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  2. Distance: 3.46mi
  3. Distance: 3.94mi
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  1. Distance: 0.25mi
  2. Distance: 3.46mi
  3. Distance: 3.94mi
  4. Distance: 4.43mi

About 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.

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 Frank Monturano at 302-239-2314 or email: events@backburner.com

425 Hockessin Corner
Hockessin, DE 19707
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American, Seafood

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.

Cross Street:
Old Lancaster Pike

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(302) 239-2314

Website:
http://www.backburner.com/

Catering:
Contact The Back Burner To Go for your catering needs at 302-239-2732.

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.

Executive Chef:
Chris Peters

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please see our website, Facebook page, and Twitter for up to date information regarding our menu, specials, and more.

Back Burner Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (15)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Special Occasion (13)
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Casual (12)
Good for a Date (10)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Cozy (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Business Meals (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Healthy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Romantic (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Fun (3)
Great Beer (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined a day ago

The service was terrible. They had two large party’s going on and the kitchen neglected to fill the orders for the main dining area. After an hour wait for 3cold sandwiches I looked around and realized that no one in our immediate area had any food. No updates on what was happening.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was good, they seem to have a problem keeping wine in stock. Then substituting
and over billing.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

The Back Burner consistently provides excellent food, excellent service, at good prices. The quality of the food is consistent - hot food is hot and cold food is cold! Our server, Tristan, was outstanding; courteous and efficient.

I always enjoy a dining experience at the Back Burner.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

It's a nice restaurant because you can get half portions. The wait staff is not in sync and often seem confused who is doing what. It is not a well orchestrated restaurant.
The bar noise travels into the restaurant.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We really enjoyed our first visit to Back Burner. The restaurant has a nice, quiet atmosphere and we had excellent service and meals. The filet was cooked perfectly and the salmon was exceptional. Perfect for date night.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

3 of us ordered medium steak it was well, my kids ordered grilled chicken and they were given chicken tenders. I am upset that an 80th bday party celebration was marred by a sub par experience

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Everything was wonderful. Food delicious, beautiful presentation, service great. Loved our day there.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fun, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The Back Burner is always a good choice no matter the occasion!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Nice evening though too many people for the room so we felt like we were in the way of not only service staff but customers as well. Very odd was the fact of running out of "service" plates under the desserts and too Very busy and few saucers. And we should have been informed of the need to ask for bread - hard to know in advance that bread is served only by request.- very busy but still friendly and capable waitress.

Tags: Great Beer, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We hadn’t been in a few years. Food was good, but a waiter was hard to come by. Waited at least 15 minutes for him to approach the table for a drink order. It didn’t get better from there...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Tuesday Burger Night at the Back burner is always a treat, with great food at great value. Service was excellent and the server was knowledgeable. Great food and drink in anunpretentious setting.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We tried Bavk Burner after a 5 year break due to recent remarks about the chef and great food. We're happy we did. Everything from the better cheddar app to the roasted butternut squash entree to the pumpkin cheesecake was delicious. Our server was very nice but would disappear for some time, especially considering the restaurant wasn't that crowded. We'll very happily return.

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

It was good to see the restaurant doing a brisk business on a Saturday night in Hockessin. Our main dishes were both very good. I had the deckle steak and scallops special, I thought it was the best thing I had there. They should put that on the regular menu. The other dish was short ribs and my husband loved it. That is on the regular menu. My shrimp lejon appetizer was a little dried out, maybe under the heat lamp in the kitchen too long. A very enjoyable meal overall in a favorite nearby restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Over the years the food has been up and down. They seem to have found a pretty great Chef Will definitely be going back

Tags: Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food and Service were good however we were rushed which was probably due to table turnover on a Saturday night. We were served and billed within 45 minutes for a fine dining experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Amazing....this was our first time. Was told about this place from a friend. She told me to try the better cheddar. We did and now all I can do is dream about it! Everything was so delicious. We can’t wait to go back again. The chairs were a little uncomfortable, but a small price to pay. Service was great as well. A++++!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 16, 2017

