Ivan Kane's Forty Deuce Cafe

4.3
94 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The buzz-worthy reception for Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce Café, with its gourmet burgers and famous skyscraper shakes, was cut short after just two months with the mandatory closure of all restaurants.
But we’re back, baby!
Open for lunch and dinner Wed. thru Sun., the Forty Deuce Café, with a menu created by Iron Chef winner Neal Fraser, mixes classic checker table-clothed décor with whimsical design aesthetics that takes its cues from traditional New York east side burger joints.
Amenities include Live Music on the upright piano every Fri. and Sat. night, an outdoor Patio, a Bowery Boys Kids Menu and a Hell’s Kitchen Happy Hour with Half-Price Drinks and Snack Specials every day from 3pm – 7pm.
Perfect for watching a game or just chillin’ at the bar listening to music, the Forty Deuce Café introduces a new standard of hospitality and imagination to Columbus... and make sure to check out the hidden Speakeasy upstairs for Prix Fixe dinner packages and World-Famous Burlesque shows!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 94 people are saying
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Waitress was amazing, food portions smaller than advertised. The cocktail was more juice than alcohol.
Waitress mistakenly charged my credit card for someone’s bill, I have to call her attention after coming back with my card and receipt.
She had to cancel it and start again. In the meantime my card was charged twice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

On our night the room was very smokey making a hazy atmosphere. The food was good and the sundae/milkshakes are unique. Had live music which was tolerable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst experience I’ve ever had. They couldn’t find my reservation. My server had me sitting there for 20 min with nothing to drink. By the time I got my drink I was finished with the first margarita before my friends even got there’s. We had to ask for things over and over. Finally walked up to somebody asked for a manager. Nobody ever tried to help our server , offer discount our checks , get us more drinks or anything. They also never told us that it was a automatic gratuity on EVERY ITEM WE ORDER to AFTER she swiped my card and brought me back a different check with a higher total. Server started crying and no manager even tried to help her. Tried to call back the next day and talk to manager she said she would email me because she didn’t know what I wanted her to do.

Ivan Kane's Forty Deuce Cafe
Responded 5 days ago

Hi there, our floor manager did attempt to resolve the issues, however, since the entire table was yelling at the server, which lead to her crying, we didn't want to escalate things further. I (the General Manager) then assisted the server with getting you checked out as it was a large party, with multiple items split, and one of your guests had walked out on there tab. You had mentioned you were in the service industry and threatened to leave a bad review unless fully reimbursed.

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Sweetbaby
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, friendly service and cool ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a Skyscraper shake. It was amazing. Server was incredible too!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time, the food and service was amazing at Forty Deuce Cafe.

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vipAliciaK
Cleveland
81 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Visiting from out of town. Had dinner here. Milkshakes looked amazing. Piano player was playing and it was loud.

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vipMom2SassyPants
Toledo
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We made a reservation and we're sat promptly. Our server was very friendly. We got a shake for the table and the look on my kids' faces when it came to the table was priceless. The downside is the shake was warm. We had the chicken and waffles and caesar salad. The salad was whole leaves of roman lettuce. The downside was, they only gave us forks. We didn't see our server again for over 10min so I ended up tearing the lettuce by hand. The salad is wildly overpriced for 5 leaves of lettuce that you have to figure out how to cut yourself. Another person got the chicken and waffles. It was very good however, hard to eat without a knife. The kids got cheeseburgers. One had it with fries and the other with tots. Both came out with fries which our server noticed and said they would be out tots. After we finally saw our server again after 10 min, we had to ask about the tots. All in all, we may go back again just to see the kids look on their face when the milkshake comes to the table.

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VeronicaH
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our waitress was great! Loved the piano player. Food was good. Will go back!

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RyanR
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing burgers and the most instagramable and delicious shakes anywhere. Kids love going here and I love it too.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was the best!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The chicken club was amazing. A very engaged waitress

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AngelaT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor service,closing restaurant when I was still dining

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

It was ok. Nothing bad but nothing spectacular either. Bar was disappointing because it was not well stocked. Food was good. Service was just ok. Don’t feel like I would need to be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Sat promptly. Food was delicious

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KellyJ
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The overall experience was awesome and I will recommend this restaurant to all my friends!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Waitress had animal hair all over her and her mask. The food was overpowering in bad way. The blue cheese took over the burger. However, the shakes are super cute and worth going for.

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vipTellis
Columbus
20 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Waited a long time with 2 hungry kiddos. I wanted to order a to go item. They didn’t have the first sandwich. I ordered a second sandwich, they came back 15 min later to say lunch isn’t being served anymore. 🤦🏽‍♀️. Shakes/ desserts are amazing. Maybe dinner is better? Not impress.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun with the kid!

