The Thurman Cafe

Burger Joint and American Restaurant · German Village
183 Thurman Ave (at Jaeger St.), Columbus, OH 43206, United States
Hours:
Open until 2:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:00 AM–2:30 AM
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:
No
9.1/10

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    Tony G.
    "The Thurman burger is great!"(12 Tips)
    Allison E.
    "Was on man vs food."(4 Tips)
    Arik E.
    "The Thurminator is not for the faint of heart!"(3 Tips)
    Austin S.
    "... of quarters for the pinball game and pac man/ galaga game."(2 Tips)
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  • Alain

    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!

    Alain · October 18, 2012
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  • Bentley C.

    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.

    Bentley Cordel · November 16, 2014
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  • Avery J.

    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!

    Avery Jenkins · June 6, 2011
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  • Nicole K.

    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

    Nicole Kirch · July 6, 2010
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  • Patrick L.

    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.

    Patrick Lester · February 17, 2012
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  • 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

    Berlin & Co. Jersey · May 22, 2014
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  • 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 :(

    Danielle @DanielleDuncan · August 14, 2014
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  • Jon A.

    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.

    Jon Adams · March 31, 2013
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  • Kate R.

    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.

    Kate Rhoades · September 13, 2011
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  • Aaron T.

    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.

    Aaron Tomich · October 13, 2015
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  • Discover Ohio

    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”

    Discover Ohio · November 8, 2011
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  • Liz G.

    Come for lunch during the weekday for virtually no wait time and up to par service :) much better then our Saturday lunch time experience!

    Liz Goldsmith · August 23, 2011
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  • Travel Channel

    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

    Travel Channel · August 11, 2011
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  • Khalid A.

    Try the A1 Burger: 3/4 pound burger with fried & raw onions, mushrooms, lettuce, & cheese in a bun. AWESOME!

    Khalid Alabdulghfour · January 2, 2013
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  • Jessica W.

    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!

    Jessica W · September 12, 2012
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  • Jillian M.

    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!

    Jillian Marinoff · June 18, 2011
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  • Dan M.

    Jonnie burger makes the wait well worth it. No vegetarian options though,mainly because vegetarians are dumb and this place is awesome.

    Dan Miller · October 2, 2010
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  • Wes C.

    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.

    Wes Crow · February 16, 2015
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  • jiresell

    Delicious burgers and fries! Great beer selection too. To avoid a wait, go later in the evening on a weeknight.

    jiresell · October 15, 2015
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  • Sharon W.

    One of the best hamburgers I've ever waited an hour for...well worth the comfortable wait!! Small place...Big taste!!!

    Sharon Wise · July 9, 2013
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  • Mike S.

    Try not to eat for a day before you come to Thurman's such a huge burger. I suggest the Macedonian

    Mike Smith · May 4, 2014
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  • 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 : (

    Cherie Hitchcock Burnett · August 10, 2011
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  • Logan S.

    The Thurman burger...best burger ever, and I've been around. Well worth any wait...oh and there WILL be a wait

    Logan Sandoval · March 31, 2012
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  • Will S.

    The Jason Burger - fried egg, bacon, salami, mozzarella, cole slaw, and fries. Best burger I've ever had.

    Will Scholl · June 13, 2013
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  • Safelite AutoGlass

    Best burgers in town! For the ultimate challenge, get the Thurman Burger. - Suggested tip from Jennifer K., Associate

    Safelite AutoGlass · January 16, 2012
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  • Natasha

    Their burgers are decent. They are huge hamburger patties. You will most definitely be full after eating here.

    Natasha · February 24, 2012
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  • Patrick Y.

    Just do yourself a favor and get the sloppy fries. Whatever else you order will be awesome too.

    Patrick Yancy · February 27, 2014
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  • Matthew W.

    One of the tastiest burger you'll find in town. The cafe might be busy but well worth the wait. Read more

    Matthew W · February 6, 2010
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  • Nick R.

    The Thurman Burger is the tastiest burger I've ever had. Some of the best beef I've ever tasted.

    Nick Reith · September 20, 2011
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  • J.C. D.

    hot wings+coney dog+rad shroom burger. u will NOT regret it. Ps don't forget the $4 brown bombers;)

    J.C. Davis · July 17, 2011
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  • Eli S.

    Thurman burger, wings are huge, pizza is the thinnest you will ever find! Classic americanized food!

    Eli Smith · August 19, 2010
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  • G R H.

    Bring your appetite! I had the Thurman Burger and yes, you can finish it in one sitting.

    G R Houston · September 4, 2012
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  • Chelsea R.

    Order your burger one below how you want it cooked. If you want medium order medium rare.

    Chelsea Rider · July 30, 2011
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  • Nathan B.

    What is good enough for Adam Richmond is good enough for me! Worth the wait, there will definitely be a wait!

    Nathan Bechtel · January 26, 2010
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  • Paddy 🐺🐺

    The biggest burger you will ever eat, hands down! Roast Beef Stack is my favorite

    Paddy 🐺🐺 · August 20, 2011
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  • Penance F.

    Loved it. Would definitely go back again next time I'm down that way.

    Penance Forbes · July 7, 2015
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  • Lyle O.

    Burgers are the best, but the place is small & wait times are horrendous. Service is so so.

    Lyle Oberkreser · August 13, 2011
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  • mike m.

    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

    mike mcmillon · April 7, 2012
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  • Amber G.

    Order a drink while you wait to be seated and the wait is much better and goes by faster

    Amber Girard · October 22, 2011
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  • Craig E.

    Great burgers, awesome service, fun and festive atmosphere

    Craig Eddy · December 11, 2014
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  • Britny S.

    The burgers are huge, so don't go unless you're really REALLY hungry!

    Britny Sanders · October 15, 2013
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  • Jonathan G.

    Thurman Burger is good but beware...you can not fit it all in your mouth

    Jonathan Gatten · February 24, 2011
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  • Allison E.

    Gotta try the thurminator! It's huge! Was on man vs food. If you can finish...you are awesome

    Allison Ellerbrock · June 25, 2011
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  • Matt C.

    Have the Thurman burger. Their classic, it is truly an amazing one

    Matt Colatruglio · April 24, 2012
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  • Ian M.

    Bacon burger+horseradish cheese= deliciously epic, you will not regret it.

    Ian Mccauley · March 15, 2011
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  • Paige V.

    Two words: get the shooting button on the Galaga fixed. But the food is good.

    Paige Vedder · July 28, 2013
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  • Michael H.

    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

    Michael Hill · August 31, 2010
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  • Jessica D.

    Great burgers & drinks. Wait is long yet well worth it!

    Jessica Davis · April 1, 2012
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  • Sarah H.

    Must try the sloppy fries! Absolutely unbelievable!

    Sarah H · February 18, 2012
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  • Austin S.

    Make sure to bring a roll of quarters for the pinball game and pac man/ galaga game.

    Austin Stone · September 4, 2011
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