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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Back Burner Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (26)special occasion (25)fit for foodies (20)romantic (16)great for lunch (16)good for groups (8)notable wine list (7)great for brunch (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great time with family and friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We came to the restaurant with family and friends to celebrate my son's birthday. The restaurant thoughtfully seated us at the back of the room with a great view of the dining area while being somewhat private. We then enjoyed a boisterous time together without worrying that we were bothering other diners. The food was delicious and service pleasant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy soup
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    All the food we had was delicious. The signature pumpkin-mushroom soup is to die for. It is nice to be able to carry on an actual conversation without music blaring in the background. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Hockessin restaurant
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My husband and I had a nice lunch at the Back Burner .The restaurant was busy due to the Delaware Dines Out promotion . I chose butternut squash soup. It's a house speciality and always delicious. The chicken breast I ordered was a little dry. My husband loved his short rib sandwich and his seafood chowder.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice to be Back
    bykpdl3r
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Hadn't been to the Back Burner for years - was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. The dinner menu has good variety and the prices are reasonable. Bar food choices look good, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so meal and service
    SamandB
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We dined at Back Burner as part of Delaware Dines Out. We were seated promptly and received both the regular and special menus. Our appetizers seemed to take a long time to be delivered (Mushroom/Pumpkin soup and special Flatbread). Both were good, but not outstanding. Our dinner selections (Rockfish) were small and the flavor was...mild? Nothing outstanding. Desserts were fine (we don't usually order dessert). Many of the diners seemed to be local and the average age was 'mature.' There was nothing about the meal overall that would entice me to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    food was good, as was the service. a great neighborhood restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodie Village
    vodvoxVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    BB made some menu changes that are foodielicious. Poutine is a Montreal staple, so to get it locally, is a treat. nicely done...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dinner for two
    RussVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife and I moved to southern Chester County a year ago and have been busy sampling the local restaurants in the area and over the border into northern Delaware. We go to restaurants virtually every Friday night. On 9/12/14 we decided to try the Back Burner and found the food excellent (our entrees were short rib and rockfish) , the timing of the courses and the knowledge of our server all were excellent. Because we tend to eat relatively early (6:30 PM) when eating alone, our comments on the absence of noise may not be accurate later in the evening or on a different evening. Back Burner is absolutely a gem and worth driving to get to.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent neighborhood restaurant!
    moosemenancy
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I have eaten both lunches and dinners at the Back Burner over the last few years and have really enjoyed their menu choices of local specialties like crab and pumpkins as well as innovative flavoring for traditional foods. Of course, they are famous for a yummy pumpkin mushroom bisque also. Lunch features a nice selection of salads and is a local favorite. My elderly mother also appreciates how quiet it is relative to most other restaurants.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Two thirds
    JackVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Reserved a table for our triplets birthday dinner. Allen from BB even called earlier in the day to confirm. I asked for a round table for 5. We arrived and the table was missing a place setting and chair. Had to wait. Birthday(s) we're never acknowledged by wait staff or hostess. It's those special touches that make folks remember the place and want to return. Food was good but slow to arrive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time customer
    Foodie423
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Really enjoyed my late lunch/early dinner experience. I took my assistant and colleague here to celebrate a birthday. Our reservations was at 2:45pm so I can't honestly rate ambience or noise level accurately but this site won't let me submit without that information. We were the only diners at the time. The food was spectacular. My flat iron steak was cooked perfectly due to the advice of our waiter. I like it medium and he recommended that I order med/rare to ensure it was to my liking. Also, we were there by 3 pm so we got to take advantage of happy hour drink specials.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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!
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 356 reviews are from the Back Burner Restaurant reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • 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
    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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • 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