Back Burner Restaurant
Back Burner Restaurant

Back Burner Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.backburner.com/
  • Phone: 3022392314x
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Back Burner Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (24)fit for foodies (18)special occasion (17)great for lunch (14)romantic (13)great for brunch (5)notable wine list (5)good for groups (3)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • nice but lacking
    KimC
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Advertised lobster special but sold out by 7:00 pm! Friday night and yet not even half full, despite great location. Back Burner seems to just miss the mark.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thursday is Prime Rib Night
    JenTVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We went with the waiter's recommendation and got the prime rib and Chianti. Meal was fantastic! And, the wine wasn't a $100 bottle - like in some places when you get a recommendation - it was reasonably priced and went great with the overall meal. Delicious!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Dinner
    JRB1
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had not been to the Back Burner in quite some time because the last time we were there we had a terrible experience. We were never provided the "let us make it up to you" certificate that was promised. Since so much time had gone by, we thought we might give it another try. Our experience this time was much better. Both of us had the salad, which was good. The nuts were a bit spicy for me, but my husband loved them. We both ordered the smaller portions for dinner and they were fine. The service was much better this time. The only thing on the more negative side is that there are very few wine by the glass choices - one for most categories and two chardonnays.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We love the Back Burner To Go, but we were very unimpressed with the restaurant itself. The server was nice enough and the prices were not outrageous, but the food was bland or just not good. The stuffed mushrooms had a very strong taste of lemon that, I suppose, some people might like, but we thought it a complete waste of mushrooms and crab meat. We will not be going back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Second time around
    March5
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We were impressed with our first visit in January so made a point of returning when in the area. Surf and turf special was very good and reasonably priced. Steak cooked to perfect order. Staff always very attentive and friendly. Appreciate the offering of two-sized portions for entrees; the smaller size is just the perfect amount of food, more than adequate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dinner with friends
    slim
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    dinner was delicious as it always is at the back burner. The beer selection is ok they do have seasonal beverages nightly specials during the week are highly recommended the surf and turf was excellent.the grilled calamari had an excellent flavor and the texture was perfect.I have found it difficult to find grilled calamari anywhere most places serve it fried I highly recommend trying it grilled if you have not.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still fantastic after all this time
    Nancy
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The Back Burner in Hockessin has been around a long time and it just keeps getting better. Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Patti is the best! We like to sit in the bar area for a more relaxed night with delicious food. The garlic clams are always good. The octopus carpaccio was a nice twist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Been away for a long time
    vodvoxVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We have been coming back to the Burner because of two things. Your chef and Patti. First the food; the menu is diverse, foodie-enhanced and just well prepared. Nicely done!! Secondly, Patti is a real gem in the bar area. She is efficient, energized and fun in a restaurant that was not.. Nice going whoever is making the changes..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay experience
    Julie
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The appetizers,i.e. soups, salads - excellent - the entrees left something to be desired - was disappointed. Sorry.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    hungrytoday
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    7:15 reservation and they were out of their special--prime rib. NY strip steak was mentioned as an alternative, and, since it wasn't on the menu, we assumed the steaks would be the same price. They were priced at 150% of the prime rib. We didnt know that until the meal was over. What we did know was the steaks were huge, boneless, and topped with a great sauce, but the meat was terrible. The sinew was unlike ANY NY strip steak I have ever eaten. In fact, I honestly doubt that it was, in fact, NY strip steak. It made the steak difficult to chew, and I can't say the texture reminded me of fresh NY strip steak, either. This was our first timee there, and not knowing whether this experience was common, we chose not to complain.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not impressed
    Leftwanting
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We went for a dinner for a special occasion on the recommendation of friends, and we were not impressed with the service level or food quality. There was a prime rib special the night we went which my wife ordered, and it looked like it was cooked on the flat grill. A cut off the roast or charbroiled would have been preferred for the 'quality' of this restaurant. The Rock Bass was delicious, as with the sides and dessert. The bar was poorly stocked with what we would consider reasonable Burbons to have on the high end. We are new in the area and were hoping for a quality dinner in a relaxed atmosphere. We will keep looking, I'm sure we can find better for the price.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch
    lunchtimer
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We really enjoyed the ambience and my 2 guests each had a quiche which they thoroughly enjoyed. I had the fish & chips which was really good. The ice-cream or dessert was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll be back
    grandoperahousefan
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    my first visit to the back burner and it was every bit as good as everyone says. great variety on menu, also. looking forward to coming again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet and charming
    ladydoc
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    A recent brunch for Mother's Day proved a pleasant experience. Excellent service, food was delicious. My only criticism is that the menu was quite limited with very few offerings.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    NAZE
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our son blessed me with a Mother's Day gift card to the Back Burner. My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful Mother's Day brunch at the restaurant including great food and service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliably good
    Theia
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Foot was great as usual. A crying baby at a nearby table interrupted our conversation several times, but it was Mother's Day so what are you going to do?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 343 reviews are from the Back Burner Restaurant reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great lunch
    ltd58
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great new find for us !
    kjbdaddy
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely for Valentine's Day
    Anthony
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet