1839 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910339.948119 -75.172568
M-F 11-11, Sa 9-4 5-12, Su 9-4 5-10
Neighborhoods: Center City, Rittenhouse Square
Only good when you go there – 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.
The greatest milkshakes – 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!
Love the place! – 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!
MUCH LOVE FOR THIS PLACE! – 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!
large menu, solid service, excellent ambience compared to other marathons – 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!
Fare on the Square with a fakey Euro flair. – In Short
Dim lights and feigned modern-euro decor almost makes you forget that just a couple years ago, this place was Center City's greatest diner. The bustling bellowing from the cramped open kitchen behind you, however, quickly refreshes your memory. The marble topped tables, placed a bit too close for comfort, lining the dining room, would benefit greatly with a tablecloth. The menu features a bevy of imaginative concoctions--eclectic Continental creations with a slight Asian twist.
You Take the Good, You Take the Bad... – 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...
Life support for Center City. – 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.
Posh Marathon, less than desireable – 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.
great salads – 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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