Portland >Bars & Clubs > Marathon Taverna
1735 W Burnside St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.523050 -122.689041
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Northwest District
love it for the rough edges, I come back for the food – I love the Marathon Taverna for the rough edges, and I come back again and again for the food. The breakfasts are inexpensive, but the Greek food is where 'it is at'!
Great place with horrible irrational staff – This used to be one of my favorite places until the last two times i've gone there, the bouncers have gotten extremely aggressive and kicked me out for no reason. I was sitting at a table with my husband having our second drinks, not being loud or especially interesting.
I'm a small girl and the bouncer told me that i was threatening him and physically dragged me out even though i wasn't arguing or putting up a fight. I think this place has gotten lucky that they haven't been charged with assault..
This has happened to a few groups of people I've talked to. We're all professionals usually just out for drinks after work on a Friday.
I'm dissappointed because we used to take big groups there all the time, but never again, not even for the delicious gyros.
Bad Bar, Terrible Staff!!! – Bad, mean staff. They don't wait on you or serve you, they just treat you badly and cut you off before you are drunk!.. BAD BAD BAD!!!!! I DO NOT RECOMMEND!!!!!!
Rude Service – I go there maybe once or twice a week, but not any more after the second time I get treated bad in this place from the same bartender. I think she is the late night manager (go figure hehe) so I was waiting for her to turn back to me so I could order a drink while she was talking to customers. After maybe 3-4 minutes she is still talking and laughing. I went to her and waved, then after couple minutes she came and said: I'm in the middle of a conversation!!!!! can't you wait? huh sorry Biiiittch for ruining your million dollar contract!!
that was Monday May 24 2010
for 3 years in a row and she is still there... I really don't recommend anyone who wants to have a good time to go there.
Highly Unprofessional Staff – Myself and 3 friends went to Marathon Taverna last night. We were not required to show ID to enter, and went in and sat at the back of the bar.
Almost immediately, one of the bouncers came up to me and asked to speak to me outside. I complied without any resistance.
He told me that "2 people told me you flipped me off" which was completely untrue, and I responded as such. We were at this time right at the threshold of the font door. He repeated his claim, and I also did.
I did not offer any resistance other than verbally telling him that the claims were untrue, and in a calm, non-threatening voice. I asked to see who these people were to substantiate his claim.
At this point, the bouncer did not reply as he knew his claims were untrue, and shoved me. I slid backward down the slope to the door and fell down onto the sidewalk because I was wearing dress shoes with little grip. I skinned my knee and tore a hole in my pants and we left.
There is no reason to be assaulted by the employees of a business in this manner for no reason whatsoever other than stating that their claims of my behavior is untrue and asking them to produce the witnesses they claim.
Further, this business is located on Burnside, which in my opinion is a busy street even at night and someone pushing patrons at the door on the narrow sidewalk could very easily result in someone falling into the street and having serious injury if a car is driving by.
I used to go to Marathon quite often, but highly unprofessional treatment and is potentially very dangerous. I will never go here again and recommend that you do not subject yourself to this possibility either.
Rude Service – We managed to get kicked out of this place for simply asking for an itemized receipt. Two bartender ladies got very upset when we asked to see an itemized receipt. It was over a hundred dollars and there's no way we drank that much! They said we we're questioning their honesty and we're refusing to pay? Anyway, we did pay, and gave no tip so they kicked us out. We ended up going a whole six months later for a friends birthday, and THEY RECOGNIZED us! Kicked us out again, it was kind of funny but still lame!
Iconic Portland – If you want a bar where you can go in shorts, jeans, a suit...or whatever's comfortable, here it is. I miss sitting at the end of the bar near the window so I could look out on Burnside, especially on a rainy day. The best and worst of Portland patrols the streets and sidewalks of west Burnside, and you can see it all from a comfortable seat at a great little, friendly bar. The prices are great, the food is good, the wait staff is friendly, it's conveniently located...it's a tiny chip of old Portland that the hipsters haven't yet ruined. They have a great online jukebox, pool, darts, video games. Next time I'm in town, I WILL stop in for at least one round.
The Bartenders are rude slow and standoffish – If you want to be treated like a putz for drinking in a bar then you will love this place . Rude and arrogant describes the Bar staff . . . . Really not friendly and they act like its a pain to serve you even when seated at the bar . Fix this mess this bar used to be fun . Hey wait til the modern and clean new sports bar opens up next door at the New civic Apts , maybe then the wait staff will begin treating their customers with some respect .
If i could give it less than one star I would – I was there a couple weeks ago, and when i received my bank statement they added a one in front of the 5 on the tip line. The staff is rude, slow and makes the worst and weakest drinks i have ever had. Go somewhere else. There are many other better dives in town.
try to get over it,heres why. – I admit that I haven't been to the Marathon in quite some time,but there is a reason for the way things are going. I remember about 15 yrs ago when I started going there. The owner Gus cared about his costumers,and he tried his best to make people feel good about being there. I regeret to inform everyone that Gus has retired and his daughter is now in charge. I watched this girl grow up,and her brother too. I also think that his wife brings a breath of fresh air into the place when ever shes there. I read that the bouncers were rude,go when Harold is working,hes a real nice guy if you give him a chance. The waitress that added the tip with out permision should have been fired at once! I hope gus reads this,maybe he will stick his where it belongs.
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