Marathon - 16th & Sansom

4.5
548 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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vipSGold
Philadelphia
76 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My wife and I frequent this location most Friday evenings. The food is always fresh and tasty. The wait staff is always friendly and attentive and always make us feel welcome.

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vipDPHIT
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were promptly seated, the food was excellent and the service was great!

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vipDeana
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The Marathon Grill has great food, and it's a convenient place to meet in town. I just wish there were more servers working the day my friend and I had lunch. We weren't in a rush, but it took a long, long time to get our food and have the check paid with a credit card.

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Aidan
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved Marathon! A great location in center city, perfect for bringing friends who are in town. The street is blocked off which makes for a perfect ambience.

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vipkeke
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun sitting outside!

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Dragon
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Ate outside, so not noisy. Simple fare, well made. Nice staff.
Clsoes pretty early

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here and the food was again delicious! Drinks r equally delicious! I like how the menu switches up from time to time. Service was excellent!

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Birthdaygirl39
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Service was great. It was very busy Saturday afternoon. Apps came out pretty quick and ahead of our meals. Server was nice and attentive.

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vipPapalecki
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marathon exceeded our expectations, by a lot. The service was excellent - the food was fresh, salads were tasty, perfect amount of dressing.
Nice selection of drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food was very much bland and tasted like it was frozen. I ordered the beef brisket which came with mashed potatoes , carrots, and small shallots. The meat was bland and tasted like it was a frozen meal, almost like Salisbury steak. The carrots were HUGE chunks; very thickly chopped. I had ordered cheesesteak wontons for my appetizer and it was good. My only disappointment was my entree which I didn’t finish. The manager/waitress was kind enough to remove it from the bill

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AfroIguadolla
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soy Ginger Salmon w/ couscous and mixed vegetables, Vegetarian Chili, Calamari, and excellent service? You just can’t go wrong. Been coming here for years and it always feels like the first time. Thanks Marathon, you never disappoint!

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bootsahol
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went with a party of 8 - 4 adults and 4 kids. We made a reservation on open table. We were running a few minutes late (we were traveling from out of state and hit some traffic) and they were very nice about it. Our table was ready within a few minutes. The hostess was very friendly. Our server was also very friendly. All of our orders were correct and our food was good. I would definitely go back if I’m in the area.

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Jason
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

They lost my credit card under the deck and gave me a hard time about it afterwards. Waiter was barely around. Unfortunate time for a place I heard great things about

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Dragon
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good, honest food. Ate outside, so was not too noisy. Waiter was very nice. I tried a new beer, which I did not like at all. He asked how things were. I commented that the beer was weird (but it was merely conversational). He insisted on replacing it with another, despite my saying that it was what I had ordered to try.
Reasonable prices. Not fancy, but good.

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vipLeeBee
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We arrived five minutes before our reservation time. Restaurant said they needed five minutes, so we waited on the street. During that time, they didn’t set up for our party of seven. It seemed like they had no idea we were coming despite our reservation.

They seated us on the street after pushing some tables together - it didn’t smell great. The food was very slow - took about 40 minutes. Wouldn’t recommend.

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Kalonjah
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The server that i and was bit over seated and she wasn’t personable at all also she was slamming drinks didn’t want to get to know us many of her tables were waiting to pay or looking around for her, plus there was like a 5 minute wait until she greeted us and it was no name given… the food was very bland

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Birthday dinner. Not as nice of a restaurant as I thought. Food was great, atmosphere could’ve been better. Restaurant was freezing and we were situated right under a vent. Nevertheless, I will be back or order takeout in the future…

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Our dinner at Marathon was not unpleasant. Covid-19 precautions, impacts and exhaustion of both staff and customers seemed to diminish our dining experience more at this restaurant than similar dining at this price point elsewhere. This was our first visit to Marathon. I would probably try other nearby restaurants rather than return. 18 hour short ribs looked like soup meat. Well done beef doesn't have to be gray and flavorless to be tender. Staff seemed totally disinterested in customers experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food! Definitely recommend for lunch in the outdoor cafe!

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vipreluctant2review
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

The street and seating area were dirty and seedy. The restaurant was clearly understaffed as our server had too many tables to wait on. We waited 25 minutes after we sat down before we ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kayla was great and so was the manager. Ribs, shrimp risotto, and salmon were all good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great sitting outside in the evening

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Madeline
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food at a great price. Great food and drink options. Outdoor seating is on the street in an enclosed patio. Convenient location

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food ranged from delicious 10/10 matzo ball soup to 1/10 over-fried, tough calamari. Spicy chicken sandwich was also over-fried, dry and on a big bun that threw off the protein to bread ratio so vital to a good sandwich. Easy on the fry time, guys!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

18 hour cooked short rib was delicious but needed to be served with a side salad to complete the meal.

Service was very minimal, I had to ask another waitress for a refill of ice tea, and our waitress finally checked on “how’s your food” more than halfway through…. either way my usual 30% min tip did go down to only 20% this time.

Great place though, never had a bad meal and I’ve eaten here several times.

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WendyB
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside.... It was wonderful..... Definitely will return....

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Waiter was extremely slow

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

They accepted too many reservations/walk ins but did not have enough staff to accommodate the crowd. We were told food would take at least an hour. Once we received our food, it was good. Cocktails were great. They just need to get better organized and turn people away and/or hire more staff.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall1food4service2ambience1

They were not ready for Labor Day. Man

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vipSMRd2
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Lively crowd, interesting wine list, decent food and standard service. We dined outside and it is pleasant to have that section of street closed to traffic.

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Tashboogie215
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One mishap we ordered ham and cheese received turkey and cheese. The server was very polite and apologize. She took it off the bill. I recommend your restaurant all the time.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food was excellent - came in for breakfast and everything was SO good! Even my 6 year old niece loved it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch and had a great time. The (cherry?) mimosas were yummy!

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vipAShr
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience2

Very limited vegetarian options

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vipJimmydelSol1
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good. Food always good. Service excellent and pleasant outdoor dining.

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vipRachelH
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great casual dining spot with delicious options for a great price. Enjoyed our lunch and would recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience! Service was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good service and really good food!! I had the brisket sandwich with sweet potato fries. My companions had salads. Delicious!! Waitstaff refilled my soda without being asked. Hope to return!!

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vipvlaskowski
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

great brunch food, exquisite french fries and we had a great server named connor!

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and although right next to the street, it wasn’t as loud as I expected. The food was delicious. Drinks were good too.

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Marathon - 16th & Sansom is rated 4.5 stars by 548 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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