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A Favorite Gathering Place Since 1939

Business History
Our history begins in 1939. Plank's Cafe, 743 Parsons Ave., was founded long before there was such an area known as German Village, which is the historic area south of downtown Columbus where we are located. The founder, Walter Plank, saw an opportunity after Prohibition and he ran with it. Plank's son, the late Walter Plank Jr., eventually took over from his father and ushered the cafe into the next era. Today, the third generation of Planks - brothers Tom and John, and sister Mary - keep the faith of this true community gathering place. Plank's Cafe continues to build on its legacy as a destination eatery for the many downtowners who love the cafe's noon-time spreads.
Hours

Regular Hours

SunClosed

Services/Products
* Restaurants, Pizza
Brands
Village
Payment method
amex, discover, visa, mastercard, all major credit cards
Price Range
$
Location
German Village
Neighborhoods
Schumacher Place, South Columbus
Amenities
Banquet rooms are available for private parties, with seating for 40-80 people. There is plenty of free parking available and we also have WiFi!!!
Social Links
Categories
Pizza, Take Out Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Cuisines: Pizza

Price Range : Below Average

Good For Groups: Yes

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Crista M.

02/23/2018

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WORST SERVICE EVER! Julie Plank (the sister of the brothers who own it-her words not mine) was so rude and disrespectful! We ordered at 11am today 2/23/18 for delivery at 1145am for lunch (we are down the street at the hospital with limited time to spare) and they wrote the wrong information down! So instead of apologizing and making the situation right she made it sound like it was our fault! Her response was “well do you want the pizzas or not and we aren’t giving away free pizzas!”

Ma’am you took the order and was being rude, you made a mistake and still had nerve to be rude? Worst customer service ever and the sad thing is this is not the first time I have had a horrible experience with this woman! She should never be aloud to answer the phone! NEVER AGAIN!

Michelle C.

02/07/2018

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Pizza was amazing, atmosphere sporty. The negative rating was due to the old white guy bartender spewing his hateful, Trumpy rhetoric. Leave your narrow minded opinion at home. K thanks.

Kurt V.

01/21/2018

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Great pizza and my husband loved the beef and mash potato special. Friendly staff and very clean atmosphere. Fun music and a lot of good energy

Carole T.

12/10/2016

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Went there to try something different. I had the hot roast beef with potatoes. I thought the price of 9.50 was abit steep. Too much gravy on it which really didn't taste good. Asked for stuffing which was extra and had to return it. Was mushy. Like the atmosphere. Next time I'll get pizza or a sub.

Michael D.

03/25/2016

Overall

great pizza, maybe a bit biased that I was starving when I came in and burned my mouth eating it as soon as it came out, but delicious still!

Jorden B.

12/25/2014

Overall
terrible

The food was terrible, the plates were filthy and the service was slow. The owner came to talk to our table and was the biggest prick I have ever had met.

chiefenenz

03/26/2011

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nOT a fAN

3 times ive been here. sucked every time. food/cook was sloooow everytime. german potato salad is the nastiest ish ever! fish sucks. service...eh, if you wanna call it that. either im an a-hole of epic proportions...OR...they are consistantly service retarded. never had the pizza though. people swear its ""the best"". ill go back once more to try the pizza.

Jaha

03/19/2011

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Completely ignored!

My boyfriend and I went in on a Saturday afternoon around 4:30, hungry and looking forward to a meal. I hadn't eaten there for years but occasionally order pizza to be delivered at work. I will not any more!
We sat down and were completely ignored. Not even one instance of eye contact from any of the workers. It wasn't that crowded at all. We waited for 15 minutes and left in disgust. Great way to treat your (potential) customers, guys.

Sidney913

12/16/2010

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Would have been good if not dead cold

Ordered two large pizzas for delivery downtown - gave a phone number to call when they arrived. We had to call looking for our pizza. Said they couldn't find the place and we had given them the wrong number (really? you didn't write it down wrong, maybe?) No offer to correct the situation - so not a fan of the service

EDRNSHELL

06/30/2010

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PLANK'S RIPS OFF THEIR CUSTOMERS

Unfortunately, the pizza is relatively good. However, the entire restaurant sucks in general. I work in the ER at a local hospital. We called in over 10 orders for well over $120. When they delivered the pizza (which took an hour and a half!) we discovered they charged every individual order a $2.00 delivery charge. I called the restaurant and they said that was customary - even though every order went to the exact same place with the money ready at the front door when the delivery guy got there.

Then we found out that the delivery guy does not get any of the delivery charge Plank's rips off of it's customers.

Because of their ethical behaviors, I will never order from Planks again. Much better pizza around town where the joint doesn't rip you off after already charging you too much for what you get!!!

robertj1977

02/08/2010

Overall
good pizza but our waitress ruined it never coming back

I LOVE Plank's pizza.It's yum yum, sugar dough crust is amazing. But it doesn't take away from the fact that our waitress was very rude. Not only was she rude but she had bad hygiene, greasy hair, odor, bad teeth, overweight . I was scared her tooth would end up in my food. If I recall I think her name was Roz. All I know is that I will never bring my family back there with her lousy attitude and vulgar language. Oh and also the beer is over priced and so is the soda, they charge for refills.

planks

12/24/2009

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GREAT OSU HANGOUT

Great Buckeye hangout. I love the owners who welcome you in a friendly manner. The pizza is great and you can get homecooked meals from a steam table. The place is really clean and well kepted. I love the ambiance.

jpcbus

12/19/2008

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Overall
Unique

Fresh ingredients, great meats and a sweet crust/sauce(I don't know which it is that's sweet). Their pizza is the best in Downtown Columbus. If you're a buckeye fan, you have to go atleast once. You'll most likely go back too. I try to pick one up atleast once a month and it's a 20-30 min drive for me to get it. Well worth it though. The sweetness of the crust/sauce combined with the spiciness of their pepperoni and sausage is awesome. If you're looking for a place to get some pizza while you're down there for a game or event, make it a stop.

Dipdop

04/25/2008

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Best Pizza

Plank's has the best pizza in Columbus. I advise anyone to give it a try!!!! It's greattttttttt Please take my advice; if you are having a party, have Plank's pizza delivered.

msjohnson

01/21/2006

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Best pizza in Grove City!

After moving to Kansas---and discovering the pizza gold mine that we had in Planks---their pizza is the best! You don't realize what you have until it is harder to get to! Every trip back to our home town includes at least 2 stops at Planks! A must visit place- especially on Tuesday evenings.

Moondog43004

02/21/2003

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Not bad for Ohio Pizza

Probably the best tasting pizza that I have had in Ohio...which isn't saying much because Ohio pizza is horrible. Nice place to go to eat.

kasesu

02/10/2003

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Plank's Championshikp Pizza

Like the OSU Buckeye Champions - so is Plank's pizza.

It is the only pizza I crave and have to have it at least once a month to remember how good a pizza can be.

No one holds a candle to this pizza!!

bikedonna

02/10/2003

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Absolutely the Best

Definately one of the best pizzas in town. We always get ham, pepperoni, hot peppers and mushrooms. I absolutely hate mushrooms, and this is the only pizza I eat with them on it...great stuff!

dream5661

02/08/2003

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Planks is the Best!!

I absolutely love Plank's. They have great pizza (some of the best I've ever had!! especially the pepperoni), great decor, and great atmosphere. There's a certain friendliness there that is hard to describe. The food is not too pricy, they have plenty of drinks at the bar, and my family always goes there to have a good time when we all get together. I definitely recommend it!

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