Marathon - 19th & Spruce

4.6
509 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 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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ThomasM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was great, atmosphere was casual and clean, and diners were spaced very well for COVID times. Food was very good, although drinks were a little pricey. The only complaint was noise level. However, I would totally recommend trying Marathon at this location if you haven't yet!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service, virus protocols followed, not rushed

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marcyb
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go here frequently. Always good food and friendly servers. Only drawback can be the noise level. If you go when busy it’s difficult to have a conversation. Off prime time is better for talking.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Marathon! Great food in a nice, relaxed environment.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience at marathon. Some of the food (the calamari) was a bit gross but we had a really nice time regardless of that.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst waitress ever!!! Food was terrible.

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vipMike29
Nashville
49 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

This was a great “every day”.dining experience. We were promptly seated and served. The food was very good and the service by Jason (with a little help from Joseph) was perfect! We’ll be back!!!

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MargZ
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside. The temp was in the 50's and there were several heaters so it was very comfy (as far as temp goes). Metal chairs need to be improved. NOt comfy AT ALL. It's next to a busy road so it's a bustling vibe. Food is always very good and priced right. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing and the food was delicious,

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DeborahD
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE. FOOD WAS VERY TASTY. FOOD WAS SERVED NICE AND HOT AND IN A TIMELY MANNER. WE WERE SEATED WHEREVER WE WANTED TO SIT, WHICH WAS GREAT!

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vipDuran1963
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

What a great neighbor place! Food was wonderful - my chicken pot pie was not the usual CPP, more deconstructed but great flavor. My friend's burger was perfect. Drinks were great. Views of the neighborhood from the big windows were a nice and homey. Our server was delightful - informative and attentive. Great value - Great place.

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vipLeeagolf6
Philadelphia
114 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Just very good diner level food. Well prepared, consistent basic food.

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vipSueS
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! Our server was amazing!

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veggiegirl
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always great food and service. My favorite neighborhood lunch place

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vipDana
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We had lunch. My burger was done just as I ordered, medium rare, and was very tasty. My friends were very pleased with the chicken pot pie and chicken sandwich they ordered. Would definitely recommend.

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vipPhiladelphia
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Kudos to our server Jason for professionalism and congeniality. It was as much a pleasure to interact with him as with our delicious food.

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vipTigresSKS
Philadelphia
140 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was quite satisfied with my crab cake sandwich* and sweet potato fries, even eating al fresco in 40-something degree weather on a gray day! Food was piping hot and flavorful and service was friendly.

*Better than other crab cakes offered "on the Square"!

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vipPhilly
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Service was very slow, probably due to a shortage of staff.

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NessaQ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great and reasonably priced food
Quick service. Food took a while but server was attentive

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good luncheon fare. Pleasant outdoor dining space.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great outdoor dining - covered- good for families

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had made a standard seating reservation thinking it was a definite inside table. The blonde hostess who always has a bad attitude informed us in a nasty and argumentative manner that when you click on standard it’s for anything that comes up first. I am a regular customer and no one else who works at this marathon has ever behaved like her.

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Emjaze
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Really good burger. We sat outside and the service was attentive and friendly. A nice neighborhood spot.

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veggiegirl
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Marathon's service and value are the best. It's a great neighborhood restaurant. Very reliable for quality of food and service. I had a grilled trout lunch special for $19 that was excellent.

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vipHawk7
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great meal with fast service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Salmon salad was delicious. Restaurant was cold because they wanted air flow but they were accommodating and moved us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hamburg Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, great service and choosing indoor/outdoor seating is a perk!

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vipSunValley26
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dependable neighborhood location with delicious and creatively prepared food to meet all dietary requirements. Good service and pleasant ambience just off Rittenhouse Square.

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ziggy
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent, fresh menu, friendly service. Just a great neighborhood restaurant.

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Susan
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We only eat outside and even though undercover with heaters in a windy day it is quite chilly. Wait staff excellent, setting nice, large variety of food and all very good. Take reservations including for outside and strongly suggest one if normal meal hours as gets very busy. Great choice!

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VictoriaM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought a friend from Manhattan. She loved everything about the restaurant. The food was just right, including the matzah ball soup. My salad was perfect as usual. The waitress/kitchen was very accommodating of substitutions. I love this restaurant!!

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DeborahF
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance sitting outside. Our server Madison was so funny and personable. We enjoyed having her as our server. We enjoyed our dinner!

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Birthday
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved sitting outside. Our waiter was attentive and was aware of our being there and the things we ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The service was very slow, i had an reservation for 1245 and wasn’t seated till 1:15 . The waiter apologized and said it was busier today than most days - he was kind of bland it was my first time here and i asked for recommendations and got “create a salad” … Um okay ?? He wasn’t very tentative to our table and I’m not sure if it’s because gratuity is already added to the bill these days but yeah he wasn’t the greatest waiter .

The food was okay nothing that I’d be raving about - we ordered the crab cake sandwich which had no flavor , the Mac & cheese i had to add salt & pepper & The calamari was Great …& the pear concoction was delicious

The noise level was loud but it doesn’t bother me we are on the corner of spruce lol

Would i come again? Probably not

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vipSilverQueen
Philadelphia
619 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had lunch outside on the Spruce St side. The caesar salad with crispy calamari was excellent. The chicken pot pie needed more sage. Server was helpful and courteous. The outdoor tables are exposed to traffic noise.

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KateS
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night's dinner at Marathon was delicious, as usual. The trout special with couscous and grilled vegetables was wonderful and, moreover, a good value. Service was attentive and friendly. Marathon is a valued neighborhood institution and I hope it never closes.

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vipFoodisfun
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Reliable go-to for lunch with my niece during her lunch break. Great salads…

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vipAndrewM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Despite no shortage of help, sat there for 23 minutes without so much as a glass of water. Departed. Will not return.

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WernerH
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early and they seated right away even though we had reservations for 630 without hesitation. We had an amazing server Ryan ,she did not leave us wanting for anything. The food was great and the prices were very reasonable. We will be back

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dgol
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ate outside

FAQs

Marathon - 19th & Spruce offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 731-0800.

Marathon - 19th & Spruce is rated 4.6 stars by 509 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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