Marathon - 19th & Spruce
Marathon - 19th & Spruce

Marathon - 19th & Spruce

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.eatmarathon.com/
  • Phone: 2157310800x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 4:00pm

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm,
    Wednesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Marlon Rambaran
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Please catering@eatmarathon.com for catering options.
  • Entertainment: Enjoy your favorite sporting event or catch up on the day's news on our flatscreen, HD television at the bar.
  • Special Events: Please events@eatmarathon.com to plan your party.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 19th and Spruce
  • Public Transit: We are conveniently located near several SEPTA bus lines: 17, 9, 21, and 42. We are also a short, 4 block walk from PATCO's 16th and Locust Station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is permitted throughout the day, depending on availability. There are several public parking lots on 18th and Chancellor St, which is only a 3 block walk away.
A word from Marathon - 19th & Spruce
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 Omelettes made with cage-free eggs.


We love food, but more importantly we create the food that people love to eat. We set out each day to provide our guests with a complete feel-good dining experience in a casual setting. We offer warm and personal hospitality rooted in a real concern for our guests' experience and we believe that everyone should be able to afford delicious food. We bring people together through food, personal connections and artistic spaces.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Marathon - 19th & Spruce reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (19)great for outdoor dining (18)neighborhood gem (17)good for groups (11)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (8)fit for foodies (4)late-night find (3)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Reservation policy
    bnspiredVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I made a lunch reservation for 3 people. When I got there, they informed me that they don't take reservations for less than 6 people. I was still able to get a table inside for lunch, but not outside like I had hoped. The food is really good, so you don't have to worry about that aspect of dining there. Just be aware of there reservation policy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Citygirl
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was delicious and it was just a relaxing atmosphere. Very enjoyable place to eat in a great quite quiet location but still in the city.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good casual dinner
    LB624
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Not too busy on a Saturday night! Yummy food and drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for lunch!
    PhiladelphiamomVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Went here to meet a friend for lunch. Everything was great! If you only have an hour for lunch and want a relaxing atmosphere of table service, you must go here. Service was quick and the food was outstanding. I will definitely go back
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy traveler
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    When I'm in Philadelphia for meetings, I can always count on a great lunch at Marathon. The noise level is manageable, and you can talk without loud music or other guests.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun with friends!
    Tabz32
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great nite @ Marathon Grill. Food and service were excellent! The Philly chesse steak won ton appetizer - deeeelish! Fun place to go before comedy show with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice fun place with nice menu
    Gery
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We had a great meal with great service. Marathon has an interesting menu that wont break the bank. The food is consistently good and a nice ambience. Service is professional and top-notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Healthy, Affordable Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Staff are so pleasant and accommodating -- even during the lunch rush, and we were late for our reservation because we couldn't find anywhere to park! My mom and I both got salads, which were very hearty and filling for lunch with lots of great flavors and fresh ingredients. I love that they have their own urban farm and source locally. And to top it off, it's very affordable!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place for lunch
    SilverQueenVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    This restaurant is a convenient place for a relaxed lunch with friends in center city. There are many menu options. The service is pleasant but slow and the music is too loud. I have always enjoyed the food. However, this time I was disappointed. The turkey mango salad had shredded turkey, not chunks, and not much mango. I would still return to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    nlsimpson
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I always love the food at Marathon, but this time it was topped off with excellent service! I met up with old friends and they didn't make us feel unwelcome for sitting longer than usual. A great mid priced place to eat in the city!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sloooow
    ReadyaboutVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Not the first time we have waited for a loooong time for food - at least 45 min. Water barely refilled during that time, no update from staff. Weeknight and busy but not full by any means. Food is consistent here and we like the menu, service is friendly but usually we go to Marathon in our neighborhood as a reasonable and healthy option alternative to cooking at home, and the wait sort of defeats that purpose. We did not order appetizer course and I think this also was the case the other times we have waited forever... Maybe this throws them off but for a pasta and salad?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 115 reviews are from the Marathon - 19th & Spruce reviews archive.
  • Always a Favorite
    Melissa
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I frequent Marathon for either a leisurely or business lunch. Food is always fresh and timely service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Large choice of salads
    SilverQueenVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    We each enjoyed a different salad - they were delicious. The server was courteous and pleasant. It seems to take a long time to get served even when there are not many customers. However, it's a great place to meet friends for lunch in the neighborhood. I will return again and recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably good
    Sammy
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Very Good food, great service, good prices for casual dining
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good lunch place
    SilverQueenVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    This place is a good for meeting friends for lunch. Many lunch options on menu. The food is good. Service is a bit slow. I have been there many times and will return often.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It's Marathon: what would you think
    EstroVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Average is the word. Good food for the price you pay, so cannot complain. Service was ok, not professional but not bad. I would assume that you don't come to ask us if we like the food and everything is ok with it, 3 seconds after we got it. give us a minute to try it. it was like that all the time- over trying. which means they try and they care, which is good, but the result is not helpful or professional. It's convenient and not expensive, so I assume I'll be back. Definitely not my top choice with all the options Philly has to offer.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • World's Best Smoothies
    travelinfoodie
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We happened to stumble upon this gem the first time we visited Philadelphia. We swore we would return to this place the next time because they have fabulous smoothies. The food is wonderful. They serve just the right size meal and the price is very good. I may have to plan a trip to Philly just to eat at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    Sammy
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Can always count on good food and comfortable dining.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Are server wasn't very present.
    Localchic
