Marathon On The Square

★★★★☆
  • 1839 Spruce St

    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Cross street: at S 18th St

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  • 215-731-0311

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It's actually better to go and sit at this Marathon. If you happen to want to stay home at night and you live in the neighborhood and prefer to just order in, it's a nightmare. Every single time I've ordered from these people, they ALWAYS mess up my order. They either don't get me what I ask for, forget items or their menu constantly changes and they never update it online so that the customer is aware of the changes. I find myself trying to decide on at least 3 items because they're always running out of items or discontinuing an item that I really liked on the menu. It's too pricey for what they offer and for the lack of bad service I've consistenly received when ordering. A restaurant should not only be good when you go there, but also when you place an order. They should really consider revising their $$, too. While the food is good, it's certainly not worth that kind of money.

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★★☆☆☆

It's actually better to go and sit at this Marathon. If you happen to want to stay home at night and you live in the neighborhood and prefer to just order in, it's a nightmare. Every single time I've ordered from these people, they ALWAYS mess up my order. They either don't get me what I ask for, forget items or their menu constantly changes and they never update it online so that the customer is aware of the changes. I find myself trying to decide on at least 3 items because they're always running out of items or discontinuing an item that I really liked on the menu. It's too pricey for what they offer and for the lack of bad service I've consistenly received when ordering. A restaurant should not only be good when you go there, but also when you place an order. They should really consider revising their $$, too. While the food is good, it's certainly not worth that kind of money.

Pros: Breakfast food and the fries

Cons: Ordering for delivery; too pricey

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Each time I go to this place, I tend to purchase more than I came in for. Wonderfully fresh food and healthy as well, great service, a bit pricy!

2
★★★★☆

Each time I go to this place, I tend to purchase more than I came in for. Wonderfully fresh food and healthy as well, great service, a bit pricy!

Pros: Good food

Cons: no parking

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This is a restaurant and bar, owned by the same people who own the other Marathons around the City. This branch is slightly more upscale. Take out is available. There are movie nights held at this location. The food is good, particularly brunch.

4
★★★★☆

This is a restaurant and bar, owned by the same people who own the other Marathons around the City. This branch is slightly more upscale. Take out is available. There are movie nights held at this location. The food is good, particularly brunch.

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Love the Marathon on the Square!!!!!!!!!!! The nicest, most friendly, professional staff ever!!! Its a treat to go out for breakfast at this joint! The oven roasted chicken salad sandwich is to die for. Everything is good, you will not be disappointed. The other Marathons do not compare especially 13th and Chestnut and 10th and Walnut, just terrible. Love you Marathon on the Square! Never change!

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★★★★★

Love the Marathon on the Square!!!!!!!!!!! The nicest, most friendly, professional staff ever!!! Its a treat to go out for breakfast at this joint! The oven roasted chicken salad sandwich is to die for. Everything is good, you will not be disappointed. The other Marathons do not compare especially 13th and Chestnut and 10th and Walnut, just terrible. Love you Marathon on the Square! Never change!

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The food is consistently good at the Marathon Restaurants.
This one is my favorite because of the Rittenhouse Square locale.
It's often crowded for Sunday brunch but it's a good time to go.
The breakfasts are good; my favorite dish is the quesedilla.

4
★★★★☆

The food is consistently good at the Marathon Restaurants.
This one is my favorite because of the Rittenhouse Square locale.
It's often crowded for Sunday brunch but it's a good time to go.
The breakfasts are good; my favorite dish is the quesedilla.

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It's not the diner on the square it once was, but this locale still boasts a great brunch and lunch menu. Have a traditional breakfast meal or try the salads which are really quite good - a hearty selection greens with a nice piece of salmon or tuna on top.

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★★★☆☆

It's not the diner on the square it once was, but this locale still boasts a great brunch and lunch menu. Have a traditional breakfast meal or try the salads which are really quite good - a hearty selection greens with a nice piece of salmon or tuna on top.

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The flat bread is to die for and the HAPPY HOUR is a killer deal!

The service is alwasy kind and friendly and the food is always fast and amazing!

2
★★★★★

The flat bread is to die for and the HAPPY HOUR is a killer deal!

The service is alwasy kind and friendly and the food is always fast and amazing!

