Marathon - 16th & Sansom

4.4
360 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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JD
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal with the Marathon crew.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 4

Requested a booth. Was told they do not seat parties of 2 in booths on the weekends. Several booths were open during our dinner. Not good service.

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c
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

food was tasty but pretty noisy at lunchtime, service passable.

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AB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good as usual. Service was a bit slow, but not too bad. Waitress made our experience pleasant.

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j
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

been there many times. Always good food and service. Could use some more beer on tap. Very limited.

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SG
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great food and service.

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k
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

We were early for our reservation so we went to the bar and ordered drinks. Bartender was super friendly as well as the host staff. We were seated shortly and greeted by our waiter rather fast. Appetizer and food came quick and was delicious. Caesar awake was enough for two, and the salmon and crab cake were tasty!! However, I'll our waiter must have been busy because we did not see him again until the end when we asked for our check...it really was a nice dinner!

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

It’s usually a great time, but this experience was a disaster. My friends hair caught fire from one of the restaurants candles that was DIRECTLY behind where she was sitting.
The manager tried making up for it with “special drinks” that we didn’t not ask for.
After placing my order , the waitress came back saying they ran out of the scallops.
When we received the bill, the “special drinks” that we did not ask for were comped, however , she was charged for her entire meal. When the manager was addressed, with an attitude he stated “ did I set your hair in fire?”
I’m not happy with how they handled the situation. Not sure if we will be returning

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D
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 5 and we had a great time! The food did not take too long to arrive after we ordered, and the service from the hostess and the server was superb! The food itself was more affordable and fairly tasty! I would reccommend marathon to a friend.

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Atlantic City
24 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I really like this place, but it is very noisy, which I know to expect.

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GN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Place was nice and food was great, but we ordered drinks and appetizers then later food and still everything came about 5 minutes apart. It very much made the experience much less enjoyable. We felt very rushed and the restaurant was not very busy.

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VJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The salmon seemed overpriced for the amount and quality I received. It also took our waitress over 5 mins to greet our table

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R
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tuna salad!!

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C
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT as usual! Always a pleasure to dine at the Marathon Grill.

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A
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 1ambience 3

I did not enjoy this place

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FF
Philadelphia
211 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A great neighborhood spot for a casual meal. I like the create-your-own salad concept and the menu was diverse enough for everyone to get something they liked. Prices were competitive.

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RT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I’ve been to this place a handful of times and have never had a bad experience.. until now. They were out of most of the dinner specials which they neglected to tell any of us that ordered them until well after we ordered. I had to wait a half hour for a soda due to the CO2 needing changed. Overall service was slow and unenthusiastic. I will eat here again because I know how great it CAN be. I was just overall unimpressed by my most recent visit.

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UF
New England
23 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I have eaten here occasionally during the past few years. This time I felt the food was better than ever! My Asian salmon dinner with roasted vegetables and couscous was extremely well-prepared and delicious!! Great job, Marathon!

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PL
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were extremely pleased with our meal at Marathon. The food was done well and the prices made this a great deal. The service was attentive (a couple of small missteps that could be forgiven). We went pre-theater and had no issues with timing. Highly recommend for a nice meal in a bit more casual atmosphere that won't break the bank.

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C
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant! I've been here a bunch of times and I always enjoy my food. Both the regular menu items and the specials!

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RF
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an enjoyable dinner and was great location. Good atmosphere and family friendly. Our 2nd time dining at Marathon and good experiences both times.

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I
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An old standby when visiting Philly. Always make sure to get there when we are in town.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome time!! Great food and service!!

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MA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had to make a reservation for 9 people on Saturday at 5 pm following a concert in Rittenhouse Square, and this was literally the only place that could accommodate us. I had never been here before, but having no other options, I booked it. It did not disappoint! Our table was ready for us when we arrived, and all of us were so impressed! We ordered appetizers, meals and desserts, and loved everything, which is really hard with 9 people! I wish I got our waiter's name. He deserves the recognition. He was a young kid, but so professional, observant and attentive. We will definitely be back!

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P
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good choice pre-theater with kids. Lots of options, the Caesar salad with chicken was delicious as always. Only downside was FREEZING draft, so uncomfortable we had to keep our coats on. Manager acknowledged problem with this particular booth. Bathroom could have used a cleaning (always important with kids). Overall a solid, value experience though.

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SR
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place with a great kids menu! Nice vibe in a fun location.

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

There were five of us and one dier came out totally wrong - salo instead of veggie burger. It took a long time to replace the wrong dish and although we were told it would be comped, it was not. The waiter did not write anything down so I am surprised the rest of the table was served correctly. There was also supposed to be a dressing on one dish which did not come until asked for. We were seated in a portion of the restaurant which either had a crack in the window or was overly air conditioned but it was downright cold. After the second request, the air conditioning was turned down. Not an entirely satisfactory evening.

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m
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Marathon Grill is a reliable place for excellent menu and food preparation - that's why we went there this time. Also, surprisingly, could get in with a reservation made midday saturday, in contrast with most other more expensive restaurants.

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SG
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and Staff are always great. Ceilings and walls are too hard and sound reflective which results in the buildup of the noise levels!!!

The location of sound absorbing, panels in a variety of muted colors, would reduce the din!

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EK
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Overall the establishment was average. We arrived early and were seated even before our reservation time. That’s about where the good ended.
We barely saw our server, and saw her going to other tables. The hygiene of one of the hostess took me back that her leg hair was longer then mine and I’m a male. I know the people who were seated next to us barely saw their server which coincidentally was the same as ours. The family had a special needs family member which I suspect was one of the reasons the server didn’t go over there much.
The food was above average for bar food but the portions were way above average. The food tasted very good and the food was brought promptly out and arrived hot. Prices were good considering we were in the middle of the city.
Just getting the check from the server took some time considering she would walk by us and not stop.

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SG
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I visit this restaurant almost every Friday evening! We like the manager and all the staff. The food is always consistently good.

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JC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Our waiter literally went missing. I had to find other staff to get our order.

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C
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Love the variety. Prices are reasonable. Would definitely return.

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SD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Marathon is always my go to restaurant. I love the options

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was an overall great experience! The portions were great. The staff was wonderful and I totally recommend it for a casual dining spot!

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P
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and we loved the create your salad option.

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KL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy going when we are in town. Love the Matzoh Ball soup!

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S
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & ambience. We got lucky because it wasn’t as noisy & packed as usual. Yummy food & drinks!!

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PI
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been meaning to dine there, and I am happy I did!

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A
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was good for a family. They have a lot of food that most of us couldn’t finish. Food came out hot and promptly. We enjoyed the relaxed area. Price is a tad high but probably to be expected because of the area

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