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“This place has gone way past its prime”

Marathon on the Square
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Ranked #506 of 4,351 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: City Center West
Cross street: 19th and Spruce
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.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“This place has gone way past its prime”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

The service is awful. The food is so-so. If you need any help in figuring out the overall quality, consider the fact that one marathon was seized for not paying rent and another went bankrupt for not paying rent. I worry about places that cannot get that basic right.

Visited January 2013
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Rochester, New York, United States
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great meal!”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

We had dinner at Marathon on the Square before going to the theater. The neighborhood around Rittenhouse Square was fun and interesting to look at. The wait staff was excellent and the food was terrific! Highly recommended!

  • Visited September 2013
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Sarasota, Florida
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997 reviews
708 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 459 helpful votes
“OK salads... good wine list... looks good for breakfast...”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

We just had salads here and they were pretty average in our opinion (nothing exciting).

The wine list was extremely good and we had an excellent Sauvignon Blanc for a good price.

Looks more of a breakfast place though... they seemed to have some good/organic smoothies as well as other interesting brekky options, so may be worth a try for breakfast instead...

  • Visited September 2013
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Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
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65 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Friendly Service, Good Food”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

We were with a group of nine including three kids. Our server, Francesca was wonderful. Happy to wait on the kids and the adults. She provided cups with lids, coloring pages, and ample warning to the kids about hot plates. The food was good, the menu varied without being overwhelming. Even with nine people we were served at a good pace and everyone received food at the same time! Three of our group were running a half marathon the next day. They all enjoyed the pasta and vegetables. I had a salmon burger with a very tasty sauce. Overall a great dining experience with a large party.

  • Visited September 2013
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New Jersey
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51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great value, Menu plentiful, Nice atomosphere,”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

We are a mid 40's couple with two picky teen boys. We were having dinner prior to a comedy show on Sansom. Parked on Sansom for about 5 hours in a lot for $10.

Location is one block from the square.

All were satisfied with Marathon. Drinks were ordered and delivered quickly. Philly cheesesteak wontons were interesting and good with a variety of dipping sauces. Meals arrived hot and decent portions. Veggie burger was great. The boys ate their burgers/fries and turkey club. Service was spot on.

We had 3 cocktails, 2 apps., 4 entrees, 2 smoothies -- $124 including tax and tip.

As far as I'm concerned this is a gem in the city. Will definitely visit here again.

  • Visited June 2013
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