The Thurman Cafe

The Thurman Cafe

Burger Joint and American Restaurant$$$$
German Village, Columbus
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  • Alain
    AlainOctober 18, 2012
    If it happens you're in Columbus therman cafe is the place to be! Mouthwatering burgers, friendly staff and the best part of it is the Dollar Bills all around the place! Got the chance to do one!
  • Jeremy M.
    Best burger in Columbus. If you want quality and want to be full for the next week, get the Thurman Burger or Thurmanator.
  • Bentley C.
    Bentley CordelNovember 16, 2014
    The public transportation directly to the restaurant can be limited and parking can be chaotic. Try Lyft. First ride FREE* We are in the area. Use promo code #NOlyNOft for your free ride up $25.
  • Avery J.
    Avery JenkinsJune 6, 2011
    Get the Thurmanator Burger!!! It's the Best Burger around and it's piled high to the Sky. Its by far one of the biggest burgers out there and its an incredible accomplishment if you finish it. Eat up!
  • Condé Nast Traveler
    Condé Nast TravelerAugust 4, 2016
    Stop by the rustic Thurman Café, serving over-the-top burger masterpieces dripping with egg yolk and melted cheese. Read more
  • Patrick L.
    Patrick LesterFebruary 17, 2012
    The burgers are legendary, but resist the temptation to come here with ALL of your friends. The waits can be insane for large groups. If you keep your group small you might snag a spot at the bar.
  • Khalid A.
    Khalid AlabdulghfourJanuary 2, 2013
    Try the A1 Burger: 3/4 pound burger with fried & raw onions, mushrooms, lettuce, & cheese in a bun. AWESOME!
  • Jon A.
    Jon AdamsMarch 31, 2013
    This is absolutely the BEST burger I have ever had, this coming from a burger aficionado and connoisseur. Try the Blazin Burger if you like some spice.
  • Aaron T.
    Aaron TomichOctober 13, 2015
    The wait to be seated is well worth your time! The variety of burgers is absolutely incredible, and the quality is the best in the city.
  • Berlin & Co. J.
    Cheeseburger deluxe good reminded me of an old school homemade burger. Decor was old, lighting was dark.  Not kids Friendly. Return: Maybe Food/Quality: 7.5  Staff/Service: 7 Decor: 5
  • Kate R.
    Kate RhoadesSeptember 13, 2011
    The whole building was constructed primarily with hamburger meat. Eat the whole thing for a chance to win a live baby dolphin. Served with slaw and a drink.
  • jiresell
    jiresellOctober 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious burgers and fries! Great beer selection too. To avoid a wait, go later in the evening on a weeknight.
  • Justin E.
    Justin EllisMarch 10
    Burger with egg was great. Stopped here before the Blue Jackets game and I will be back.
  • Nicole K.
    Nicole KirchJuly 6, 2010
    Best burger place in Ohio, hands down. Was shown on the travel channel's "Man vs. Food" for their huge Thurminator burger. Come prepared to wait about an hour + for a table and have the burger of yo
  • Sharon W.
    Sharon WiseJuly 9, 2013
    One of the best hamburgers I've ever waited an hour for...well worth the comfortable wait!! Small place...Big taste!!!
  • Mike S.
    Mike SmithMay 4, 2014
    Try not to eat for a day before you come to Thurman's such a huge burger. I suggest the Macedonian
  • Will S.
    Will SchollJune 13, 2013
    The Jason Burger - fried egg, bacon, salami, mozzarella, cole slaw, and fries. Best burger I've ever had.
  • Liz G.
    Liz GoldsmithAugust 23, 2011
    Come for lunch during the weekday for virtually no wait time and up to par service :) much better then our Saturday lunch time experience!
  • Wes C.
    Wes CrowFebruary 16, 2015
    What a sleeper. You'd have no idea what great food this place has if someone's didn't tell you. A delicious German Village secret.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelAugust 11, 2011
    This place has 18 types of burgers, but one isn't on the menu: a burger created for the Arnold Schwarzenegger Bodybuilding Competition: the Thurmanator. --Adam Richman, Man v Food Nation
  • Discover Ohio
    Discover OhioNovember 8, 2011
    This German Village café has brought the Travel Channel to town for the Thurmanator twice to film episodes of “Man vs. Food” and “101 Tastiest Places to Chow Down”
  • Jillian M.
    Jillian MarinoffJune 18, 2011
    The wait time around lunch is crazy long, but you can order your food to go and the wait time isn't as long. Amazing mushroom burger!
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WSeptember 12, 2012
    9 times out of 10, the service isn't friendly and the wait is atrocious... But once that glorious burger touches your tongue, you forget the rest!
  • Logan S.
    Logan SandovalMarch 31, 2012
    The Thurman burger ever, and I've been around. Well worth any wait...oh and there WILL be a wait
  • Patrick Y.
