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The Thurman Cafe

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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183 Thurman Ave, Columbus, OH 43206-2629
+1 614-443-1570
11:00 am - 2:30 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 am
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Marion, Ohio
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99 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I've been to both son of Thurmans and this one also. Both have the best burgers in town. They are huge and cooked to order with endless toppings, anyway you want!! The wait times are usually long but worth it! The staff is very friendly and the restaurant itself is clean!! You will not be disappointed

Thank Williamhorn20
Lafayette, Indiana
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137 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We stopped in at about 11pm on a Saturday night. Thurman's is kid friendly (similar places like The Vortex in Atlanta is not). We were seated quickly. The staff was friendly and our drinks, apps and Burgers were serviced quickly. I got a Western BBQ urged. The bacon was delicious and the BBQ sauce was very good and complimented the... More 

Thank Dustin A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had to check it iut and they didnt disappoint. Burgers are huge, cooked to order, and there is no limit to what you can create. Staff very friendly. Left there stuffed and happy we went

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm a regular at this German Village restaurant famous for their large burgers with many different toppings. Fresh cut fries are outstanding. Large portions. I love the BLT; probably a pound of bacon. The menu offers dozens of appetizers and subs.

Thank William S
Willow Wood, Ohio
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We have heard about the Thurman cafe for years, supposed to be best burgers in town. I beg to differ the establishment is dirty staff are rude and food is ok nothing to make a special trip for like we did. Five guys and Red Robin beat the Thurman hands down I'm sorry but it's the truth. Some of the... More 

Thank wsmccarty
Dayton, Ohio
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a small place tucked in German Village. But don't pass it by. I visited on a Tuesday with my kids (aĺl adults) prior to attending a Blue Jackets hockey game. The food is beyond fantastic but above that is the staff. My one son is in the restaurant business and our waiter could answer any question he asked.... More 

Thank JMC82454
Columbus, Ohio
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thurmans not only makes a great burger but absolutely the best fries in Columbus. If you visit or live here you have to stop it!

Thank Stillwt1
New Albany, Ohio
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64 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Thurman Café is a Columbus Icon. We thought they might be slow on a Sunday evening, Wrong. We got there about 4.30 and still had a 45 minute wait. The Restaurant is very small probably only seats about 50 people. The Burgers were great, all Burgers are 12 oz. Service was good, prices competitive.

Thank William L
Columbus, Ohio
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58 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Crowds wait outside that's how good it is. If I could get 100 words I would but first sentence said enough trust me.

Thank Divecop3
Orchard Park, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great burgers and casual atmosphere are the reasons to brave the wait. The Mushroom burger is massive and don't forget the onion rings.

Thank jjstallone

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:30 am
11:00 am - 2:30 am
11:00 am - 2:30 am
11:00 am - 2:30 am
11:00 am - 2:30 am
11:00 am - 2:30 am
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 183 Thurman Ave, Columbus, OH 43206-2629
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Columbus
  • Phone Number: +1 614-443-1570

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