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

Marathon - 16th & Sansom

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.eatmarathon.com/
  • Phone: (215) 569-3278
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Marathon - 16th & Sansom reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (11)great for lunch (10)kid-friendly (10)fit for foodies (8)good for groups (7)great for brunch (4)late-night find (4)romantic (3)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)special occasion (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Hit the spot!
    LoRi
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Great pre-marathon dinner. Went back after the race for brunch, too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice staff poor food service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Brought my entree with wrong ingredients --partners meal was cold Somebody asleep in the kitchen they did make it right and were sorry..but too many errors
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ugh, what a mess!
    Cttndlam
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Ugh, what a mess! We had a reservation but we couldn't approach the host upon entrance due to a crowd waiting around. Once we saw the obviously stressed out host, his first word to us was "Next!" We got seated at a nice table, and were given the menu. Our waitress came out shortly & took our orders of drinks, appetizers & entrees. Then our appetizers arrived. Our drinks were did not. Our entrees came, then our drinks showed up. My red sangria tasted syrupy & gross. We actually ordered desserts! The chocolate mousse & the brownie sundae here were fantastic! The problem was one came 15 minutes after the other (for a party of 2). There are many dining options around this neighborhood. I don't think I will come back here anytime soon.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • spike
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Food was mediocre, salad came without the protein addition, tea came first without a teabag and I never got a spoon. The noise level made conversation difficult to impossible.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 50-50
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We went to this restaurant on the recommendation of the concierge at our hotel. Our requests were comfort food and nearby because we were tired. Marathon delivered. My meatloaf and mashed potatoes were very good. The service was quick. The next morning we decided to go for breakfast. This time service was terrible, food was just so-so and they charged me $2.50 for what was listed as a special tea but really was Lipton Decaf. So I guess it all depends on when you go and who's cooking.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    ShariRB
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Expected better based on reviews. Food was ok but nothing special. Had to send back one appetizer that arrived cold. Waiter was friendly and pleasant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't go before the theatre
    Donna
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I chose Marathon for a pre-theatre dinner because I thought it would be quick, local, and offer healthier food than Irish Pubs, etc. in the area. When we arrived, we told our waitress that we had time pressure due to a 7:30 start for the show. Unfortunately, either she didn't communicate our message to the kitchen or they didn't pay attention because although we only ordered simple dishes (omelette, cheesesteak, etc.), it was more than 30 minutes before we had any food. At one point, I flagged the waitress (who had not even come back to ask if we wanted more drinks) and expressed our concern about the time. Her response was "it's no problem". Strange response. It definitely was a problem. We inhaled our food and ran to the Theatre.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A True Gem
    Scootch
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Our family was looking for a pre-theater dinner when we decided on Marathon. And what a find! There are a lot of choices for dinner in the theater district but none better than Marathon. The food was fabulous, the service spectacular and the prices were extremely reasonable. We all wished it was closer to home so we could visit more often. We will be returning before our next show for sure. Highly recommend if you are in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service
    FlourtownGVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Great service, good food made our concert with time to spare.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner with the girls
    Vonn
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We picked this place because the menu had a little bit of everything on it. The turkey was cooked perfectly and the herbed roasted chicken was flavorful. Everything else that was ordered was good too. The four of us all like different things, so it was perfect for us. The specialty drinks were strong! Service was great too. It was an 30+ aged crowd on a Friday night, which was fine for us. Prices were good too. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great pre-theatre
    FlourtownGVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Excellent service, particularly if you want a good meal served very quickly to make a curtain time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent birthday dinner
    Diner
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We dined here for my boyfriends birthday. The server was excellent in helping me set up a dessert and take care of the meal. They brought out dessert out with a candle! Awesome evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marathon
    goldsminnyVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were in Philadelphia for the Rock n Roll Philly half marathon and a friend suggested we try marathon for dinner. The food was delicious though they did seem to be understaffed. We waited almost fifteen minutes before someone came around to take our order but once they did they were extremely courteous and helpful. Thanks for some great pre-race fuel!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the visit
    Louise
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were in town for a sister's reunion and had reviews of Marathon. Great location, buzzing with activity, VERY loud (almost TOO loud) but we had a very nice meal. The service was fair, but due to the fact that it was packed... our waitress was working incredibly hard! The chicken quesadilla was terrific and my sister loved the veggie burger. We would definitely visit again on another trip to Philly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 115 reviews are from the Marathon - 16th & Sansom reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Attentive
    FlourtownGVIP
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.