Marathon - 16th & Sansom

4.4
571 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 Omelets made with cage-free eggs.

Offers

  • Marathon Weekday Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available

    Mon - Thu 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Marathon offers a happy hour that includes food and drink specials every Monday thru Friday from 4PM - 6PM!
What 571 People Are Saying
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MikeR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service! Highly recommend.

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SondraS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Food alway perfect and delicious

CW
vipChristineW
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic they were out of brisket but picked something else

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SarahM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The VEGETABLE CAPELLINI was excellent! Our server was very friendly and professional.

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Carley
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is so good. It's definitely one of my favorite restaurants in the city and if you're ever nearby, I would recommend taking a look.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

It was very busy when we got there. Hostess did her best to accommodate us & was lovely. Seems like they had too many reservations booked for the same time. Owner started to create his own list of reservations which was absurd & started to confuse the hostess. Food was good for price point, slightly loud, but the place was filthy.. floor was disgusting..bathrooms were a MESS. very likely won’t be back any time soon.

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vipSammy
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service was good but took a long time to get the food which was very good.

JG
JoanG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Philly marathon weekend

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JenniferR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was great!!!!

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vipFlourtownG
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Our first time back since the pandemic started. Same reliable excellent food, fine service to get us to our concert. Very reasonable. Highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Table was dirty when we sat down. Everything else was to be expected.

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JaneE
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

I had a quiche that came with a bit of salad. It was good-not too buttery. It was good.
My friend had a plain burger. It looked a little too well done to me, but he did not specify how to cook it.
People should order what they like.

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vipRachelW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Terrible dinner. We booked for outdoor tables, ans had been assured on the phone that there was a covered ans heated dining space. When we arrived there were not tables set up, very few heat laps, none under the tent. We sat freezing outside doe a meal under bright lights and on cold chairs. And spent $300 for a really awful birthday dinner. It was all the worse because I had called several times in advance to make sure it would be heated and covered.

JM
JodieM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Was great super fast and convenient; our server was very nice

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We made a reservation for 8 for a double birthday. When we got there we were seated in the worst location jammed up against a radiator. One of the 8 had to sit at the end of the table with no room constantly being bumped in to by staff delivering food for other customers. We were asked for or drink order after our food was delivered. Not impressed and for sure not worth $400. Most of the meals were room temperature when we got them. For flavor the pasta dished were flavorless and honestly have had better chicken parm at the Olive Garden.

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PatrickL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pretty extensive menu, with reasonable prices. The food was good. The only issue was that it was freezing inside the restaurant. Most patrons kept their coats on.

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ShellyW
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was delicious. Everything we had was really good. Drinks were strong. Service was a little slow but I guess to be expected with the times. Was planning on parking at a garage on sansom but when I got there the street was closed and had to search for a garage. Most garages were full and had to park many blocks away so account for that in time for your reservation.

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vipBrianK
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

What I love about Marathon:
- Wide selection of menu items, but not overwhelming. Ranges from sandwiches and salads to entrees and even all-day breakfast items.
- Good food. You have to try the matzoh ball soup; it's just tasty, warm and comforting. I really enjoyed the turkey & grain burger -- the meat had flavor, and the mustard sauce and cheese really enhanced it. Everybody at my table enjoyed their meals, including the Thanksgiving dinner, special chicken pot pie. Desserts were a hit, too.
- Friendly, attentive service.
- Prices are reasonable for what you get.

One criticism: The seating doesn't reflect a pandemic -- it's a bit crowded. But they do have outdoor seating with a tent and heaters (at least they did in early November 2021).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is usually consistent. My family orders delivery from m them regularly because it’s so good.

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jmbates
New England
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Drinks were great as was the salmon dish. The crab cake was not my favorite, but overall food was good!

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Brad
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a delightful time eating outside. It was little cool but they had outdoor heaters.

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StevenM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

I understand that restaurants are understaffed right now and experiencing difficulties, but if you don't have the staff to support existing reservations you should not be seating additional guests or else do not accept the reservation. That being said:

When I let the host know that I was there for a reservation he simply pointed me a table and did not actually seat us. That should have been the first tip off that the restaurant was understaffed and couldn't actually accommodate our reservation. After 20 minutes a server finally arrived to take our drink order. He rather aggressively asked "what's your order" like it was an inconvenience. Several members of my party had to repeat their order because it was not written down. The drinks all came out separately instead of together and one of the drinks was incorrect. I let the server know that the drink order was wrong, but never got a new/corrected one.

