Marathon - 16th & Sansom
Marathon - 16th & Sansom

Marathon - 16th & Sansom

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.eatmarathon.com/
  • Phone: 2155693278x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:00am;

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 3:00pm;

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm;

    Dinner: Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm,

    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Marlon Rambaran
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact catering@eatmarathon.com for catering options.
  • Private Party Contact: Amy Renner 2155610500x
  • Special Events: Please contact events@eatmarathon.com to plan your party.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 16th and Sansom
  • Public Transit: Conveniently located only 3 blocks from the Broad Street Line and several major bus routes including: 2, 9, 21, and 42.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Located near several public parking lots on Sansom St and 15th St. Street parking is permitted throughout the day and dependent on availability.
A word from Marathon - 16th & Sansom
Marathon has served the neighborhoods of Philadelphia for over 25 years as a family-run restaurant group. We serve well-made American classics, and strive to source the freshest food locally available to us, including from our own Marathon Farm in Brewerytown, Philadelphia. Our favorite farm to table items include our grass-fed Cheesesteak, free-range Turkey Plate, and fluffy Omelets made with cage-free eggs.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Marathon - 16th & Sansom reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
kid-friendly (10)great for lunch (10)neighborhood gem (9)good for groups (7)fit for foodies (6)great for brunch (5)late-night find (4)romantic (2)great for outdoor dining (2)special occasion (1)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great restaurant we love the cheesesteak wontons & salsa appetizer
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marathon 16th and Sansom
    Megh
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I went as a party of 4. We were seated at a comfortable booth and the decor was interestingly appealing. For food we started off with the cheesesteak won tons and Moroccan meatballs, which both were really good. As for our meals we chose the center city sandwich on the baguette which was also good. However, our waitress seemed very disinterested with our table. Considering we were 1 out of maybe 7 tables present in the entire restaurant at the time, it was disappointing. She had little knowledge of happy hour drink specials and when she came back with the list, she took my order and then simply walked away before the three others at the table could order. Overall, I'd probably go again for the delicious food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had dinner here with 3 adults and 4 kids before a concert. Great food options for everyone. The bartender was so helpful and made a delicious Acai Vodka martini! Great place, would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SunshineVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This evening we had wonderful food and great service. The turkey platter provided us with the perfect "comfort food" experience. Unfortunately, it was freezing in the restaurant, so it wasn't very comfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Always a winner at Marathon! Excellent food, good prices, and good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    cipher013
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Simple menu but the food is wonderful every time we visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Everything was wonderful. Food was great, hot and fresh! Service was fast and friendly! (no changing table)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for a quick bite and for kids.
    RickVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had our granddaughters with us and needed a place to meet the needs of a group from 5 to ??. We were seated quickly and the server was friendly and efficient. Everyone found something they would eat for lunch and we went on down the road, well-fed and happy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food was great, my husband and I were impressed by the atmosphere and the great customer service. Marathon serves really good food at a very affordable price. We will definitely dine at Marathon again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 111 reviews are from the Marathon - 16th & Sansom reviews archive.
  • The food is pretty good, but...
    HungrygirlVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The food is pretty good, especially if you're dining with picky eaters. There are a lot of American standards like burgers, sandwiches, and salads on the menu, but they also have more interesting options like Moroccan meatballs and fish entree specials. However, the service is not good. We waited about 20 mins after we were seated for someone to come over to our table and we didn't have all the menus to even decide what we wanted while we were waiting. In addition, one of the items we ordered, the Moroccan meatballs, never came. Thankfully we were not charged for it, but I was really looking towards eating them. I was disappointed with our dining experience and there are plenty of places with similar quality food that have better service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Reliable
    ducky
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Marathon on 16th Street has always been reliable for good food at fair prices - in fact, cheap for Center City Philadelphia. Friday evening's Tilapia with couscous and grilled veggies was perfect for a pre-concert dinner. The large, meal-portion salads are also notable. Service is quick & more than competent.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambiance and good food
    Stutheeata
