Marathon - 16th & Sansom

4.4
489 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Offers

  • Marathon Weekday Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available

    Mon - Thu 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Marathon offers a happy hour that includes food and drink specials every Monday thru Friday from 4PM - 6PM!
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipProcky
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Poor service average food.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food was cold, my drink was disgusting, took 2 hours to get our food. I was with another adult and 2 children. Waitress didn’t even try to accommodate them. ( I previously called in ahead of time as well).

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vipMadison
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The place was clearly understaffed for memorial day, but when we showed up for our reservation they were a bit rude about it and had us wait 15 minutes to be seated. The waiter mentioned that the kitchen was busy but it took over an hour for the food to arrive.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Food was delicious...great value!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Shauna was a great waitress! Attentive and knowledgeable. Loved having option of sitting indoors especially on a cold night. Food was affordable and drinks were amazing! Especially our espresso martini

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RichardF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

From the time we entered till the time we left it couldn’t have been a better dining experience. Our server (I believe her name was Sherill) was friendly, professional, funny, and courteous. She made our dining more than just a pleasure.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

So glad they’ve reopened! Sat outside and the banana pancakes (served all day!) were as great as I remembered. The (new?) blackberry margarita was really the tastiest cocktail I’ve had in a very long time. Welcome back my dear friend!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is always fresh, delicious and beautiful. It was noisy because we were sitting outside, but it became background noise.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome vibe. Great food and drinks

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and value was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Made a reservation for 6:15 - was told they printed in the morning and we had to wait 20 minutes for a table while others who arrived after us with the same party size were seated. Chicken sandwich was bad and took 15 minutes to order drinks.

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vipAnna
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for lunch! I recommend the Turkey and grain burger!

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Annie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation at Marathon for six people on a Friday night indoors. When we arrived to the restaurant we were told we could not be seated because the restaurant was closing. I showed the manager the OpenTable confirmation and they said it was a mistake and a reservation should have never been available at that time.

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ovenless
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great. Perfect grilled ham and cheese.

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vipSdiner
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Reservation was not honored

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vipBrianC
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service were fantastic. And the price for what you get is really great especially for Center City. This is a gem!

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vipChloeT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant was not taking seatings upon arrival but allowed for reservations to be made at that time.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Justine is great! So on top of service and moved us inside when the rain started!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Not the best place for romantic dates, but a very decent meal. These guys are doing their best in keeping safety measures up, but it was off putting when the manager was walking around with his mask on his chin....

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vipLuv4food
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience from the food to the service. Cody was an amazing server and made the experience twice as enjoyable. Make sure to ask for Cody when you visit!

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vipHopeP
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always yummy and interesting food at Marathon! Great go-to place for healthy, delicious and good combinations of flavors and textures.

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vipSGold
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff always greet my wife and me with big smiles although we have temporarily held off on the hugging. The Service is always great and the food is always fresh and tasty.

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vipSGold
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The entire staff, from the Hostess, the wait staff (Even those other than the one whose waiting on us!), the Expeditor and Managers are extremely friendly! They make our visits enjoyable and we leave with a full stomach and a smile on our faces!

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vipEatoutoften
Philadelphia
89 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Marathon was very crowded and noisy during the lunch hour. Service was very good and quick with the waitress taking into account our time frame. The turkey club was very good, however, the salad served with it was nothing but I assume we’re a bunch of bagged greens. Overall, ok for a quick lunch.

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vipBarbaraF
Philadelphia
77 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy eating here. Food is great not too pricey great service too!

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vipCharlesN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The restaurant itself is okay--prices for entrees are very reasonable, and good for the money. However our recent party-of-five visit on a Friday evening was most unpleasant due to the unbelievable amount of noise where we were seated (and we did have a reservation). It seems that seated about two booths away from us was a party of five or six moms. They had with them about 8 to 10 girls who appeared to be in the 10 to 12 or so age range. While the moms spent hours conversing, the girls were in the aisle doing versions of cheerleading and yelling and screaming through the glass window at cars going by on Sansom Street. We literally could not even hear our own voices as we tried to talk to one another. It was hopeless even trying to enjoy our evening out together. We understand that noise can be an issue in most restaurants today, but this was beyond the pale. And worst of all, the moms did nothing; they seemed totally oblivious to the extreme racket their young ladies were making. Not even once did we see any attempt on their part to tell the young girls to "keep it down" or, just as importantly, tell them that the aisle was not their personal play ground! The wait staff did nothing either! Finally one of us headed up to the gentleman acting as host. He came back, and from what we could see and hear, had absolutely no effect on what the young girls were doing--the horrible noise and aisle shenanigans continued unabated. Finally, after about an hour and a half of our suffering through our dinner, did the moms and daughters leave. But it was far too late at that point for us to feel that we had a pleasant dinner experience at Marathon Grill at 16th and Sansom! We will not be going back anytime on a weekend!!

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mbheil42
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a rare dinner date with my adult sons. We started with the cheesesteak wontons and the calamari. Both were amazing! My one done had the braised ribs and loved them. He rarely likes sweet potato fries but said they were the best he’d ever had. My other son had the salmon and said it was delicious. I ordered the chicken pot pie special which was reAlly good! And the chocolate lava cake...!!!!!

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vipBruceM
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good place to eat in center city. Consistently good.

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vipJane
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous dinner! I had not been to Marathon in a while and was pleasantly surprised at how good our meal was. We enjoyed the jambalaya and BBQ ribs. The server was attentive and mindful of my gluten and soy allergy and offered suggestions for the menu.

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vipMARTINIANYONE
Philadelphia
85 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service was very good! We were there on a Friday night so it was a bit energetic but expected. It is nice to know of a good place to eat before a show. We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was awesome, especially crab cake. Very broad menu. Customers all ages, all walks of life. Loved it!

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vipSean
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and very quick service!

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eMCee
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ready to accept a group at last minute with options for many dietary needs. Good food and large portions.

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Cjhinpa
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for a quick dinner or lunch. Service was [prompt and very attentive. Closest thing to a "Diner" in this part of the city.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, prices and ambiance is good.

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vipjonc
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time here on New Years Day. 2 of our guests were late to arrive and there was no problem and everyone were so nice. The manager is a funny guy too. Will def be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Food was ok. Waitress was terrible. Food servers great.

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MichaelR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

I got sick please refund thank you. The service was excellent though. The food just got me sick

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Deidre
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was attentive and accommodating. Food was well prepared and delicious. Adult and kid friendly. Great spot near lots to explore. We will be back!

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vipCarsnfoodforme
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and great food make for an awesome find for dinner with the family on our trip to Philly. The Cheesesteak wontons are perfectly filled with yummy steak and onions with a wiz dipping sauce that tops it off. The fire roasted salsa is even better than we could’ve imagined. Dinners were well proportioned and super flavorful. The pot pie and bolognese were season with fresh herbs and not drowned in sauce. The special prime pork chop was tender and juicy with just the right amount of seasoning and glaze - I would definitely come back for more. Desserts finished off the night as it started - just great carefully prepared goodness - banana bread pudding was great and not overly sweet. A real good casual place that is perfect for friends and family dinner. We will be back.

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Marathon - 16th & Sansom is rated 4.4 stars by 489 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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