I had the Stuffed Mushrooms for an appetizer, and the Filet en croute for my meal. The mushrooms were excellent with a generous filling. The 8 oz filet was actually 2 four oz filets which were tender, and were cooked perfectly. The staff was friendly, and service was great.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was excellent. The waiter seemed like he didn't know correct answers and winged it.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We went as part of the ‘customer appreciation’ special which was on all week according to the email we got. The prix fixe 3 course meal was excellent but it seemed like they were overwhelmed or something because the service was uncharacteristically sub-par.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Restaurant had a special menu offering three courses for loyal customer week. The bacon wrapped scallops, twin filets and creme brûlée was one choice and everything was excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food good: pumpkin soup, stuffed mushrooms, wedge salad. Small portion filet is a great value and is always well done. Our fellow diners ordered the scallops, which were good, but they were not thrilled with the set which was a sticky purple rice and pickled radishes. Bread pudding for dessert was also good. Our server was pleasant enough, but disappeared for a while and dessert took a very long time to reach our table. We've been here several times before, however, and will return.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Totally enjoyed the Back Burner. The service was perfect and friendly and the food was excellent !

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Back Burner always comes through with delicious food and outstanding service. Chefs are talented, wait staff knowledgeable and professional, and management runs a tight operation.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Had lunch. Service was slow and got one order incorrect. Quality of food was food.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We had the fried calamari and Gouda cheese plate both were very good! The short ribs were tender salmon was a huge cut. Seared scallops were done just right. Picky eater number two ordered shrimp and grits and pronounced them as good as any in the south. Bread was wonderful and hot!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Diana is an asset as a server. Enjoy her attention. She reminded us of the Wednesday special!

Tags: Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Food was great as always. Cant beat pumpkin mushroom soup or better cheddar. Two of us has surf and turf special. Portions looked slightly smaller than what I remember, but still very good and ok for most appetites. All around, a great local gem.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The food at the Back Burner is always fabulous. The specials make every visit special.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We took a daughter and husband out for anniversary dinner. We all had great meals and plenty to eat as well. The waitress (Samantha) was a delight! Loved her friendliness and prompt service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 25, 2017

My husband and I were in the area to go to Longwood Gardens and Winterthur for an anniversary weekend trip. Another local restaurant in the same area had been recommended and when looking at that restaurant on Google and OpenTable, I discovered the Back Burner Restaurant. We decided to take a chance given the reviews and the menu.

While tucked away and not appearing to be 'all that' we found this to be a real 'find.' Our waitress was incredibly helpful and friendly, even telling me not to order a dish I was interested in because it had gotten back reviews from other diners and they were going to be taking it off the menu. I SO appreciated this.

And then everything I had, from the special cocktail to the dessert, was phenomenal. I had the filet and it was cooked to perfection. The bread pudding was fabulous.

I would definitely return to this restaurant if I were to be in the area again and I definitely recommend giving it a try.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

We arrived for our 6:00 PM reservation and was seated immediately and that was the best part. We waited for 15 minutes with no service wait staff walked by and no one came to the table so we decided to leave. When we left the hostess that sat us along with her assistant and two wait staff where standing around chatting and when we walked by to leave that said have a good evening. They did not even notice that we never had service. Very disappointed as this was our anniversary and we had planned on having a great dinner and enjoy the night. Needless to say that was not the case. I would not recommend the Back Burner to anyone.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 24, 2017

It was lobster night and by 7:00 pm they were out of lobsters?

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Always a pleasure to dine here! The food is excellent and there is no rush or pressure put on customers allowing for a pleasant dining experience. Thank you very much!!!

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Our service was almost too attentive perhaps because the restaurant wasn't very busy. Staff needs to be trained not to keep asking if you are "done" and attempting to take the plates away until everyone is finished. Otherwise it was fine.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great food! The place could use a face lift, just seems old and it is very dark as well. The filet was wonderful, cooked to a perfect medium rare. Great wine list.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 17, 2017

The atmosphere was nice but not outstanding, the food was very good and plentiful and served on time. The wait staff were very friendly, professional and knew their stuff. We did, however, feel as if we were being "encouraged" to finish our meals and leave. This for a Thursday evening seemed strange and a little off-putting, particularly since it was only 9:15 at night. Other than that it was a nice but not outstanding meal.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 9, 2017

We had a very nice evening. Our meals were delicious. The service was right on. It always is. Never had a bad meal.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Very good food, nice atmosphere, great service. Wish there were more seafood specials that evening though. Still a nice menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 1, 2017

We go here at least twice a month if not more. Love the food but the servers in the tavern are the best!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We had very slow service, almost like the waiter disappeared for awhile.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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