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We keep going back because it's conveniently located. The food is consistently good. It's usually noisy but occasionally it's so noisy, it's difficult to hold a conversation. All the surfaces are hard and therefore reflect and amplify the overall din! I've heard that many restaurants believe that a noisy environment is "preferred" and exciting place to be! I feel that if they would just add some absorptive material on the ceiling and possibly a little on the available walls, will keep the noisy environment but at a less stress inducing level.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly with great quality food
    CafeBetsy
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The hostess kindly moved my time when my friend missed his train making him 1 hour late. This meant that we ate at a much busier time, so the dining room was bustling & much, much noisier which made conversation with my elderly friend much tougher. The waitress was very helpful and friendly and our food - the Italian soup and copious & delicious Marathon sampler that he ordered, and my salad and meatloaf special all came at the same time (in fact my meal came before our appetizers & when I mentioned it she made the vegetable correction on my meal but then brought all back at the same time. On a tiny table, it made it very crowded having all 4 plates at once - but everything was delicious and we did made it to the Kimmel Center on time !
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Attentive
    FlourtownG
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We had a very short time frame to make an appointment. Service was excellent and we made our appointment. Food also very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant and price-friendly!
    NornorVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I was very happy that this restaurant is affordable but the food is awesome! No complaints.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great neighborhood restaurant
    LennyVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    great neighborhood restaurant with great street views forc people watching.....excellent special 3 course for $20 can get bottler of wine for $20 as well.......great service and tasty food....does take reservations probably needed on weekends...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not very friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    The meatloaf was great! I was in the mood for comfort food and this place did not disappoint. A coworker highly recommended this place for dinner so I was disappointed when I received unfriendly service. It may have just been an off night for the waiter but it was still disappointing. Very slow service too
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    FoodieJadeVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    I absolutely love the veggie burger here. Great when combined with the Cesar salad. The burger is good. And the High Maintenance Salad offers a great way to make the salad you want. Portions are great sizes and the salads are definitely on the larger side. The Cheesesteak Wontons are a great starter, worth trying! You won't be sorry. The staff is super friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun time
    JeffHUSS
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Pretty cheap for high-quality food. Delicious. I was running out of places to getting dinner for Valentine's Day and found this gem. It's not very formal, kind of like casual/ business causal. Perfect if you want to go to a nice place and love to eat for cheap!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Responsive service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    We were tight on time with a train to catch, and the service at Marathon Grille couldn't have been better. Friendly, attentive, speedy. Three of us got the 3-course dinner special and one got a soup and sandwich, and the kitchen coordinated the courses perfectly. Food was tasty and a good value.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uneven
    joanne
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    I was surprised at how disappointing this was. I expected more from the menu. The soup and coffee were cold The waitress was not around most of the time. No one cleared the dirty dishes between courses The meal was really mediocre
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is delicious but beware
    csahin
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    I really like Marathon. If I'm in the area, I usually try to go there. Their burgers are amazing. Prices are not too expensive. If you don't get alcohol, a dinner for 2 usually ends up being $25-30. I would recommend this place. My only complaint was regarding our to-go boxes. I couldnt finish my food so asked for a box and noticed that only a portion of what was left on my plate made it to my box.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid unpretentous
    BBESQVIP
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    Good choice for lunch or a quick supper, with a bar if you want one.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a gem
    Artsygerl
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    My family of 5 ate at Marathon on New Years Eve. We had a great experience the staff was very friendly. The food was delicious and plentiful! They serve many American Classics, and offer a large selection of menu items at affordable prices. There was something for everyone. My family cannot wait to eat there again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot!
    Patty
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Marathon was the perfect spot for dinner - not too fancy, not too casual. The food was healthy and fresh. It was perfect!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • For families and couples alike
    LittleMama
