Back Burner Restaurant
Back Burner Restaurant

Back Burner Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.backburner.com/
  • Phone: (302) 239-2314
  • Hours of Operation:
    The Restaurant is open from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.

    The Tavern is open nightly until 10:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.

    Sunday brunch is served on special holidays only.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chris Peters
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Contact The Back Burner To Go for your catering needs at 302-239-2732.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties may enjoy our Fireplace Room, which can accommodate up to 24 guests in an easily accessible and cozy setting. Several menu options are available. Please contact Anthony or Amanda at 302-239-2314 to learn more, or email us at events@backburner.com

    Remember to book your holiday parties early!
  • Private Party Contact: Anthony Sinigaglio - Hospitality & Sales Manager 3022392314x
  • Special Events: Please see our website, Facebook page, and Twitter for up to date information regarding our menu, specials, and more.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Old Lancaster Pike
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The Back Burner offers a large private lot for your convenience. Please note that the parking lot is a one-way design, which circles around "Panache" Furniture Consignment and leads back to Old Lancaster Pike.
A word from Back Burner Restaurant
Executive Chef Chris Peters (former owner / chef of "Nonna" in Newark) offers seasonal selections of contemporary American cuisine, interlaced with Italian and French influences.

Signature dishes include:
- Pumpkin Mushroom Soup
- Shrimp Léjon
- Kennett Square Stuffed Mushrooms
- House-made Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes
- Filet Mignon En Croute

Our Tavern Menu features several new and exciting cocktails, as well as light fare. From our seasonal hit "Blue Caribbean" to our crowd-favorite "Pomegranate Cosmo," these specialty concoctions are sure to please all palates.

