Marathon - 16th & Sansom

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$30 and under
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American

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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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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

My experience at Marathon was very good, the reservation was ready on time and the service was great. There were minor issues with the food ordered, but our server was very helpful about getting it fixed as quickly as possible. It's a great place for a reasonably priced meal with and cocktail with plenty of options on the menu. I would definitely recommend anyone who wants a casual experience with quality food to stop in!

CB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Great food and service!!

d
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They took a last minute booking for 10 people. The food and service were excellent and the cost low for a restaurant in a convention/tourist area. Best meal for value we have had all week!!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went and were immediately seated. Service was quick and food came out in a timely manner. Marathon serves confort food, and the portion sizes were not too big or small. Had a great time, would definitely recommend!

SG
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I always enjoy our dinners there.

s
Philadelphia
101 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat down right away with reservation. Waitress was prompt and knowledgeable. Good food for lunch. Will return.

GN
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect for what we wanted! Menu offered something for everyone! Moroccan Salmon salad was huge with a large piece of salmon! Turkey dinner was great... though the two who ordered it would have liked some stuffing to make it perfect! Chocolate lava cake and pumpkin pie .... yum! Our server was attentive and helpful!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Liked the menu a lot. Will return.

R
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful

S
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place close by. Easy to just drop by for a quick bite.

F
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were great. Quick lunch spot.

RS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I have a lot of dietary restrictions and Marathon is always very patient and accommodating.

SG
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This Friday our grandson came down from Brooklyn to take a college test being given at Temple University. He even remembered where we sat the last time we brought him to Marathon about two years ago!

We all enjoyed our meals and as always, the staff from Izzy, the hostess; Meetra the expeditor; Julia the server and Raul the manager always make us feel welcome, which adds to a more positive dining experience! It’s obvious their attitude is fostered by their employer!

m
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was awesome. 2 of our party were late and they sat us no problem

EC
London
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

This spot is in a great location with a really cool sign. But the food is terrible.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I had a very good meal yesterday and I believe my guests enjoyed their meals as well. However, it was EXTREMELY loud. I could barely hear the guest sitting next to me. The dish washer was right over the wall from us and we kept hear plates slammed into the wash bins throughout our meal.

Also, it took a fairly long time for our food to come out. One guest was late for his next meeting because of this.

On a positive note, the server was very friendly and attentive!

Overall my meal was good, but I will not likely suggest this restaurant for business purposes again due to the noise level.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Overall ok but for the prices not a great experience. We quickly received drinks and ordered food but after that the service was very slow. It was so noisy we could barely hear each other. After a pretty long wait, a food runner dropped off 3 of 4 meals and no one came to check in ever. I had to walk up to someone to ask for extra plates and syrup for the pancakes. The 4th meal came out pretty late. Not awful but not great.

SG
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a satisfying experience

FW
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, kind and attentive service even with a group of 8. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed their meal. I visit Philly for work at least once a year, and Marathon is my go-to place when I just want a good meal and a friendly environment without having to think too hard.

SG
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food, service, prices and cleanliness are always great. We know many of the staff by name and they always seem genuinely happy to see us. We eat there most every Friday evening.

We frequently recommend this Marathon to friends.

BJ
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a good time at Marathon. Gazpacho soup on a hot summer day; petfect!

DS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed ourselves and loved everything. Would definitely be back again.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

my all time favorite go to spot

F
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great view of the city, our server was very knowledgeable and sweet. She was also honest and gave her recommendations - spot on! The peach martini and veggie capellini pasta entree are delicious!

DS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from start to finish. We shared the Macaroni and Cheese for an appetizer. One of the best ones we had. Burgers were amazing as well as the sweet potato fries and regular fries. You won’t be disappointed.

SG
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our always anticipated excellent!

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Marathon will always be a go to!! Delicious dinner as always, and such a kind staff that goes out of their way to help with any concerns.

BF
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place. We go often because it’s always great. The staff are amazing always as well.

AA
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Waiter was extremely friendly & pleasant. It was a very busy Thursday. We ordered crabcake specials. Waiter came back & apologized that they were out of crabcake. We all chose something else. Waiter remained calm & helpful in all of the chaos.

G
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Noisy at lunch time but quickly crowd thinned and noise level improved. Wait staff was courteous and attentive. Service was quick, and food very good.

TW
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Must have been an off night as we needed to eat early to get to a show and was not up to our expectations and other reviews fir the food.

SG
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Both my wife and I had a crab salad last night. There were significant amounts of crab chunks. Sadly, the crab was not highly flavorful and the Caesar dressing was not enough and thus the salad though fresh and crunchy, it was a bit bland.

LL
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and we would definitely return! So great to find a place with every type of food imaginable so that everyone in the party can find something they will enjoy- including all day breakfast.

SG
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great!

SH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was overpriced and service was generally poor, though where our waiter was lacking, others picked up the slack. Wife’s drink came with a bug in it, and then my dinner came with the incorrect side. Waiter clearly didn’t want to be there and it showed from the start. When the check came, I luckily noticed the INCLUDED 20% gratuity. When I questioned the waiter he replied that it wasn’t normal and he wasn’t sure how it got there. Uh huh...sure he didn’t. He was looking for a double tip. Again, overpriced and definitely not a place to take a date or a family for dinner.

MT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marathon offers a variety of delicious food served by an attentive and kind staff. A great place to catch up with friends, get a drink and snacks before a night out, or have an outing with the family.

HK
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

A solid family friendly restaurant. Lots of options to please just about everyone and the food is dependable and well executed. SImple food done well.

DB
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

6 of us dined here after attend a conference. Food was delicious, drinks well made and service was fast and our server was very attentive!! Prices were so reasonable. Will return!!

SS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vegetable capellini was delicious. The server was attentive and kind. The restaurant had a cool vibe. It was lively and enjoyable. I will definitely return.

SG
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great dinner and the staff is consistently attentive and quick to accommodate.

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