Marathon - 19th & Spruce

4.6
334 reviews
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$30 and under
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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 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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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marathon has a chill vibe, tasty food and is in a great part of the city.

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S
Philadelphia
110 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our regular favorite. We love Marathon. Thanks for providing a stable neighborhood restaurant that's full of life and reliably great food and service.

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B
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Didn’t like my first entree. Was very bland. The bar tender brought me a menu right away. No questions asked , made some recommendations and brought a dish of fries to hold me until my food arrived!!! Excellent customer service!!!

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ER
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Our waitress was very nice but the service was a little slow. I wouldn't recommend if you need to do a "quick" lunch. More importantly, the food was excellent!!!

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RS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a reliable spot with something for everyone at reasonable prices.

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AK
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Chicken corn soup..delicious
Cheeseburgers prepared as requested
prime pork chop platter, delicious and well presented

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S
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is perfect for a quick couple of appetizers or meal before a show.

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OT
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our go-to place
And never disappoints.
Always exceeds expectations.

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LD
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, gracious, friendly and quick service. We had young kids with us and the staff was welcoming and kind.

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KL
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food with nice selection. The children’s menu fit my daughters’ picky palettes. A great place to go after theater!

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BL
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, always a terrific meal.

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CO
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We all had a wonderful meal at Marathon at 19th & Spruce (which also seems to called Marathon on the Sqaure)! From salads to sandwiches to specials, everything was extremely tasty and fresh. The dining room is also beautifully-decorated. They turn over tables fast, so it didn't seem to be the place to linger over a leisurely meal. It good for all ages, too- there were a fair number of families during the early evening hour.

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AR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 6th visit to Marathon. Food is terrific and prices are very reasonable.

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EE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marathon on the Square has great food, just a hop skip off the prettiest park in Philly. It has a varied menu, and full service bar. The only slight issues were the clanging of the pots and pans (as we were seated next to the “open” kitchen access way), and the visual distraction of seeing all the chaos in “the back of the house.”

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JA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to eat at this neighborhood mainstay.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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SB
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Visited Marathon based on reviews and was not disappointed. My parents came to Philly to visit and I made the reservation here because it was close to where I work, and I’m glad that everything worked out so well! I would heavily recommend the Grilled Salmon, and the Jambalaya and Chicken Parm were both solid choices too.

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RL
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently good food and pleasant experience.

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R
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I really like the soups at Marathon on the Square. I almost always order the Moroccon salmon salad. Our friends and my husband are more adventurous. So twice recently, one of them ordered a daily special and were disappointed. My husband had the extremely BLAND cheese ravioli with shrimp. Even after adding pepper, Parmesan and vinergar it was flat.
The people who work at M on the S are unfailing polite, helpful and competent.
This past Saturday it was unusually noisy. No idea why.

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B
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal! Great drinks! Great service! Great 58me!

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S
Philadelphia
110 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food. fantastic service. super fast and always guaranteed delicious American fare. our new server Brant was wonderful. the vegetable capellini with blackened chicken is one of the best dishes in the city.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was a perfect place for date night with an amazing menu at great prices. He had the ravioli with shrimp which was a large portion, and I had the turkey burger that came with a side of caesar salad. The burger and bun were a little dry but it was still pretty good. We split the cheesesteak wontons which were the perfect appetizer. All in all, great service and food!

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JM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood spot and a varied healthy menu.

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FG
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great menu with everything from light fare to entrees. There is something for every palate. Prices are right!!

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G
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Good service. Good prices.

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b
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

always good...

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ET
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Too many kids and aloof parents, server was way too aggressive and rushed us after telling them we needed time. Not sensitive to the needs of diners.
So loud we could barely have a conversation. Also catering or deliveries taking place during mealtime is chaotic with staff running in and out the door and talking to each other while doing so. It was like a circus. Bad and nerve wracking experience.

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WM
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of our favorite places. Good cocktails and beer list - food is always reliably good. I had a special - scallops, spinach, and risotto. Scallops and spinach were good but the risotto was out of this world.

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SQ
Philadelphia
502 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great salads. Server was pleasant and helpful. Window table is quieter. I have dined there many times and will return and recommend it to friends.

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k
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

delivers excellent value. Food is reasonable and good.

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MM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything is delicious. The matzo ball soup is superb.

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k
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very impressed with the variety of food and the lower prices for city dining.

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GB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marathon is our go to for Sunday Family dinners. The staff are delightful. The food is straightforward, delicious and all of my picky eaters have different things they love to get.

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MC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to this location late, having made a reservation prior on a very busy Sunday morning. Three of our party of 5 needed to get to the airport so we were very grateful that Josh made a point of finding us another table quickly and oversaw our ordering personally. The food was delicious and the service quick. We are local residents and highly recommend this location!

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j
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We ate a late lunch early dinner at 3pm. It was quiet. My wife enjoyed her soup and sandwich, my burger was cooked to order but I’ve tasted better. But I will return to this nice eatery.

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OT
Philadelphia
84 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy attentive service, consistent quality of food and drink and great price for a complete meal. Keep up the good work.

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CM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I usually go to the Marathon on 16th and Samson because it's closer. I like the Marathon on the Square a lot. It is a bit classier and the food is better. The service definitely is 100% better. There is an ethos of enjoyment rather than turning over tables, which is welcome.

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c
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lively wait staff...3 our id the 4 meals were very good. One was not. Would go again

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g
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was fine. Nothing exceptional - just ok. Good service and nice atmosphere.

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PG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was great, prompt and not intrusive. However "energetic" noise level equals "headache from hollering" for me. And if you reserve a table for 2, why would you seat us at a table that was an okay size but had 3 extra chairs crammed around it? The food was okay but my mashed potatoes were gluey amd tje chicken fingers in the appetizer were over cooked.

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