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Marathon Ethiopian

Northwest Calgary
African, Ethiopian
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130A 10th St N.W., Calgary, Alberta, Canada
403-283-6796
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5:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout

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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Ethiopian Food was OK

This was my first time to Calgary and my boyfriend and I tried two Ethiopian restaurants: Blue Nile and Marathon. My strong preference is Blue Nile. Marathon was OK but the portions are small and the food didn't taste as good as the other Ethiopian restaurant. It wasn't bad.... just not the best.

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
Michelle J
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Ottawa, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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86 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We ordered a platter for two as takeaway dinner, we got home and the injera was fantastic, it had the right flavours and texture and they rolled it properly so that it stayed moist until we got home. The rest of the food was in tin takeaway containers filled with oil. At first glance it looked like vomit or scraps.... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This was my first time to Calgary and my boyfriend and I tried two Ethiopian restaurants: Blue Nile and Marathon. My strong preference is Blue Nile. Marathon was OK but the portions are small and the food didn't taste as good as the other Ethiopian restaurant. It wasn't bad.... just not the best.

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Thank Michelle J
Karlsruhe, Germany
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56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I like Ethiopian vegetarian food in general, and wasn't disappointed by this one. It was very tasty and well prepared. The restaurant was almost full for dinner on a Wednesday, so it seems quite popular, too.

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Thank Ingo S
Mississauga, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

If I don't have marathon at least once while visiting Calgary then I am so disappointed. My family is all about tradition--and Marathon is one of ours. Excellent flavour and food. If you aren't into ethnic food you may not be used to Ethiopian spices, my family on the other hand love it! Bring someone you love to chat with... More 

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1 Thank C D
Calgary, Canada
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Pros- New food experience, not busy, good service Cons- Filled up on injera not on the meat, which questions value. I went here for a valentines dinner and was surprised about how slow it was. Most restaurants that i had called were booked up solid. I thought I'd give this one a try. Entrees ranged from 10-20 with most meat... More 

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Ooltewah, Tennessee
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52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

My husband and I love this restaurant. It is so romantic eating together with our fingers, and the food is delicious!!!! and healthy! We absolutely love it here and often eat there. One of ours favorite restaurants in Calgary. Lunch buffet is absolutely awesome!!! And good value.

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Thank chickiebabe77
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My husband and I make it a point to eat Ethiopian in every place we visit. While we have not been to Ethiopia, we have dined in many American and European cities. This is one of the best. The dishes were basic and tasty, and the quantity was overwhelming; it is rare that we do not finish all that is... More 

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Thank Darlene M
Calgary, Canada
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

First time at an Ethiopian restaurant. Very reasonable prices, service was excellent. Caters to a different taste as most dished are ground up or diced very fine and served like stew. Wasn't as spicy as I expected, except for the lamb.

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Thank Jim and Ruth G
Red Deer, Canada
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We had an amazing party platter for 2 full of vegan Ethiopian food and I could have kept eating and eating! Pretty much ate the plate...Lots of flavour, variety and fun new food I never tried! (p.s. the coffee and tea was surprisingly different and amazing as well!!)

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1 Thank Dukkipie
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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155 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Great food with authentic quiet atmosphere. Helpful server with good ideas for us newbies at African food. Poor parking. Lots of extra bread.

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Thank Kevin W

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 130A 10th St N.W., Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Calgary>  > Northwest Calgary
  • Neighborhood: Northwest Calgary
  • Phone Number: 403-283-6796

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 am - 10:00 pm

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