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#6,228 of 15,141 Restaurants in London
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African, Ethiopian
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Lunch, Dinner
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Islington
0.4 miles from King's Cross Station
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Reviewed 18 October 2023

Been here for food and some Asmara beer with some friends. Live music on Saturdays is very cool, very nice genuine atmosphere, and food is amazing!

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 October 2023

We have been to Marathon 4 adults and 2 toddlers. We stayed at the door for several minutes waiting for a staff member to open the other side of the door as our prams did not fit. Eventually, one of us had to go and...ask a waiter to help. We were sat and they only had ONE baby high chair. Their service was really slow. There was a single waiter who sat at the corner with a laptop and 4 times we had to walk over to his corner to ask for the menu, extra injera and additional orders. Every time, he came with a face that has an expression"you owe me an apology". Their food in addition to being slow was not very good either. I have been to Marathon for about 10 years, and I have never seen it at this level of terrible service. Sadly, their good days are behind them. My advice avoid, there are other much better and more friendlier Ethiopian restaurantsMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 17 September 2023

Absolutely gorgeous veggie food and sooooooo ridiculously good for the money. Would recommend to anyone! Honey wine fab. Best dinner I’ve had on the Cally

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 11 September 2023

Family and friends cane for my book launch. After 40 of us stayed to eat. Everyone LOVED it!! Really good fresh tasty food. Lovely to sit round large sharing plates - veg and non-veg. Thankyou Girimesh, Ayeni and Amanuel!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 30 August 2023

We were looking for a restaurant for locals, away from the tourist area , and something authentic when we came acrossed the Marathon Restaurant that serves Ethiopian food. It was just the cultural experience we were looking for! It was an incredible, memorable experience!

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 20 June 2023

Great authentic food and very welcoming! Staff were very nice. I cannot wait to come again. The atmosphere and the ambience were really inviting!

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 15 April 2023

Amazing food! Amazing service would highly recommend. Will be coming back to try more of the menu!

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 10 March 2023

I enjoyed my trip to marathon restaurant. The staff were kind and the food was promptly served. The food was nice and there was a good selection of vegan food available.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 9 March 2023

The restaurant was perfect. I'd never had Ethiopian food before but will certainly go back. Service was friendly and efficient and the food delicious, spicy, and a real treat and was fantastic value for money.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 4 February 2023

me and my friend went to have something to eat few months back. the food was so unlike any Ethiopian food, so oily we ended up having heartburn, taste was very poor, when we approached her she was very defensive and poor customer service. on...the top of everything this restaurant do not take card payment therefore we have to go out and pay the whole amount for the awful food. AVOID THIS REASTAURANT AT ALL COST.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 3 February 2023

Had a lovely time discovering I enjoyed the spicy flavoursome ethiopian cusine and unique fun style of eating. Honey wine, similar to mead, aided the fun. My friends had spent time in ethiopia so knew what to expect. They enjoyed speaking with our waiter/maitre d....about the country and food and revising basic words in the language. We had a platter of different cooked meat and vegetables piled individually on a large special type of pancake and ate using a torn piece of the pancake in our fingers. Not all the foods were spicy and non were more than a medium. Though everyones taste and tolerance is different. I recommend this friendly and delightful restaurant. I cant wait to take others there.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 14 December 2022

Just had a very lovely dining experience at the Marathon Restaurant, where the team truly went out of their way to make it a special birthday dinner for our family. Unnecessary to say that the Ethiopian food we were served, and which was accompanied by...an excellent Ethiopian beer, was absolutely delicious and amongst the best of its kind I have tried so far. After the meal, we were treated to the smell of freshly pan-roasted coffee beans, leading to a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony and an impromptu birthday surprise. Definitively worth going!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 7 November 2021

Delicious great quality food, real authentic and fresh! Great vibes and amazing service! Would highly recommend! :)

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 27 October 2020 via mobile

I keep returning for the fabulous dulet and kitfo. I need to try other dishes but have a difficult time deviating from these two.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 23 September 2020 via mobile

Absolutely delicious, we tried all of the vegetarian dishes and all were fantastic. The split peas in particular are worth trying and the waitress kindly offered another member in our party who hadn’t ordered them extra to try on the house. Service was fast and...the injera (sourdough served with meals) was excellent, will return soon.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Marathon Restaurant and Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4