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Marathon Restaurant and Bar

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193A Caledonian Road, London N1 0SL, England
+44 20 7837 4499
12:00 - 03:00
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Mon - Thu 12:00 - 11:30
Fri - Sun 12:00 - 03:00
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London, United Kingdom
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151 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my first brush with Ethiopian cuisine and I really enjoyed it! The restaurant itself isn't super appealing, it's just a few tables on a tiled floor and some gaudy decorations on the walls and windows. Definitely not pretty or cozy. The staff was very friendly but unfortunately our server spoke incredibly quietly, so we had trouble understanding her... More 

Thank Shinylifeforme
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Waitress was very unfriendly.If you want to deal with low inteligent waitress this is the right place.The food is ok but she spoil my mood.

Thank toshovl .
London, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Came here for our office Christmas meal rather than trying to find a pub or restaurant that didn't over-priced set menus and limited options! Had no trouble booking a table, waitress on arrival was friendly and knowledgeable about the food, and the restaurant itself was quite clean and tidy. Ladies loo was a bit small, but not so tiny that... More 

Thank shortiebrunetti
Columbia, Maryland
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218 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

I was in the neighborhood walking to my airbnb, cold and hungry, and spotted this restaurant. So glad I did! This is a clean and unpretentious place - nice and hospitable. The host easily agreed to make my dinner takeaway. It was well wrapped and absolutely delicious. Not having eaten Ethiopian befire, I cannot comment on authenticity, but it was... More 

Thank Deborah F
London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Firstly I will make it clear that I have no idea what authentic Ethiopian food is. So I cannot comment on how authentic this place is. Wine list was OK but none of it was available. But they did have Hardy's wine. I kid you not. Hardy's? Really? In a restaurant? The first round of really delicious lager was cold.... More 

Thank Pat C
London, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

After a trek back from the races in deepest Sussex a friend suggested this place as he rated it very highly.The food is great,quite spicey and service is first rate.In addition it won,t break the bank.We started off with 2 pints of beer while we looked at the menu.Startes were 2 lamb sambusas, a bit like a samosa but nicer... More 

Thank eric w
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88 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

A friend of mine who has lived in Ethiopia for long periods took me to this restaurant, assuring me that their food is the real one. Although I tried Ethiopian food before in Barcelona, flavors here were quite different, stronger, powerful and of course delicious! Amazing experience, I'll come back for sure.

Thank Javier G
London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

I enjoyed the food and especially the subtle spicing of the food. The 'hot' option is relatively mild compared to say Caribbean or Indian cuisine, but leaves a very nice taste in the palate. Good Ethiopian beer - recommended. Portion of meat - in my case Chicken - a little small, one leg only for the Wot chicken. The ambience... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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226 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016

It was my first time at this place. Really enjoyed food there. Great staff, great place. I would recommend to try.

Thank Molodaya
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2015 via mobile

We were four and although the place was almost empty,we decided to give it a try hoping for an authentic experience. It was one of them.The food was lovely and the lady who served us was very helpful. The only con was the wine,no choice and the house wine was average. Overall it was a good experience and we enjoy... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
African, Ethiopian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Buffet, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 03:00
12:00 - 11:30
12:00 - 11:30
12:00 - 11:30
12:00 - 11:30
12:00 - 03:00
12:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 193A Caledonian Road, London N1 0SL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7837 4499

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?