Back Burner Restaurant

4.2
758 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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.

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 20-30 people.

Reserve Today! For additional info, please contact Lisa Hoosier at 302-239-2314 or email: events@backburner.com
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, Seafood
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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.
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Phone number
(302) 239-2314
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chris Peters
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Catering
Contact The Back Burner To Go for your catering needs at 302-239-2732.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Old Lancaster Pike
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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 "Jennifer's Bridal" gown shop and leads back to Old Lancaster Pike.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 758 People Are Saying
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BJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Completely satisfied. Would return and also recommend the Back Burner to all our friends.

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AL
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Nice selection on the menu. Food was good but We had to wait 40 minutes before our server took our order.

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D
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Janet our server was personable and knowledgeable- friendly.

Air conditioning too cold during dinner on a November night.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Pumpkin Mushroom soup was outstanding. Scallop and veal loin enters done perfectly.

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JD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

As always service was great, but, kitchen was really slow getting food out. Not a typical experience at the Back Burner. Not sure what was going on but a bit disappointed

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R
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoy nice comfortable setting and delicious food with many selections!

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T
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, wonderful and attentive wait staff....not over bearing. Always fresh meals and great menu. The back burner has been my favorite restaurant since the late 80’s. I compare all other restaurants to this great gem 9n Hockessin

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I
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I had another lovely dinner at The Back Burner. Started with a small wedge salad (so great that they offer a “small” option), and ordered the halibut for my entree. Unfortunately, it was a little overcooked so it was somewhat chewy instead of light and flaky. However, the overall meal was very delicious. This restaurant is quiet, so one can enjoy conversation without having to shout to be heard. I would definitely recommend it.

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DD
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Diane did a great job as always.

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OT
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 1ambience 5

Great food, but some items sat to long before being served and were not hot. Love their pumpkin mushroom soup, didn't care for the bread pudding. Way to much cinnamon and to sweet.

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H
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Diane is an amazing server. She made great recommendations and was so personable. A nice evening

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PP
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was great - food, service, price for value received - except the noise level. We were seated in the tavern or bar section, not by choice but availability on arrival, in spite of our reservation request.

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K
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun evening with friends. Enjoyed the special of the night which was surf and turf. Cooked to perfection and not too large portions !

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NQ
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Went for dinner with friends, great service and menu selection. Food portions are small for price, but great flavor.

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IN
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the evening with friends at the Back Burner. There was a little mix-up with the menus (went for dinner, got lunch menu). Liked the atmosphere in the room. Dino, our server, was attentive and pleasant. One of our guests ordered chicken but was not totally sold on its quality. The young Conrad High student who helped Dino serve (water refill) did not know the words to, "Love and Honor" - the school song. Tell him to learn the words! All-in-all an enjoyable evening and we will return.

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FJ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service very good as always.

May I suggest wine list to be upgraded. For the price, I believe that are better options.

Definitively I will go again.

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SB
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The time before I ordered a 4oz filet - It was not even 2 oz. This time we were there for lunch- we ordered the risotto special. It was tepid in temp. at best. There was a time it was our go to place. It just does not seem to be the same

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a
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They always provide an excellent meal and exceptional service. We love dining at The Back Burner.

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OT
Charleston
28 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

On Tuesday nights-- the best half-priced burgers in town!

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SS
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We happened to go there on a Tuesday, it was $7 burger night. We both decided to get the burger. The Burger was not very good. Our waiter was very bad, we eat out often and he was the worst we had in a few years.

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SP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn’t been there in awhile and have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

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C
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Met with friends that I haven't seen in awhile. Great place because of reasonable prices, good food, and being quiet. Been going here for many years.

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AN
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was slow and our order came out wrong so it had to be changed in a rush

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DD
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and service.

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CD
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

an old favorite is now just tired

short rib was awful, shrimp and grits ok but uninspired

pumpkin mushroom soup is always good, but never served really hot

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K
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a lady’s lunch during Restaurant Week. Recommend asking for a booth...nice high sides, so very private and good for long conversations. Nice service, even though they were pretty busy.

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very good. Really enjoyed the pumpkin risotto and salmon. The warm brownie with hot fudge sauce was outstanding! Our waiter however was not very knowledgeable about the menu.

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DD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 2

We have been several times and I cannot tell you how disappointed my husband and I were this week. Went to take advantage of restaurant week. Sat at the table for 15 minutes before I had to get up and ask the hostess what was going on because no one had come to our table. She apologized profusely that no one had been assigned to our table and a friendly server came over right away and also apologized. Where they dropped the ball was that our server told us the manager, Brian, would be over. Not only did he never come over, nothing was ever addressed on our bill for the mistake. No excuse for this. It also took two hours for us to get all three courses on a Wednesday night. If they were short staffed, the manager should have made it a priority to come speak to us. Not only were we not a priority, he never came over at all, even after our server told us he would. If it wasn't for the good food and friendly server, I doubt we would ever go back. I hope the owners address this with Brian.

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R
Philadelphia
94 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Not a good experience this time! Service was extremely poor which made the luncheon disappointing! Hopefully IF we return they do better....

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GC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I loved it. We had a pleasant experience and we were very delighted at the taste of the food. Although we didn't get the salad we ordered, the one that came was delicious. The server made it up to us as well. The dessert, ice cream topped warm brownie, was to die for. There were some interesting summer drinks to try.

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FF
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Top-notch food, service and atmosphere. My 94 year old mother enjoyed oysters and crabcakes, while I had the pumpkin mushroom soup and a filet. We both topped it off with cheesecake. Halfway through meal, my mom said “We’re coming back here!” Tristan was our waiter, and he provided good, friendly service without interrupting the conversation. Already wondering what we’ll be trying on our next visit, and we’re spreading the word on Back Burner to our friends.

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D
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have determined that The Back Burner fits us perfectly, close to home, good food, good drinks and an excellent staff.

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OT
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding lobster dinner on Thursday evenings. The potato serving could have been a bit heartier. 4-6 very small fries? Throw a handful on the plate! Lobster was cooked perfectly and was nice and meaty. Bread was yummy.

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EJ
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good menu. Monday is half price appetizers. They have 3 items that are half portions and they are perfect size for normal eaters, e.g. , a four oz filet.

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D
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are never disappointed with the food at the BB. Each time we have eaten there the food was delicious.

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HJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, as usual. The restaurant was full, but not noisy You could have a conversation without shouting. Portions were more than adequate, but not overpowering. I especially like their wedge salad( I have had it before). The lettuce was crispy and cold and the blue cheese dressing was excellent. I have never been disappointed at the Backburner.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food as excellent and so was Janet, our server! We will be back!

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M
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and meal

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CF
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Ordered rack of lambs, medium rare. They came well done. Service staff never checked to see how things were.
Salad was outstanding.
Dessert was good but took 30 minutes from time of order till served.
While still eating main course, plates were being removed from the table. Not appropriate in an upscale restaurant. Should wait for all to finish main course before removing plates.
Was not the best dining experience.

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D
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointed when greeted by hostess who pointed out 2 of our party of 4 were 'children' (no one asked their ages when we made our reservation online). Yes, our children dine with us, and yes, at venues other than McDs. So we were 'begrudgingly' seated by the hostess. Our server was pleasant but didn't stop by often enough. My husbands 'medium' filet was totally well done, but he opted to eat it anyway. My 'medium rare' filet was barely pink. My family was totally done eating by time my steak was taken back and subsequently returned - and that wasn't even checked on promptly. The server did comp my dessert only, but a manager didn't even stop by to apologize. Probably not a do-over as my youngest won't be an adult for 10 more years....

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