    Patrick YancyFebruary 27, 2014
    Just do yourself a favor and get the sloppy fries. Whatever else you order will be awesome too.
  • Cherie H.
    They have the BEST burgers I have ever had. We were there on vacation, My husband says that I'm a Thurman snob now because I don't want any other burgers but we live in KS : (
  • Nick R.
    Nick ReithSeptember 20, 2011
    The Thurman Burger is the tastiest burger I've ever had. Some of the best beef I've ever tasted.
  • Dan M.
    Dan MillerOctober 2, 2010
    Jonnie burger makes the wait well worth it. No vegetarian options though,mainly because vegetarians are dumb and this place is awesome.
  • Safelite AutoGlass
    Safelite AutoGlassJanuary 16, 2012
    Best burgers in town! For the ultimate challenge, get the Thurman Burger. - Suggested tip from Jennifer K., Associate
  • J.C. D.
    J.C. DavisJuly 17, 2011
    hot wings+coney dog+rad shroom burger. u will NOT regret it. Ps don't forget the $4 brown bombers;)
  • Patrick Mccolgan
    Patrick MccolganAugust 20, 2011
    The biggest burger you will ever eat, hands down! Roast Beef Stack is my favorite
  • Natasha
    NatashaFebruary 24, 2012
    Their burgers are decent. They are huge hamburger patties. You will most definitely be full after eating here.
  • Britny S.
    Britny SandersOctober 15, 2013
    The burgers are huge, so don't go unless you're really REALLY hungry!
  • Matt C.
    Matt ColatruglioApril 24, 2012
    Have the Thurman burger. Their classic, it is truly an amazing one
  • Nely R.
    Nely ReyesJanuary 30, 2015
    Thurmanator...! <3 it really worth every single calorie! XD
  • Justin G.
    Burgers are good. Beers are good. Best time to go is [REDACTED].
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica DavisApril 1, 2012
    Great burgers & drinks. Wait is long yet well worth it!
  • Benjamin M.
    Benjamin MeyerJanuary 13, 2015
    The Hawaiian burger is fantastic
  • John B.
    John BSeptember 18, 2012
    Know that burgers are huge, messy and taste amazing.
  • mike m.
    mike mcmillonApril 7, 2012
    If you go to the Thurman cafe & there's only 2 of you, your best bet is to get a beer at the bar & wait in line for a bar seat 15min vs. 1hr
  • Craig E.
    Craig EddyDecember 11, 2014
    Great burgers, awesome service, fun and festive atmosphere
  • Allison E.
    Allison EllerbrockJune 25, 2011
    Gotta try the thurminator! It's huge! Was on man vs food. If you can are awesome
  • Eli S.
    Eli SmithAugust 19, 2010
    Thurman burger, wings are huge, pizza is the thinnest you will ever find! Classic americanized food!
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HFebruary 18, 2012
    Must try the sloppy fries! Absolutely unbelievable!
  • Danielle @.
    Do not eat here, it's dirty, dusty & I kid you not had worms on my burger & friend's burger. We cut them in 1/2 to try the different types & when I went to eat saw green squiggly worms! Stay away :(
  • Amber G.
    Amber GirardOctober 22, 2011
    Order a drink while you wait to be seated and the wait is much better and goes by faster
  • John K.
    John KFebruary 28
    Been here 5+ times
    A1 Burger lived up to its name.....Cajun wings were just so so....
  • Austin S.
    Austin StoneSeptember 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to bring a roll of quarters for the pinball game and pac man/ galaga game.
  • Ian M.
    Ian MccauleyMarch 15, 2011
    Bacon burger+horseradish cheese= deliciously epic, you will not regret it.
  • Ty H.
    Ty HabeggerApril 13, 2015
    Thurman burger and handcuffs fries
  • Chelsea R.
    Chelsea RiderJuly 30, 2011
    Order your burger one below how you want it cooked. If you want medium order medium rare.
  • Matthew W.
    Matthew WFebruary 6, 2010
    One of the tastiest burger you'll find in town. The cafe might be busy but well worth the wait. Read more
  • Jonathan G.
    Jonathan GattenFebruary 24, 2011
    Thurman Burger is good but can not fit it all in your mouth
  • Jordan G.
    Jordan GJuly 11, 2015
    No preparation can get you ready for Thurman's. Make sure you have room in your fridge after this one.
  • chantal s.
    chantal stoneJuly 19, 2013
    Come hungry! Portions are huge!
  • Steven F.
    Steven FlynnSeptember 4, 2015
    Take on the Thurmantor !! Awesome Staff
  • Jane't G.
    Jane't GrandberryMarch 21, 2014
    They have the juiciest burgers in town!!
  • Ned R.