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We have tried every Marathon location many times, and Marathon on the Square is consistently better than the rest. Better selection than the other Marathons, food always hot (when it's supposed to be) and fresh, waitstaff always accommodating of special requests. The ambience is much nicer, too, just be sure you don't get seated too close to either the front door or the air conditioning vent! Anyway, we have eaten here hundreds of times over the years, and have enjoyed virtually every meal. It is also the "go to" place when out-of-towners visit. Repeat visitors always ask to go back. There are a number of long-time waitstaff, but every so often a new waiter pops up--don't judge your service by one visit. Also don't judge the food by how well it keeps when carrying out or getting delivery. Definitely an excellent choice for brunch, lunch, and dinner!

2
★★★★★

We have tried every Marathon location many times, and Marathon on the Square is consistently better than the rest. Better selection than the other Marathons, food always hot (when it's supposed to be) and fresh, waitstaff always accommodating of special requests. The ambience is much nicer, too, just be sure you don't get seated too close to either the front door or the air conditioning vent! Anyway, we have eaten here hundreds of times over the years, and have enjoyed virtually every meal. It is also the "go to" place when out-of-towners visit. Repeat visitors always ask to go back. There are a number of long-time waitstaff, but every so often a new waiter pops up--don't judge your service by one visit. Also don't judge the food by how well it keeps when carrying out or getting delivery. Definitely an excellent choice for brunch, lunch, and dinner!

Pros: varied and tasty menu, breakfast avail all day, doesn't break the bank

Cons: can get pretty packed for sat and sun brunch

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Marathon on the Square is definitely a place where you figure out what's good and stick to it. Trying new things hasn't exactly worked out for me. Here's what's good: (1) low fat tuna & turkey sandwiches (mmmmm...sprouts) & (2) for something on the other end of the calorie spectrum--try the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pancakes!!! Delivery is a plus, but some things don't taste so good in marathon's paper and plastic containers: not a fan of soggy grilled cheese, the mac and cheese, the soups...

2
★★★★☆

Marathon on the Square is definitely a place where you figure out what's good and stick to it. Trying new things hasn't exactly worked out for me. Here's what's good: (1) low fat tuna & turkey sandwiches (mmmmm...sprouts) & (2) for something on the other end of the calorie spectrum--try the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pancakes!!! Delivery is a plus, but some things don't taste so good in marathon's paper and plastic containers: not a fan of soggy grilled cheese, the mac and cheese, the soups...

Pros: Delivery

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If you live or work in Center City, this place will be the only food you ever eat. Sure, there are better restaurants near Rittenhouse, but we almost always order in, and this is the only real food that travels well. If you're like us, you don't really care what neophytes think of the interior design. The food always comes superfast, and while french fries don't travel well, everything else does. The turkey club in particular surpasses expectations.

2
★★★★★

If you live or work in Center City, this place will be the only food you ever eat. Sure, there are better restaurants near Rittenhouse, but we almost always order in, and this is the only real food that travels well. If you're like us, you don't really care what neophytes think of the interior design. The food always comes superfast, and while french fries don't travel well, everything else does. The turkey club in particular surpasses expectations.

Pros: fast, affordable, and good

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I have never been displeased with Marathon Grill's food. A frequent take-out, delivery and in-house diner I assumed this famed "Marathon on the Square" would keep up with expectations its title conveys. While it offers a more posh, romantic and trendy ambience and atmosphere that is delightful for brunch, lunch or dinner, I've found the service to be less than desirable. I found my servers, on more than one occasion, to be snooty and in once instance, impatient. The class I had counted on was absent and I was disappointed. The total package did not measure up for myself, but if you value atmosphere over service than I recommend it, but if you'd like to enjoy quality service than head over to the 16th and Locust Marathon, they serve service up with a smile.

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★★★☆☆

I have never been displeased with Marathon Grill's food. A frequent take-out, delivery and in-house diner I assumed this famed "Marathon on the Square" would keep up with expectations its title conveys. While it offers a more posh, romantic and trendy ambience and atmosphere that is delightful for brunch, lunch or dinner, I've found the service to be less than desirable. I found my servers, on more than one occasion, to be snooty and in once instance, impatient. The class I had counted on was absent and I was disappointed. The total package did not measure up for myself, but if you value atmosphere over service than I recommend it, but if you'd like to enjoy quality service than head over to the 16th and Locust Marathon, they serve service up with a smile.

