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About Marathon - 19th & Spruce
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.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
American, Comfort Food
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
19th and Spruce
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Enjoy your favorite sporting event or catch up on the day's news on our flatscreen, HD television at the bar.
Please email@example.com for catering options.
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.
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.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Special Events & Promotions:
Please firstname.lastname@example.org to plan your party.
Marathon - 19th & Spruce Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
Picked Marathon as a quick spot for a pre-theater meal because they take reservations, and on previous occasions I have found their offerings tasty and a step or two more imaginative than average. Was not disappointed. We were seated immediately, ultimately in and out in just over an hour. We shared a hummus plate and had two different preparations of salmon. Both tasty--great meal. Good cappuccino. My only complaint would be the TINY table size. Maybe big enough for one, or for two if it's just for drinks, but not big enough for two to eat a normal dinner.
I pass this place all the time and always though the brunch looked good, but was never that motivated to go. The food was surprisingly good and they have a varied dinner menu. Everyone in our party enjoyed the meal and it was a good value. Need to come back for breakfast eventually.
Marathon at 19th and Spruce was a pleasant surprise for me and my family. We expected a very casual restaurant and walked into a fashionable yet understated mix of modern and traditional, with sets of various-sized black chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. There was a full bar on one side of the restaurant which had live sporting events on, but we sat next to the bar and the TV never bothered us. There are large windows letting in plenty of natural sunlight. Suffice to say we loved the atmosphere. Seats were cushioned and cozy as well. The menu was just the right size, nice selections but not too extensive. There is a lovely children's menu which seems to cater to almost every child's palate. I ordered the steak frites and Caesar salad. The Caesar was delicious if a bit heavy on the fresh grated Parmesean (some would find this a plus). The fries, while not at thin as you would expect for a steak frites, were a huge hit and stolen by everyone at the table repeatedly. I ordered my steak medium rare but it looked more medium and felt a bit dry and mealy, almost as if it had been pre-cooked and re-heated. My husband's ginger soy salmon was flavorful and well cooked at medium. The cous cous that accompanied it was also good. My daughter seemed to love her pasta marinara and finished every bite. Overall a very positive experience and we would definitely go to Marathon again.
Consistently high quality food and friendly, professional service. Our server was exactly with us without being intrusive, and his smile would solve any problem. A great feature of this Marathon (only one where I eat) is that the portions are ample but not too much, and the price is just right for the portion size. Wish other restaurants knew how to do that. Keep up the good work.
Marathon at 19th and Spruce is our go-to restaurant for a quick healthy meal. My husband and I
eat dinner there at least once a week, usually on a hectic day with no time left to cook, but many
people eat there at least once a day. The menu is varied enough that any person, very young
to old, carnivore to vegetarian, will find many choices. Food is consistent and staff are friendly
and well trained. Reservation is good to make as it can fill up FAST!!! based on weather and day.
Their house wines(by the glass) are great value and there are also $$$wine selections and
daily specials. -This is A+ restaurant , especially since it is right off Rittenhouse Square!!!
Food is delicious and menu has a lot of choices - something for everyone. I especially like the salads. Server was courteous. Noise level at lunch was too high, not because of loud music, but because voices bounced off the walls, so we had to shout in order to have a conversation even though we were near the window.
Service was great. We also enjoyed dining outside but sorry to say the food was very mediocre. With so many fabulous restaurants in the vacunity this one is very average at best. This review has no reflection on the wonderful service we received all the way from the hostess to our server to the food runner.
Good experience overall. We had a reservation, but our table wasn't ready when we arrived. We didn't wait long though and that just gave us a chance to order a drink from their large selection at the bar. Service was quick, food was great. Really good value. Large portions for a very reasonable price. I'd definitely recommend.
This is our nearby Marathon, which can always be counted on for quick service, great food
choices, and VERY good value! There are always , aside from standard menu, seasonal
specials, mainly whole plates(protein, veg, carb) My favorite right now is the crab cake,with coleslaw and sweet potato fries. The wines by the glass are VERY well priced! The staff are
very friendly and well trained!
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