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Marathon - 19th & Spruce

257 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm,
Wednesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 731-0800
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Marlon Rambaran
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Please for catering options.
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Cross street
19th and Spruce
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Parking details
Street parking is permitted throughout the day, depending on availability. There are several public parking lots on 18th and Chancellor St, which is only a 3 block walk away.
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Public transit
We are conveniently located near several SEPTA bus lines: 17, 9, 21, and 42. We are also a short, 4 block walk from PATCO's 16th and Locust Station.
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Enjoy your favorite sporting event or catch up on the day's news on our flatscreen, HD television at the bar.
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Special events & promotions
Please to plan your party.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
What 257 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Good place to eat prior to Kimmel. Nice variety on menu, and good service. Make a reservation.

AmyS (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

We made lunch reservations here for after the Eagles Super Bowl Celebration! We made it to the restaurant much earlier than our reservation time, and even though they were busy - we were seated immediately. The service and food were great, and it was wonderful to finally sit down for a bit! They did an awesome job considering how crowded and crazy the restaurant (and the entire city!) were that day.

vipCoco (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

I’ve been here MANY times but what bothered me this time was I had a reservation, called the restaurant to confirm it on the way.

The hostess said: Yes, we have you. I said: Great we’ll be there in 10 mins we’re about 4 blocks away. She said: Great no problem. We arrived, gave our name and she said: I just gave your table away! I told her: What? Why you you do that? I just called you.

Her response: I just called your name out loud and you didn’t answer. You said you were around the corner! I tried calling you.

She DID NOT try calling (smart phone log!) and we were only a FEW minutes late! The reason for me calling to be polite and let them know.

Nice managerial response! Won’t be rushing back there! Too many other awesome restaurant choices in Philly.

KateS (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Marathon on the Square never disappoints. I met a friend there for lunch recently, and we both had absolutely delicious entrees, with very pleasant service. I had the (always fabulous) grilled salmon plate (asparagus, mashed potatoes, mustard sauce on salmon) and she had a large salad with grilled chicken. Desserts were wonderful too. There is something on the menu for everyone, so it's also a great place to take fussy friends or family members. While I like the other Marathon locations, this one is the best because it's "our" neighborhood place, minus all of the deafening noise of office workers grabbing a quick bite. I hope it never changes.

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Came by myself during the Super Bowl, though early. The whole place was mellow and friendly As always, I enjoyed the meal.

vipYoconshy (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Always a great experience at Marathon - 19th & Spruce specifically - and this occasion is no exception. Well done.

vipDocBlue (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

This branch of Marathon is more relaxed and comfortable than the others, but also very stylish. Nice environment, great menu, terrific service, wonderful food, and interesting beers - what's not to like?

Mike (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Enjoyed a very nice dinner at Marathon on 19th and Spruce prior to going to see a show at the Drake Theater, which also was great! Marathon's menu was diverse enough to please our vegetarian daughter as well as the rest of us who had various tastes. I had the pork chop which was cooked perfectly. Highly recommended for a nice meal for not a very high price.

eatwell (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

The room is tight and noisy but no worse than a lot of other restaurants. The food would have been pretty good if somebody had hidden the salt where the chef couldn't find it. My dining partner and I had to share a scoop of ice cream just to get the salt taste out of our mouths.

vipSexyDiningCompanion (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Totally baffled by my latest visit to Marathon Grill. The food was good and predictable as usual but the service was WEIRD. Took forever to get someone at our table and I had to chase the hostess down to do so. When the waitress arrived she let me knew hat my wait wasn’t too long... umm, EXCUSE ME, it was over 10 minutes and I’ll be the judge of that. I had to beg for a glass of water and when I asked for cracker with my soup she brought 1 SINGKE PACKET for the entire table, all of whom ordered soup!

Worst of all, she had a trainer following her around so I fear that they are creating by more bad servers. This is surprising since my experience on New Years Eve was fine. Maybe hire more experienced waiters or pay them better?

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

We had dinner in between 2 of our kids' winter concerts. Had a reservation for 8 people. The service was fabulous and we finished our dinner early enough that we had time for dessert and coffee. It may become a tradition for us!!

vipOpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Marathon at 19th and Spruce ALWAYS is great & reliable!!! Look at menu to see the variety in the
offerings. Many people in the neighborhood use this like a canteen!!!! -Very little around that
offers that. W e eat there at least once a week-we always make Open Table reservation as it
fills up rapidly at night and brunch!

LouP (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Pleasant surrounding, close to Rittenhouse Square. Food is consistently good. I'm very fond of the salmon plate- cooked a perfect medium and hold the sauce (heavy hand with sauce). Have sauce on the side or skip altogether - the salmon is fresh, sweet, and succulent; it needs nothing.

vipGringo (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

We dine there often, quality food and preparation at prices that compete with dining at home.

vipSunnysmiles4u (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2017

Great spot to meet for drinks or lunch. Cozy. Staff is wonderful especially Jennifer.