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    I found Marathon on a hunt for family-friendly restaurants within a reasonable walking distance of the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and as soon as I read the menu I knew it would be perfect for our group, which consisted of myself, my hubby, our 22-month-old son, and my parents. The prices were reasonable, and the whole menu, including the kids menu, had good variety. Upon arriving, I noted that the atmosphere had a very calm vibe, with low lighting and warm colors all around. I do have to say that the seating was a little close, just as a head's up. Overall, the food was wonderful, although the service was a little slow despite the fact that the wait staff appeared to have a lot of down time. I would definitely go back in the future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our regular Friday Night spot
    SGoldVIP
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    We frequent this restaurant on Friday evenings on our way back from the parking garage. The food quality and service are always very good. We regularly reserve thru Open Table. I've responded to your previous request for a review but would prefer to only do so for restaurants we're trying for the first time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good For Business Drinks
    BizDin
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    Met with a prospect for drinks and things went well. Good bar menu too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    AnthonyVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    My girlfriend and I enjoyed our time at Marathon. The server was very kind, and offered us a sample of the seasonal beer, of which we both ordered a full glass after trying. The food was very good, and the ambience was nice except it was pretty chilly sitting near the window (I'm sure it's the best seat in the house during the summertime).
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Pleasure
    Andrew
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Such a smooth and rich experience had the Pasta Bolognese it was amazing just perfect. My Mother had the meatloaf which wasn't to her liking we asked to speak with the manager who was such a delight to talk to, she switched out the meatloaf for Pasta Bolognese and didn't even charge us for it because of our experience with the meatloaf. I then ordered a Black and white milk shake which was smooth and creamy. This Marthon Grille is one of the best restaurants in Philly, a wonderful gem. I would recommend the food here to the president.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Place
    chmarskyVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    I enjoyed this place, very friendly and the food was good. :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marathon...definitely a find!!
    ProfWaffles
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Went to Marathon for dinner because Hibachi place around the corner was packed. I am so glad we did. The Spruce salad was delicious and the spiked milkshakes were a treat. Only thing we noticed is that the food wasn't hot. My roommate got a chicken dish, which should have been, and it was luke warm at best. I definitely recommend Marathon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, Casual Food
    jboultboult14
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    This is a great restaurant if you're looking for good, American food that is delicious and well produced. There are a wide variety of options, from comfort food to salads and sandwiches so there is sure to be something for everyone. My sister and I had a lot of fun here and enjoyed delicious moroccan meatballs as the highlight of our meal. It's pretty casual, but delicious and perfect for 20 year olds
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was fantastic and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    The food was fantastic and the menu accommodated the dietary needs of our group well - one non-meat eater had plenty of delicious options Very nice experience - will be back for sure
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Value
    BrickyardBoiler
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    In the heart of the city, Marathon was a great buy. High quality at very reasonably prices. Portions were just right, service friendly and a good location to downtown shopping in Philly. Great choice for us. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • large party
    litllaur0122
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    While we love Marathon and it is a great place to go it was hard with a large part (15 people) we were not able to move around well due to the long table placed very closely to other tables. The service and food were great and we had a good time it just was hard to talk to everyone and move around.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Real Pleasure
    Andrew
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Dinned out on Friday Oct 4, 2013 with mom, this is my second time here..ordered Salmon as Talapia which were both amazing... If you dine here please ask for Andrew he is one of the most amazing people you will meet made the experience suitable for royality... The atmosphere is very calm laid back and warm... It's just what you need to after a busy week or day of non stop city life. This resturant is one of my favorites because the quality of food is something you would pay top dollar for but instead the prices are reasonable... This is the best kept secret.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mike
    Mike
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    Good food with healthy choices on menu. We frequently stop in for a quick and tasty healthy meal. Marathon is always a enjoyable stop.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back!
    Craig
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Our server was friendly and attentive and the food was very good, especially for the price.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    ivy1601
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    This was my 3rd time dining at this restaurant. The food is very good and the service is always good to very good. I took my wife and adult daughter and they looked it! The restaurant is good when you are in a hurry but has enough atmosphere and menu selection so that a group of friends could just hangout for an hour or so to enjoy each other's company.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.