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Are server wasn't very present. We had to ask several times to have our waiter come over. He didn't check occasionally to make sure everything was ok. The food was excellent and the ambiance of the restaurant was great. It was somewhat bus though.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Totally reliable
    MadameAtTheMadisonVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Frsh food, simply and honestly prepared with healthy options. This site seems to be the neighborhood choice over eating at home. And the price is right.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1st Timer Feedback
    kklaer
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Service was great. Food was fantastic. Will certainly return
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Little Lunch Spot
    CityLivingVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I recently went to lunch here with my mom. The food was delicious, great staff, and perfect ambiance - we only wish it were a little warmer to be able to sit outside! I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but o.k. service
    new2cityVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    The food is wonderful and there is something for everyone. I wish the service was as good as the food, we had to ask several times for water refills and bar drinks.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our table for 8 was ready
    Mimi
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Our table for 8 was ready for us when we arrived. The lunch menu provided enough choices for each of us. Most of us took some of the lunch home since the serving sizes were more than adequate.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner on a Sunday
    Jeannette
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We have been enjoying Marathon at 19th and Spruce for 3 years now. Live in suburbs. Take train and walk through Rittenhouse Park fine. Love the menu, especially because of locally grown ingredients and grass fed beef. Favor the steak frites, turkey and meatloaf and pasta bolognese. Wish you served a Pinot Grigio though. That is all I drink. But our waiter, Kevin, brought me another white, which was very good, dry! Only other negative was paying extra for a couple of rolls with our dinner. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual, Good Food
    Bbbbbb
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    All around good dinner experience. The food is fresh and simple. The drinks were done well. Casual environment, even for dinner on Valentine's day. Great place for brunch too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Variety of tasty salads
    SilverQueenVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    We enjoyed Caesar salad and Greek salad for lunch. I like the menu variety - something for everyone. Very pleasant neighborhood restaurant. Not too noisy or crowded for weekday lunch. Great place to get together with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    Foodlavah
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Was able to make a reservation with open table for 8pm on a saturday night early Saturday afternoon. The place was packed but our table was waiting. Drink from the bar were yummy and the food was delish and not over priced. Big portions as well! Great place to meet up with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for what we wanted
    Mandi
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    My husband and I took the kids to Philadelphia for the MLK long weekend and we were staying downtown in Rittenhouse Square at a hotel. We wanted a kid-friendly locally-owned restaurant with a healthier menu selection. Plus, we did not want to spend a fortune. I found Marathon on Open Table and it turned out to be the perfect place for us. We had salmon, a salad and there was a nice selection for the kids. I had a glass of wine, my husband had two beers and the kids had root beer floats for dessert. Our bill totaled $75. Not too bad. We also liked the idea that the restaurant uses local farmers and their own farm as suppliers. All-around a great, casual spot for dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite spot
    Kate
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Absolutely love Marathon! My boyfriend and I have been a couple times and we really love it. It's great for when you don't feel like cooking, want good food, but don't want to go anywhere pretentious or formal. The decor is really cool and for such a small space it never feels crowded. However, we had a few hiccups on this visit. Even though we had a reservation we ended up having to wait 10-15minutes for a table because they seemed to take too many reservations for that evening. The hostess was somewhat apologetic and we ended up grabbing a drink at the bar. Our waiter on this visit was a little hover-y which got annoying. In terms of what to get, I recommend the Greek salad and the adult milkshakes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good neighborhood lunch place
    SilverQueenVIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    This restaurant is a great place to meet friends for lunch. The menu has many options so guests can always find something they like. It's a pleasant atmosphere and pretty quiet during the week. When it's packed on weekends or holidays, the noise level is very high.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good choices of lunch salads
    SilverQueenVIP
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Good place to meet friends for lunch. Wide variety of menu options including interesting salads. Fresh-squeezed orange juice and fresh lemonade - I like half and half.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ultimate comfort food
    SunshineVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    What a wonderful dinner we had here tonight! I was craving Marathon's classic turkey dinner which always eases the craving for comfort food in classic American style. Sliced turkey breast with whole-cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes with ample gravy and wonderfully seasoned broccoli. Delicious! Paired with a glass of their house Riesling and it was a perfect way to end a cold and snowy day...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Overall
    BeccaS
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I came here with my friends on New Year's Eve only because we couldn't reserve a table at the Marathon on Sansom but I was surprised by the great atmosphere and excellent service. I wish there was more options for mixed drinks but nevertheless, the food and drinks were great. I would actually recommend my friends to come here instead of the one on Sansom street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent holiday lunch
    SilverQueenVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    We had a group of 7 people and enjoyed an excellent lunch - many choices, very tasty - and good service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation?
    Josh
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Although I had made specific time reserved for my group yo have dinner my impression was that they were not aware of our arrival and we were seated at some random seat. Hence, I didn't see the need for me to go through the trouble making reservation aheqd if time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice family dinner spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Good food - very generous portions - better than typical pub fare, something for everyone, and good quality ingredients - good options for kids / family friendly - room is on the louder side, so not great for intimate dinners or date nights.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good holiday lunch
    SilverQueenVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We had a group of 8 people and got the large table in the back. We enjoyed the broiled trout and the spruce salad. Service was a bit slow because it was very crowded for the holidays. It's good neighborhood restaurant offering many choices - something for everyone. I have been there many times and will return again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why do I keep going back here?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Why do I keep going back here? It's just not good in any way (xcept for the pancakes which are done well). Still, not even the best pancake could save this pathetic excuse for a restaurant. Please move out of rittenhouse!!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    Misty
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    We are from out of town and were looking for some place that both my children could eat. One is vegetarian the other is always looking for an adventure in food. Marathon was a great place for all of us. The server was outstanding, very friendly and accommodating. Food was spectacular, our only complaint is that we don't have a Marathon in our home town. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.