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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Condé Nast Traveler
    Stop by the rustic Thurman Café, serving over-the-top burger masterpieces dripping with egg yolk and melted cheese. Read more
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Patrick Y.
    Patrick YancyFebruary 27, 2014
    Just do yourself a favor and get the sloppy fries. Whatever else you order will be awesome too.
  • 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
  • Penance F.
    Penance ForbesJuly 7, 2015
    Loved it. Would definitely go back again next time I'm down that way.
  • G R H.
    G R HoustonSeptember 4, 2012
    Bring your appetite! I had the Thurman Burger and yes, you can finish it in one sitting.
  • Craig E.
    Craig EddyDecember 11, 2014
    Great burgers, awesome service, fun and festive atmosphere
  • Safelite AutoGlass
    Safelite AutoGlassJanuary 16, 2012
    Best burgers in town! For the ultimate challenge, get the Thurman Burger. - Suggested tip from Jennifer K., Associate
  • 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.
  • 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 : (
  • 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.
  • 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;)
  • Paige V.
    Paige VedderJuly 28, 2013
    Two words: get the shooting button on the Galaga fixed. But the food is good.
  • Britny S.
    Britny SandersOctober 15, 2013
    The burgers are huge, so don't go unless you're really REALLY hungry!
  • Nely R.
    Nely ReyesJanuary 30, 2015
    Thurmanator...! <3 it really worth every single calorie! XD
  • Natasha
    NatashaFebruary 24, 2012
    Their burgers are decent. They are huge hamburger patties. You will most definitely be full after eating here.
  • Matt C.
    Matt ColatruglioApril 24, 2012
    Have the Thurman burger. Their classic, it is truly an amazing one
  • Paddy 🐺🐺
    Paddy 🐺🐺August 20, 2011
    The biggest burger you will ever eat, hands down! Roast Beef Stack is my favorite
  • Benjamin M.
    Benjamin MeyerJanuary 13, 2015
    The Hawaiian burger is fantastic
  • 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
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica DavisApril 1, 2012
    Great burgers & drinks. Wait is long yet well worth it!
  • 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 :(
  • John B.
    John BSeptember 18, 2012
    Know that burgers are huge, messy and taste amazing.
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HFebruary 18, 2012
    Must try the sloppy fries! Absolutely unbelievable!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chelsea R.
    Chelsea RiderJuly 30, 2011
    Order your burger one below how you want it cooked. If you want medium order medium rare.
  • Steven F.
    Steven FlynnSeptember 4, 2015
    Take on the Thurmantor !! Awesome Staff
  • 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
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