Back Burner Restaurant

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967 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Executive Chef Chris Peters (former owner / chef of Nonna Ristorante in Newark) offers seasonal selections of contemporary American cuisine, interlaced with Italian and French influences.

Featuring Nightly Specials & Daily Happy Hour
Outdoor Seating Available
Call For Outside Seating Reservations or Larger Groups

Signature dishes include:
- Pumpkin Mushroom Soup
- Shrimp Léjon
- Kennett Square Stuffed Mushrooms
- House-made Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes
- Fresh Fish
- Featured Game
- Featured Steaks



The Back Burner is the perfect choice for celebrating all occasions. We offer passion, perfection, and unsurpassed quality in everything we do.
Our private Fire Place Room can accommodate groups from 15-28 people.

Reserve Today! For additional info, please contact our Dining Room Manager at 302-239-2314 or email: event@backburner.com
What 967 people are saying
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vipDD36
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal and great service

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vipBaconIsAVegetable
Philadelphia
101 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their outdoor space is so quaint and perfectly spaced. They really did a great job. I hope heat lamps are added so we can continue to dine outside as the weather dips. Their new menu also didn’t disappoint. Their roasted acorn squash over a pumpkin purée takes like fall on a plate. My only regret was not ordering the pumpkin cheesecake (next time).

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DavidM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good. Onya,Patti and Janet are the best.

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vipRichR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food. Excellent atmosphere . Very friendly staff

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Diner11
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Tables are spaced far apart and everyone was wearing a mask including customers as they came in. Great place to come and talk with friends, never rushed and very attentive. I feel very safe eating out here.
Food has always been excellent. The crab cakes and burgers are very good and large.
I would highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a Great time! The food is the finest and always prepared and served professionally and courteously. We make at least one trip per month or more. Definitely worth it.

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vipMarge
Naples
24 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stephanie was wonderful. It was great to dine in a restaurant once again.

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vipChristinaK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food are spectacular. This is definitely going into our regular rotation.

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Sherry
Key West
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, and ambiance! All precautions being observed!

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JohnP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alway great at BB

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vipKarenW
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice night out with my daughter to just now celebrate Mother’s Day. Burger night was the best.

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vipCharlesB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the staff took great and the proper safety precautions. The food was delicious. Our first time there and if it were closer, it would be a go-to spot for us. Highly recommend it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

40th Anniversary dinner was superb!

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vipStan
New York Area
241 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Such a great restaurant-food always so good and great menu.

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Susan
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice, but a few more vegetarian options would set this restaurant apart from the others in Hockessin.

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SuzanneC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We have been going here for years and have never been disappointed until now. We are chalking it up to the covid-19 crisis and the fact that maybe they are not using a lot of food. The best description I can think of is that the food did not seem "fresh". We had the burrata and tomato salad, and the tomatoes were awful, especially for this time of year. They were not good and were definitely hothouse ones. The stem end was not cut off a couple of the slices, making them even less appealing. The greens that came with looked old and were wilted. The rest of the food was okay, but not outstanding like it usually is. This will not keep us from returning since I am hoping that our disappointment is the result of the pandemic.

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HarryS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back Burner makes their own Limomcello. it was in the featuerdcocktails and so I has it straight as a dessert something. the rest of the meal was also fabulous.

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ArleneW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food right on. Service is always excellent w/great wait staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We were less than pleased by the food. The pita brought to our table to share was burned. We asked for another basket that was baked properly. The waitress said she couldn’t do that, as the entire batch came out like that. I have made this bread many times at home. It literally takes 5 minutes. Also, some of our drinks and food was not delivered as we ordered. It will be a while before we return, if ever.

Back Burner Restaurant
Responded on July 8, 2020

Dear Anonymous, I apologize that the bread was overdone or burnt on your visit. I have bread for days that we could have provided. I welcome any other input you may have, feel free to call me. Regards, Chris 302-239-2314

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vipJustjack
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Dinner was very good. Still a great neighborhood restaurant. We certainly will return soon.