Pros: Atmosphere, Ambience, Menu

Cons: Impatience, Snooty Service

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Menu here has a lot of variety. Their Cesar salads are one of the best I have ever had. The location in Univesity City has great outdoor dining and cool atmosphere. I like being able to choose between a ceasar salad or fries with my meal. Large portion sizes. The chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich is excellent. Large enough for two to share. The cookie is warm and soft with ice cream in the center and whipped cream around the edges. A great all around American meal. The only thing that could be improved is a little bit better service. They seem a little bit slow to bring out your meal.

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★★★★★

Menu here has a lot of variety. Their Cesar salads are one of the best I have ever had. The location in Univesity City has great outdoor dining and cool atmosphere. I like being able to choose between a ceasar salad or fries with my meal. Large portion sizes. The chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich is excellent. Large enough for two to share. The cookie is warm and soft with ice cream in the center and whipped cream around the edges. A great all around American meal. The only thing that could be improved is a little bit better service. They seem a little bit slow to bring out your meal.

Pros: Large Menu, Good Salads

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I have enjoyed almost all the meals that I've had here. The menu is relatively diverse and the selections pretty good. Brunch is excellent. But I always feel like everything on the menu is just a few dollars too expensive for what it is, especially considering that the atmosphere is pretty corporate.

2
★★★★☆

I have enjoyed almost all the meals that I've had here. The menu is relatively diverse and the selections pretty good. Brunch is excellent. But I always feel like everything on the menu is just a few dollars too expensive for what it is, especially considering that the atmosphere is pretty corporate.

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While many critics of Marathon refer to it as "nothing more than" an upscale diner, I see that as part of the appeal. While never passing for fine dining, it is a great spot to eat comfort food and people-watch on a rainy night.
Although the burgers are only fair, their chicken, salmon, and tuna sandwiches are quite good. My personal favorite is the chicken pot pie, which is huge and piping hot, just like home made, but without the 3 hours of cooking time.
Another point in Marathon's favor is that it is fairly versatile, appropriate for either a meal or just a few drinks. They also show movies on a drop-down screen every Wednesday night at 9.

2
★★★★☆

While many critics of Marathon refer to it as "nothing more than" an upscale diner, I see that as part of the appeal. While never passing for fine dining, it is a great spot to eat comfort food and people-watch on a rainy night.
Although the burgers are only fair, their chicken, salmon, and tuna sandwiches are quite good. My personal favorite is the chicken pot pie, which is huge and piping hot, just like home made, but without the 3 hours of cooking time.
Another point in Marathon's favor is that it is fairly versatile, appropriate for either a meal or just a few drinks. They also show movies on a drop-down screen every Wednesday night at 9.

Pros: People-watching, comfortable food, location

Cons: , burgers only fair

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Old reliable-great location and nice ambiance as a neighborhood eatery

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★★★★☆

Old reliable-great location and nice ambiance as a neighborhood eatery

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MOTS has a great brunch Saturday and Sunday. The place gets crowded so you have to expect to wait a bit on weekends. The waitstaff is generally very good and not obnoxious, pushy or annoying you every few minutes. I live down the street and enjoy going during the weeknights for a drink and meeting friends. It's a great neighborhood place. I have recommended it to many people and will continue.

2
★★★★★

MOTS has a great brunch Saturday and Sunday. The place gets crowded so you have to expect to wait a bit on weekends. The waitstaff is generally very good and not obnoxious, pushy or annoying you every few minutes. I live down the street and enjoy going during the weeknights for a drink and meeting friends. It's a great neighborhood place. I have recommended it to many people and will continue.

Pros: attractive workers, chill atmosphere

Cons: crowded for brunch

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I've eaten and drank here several times, and the food, service and ambiance is always lovely.
Fish, salad, or burgers are always classic and tasty, and all for a reasonable price.

2
★★★★★

I've eaten and drank here several times, and the food, service and ambiance is always lovely.
Fish, salad, or burgers are always classic and tasty, and all for a reasonable price.

Pros: reasonable prices, good food, no wait

 

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