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PaulaZ
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

First time there with friends and felt the ambiance was too be desired, food was greasy and overpriced. Just not enough to choose from on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The milkshakes were the best. The food on the other hand never got to our table and the waitress was rude! Never apologized for the long wait or nothing. Just caught an attitude but continued to check on her other tables but refused to check on us. I told her I didn’t want the food anymore. Our reservation was at 4pm by 5pm still no food. The manager was the nicest one. Gave us our whole meal for free. I really appreciated her especially because this occasion was for my birthday but overall the experience sucked and I’ll probably never go back unless I want a huge milkshake.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We just topped in for a milkshake. All was great except it seemed to take awhile from when we ordered to when our shake arrived. I believe it was due to the place being busy and it seemed as if only one person was making them. Our server was awesome recommending the peanut butter whiskey to compliment our shake. I feel the shakes are a bit overpriced and average.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!!! I have no complaints.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loud. But great food and shakes

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IVORYP
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Made reservations at 530 and we didn't receive a water until 615. It was very slow. People were receiving their food after my party and they came after. Good food my for first time I was very excited but ended up very disappointed.

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DonN
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I REALLY wanted to love this place but it was not to be. I knew going in that the menu is limited to a few burgers and sandwiches. When I see that I expect those burgers and sandwiches to be something special. These were not. The burgers were pretty ordinary and undercooked (ordered medium well but they were still red in the middle). It was a busy Saturday night so I want to give them some slack, but again, I can’t. They took our drink orders quickly, but then it became a waiting game. 25 minutes later I had to seek out the waitress and ask where my $14 cocktail was. (BTW, it was pretty weak - not worth the price). The waitress told me she’d give me a discount because we had to wait - but she didn’t. The guy at the piano was OK, but he wasn’t like a guy playing dinner music at a piano. He was more like a guy banging out pop songs and singing very loudly into a much too loud mic. It was hard to carry on a conversation. We had a party of 6 eating burgers and fries with 2 cocktails and a couple of soft drinks. $130. Sorry Ivan. We won’t be darkening your door again.

Ivan Kane's Forty Deuce Cafe
Responded on July 21, 2021

Hi Don, I see this is a repost review from you visit with us in March. We have made a lot of changes since then including expanding our menu. I hope we get another shot at your business. With gratitude, Kate Mesa General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great as always!

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TareiP
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere are fantastic ... reminded us of speakeasy’s we’ve been to with dueling pianos. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will definitely be back!!!

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OCTOBER
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Loved the music. Felt like pre Covid days. We got burgers that were good. Husband had onion rings and I had tots both were delicious. Shake was large we split it but good.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Celebrating a friends birthday and then made a to go order and the floor manager told us that there’s people waiting and they needed our table. Then another server came and took our bottle of water. Very inappropriate for a restaurant, will never be back!!

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AClark
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We only ordered 2 shakes and waited way too long, like over an hour. We were patient and understanding and in the end the made it right for us. The were delicious and the manager was working her butt off to pump shakes out as fast as she could.

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ShelleyA
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a great place to go on a date or take the kids for an extremely over the top shake. Well worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t wait to go back. The piano player is so talented, I wished he could’ve played longer.
I got the Broadway w/ tots and yummmmmm and then we split the Buckeye milk shake which was also amazing. I got the champagne cocktail at the recommendation of our server and it did not disappoint.

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BeckyC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food was fantastic. Server rarely checked in and had no personality

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The food was very greasy. The best part of the experience was the music and the milkshakes. I wouldn’t eat there again, but we are going to try the Burlesque show and I would definitely get the milkshakes again.

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vippatrick
Columbus
23 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I haven't been upstairs to the show yet but I have dined there twice. Burgers are excellent, salads are a little pricey and $15 milkshakes are not worth it. It's fun but a little noisy for me.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and loved their shakes

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phypersyper
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I recently had a reserved dinner in one of the igloos with my family of 4. Our reservation originally was for 6. Thankfully we had two cancelations because it would've been a tight squeeze in the igloo, as there is only one smaller sized table. It was a little on the colder side inside the igloo and there are two small heaters that didn't quite keep it fully warm.
One of our members ordered a milkshake with the food, but the milkshake didn't end up coming out until after we requested the tab.
We went after 6 on a Sunday and experienced some noise. If you go through the week, while the mall stores are open, and are seated in the igloo, expect more noise.
Food was good, smaller side portions though. I'd say you pay moreso for the milkshakes and their presentation, along with the igloo experience itself.
I would certainly go back and try the in-door experience and see what the burlesque shows are like.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my daughter for Valentine’s Day. We had a pretty good experience. Food was great, shakes were great,

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MelissaH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This is a great option for private dining especially in the middle of a pandemic and cold weather. It was decorated super cozy and had a few space heaters inside to help warm the space. $50 each for a meal, drink and the private space was a great value. The food was all amazing.
Server was friendly and checked on us often. Of course it was a little chilly with freezing temperatures outside and needing to open the "door" to get in and out. The igloo was pretty spacious so fitting a larger group than 4 was an option. We would definitely do this again.

FAQs

Ivan Kane's Forty Deuce Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (614) 681-4242.

Ivan Kane's Forty Deuce Cafe is rated 4.3 stars by 94 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.