We didn't see our server for the rest of the evening. The food came out from the kitchen and was "fine" not worth the prices on the menu. Most of the dishes were either undercooked or dry. The server only asked us if he could get us anything as he walked past the table. He never broke a stride to hear our answer which was "yes" but it didn't matter. When the server did return it was with another person to bus the table but we were asked to pass the plates and bus for ourselves.

2 members of our party had to use the restroom which upon entry were found to not have been cleaned.

The bill came as one total amount with a line for tip. I asked for an itemized bill. The server seemed annoyed by the request. The itemized bill showed it was already inclusive of a quite generous tip and I was expected to tip on top of that. A lot of restaurants will include gratuities for parties over 6 (which we were) but then I expect but then i expect that to be stated on the bill and I shouldn't have to request itemized charges to see it. Frankly that's shady.

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JenniferY
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great ambiance!

BJ
BarryJ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Outdoor dining and a varied menu were the main objectives and Marathon delivered both

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vipSGold
Philadelphia
76 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My wife and I frequent this location most Friday evenings. The food is always fresh and tasty. The wait staff is always friendly and attentive and always make us feel welcome.

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vipDPHIT
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were promptly seated, the food was excellent and the service was great!

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vipDeana
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The Marathon Grill has great food, and it's a convenient place to meet in town. I just wish there were more servers working the day my friend and I had lunch. We weren't in a rush, but it took a long, long time to get our food and have the check paid with a credit card.

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Aidan
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved Marathon! A great location in center city, perfect for bringing friends who are in town. The street is blocked off which makes for a perfect ambience.

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vipkeke
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun sitting outside!

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Dragon
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Ate outside, so not noisy. Simple fare, well made. Nice staff.
Clsoes pretty early

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here and the food was again delicious! Drinks r equally delicious! I like how the menu switches up from time to time. Service was excellent!

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Birthdaygirl39
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Service was great. It was very busy Saturday afternoon. Apps came out pretty quick and ahead of our meals. Server was nice and attentive.

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vipPapalecki
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marathon exceeded our expectations, by a lot. The service was excellent - the food was fresh, salads were tasty, perfect amount of dressing.
Nice selection of drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food was very much bland and tasted like it was frozen. I ordered the beef brisket which came with mashed potatoes , carrots, and small shallots. The meat was bland and tasted like it was a frozen meal, almost like Salisbury steak. The carrots were HUGE chunks; very thickly chopped. I had ordered cheesesteak wontons for my appetizer and it was good. My only disappointment was my entree which I didn’t finish. The manager/waitress was kind enough to remove it from the bill

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AfroIguadolla
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soy Ginger Salmon w/ couscous and mixed vegetables, Vegetarian Chili, Calamari, and excellent service? You just can’t go wrong. Been coming here for years and it always feels like the first time. Thanks Marathon, you never disappoint!

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bootsahol
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went with a party of 8 - 4 adults and 4 kids. We made a reservation on open table. We were running a few minutes late (we were traveling from out of state and hit some traffic) and they were very nice about it. Our table was ready within a few minutes. The hostess was very friendly. Our server was also very friendly. All of our orders were correct and our food was good. I would definitely go back if I’m in the area.

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Jason
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

They lost my credit card under the deck and gave me a hard time about it afterwards. Waiter was barely around. Unfortunate time for a place I heard great things about

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Dragon
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good, honest food. Ate outside, so was not too noisy. Waiter was very nice. I tried a new beer, which I did not like at all. He asked how things were. I commented that the beer was weird (but it was merely conversational). He insisted on replacing it with another, despite my saying that it was what I had ordered to try.
Reasonable prices. Not fancy, but good.

LB
vipLeeBee
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We arrived five minutes before our reservation time. Restaurant said they needed five minutes, so we waited on the street. During that time, they didn’t set up for our party of seven. It seemed like they had no idea we were coming despite our reservation.

They seated us on the street after pushing some tables together - it didn’t smell great. The food was very slow - took about 40 minutes. Wouldn’t recommend.

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Kalonjah
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The server that i and was bit over seated and she wasn’t personable at all also she was slamming drinks didn’t want to get to know us many of her tables were waiting to pay or looking around for her, plus there was like a 5 minute wait until she greeted us and it was no name given… the food was very bland

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Marathon - 16th & Sansom is rated 4.4 stars by 571 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 bookings at the moment.

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