    Ned RaerAugust 6, 2014
    Awesome atmosphere...they were playing 'Fearless' by Pink Floyd from the Meddle album!
  • Columbus Alive
    Columbus AliveApril 4, 2012
    Voted Best Burger in Columbus Alive's Best of Columbus 2012. Read more
  • Chrissy C.
    Chrissy CywinskiMay 31, 2011
    Service is very, very slow but the portions & great food make up for it!
  • Steve P.
    Steve PolandOctober 7, 2016
    Paul N says get the burger- double decker.
  • Nathan B.
    Nathan BechtelJanuary 26, 2010
    What is good enough for Adam Richmond is good enough for me! Worth the wait, there will definitely be a wait!
  • Tony G.
    Tony GAugust 1, 2014
    The Thurman burger is great!
  • Monica M.
    Monica McCormick WestAugust 6, 2012
    Go a little early, the food and fun is worth the wait :)
  • Joe C.
    Joe ClarkeJuly 6, 2015
    The Johnny Burger
  • Michael H.
    Michael HillAugust 31, 2010
    Fast for 8 days before coming to eat a Thurman Burger, so you can eat it all and not feel like a fat piece of shit
  • Ahmad
    AhmadFebruary 5, 2013
    The best burger joint in columbus!!!
  • Jessica
    JessicaAugust 21, 2011
    Get the burger with 4oz of cheese!!!
  • Matt D.
    Matt DopkissNovember 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Legendary, epic, historic, important and greasy. Life. Soul. Immortal.
  • Joseph H.
    Joseph HarklessJune 13, 2012
    Cant say enuff about this place........yum!
  • Jim E.
    Jim ElliaJune 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask victor what is in his special sauce.
  • Lyle O.
    Lyle OberkreserAugust 13, 2011
    Burgers are the best, but the place is small & wait times are horrendous. Service is so so.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndradeMarch 19, 2012
    Rolling Stones pinball machine. See if you have move like Jagger!
  • Tom T.
    Tom TullyJune 5, 2010
    Huge Burgers and Wings! Cool Place, Try the Thurmanator!
  • Arik E.
    Arik EvansSeptember 8, 2011
    The Thurminator is not for the faint of heart! Be prepared to make a mess!
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LaMacchiaFebruary 21, 2015
    Be prepared to have someone roll you home.
  • Curt L.
    Curt LuckettAugust 29, 2013
    All I can say is yummy yummy yummy
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Thurman Cafe as seen on Man vs Food Read more
  • Laura B.
    Laura BApril 27, 2013
    It is always worth the wait!
  • Ellis
    EllisMarch 12, 2010
    Johnnie Burger, you are still calling my name. Horseradish cheese and a shot of 1800, yessir.
  • Columbus Alive
    Columbus AliveOctober 29, 2010
    Voted Best Burger in Columbus Alive's 2010 Best of Columbus. Read more
  • Scott F.
    Scott FergusonOctober 25, 2011
    Small place, get there early
  • Andrea K.
    Andrea KCNovember 8, 2014
    Best burgers in town!
  • Eric F.
    Eric FinkenbinerJanuary 9, 2010
    If the wait is unbearably long, Easy Street Cafe a few doors down has some good food and drinks.
  • Tony D.
    Tony DiSanzaJanuary 10, 2010
    The Thurman burger is very good. Wings are very goof
  • Joanna H.
    Joanna HamiltonApril 4, 2015
    Huge burgers!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MurrayFebruary 14, 2011
    Get a thurmanator. Prepare for total thurmanation. You'll be back.
  • B B.
    B BOctober 31, 2014
    Huge burger 🍔
  • Steven A.
    Steven AnkenyJanuary 22, 2014
    Very excellent
  • Curt L.
    Curt LuckettSeptember 26, 2013
    Great place to eat
  • brian t.
    brian touchtonNovember 18, 2010
    The wings are made from pterydactals (sp)
  • Curt L.
    Curt LuckettAugust 16, 2013
    Good food and drunks!
  • Joseph T.
    Joseph TsoiSeptember 16, 2011
    Don't forget to say hi to Kevin, Victor, Sherman.
  • Sam H.
    Sam HouseworthApril 30, 2011
    Thurmanator! You must try it!
  • Linda M.
    Linda MordenJanuary 5, 2011
    the mushroom burger is yum
  • Jody M.
    Jody MullettAugust 2, 2012
    Great place to eat.
  • Nicholas M.
    Nicholas MaderDecember 19, 2011
    Put this place on your To-Do List!
  • Anthony T.
    Anthony TaylorMay 18, 2014
    Ask Katie for a black Friday
  • jim h.
    jim harwoodFebruary 13, 2016
    Big Dawg!!!!
  • Andy B.
    Andy BodineJuly 27, 2010
    The food is great, but the service sucks ass. Be prepared to go thirsty.
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