Enjoy your own private evening with friends, family or clients in our cozy Fireplace Room, which seats up to 24 guests. We can tailor the menu to meet your individual needs. For additional info, contact Anthony at events@backburner.com.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Back Burner Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (35)neighborhood gem (34)fit for foodies (33)great for lunch (20)romantic (19)good for groups (12)notable wine list (9)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • peney wise pound foolish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Back Burner has moved to the cheap, trusting it would go un-noticed. But it was not un-noticed. Years past (4 for me) every mother was presented with a rose, there was a complimentary alcoholic beverage for all adults, and a desert bar after brunch. This year Back Burner eliminated all three of the above. Result: this was just a brunch, and not a 'special' Mother's Day brunch. Conclusion: 'peney wise and pound foolish' will cost Back Burner return customers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Comfortable seating. Server was very attentive, food very good
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good, but...
    Patches
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    The decor was nice, except for the chairs in the dining room were extremely outdated and must be removed. Also the lighting was much to bright and made the atmosphere pretty odd. Changing both of These things would have made the experience much more intimate.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PapaPete
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Different kind of restaurant & bar, in a good way. Staff is friendly, table layout is spacious, and menu has a nice mix of different dishes. Fod was very good and prices reasonable with an option for a small or large portion
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome first date
    Luv2bspecial
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    It was perfect. I had flowers delivered for our table and they were beautiful .
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LaurieVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The Back Burner is known for their crab cakes, deservedly so! But even more outstanding were the smoked lamb soft tacos...amazing!!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Very nice experience. Food was GREAT, noise level was low...what a well balanced restaurant should be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great lunch
    ltd58VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We had a great lunch here. We had two of the specials, a gnocchi and a salmons dish and they were both delicious. Wait staff was perfect. Highly recommend this for a nice lunch spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't beat the soup
    Loa3
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Great restaurant. The food is always good. The pumpkin mushroom soup is unique and outstanding, as are the rolls.We always enjoy eating at the Back Burner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise
    March5
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    We had read about this nice restaurant in a charming setting. That it was though we did have a little trouble finding it at first. The ambiance was very inviting and our server, Darlene, very friendly and attentive. The short ribs were excellent and the pumpkin mushroom soup very tasty. The bacon wrapped filet was a little more done than the medium rare I had ordered so it missed in that regard. Our experience otherwise was quite positive and we would not hesitate to return the next time we're in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was Spectacular
    Neil19707
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We felt as though the entire staff was there to serve us. The restaurant was crowded, but everyone who was working there made sure to stop by our table & wish us well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Restaurant
    KKMiller
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The food at Back Burner was excellent. The prices were reasonable; plus, you could choose to have a smaller portion of an entrée at a reduced price. We will certainly go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice
    Paul
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Very nice place. Love the interior and the staff is very friendly. Food is also very good! I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Early seating at Back Burner
    David
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Great service, terrific Martini (s), good meal. Recommend if you need a lite fare, affordable, with great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise Yum
    XxxxxxVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Found this by chance on opentable. Needed a dinner reserv while in area to see Longwood Gardens. It was great! I recommend crabcake and shortrib. Delicious. And service was excellent. (Hostess could have been friendlier, but once seated, good experience. We did not like first table so hostess a bit miffed at us. Not professional). Excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great new find for us !
    kjbdaddyVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    OpenTable provide some new choices near our home Kennett Square….The Back Burner, 12 minutes away, so off we went. We now a have another place that’s close for enjoying a night out. Staff was attentive and friendly while not being overbearing. Wednesday is surf & turf with special pricing…we almost never get surf and turf...WOW, so glad we did….great piece of filet with a small wrap of beacon then surprisingly not a lobster tail but a fabulous crab cake, absolutely no fillers! The octopus appetizer was awesome, both desserts were above average. Only slight downside was we would have liked to see the bottle of Red kept in a cooler location, it was too warm. The Tavern menu and other nightly specials will bring us back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good excuse to Stay local
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    What a pleasant surprise right in our own backyard! This restaurant has a bright modern vibe with amazing food. From the drinks to the entree to the dessert, all was thoughtful and delicious. The menu is not huge but the options are diverse. Instead of driving into philly for a trendy restaurant experience, I recommend giving Back Burner a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food at a reasonable price
    BuckBiggler
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food was fantastic. I had salmon with a pumpkin risotto and my fiance had a petite filet. It was nice to see that smaller portion sizes were offered for most entrees. I highly recommend the creme brulee for dessert.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keeping it simple, if you
    frogpomd
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Keeping it simple, if you are looking for a nice restaurant with good service & food...give this one a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely for Valentine's Day
    AnthonyVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The Valentine's Day menu was excellent, as was our service at the bar and at our table. Courteous staff, tasty cocktails, and really cool nightly specials that we'll be back to try soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous find!
    foodeee
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I haven't been to this restaurant prior to this occasion, or even heard of it. I found it on open table for a last minute Valentines Day reservation, and after reading the reviews decided to try it. They had a special menue for V-day so I can't speak for the regular menue, but everything looked delicious. We each ended up getting the surf and turf and it was exceptionally delicious! The filet was so tender and cooked just right, and the lobster tail was the best I've had which actually surprised me. I had the blackberry martini upon a recommendation in a review I had read and loved it so much I ordered another. Service was great, ambiance was perfect for a romantic dinner. Overall highly recommended, will be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Valentines day.
