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Marathon Restaurant and Bar

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193a Caledonian Road, London N1 0SL, England
+44 20 78374499
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12:00 pm - 11:30 am
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:30 am
Fri - Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Interesting new discovery

It was my first time at this place. Really enjoyed food there. Great staff, great place. I would recommend to try.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Molodaya
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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188 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was my first time at this place. Really enjoyed food there. Great staff, great place. I would recommend to try.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

We were four and although the place was almost empty,we decided to give it a try hoping for an authentic experience. It was one of them.The food was lovely and the lady who served us was very helpful. The only con was the wine,no choice and the house wine was average. Overall it was a good experience and we enjoy... More 

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Thank Silvia V
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 via mobile

Really, really enjoyed this place that I happened upon for the really welcoming, friendly and attentive service. The manager/ owner (not sure which he is) was also very kind and obviously tries to make the patrons feel at home. I really enjoyed my dish and even the house wine! So far, the best Ethiopian food that I've had in London... More 

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Thank Husker-heel
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

serious value for money- excellent food and spacious place - what more can you ask for? its not Le Gavroche but it is friendly, clean, fun and bloody good value. The coffee smells are worth the visit alone.

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Thank Richard O
London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I have been coming to Marathon for the past four years, bringing along all my friends to enjoy this tasty meal. I usually order one main dish and two side dishes and it is plenty for two people. Try spinach and cottage cheese (Ayib Begomen), along with whole beans (Fosolia). The m ain dish I usually chose is “Marathon” Special... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Went here again on Friday night. It still won't win any awards for atmosphere, but the food is great. It doesn't seem to be on the tourist map - probably as it's not the most inviting to look at, but if you want big flavours and a very inexpensive meal, it's worth checking out.

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Thank TWP64
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

I hade grate time and valew Of money Exellent atmosphere.I was with my friends hade Ethiopia exclusive Tibet which is exellent taste. After diner the bare and music is electric the atmosphere is ferindly.

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Thank Wassihun T
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I stopped here on the way home to treat myself to one of my favourite Ethiopian dishes, Doro Wat. When I got home I was disappointed to find just ONE miserable looking chicken drumstick in a sea of sauce. £8.50 for ONE chicken drumstick is a joke. I won't be using this place again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

Had a party for non Ethiopians but most had worked in Ethiopia and love the country and it's culture. The Manager, Tesfa, was helpful and communicative during the planning stages. The food was delicious and the staff very tolerant of us doing our quiz and party games. The local Ethiopians loved it when we danced in their traditional way and... More 

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1 Thank shell9874
London, United Kingdom
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366 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Having tried all the Ethiopian places along Caledonia Road, we went here last night. The first thing I noticed (and took as a good sign) was that at least 90 per cent of the diners were Ethiopian - in fact it stayed like that all evening. It's not the most attractive of spaces - bare walls and some garish lighting.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 193a Caledonian Road, London N1 0SL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 78374499

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: African
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:30 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:30 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:30 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:30 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 am

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