Marathon - 19th & Spruce

4.7
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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 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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JY
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

It was a cold rainy day so I went out for comfort food. Excited to have a cheat meal I started with vegan chili and as an entree ordered a buffalo chicken sandwich with sweet potato fries. The food was decent, not great, but I had the worst server I’ve had in years. By way of example, when she got my order wrong (no sweet potato fries) and left the table claiming she would go out in the order, she stopped at another table, without embellishment talked to the people at the table for over five minutes, and then finally disappeared. She returns to the table again long after I’ve finished my sandwich (again fair at best) with a steaming hot order of sweet potato fries. By that time I was ready to go. Feeling she might do a better job with that situation in the future if I mentioned it, she started making excuses and asking if I wanted to speak to a manager. If the food was good and I thought I might return one day I would have, but at that point it was just a waste of time. And worse... no apology. Attitude was not great throughout my experience. I would not recommend this place. I left a modest tip out of pity and will not be returning.

C
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only sometimes it’s a bit loud but it’s always yummy!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jambalaya was outstanding. The sangria as well. And our server was an absolute delight.

JA
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a dinner for my
Daughter’s 21 Sr birthday and I just mentioned it was her birthday when I made the reservation and when Marathon ion Spruce went above and beyond. We arrived to a perfect reserved table and a complimentary bottle of champagne. The service was friendly, welcoming and timely. The food was delicious. The specials were fresh and creative. The pricing was not overpriced center fare it was reasonable without giving up quality. Thank you for a great memorable meal and night.

OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is absolutely delicious, healthy, and hearty. I genuinely love this place. Also very friendly staff!

OT
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious!!

LW
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently good food and service. I love the grilled soy ginger salmon.

S
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Tiffany was wonderful

PF
Philadelphia
133 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

On a cold day in December the grilled cheese sandwich with ham and fresh salad were great. Our server was attentive and the cost was reasonable.

BB
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

When I arrived I was quickly greeted and taken to a table with a nice location. She server, Lauren was professional outgoing and she even took time to assist me with a minor technology issue I was having with an app.
Could not ask for more.

k
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken noodle soup was some of the best chicken noodle soup I have ever had. Overall, the entire experience was just fantastic!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was super busy but we didn’t mind having to wait a little bit for food, very nice staff who were all attentive

R
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service, good comfort food with large portions for the price!

PP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had been to Marathon the previous night at the recommendation of the B&B staff at La Reserve. I sat at the bar area and met some interesting people and enjoyed the bar seen. Soup was great. The Bar area TV was showing a Food Network program highlighting pork dishes, so I ordered the pork dish, flavorful tender and yummy mashed sweet potatoes too. For the next night, I booked via Open Table. Marathon Grill was so busy they said we could wait 20 minutes for a table or sit back at the bar, so we took the bar option. I got a standard mojito after watching one of the bartenders make one, and we had two different wines. This time I got a dish with mashed and steamed spinach on the side, and the matzo ball soup. It was too much food after the soup -- this was the Chicken Marsala dish, but we had it for lunch at our B & B apartment on Sunday. But the highlight was the chicken pot pie -- wow. My husband, never a fan of tubers -- loved this dish. It was the right blend of chicken, veggies, including just enough parsnips to give it a wintry kick. Wow.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Amazing service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were excellent. A little noisy.

OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great place

JD
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable visit with great food and service

SG
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I hesitate to criticize this location as it’s been quite a while since we had visited last. My wife and I stop in to the 16th & Sansom restaurant almost every Friday evening.

We know many of the wait staff; Izzy, the hostess; Meetra the Expediter and Raul the Manager - - - and they know us.

My wife liked her Cobb salad but she said the chicken was dry. I found the same thing with my braised short ribs. Is this typical of this restaurant or was it exacerbated by the fact that the 16th street location was closed for renovations?

I sincerely hope this info will be accepted from a very satisfied, longtime customer, to answer your in our impressions and experiences with your restaurants.

h
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Floor under the counter was dirty from one end to the other,

AK
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food, good choices at a good price point

OT
Atlanta
117 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

One of my new favorites in Philly! Great place to celebrate my friend’s birthday.

RD
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The very best!

s
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

One member of our party needed gluten free food. Not many choices.

M
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Mediocre food. We were regulars. Last two dinners were disappointing.

V
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

A nice evening but we waited a lot for our drinks. The conditionned-air was too strong.

JP
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Winner winner every dinner! I booked for a group of 12 and from start to finish, the experience was great. The staff didn’t have me jump through hoops for a large party or have restrictions or higher prices like other restaurants. The service that night was impeccable and every member of my family loved their dinner, even the fussy ones. Thank you Marathon Grill for a fun night. Kudos to management, staff, and chefs.

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor meal on a pleasant Saturday evening.

d
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, terrific waitress, fun evening! Soy ginger salmon and mozzarella tomato salad were excellent. Will definitely come back.

J
Philadelphia
89 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Great place for casual dining. Food’s great, very quick service. Nice local restaurant

MG
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We are blessed to have Marathon Grill right around the corner from us. Simple American and continental cuisine made from locally-sourced food and always well prepared and served. It's among the best lunch places on Rittenhouse Square, great for a simple, satisfying dinner. Always specials and a pleasingly full menu, featuring hot turkey sandwich, excellent crab cakes, meatballs, salads, soups, and a full bar. This is a great spot to meet friends for a casual meal. Portions are plentiful, food fresh and made from the finest ingredients, and service cheerful and fast. Weekends include breakfast and brunch, along with lunch & dinner. Recommend it highly.

SS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My ratings show that we were pleased with all aspect of our dining experience

JW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I’m usually quite happy with the food & service at Marathon, but this time was very disappointing. They were out of their “specials” before 12:30, and the food we had was not very good. I usually love their quiche-full of veggies- this time it was dry & hardly warm, almost cold. I had brought guests & had to apologize for the meal. I would still try it again, but warily.

P
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely wonderful service. Waitress, host. Everyone couldn’t have been nicer.
Food was good. Kids meals were more than reasonable priced. But, wish they had kid size drinks. Have that issue with a lot of places. So I understand but it is annoying.

B
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here a lot - and, it's because the food is always good and moderately priced. Can't beat them for their old-fashioned offerings: turkey platter, meatloaf, and even a chicken pot pie special. Their hamburgers are great as well. And, try their pasta... Well, you get the point. Definitely good for a casual meal.

D
Philadelphia
165 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always dependable. Varied menu, lots of specials. Never too fancy, good and fresh. Caring servers. Kitchen occasionally slow. I like 29th and Spruce.

EK
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place close to Rittenhouse Square with nice outdoor seating.

PR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The Food was pretty good I really like their Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and their drinks are good too. But when we went it was very windy and stuff kept blowing

b
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good food and good service at a reasonable price. Go all the time and never disappointed!

j
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great location, diverse menu, casual relaxed atmosphere, food was fresh and simply prepared. Try the pomegranate martini. Would definitely recommend this location of Marathon.

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