordan
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53 reviews 53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went there after reading that Man vs. Food host had eaten there. And I'm so glad we did. Burgers were all so amazing and I loved every bit of my burger. I ordered the one with the horseradish sauce.. yum. Staff are nice and the atmosphere is great. I hope I could visit Columbus again one day and eat... More 

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67 reviews 67 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I wish I could have eaten it all! I had the jack burger with mushrooms and I have to say I think I ate about 3/4 of it before I thought I would pass out. I saw two people eating the Thurminator and I only wished I were a large 250 lb man so I could do the same. It's... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Home of the original Man vs. Food taping! How can you beat that? HUGE burgers, loaded with toppings and unique favors. Awesome atmosphere and service with genuine folks. Seating is a little tight, but it's definitely got the feel of a hometown burger joint, and the food makes it all worth it.

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Amelia, Ohio
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This place quickly jumped to the top of my favorite burger list. I enjoyed one of the huge and I mean huge Thurminators and it did not disappoint. The burger was cooked perfectly and was delicious. Sometimes with a burger this big the meat is rather bland but this one was seasoned perfect. The fries were very good as well.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

We have eaten burgers all over!!!! Found this place by looking on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives!!! OMG! OMG!!! Is all I can say!! Numerous burger and fries options!!! Will definitely go back!!

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Indiana
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28 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This is a very small café that serves really good, large portion, food. The burgers are all 3/4 pound. It's quaint in décor. Any server can help you. There is always a crowd so allow plenty of time. An hour wait is not out of the question. If you have the time it's worth it . It's just a one... More 

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Additional Information about Thurman Cafe

Address: 183 Thurman Ave, Columbus, OH 43206-2629
Phone Number: 614-443-1570
Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Columbus
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
Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
Cuisine: American, Bar, Hamburgers

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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: Doing business, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Large groups
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?