    Stephenie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I work in restaurants and have for 19 years. So it is sometimes hard to enjoy myself when I go out. My fiancé and I enjoyed ourselves emmensely. From the drinks to the service we were able to sit back and relax. Our server, Lauren was excellent!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We always get great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We always get great service and fine food at the Back Burner. Our daughters work in the food business and they both highly recommend your food an service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Such a quaint place with a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Such a quaint place with a very warm ambiance. The food was really good, including the oysters which were nicely prepared and served ice cold. Our waitress was delightful and very pleasant. I will certainly be back for $1 oyster night. The cocktails were also very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staff flawlessly presented
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Staff flawlessly presented delicious dessert with birthday candle after dinner entree as requested in celebration of my husband's birthday.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So rare to find a restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    So rare to find a restaurant that's not so loud you can't converse! It was an all around pleasurable experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still one of my favorite places
    Nancy
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Restaurants come and go, but the Back Burner continues to withstand the test of time and rightly so. Fantastic dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced, competent but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Overpriced, competent but unremarkable. Wine list is not exceptional for value or variety.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service &Martini
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Our server was very good. She was there when we needed her, the courses were delivered at the right pace, and she was pleasant without being too gabby. I would especially recommend the blackberry martini, everyone in the group had one and loved it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had been looking forward
    pmnz
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We had been looking forward to the new menu but went at New Years and got a special menu which was limited to large not small plates. So we went back again a few nights ago. Food was good but the ambiance just seemed "cold" and uninviting-- not a party atmosphere. I can't pinpoint why nor can my wife. The waitress was not all that serious; would have liked to see a medium priced Chardonnay along with the William Hill (lower priced) and the higher priced which we found no better at $11/glass than the William Hill. Maybe the management can see a way to "lighten up" the place. We had gone to the Back Burner many times years ago and don't remember the ambiance issue. Maybe it's just our age!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jan 18 2014
    BonAyreS
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Enjoyed the whole dining experience. Like the menu smaller size portion options for all entrée s. Enjoyed the fire side dining room also. Great service and food presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Improved Menu
    Rehobobum
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Have visited many times and was pleasantly surprised to see that the menu has changed to include more appetizer choices and two portion sizes of many entrees. This makes it possible to visit more often rather than only going for a special occasion.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was nothing to write
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Food was nothing to write home about. I had the lobster mac and cheese which had very little lobster and taste. My wife had scallops. There were only three small ones. This is not the Back Burner I remember from years ago.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambience
    Hockessinfoodie
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I live nearby and love stopping in here for a drink at the bar. The fireplace is awesome. The place just has a great vibe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit or miss
    LocalYocal
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Depending on what staff are helping you, the service is not always up to par for the Back Burner's reputation. Recent dining experience was not as good as before- despite advanced reservations the host tried to seat us in the least desirable location and had no place for us to hang our coats. Server was OK but didnt really offer any menu highlights. Food was so-so with too much emphasis on making the dish distinctive than basic good taste was lost. Desert was unimpressive from a taste/preparation point of view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Good - Service Not So Good
    Carol
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    The salmon and mahi were very good, as were the crab chowder and pumpkin mushroom soup. The food arrived to the table hot and the chef's presentation was good. We arrived 5 minutes early for our reservation. We were greeted and seated. The bus person poured water. Several staff personnel passed by our table and not one of them asked us for a drink order. I waited for 35 minutes before I got up from the table and walked to the front desk and asked for a server. The server arrived and was apologetic. The server read specials from a card and pronounced several words incorrectly. She was unable to answer questions regarding drinks. Finally, the server made a big mistake with our bill because she did not listen to our request.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Even though I had made a reservation through you, when we got to the restaurant, they did not have it. They did seat us anyway.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out
    piano
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Our dining out group chose the Back Burner for it's Christmas dinner and was not dissapointed. We requested, and received a round table and from its location, we could see the preparation of the food. A good night was had by all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We have had lunch here on Friday before Xmas for the past 5 years-and it will be the last. I booked through OpenTable more than a month before. I requested a specific table as in prior years. I was called 3 days before our reservation saying that table was not available but they would have an equally nice table. When we arrived, we were given a horrible table off to the side of the bar, shoved against the wall. Was told no other tables available. I said reservation was made a month before & expected better. Told it was a busy time. Our table did not even have tablecloth or linen napkins. Service was slow (probably since we were shoved to the side). At least the food was acceptable. But overall, horrible client service experience!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New concept
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    We loved the new menu which was much less expensive and offered a range of choices from sandwiches to dinner entrees. We also appreciated the option to get smaller plates of Most offerings. The experience was a pleasant surprise. An older, established restaurant has reinvented itself. And the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic