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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 - 02:30
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 02:30
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65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place in a hidden gem. Doesn't look like much from the outside but the food is INCREDIBLE. It is well worth the short drive from downtown.

Steubenville, Ohio
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74 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You can never go wrong with a visit to Thurman's. Their burgers are the best! We each had different burgers and split a (really large) side of fries and onion rings. Great food, great service, neat atmosphere. No question, we'll be back.

Thank TravelingFromOhio
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a fun bar in German Village in Columbus. It has a fun atmosphere and the wait staff is extremely nice. But let's be honest, you can get a burger and a beer anywhere. You come to The Thurman Cafe for one reason: the Thurmanator. Google it if you need a mental picture. This thing is a true culinary... More 

Thank Randall G
Columbus, Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to the Thurman more times than I care to think about!!! It is truly an "All American" experience, and is well worth the wait! And there usually is quite the wait! My go to order is the mushroom burger with bacon cheddar fries... mmmm, my mouth is watering just thinkin' about it! If you're in Columbus, do... More 

1 Thank 66denisens
Coshocton, OH
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70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Thurman Cafe has awesome food! Their burgers are to die for, but come hungry! All the food is good, even the pizza in a burger place. It is a great and fun spot but come early unless you want to wait for hours. Even the wait is worth it!

Thank stockdalegang
Columbus, Ohio
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92 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived for lunch and had to wait about 15 minutes (which wasn't bad considering the time) and was served relatively quickly. It took about 15-20 minutes to get the burger and fries. The fries were incredible (not what I was expecting) and the burger, well... it was a Thurman Burger which was almost impossible to eat which gave the... More 

1 Thank Don H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been here several times can't wait to come back! The atmosphere may not be for everyone but we've never had a problem with it and brought the grandkids.

Thank JILL S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I only rate very good bc you'll have to wait a pretty substantial amount of time to actually be seated. The space in the restaurant is extremely limited it may accommodate a little under 30 which is a huge advantage. However, bring a group of friends and the time will fly by ( I suggest 4 or less) the quality... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always enjoy our trips to this place for lunch. The service is great and the food fantastic. A long wait most days around lunch time-but certainly worth it. Thurman Burger my favorite-actually a two lunch choice.

Thank rblackburn85
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34 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of my colleagues introduced me to Thurman's while we were in Columbus on business and WOW...the burger and fries are amazing! Bring your appetite with you. This is your average small neighborhood pub with amazing food, don't expect to walk in and five star decor. You will walk away very happy that you went!

Thank Steve A

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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
US$5 - US$10
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
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?