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ArleneW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoy the Back Burner and go every week. Please, please bring back Happy Hour!

Back Burner Restaurant
Responded on July 8, 2020

Arlene, We do have 1/2 priced apps from 3 to 6 Monday thru Thursday Due to seating limitations and heat we will not have the 1.00 oyster that you are looking for until September

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JimK
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very enjoyable meal. Service was excellent. We will be coming back again.

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vipStan
New York Area
241 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I always have great meal at backburner

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ArleneW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bring back the 1/2 price burgers and specials on Tuesdays, pls. My husband and I have been regulars of the Back Burner Tavers for years. Always enjoyable and excellent food.

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Wendy
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first restaurant meal since COVID 19 restrictions was a real treat. All the food was both interesting and good and the service attentive without feeling intrusive.

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DennisD
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a superb evening. The food was excellent. The service was excellent and they’re following of Covid guidelines was equally as excellent. We couldn’t asked for a better evening.

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HayleyR
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We will not be returning. The service was terrible. There were only approximately four seated tables in the entire restaurant, but it took 20 mins to get water and 30 for our drinks from the bar. Every time I looked for our server, he was at the bar just talking with the bartender.

Then, we were sat right next to the kitchen. Seeing the chefs wipe their hands on their aprons and without face masks left me so uneasy. Also, I got to see when our food was finished but it look ten mins + for it to be actually brought to us because the server was too busy chatting with the bartender.

Back Burner Restaurant
Responded on July 8, 2020

Dear HaleyR, I apologize for the inattentiveness of your server. There is no excuse for what you describe. I have spoken with every one about your experience and hope that we can learn from this. To ensure the safety of both the guest and staff we temperature screen and sanitize daily. All persons in kitchen must have a mask on and wear gloves. If you saw otherwise I would love to hear from you regarding this and any other concerns you may have. Regards, Chris

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RobinoRealtor
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much for having us and adjusting to the new social distancing rules. The food was delicious! Great portion sizes!!

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MaryAnnE7713
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dined at Back Burner for years every week until the Covid-19 shutdown. When they reopened, we were delighted to go back. Although things are different with reduced capacity and social distancing, it was still great to get back to the same cordial staff we've always enjoyed, and the exceptional menu offerings. Our meals were outstandingly good, and service provided by Janet was excellent. We'll be back next week!

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vipDD36
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was good that you are back open

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vipJimWILMINGTON
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Classic restaurant in Hockessin. Lighting is a bit dated. Focused lighting at each table would be good. Menu is very good. Food was well prepared and timely. Wine selection was not over whelming but good. Server was very professional. Appeals to an older crowd.

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vipRBrand
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service right on point. Interesting and varied menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrating new homes in the family.

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Chris
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We like the Back Burner, its local for us and offers cocktail hour prior to dinner. Very quaint, good food, good service very enjoyable.

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Worthwhile
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Back Burner is a great place to meet friends and have a delicious meal at a reasonable price. There is enough of a selection of luncheon items to please everyone's palette.

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SAC1
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bartender very friendly. Food was very good and priced right. Loved having a few dishes with a choice of small or large portions!

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MicheleH
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My husband and I stopped going out for Valentine's Day several years ago as we always felt rushed. This year we decided to give it another chance and glad we chose The back Burner. Food was excellent, service was great (Patti was Great!) and we met some very nice people while we were there.

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KatherineT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice place to go. Soup wasn’t hot enough. Chairs are terrible, booths are much better.

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MichaelT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The menu was very limited, but that may have been because it was Valentine's Day. I had the Chilean sea bass and my wife had the filet mignon with a crab cake. The crab cake was excellent; everything else (including the service) was mediocre. It wasn't terrible, but considering the prices, the overall value is low.

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OneFoodie
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a Valentine's day lunch and the food was fantastic. We were the youngest patrons by decades. Overall a wonderful little gem hidden in Hockessin.

FAQs

Back Burner Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 239-2314.

Back Burner Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 967 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.