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Back Burner Restaurant

4.6
4.6
1188 Reviews
$30 and under
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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–8:30 pm Tavern Mon–Thu 11:30 am–8:30 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (302) 239-2314

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chris Peters

  • 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 30 guests in an easily accessible and cozy setting. Menu options are available for lunch and dinner.Please contact us at 302-239-2314 to learn more, or email us at events@backburner.comRemember to book your holiday parties early!

  • Private party contact

    Christine Lawrence - Front of House Manager: (302) 239-2314

  • Neighborhood

    Hockessin

  • Cross street

    Old Lancaster Pike

  • 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, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,188 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Delaware

    Best Value

  • Delaware

    Great for Lunch

  • Delaware

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    It was a little loud for our special event that was known.
  2. C

    Celebration

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Noisy with a party of 8 next to us but we managed. Service and food were great.
  3. MM

    MariaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    FOOD WAS GREAT SERVER WAS GREAT. IT WAS MY DAUGHTERS BIRTHDAY AND SHE WAS VERY PLEASED WITH HER WINGS.
  4. LH

    LauraH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Short Ribs and Surf & Turf was perfect ! Food came out hot, generous serving and our Server (Brayden) was awesome. Will definitely return soon.
  5. HB

    HubertB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Specialty requested listed online as part of the regular menu (rack of lamb) was not available but Back Burner did call in advance to let us know it was not available. Elk, tried for the first time, was rather bland, except for the sauce; would not order again. Sound level was high and slightly uncomfortable. Dessert listed on the menu was not available.
  6. BT

    BoTai

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. We were greeted with a “Happy Anniversary “. Foods was delicious and service was great.
  7. M

    Mikey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy, intimate atmosphere with excellent food. First time there, will definitely return. We chose items from the Specials Menu, my wife had Red Snapper and I had a dry aged steak. We couldn’t leave without trying dessert. We had the Whiskey Apple Bread Pudding and Kahlua Crème Brûlée, and were glad we had them.
  8. D

    Dianne

    Pittsburgh

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The waitress was outstanding
  9. C

    Cora

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    It took quite awhile until someone came to our table!!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently great food and friendly service.
  11. L

    Lindad

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Reservation was change with only half hour notice via email. So did not know. Food was lacking flavor.
  12. S

    Stan

    New York Area

    286 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    286 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed very much our diner
  13. JS

    JerryS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    After not going to this restaurant for 20 years, we quickly realized why! Service was less than, customer service was horrible as we complained to the young man "in charge" who was not the manager, according to him. Being in the restaurant biz, we were very patient as we understand the woes of being under staffed, etc. Start to finish there was a lot wrong; seated by hostess no menu (ok, we forgave that as a minor slip up), while seated, we waited for more time than necessary to even get water to the table. The person who did bring water simply put a "vat" of water on the table with no eye contact or a word spoken and WE had to pour our own water. Ok, still trying to be understanding, at this point. Our cocktails came in a timely manor. We order apps and entrees. Apps came out, timely, BUT less than a couple mins later our entrees showed up and we barely took 2 bites of our apps. Very poor timing!! Even still, because they had burger special for Tues, we order 2 burgers "to-go" to bring home to our kids. Waited 20-ish mins with noone coming back to check on us while we waited for the burgers and we had to talk to the young man "in charge" to ask why it's taking so long and why we haven't gotten our check or even asked did we want anything else while we waited. He wanted to argue and "prove" his point instead of doing something to make things right. Clearly not someone who should be on the front line to represent the establishment. With all that being said, the restaurant was not that busy and from our observation, plenty of staff to serve the customers that were there, from bus people, servers and food runners our service should've been, at least, adequate! Very disappointing!
  14. j

    jmarc

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We have an enjoyable lunch at Back Burner celebrating my daughters graduation from UD. We all enjoyed the cheesesteak egg rolls. I loved the pumpkin mushroom soup. The burgers were delicious. All around a great meal.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Hamburger was burnt. Fish sandwich was heavily breaded. Requested no salt on french fries. They were heavily salted. Had to ask the host for drink refills as waitress was no where to be found. Waitress did not listen to our requests. Took her a long time to come over to our table after we sat down. We hadn’t been to the restaurant for several years and will not be going back anytime soon. Very disappointed!
  16. MQ

    MichelleQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent! They are very accommodating I changed my reservation at the last minute from 4 guests to 5 guests. Everyone is looking forward to going back:)
  17. DM

    DavidM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meeting with friends we haven’t seen for some time for lunch, we had good meal and we’re not rushed or pressured while we visited. Staff was very attentive without being obtrusive.
  18. C

    Carol

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service was great but my fish entree was served cold. My husbands dry rubbed steak was outstanding.
  19. GS

    GretchenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food! Excellent service by Diana. Quiet atmosphere. Mixed drinks were small and pricey, that would be the only negative comment.
  20. P

    Paul311

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about the Back Burner is beyond our expectations always! From the moment we walk in, we are very warmly greeted by Matthew, who is beyond kind, and goes above and beyond to make your visit as comfortable as possible. From Patty (at the bar), to our attentive servers, Janet, Matthew(other), Brendan, and so many more, one is never left hanging... someone is always checking in on us. The food is on another level altogether! It’s really challenging in these times to rely on consistency when dining out, however, the Back Burner gets this right...every single time. The chefs bring such amazing flavor levels to their dishes. I really cannot say enough about the quality and quantity of the dishes created by Back Burner’s extremely talented chefs. Chilean Sea Bass special was out of this world!!! As was King Salmon special last week! This is why the Back Burner is our favorite place to go. We’re there pretty much every week, sometimes more than once a week! We love everything about our favorite place, The Back Burner! We’ll see you again Friday!
  21. CD

    CarlD

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is always a pleasurable experience to have lunch or dinner at the Back Burner. The meals were great, again, and we will be going back soon. The staff was attentive, and the drinks were exceptional! Thank you, Back Burner, for making the evening perfect for all of us.
  22. S

    Sweetpea

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant! We will be back again and again!
  23. b

    backformore

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quiet table, food was excellent and choices great. Service was perfect. A great time with friends where the noise level permitted talking.
  24. JM

    JMCK

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always one of our favorite places to eat. Food is always delicious and love the options the Chef chooses. Great service with Diana.
  25. T

    Tweega

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a relaxing, delicious lunch. Always must have the pumpkin soup.
  26. PC

    PatCF

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I went for lunch. We both decided on the fish tacos. Food was delicious, atmosphere was serene. Our server was pleasant, efficient and friendly. She checked on us a few times to be sure everything was good. Just the right amount of attention. We would definitely come again and hope to have the same server!
  27. S

    Stg1000

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious as usual. Shrimp lejon is le bomb, we will be back.
  28. JG

    JosephG

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Like many places, short staffed so long waits. Waitress also tended bar. She was as attentive as she could be but service suffered.
  29. GC

    GloriaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Cozy, charming little restaurant. Good food, reasonable prices.
  30. p

    pamb

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place for lunch or celebrations. Great ambiance and service.
  31. JR

    JimmyR

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Bar Tender/Server in Tavern was terrific! Look forward to going back again soon.....
  32. S

    Susie

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We and our friends went to try the Back Burner’s Tuesday night Burger Special, $8 for your choice of a variety of types along with homemade chips. We added a cup of crab bisque, which was loaded with crab bits and flavorful. While most of the tables were taken and help was short, our waitress was excellent and checked on us periodically. Noise level was low snd we were thankful for the chance to talk and enjoy our meal. Highly recommended!
  33. RB

    RuthB

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great server , food, wine, etc
  34. NT

    NicoleT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was seated at a cozy table by the fireplace. Food came out very fast and was delicious!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed back burner. Haven’t been there in ages. Will visit again for sure
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere in bar area
  37. BG

    BarbaraG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Minor issue was that for our 6:15 seating, going into 7:30, they were already out of the bread pudding dessert. Our server, Julie, was very efficient, very personable, very friendly......she was a great reflection on the restaurant!
  38. WA

    WalterA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had not been there in many years. I have to say that we were very happy. It was much better than we had remembered. We will definitely be going back and telling our friends. The host was someone who makes you feel welcome and we just loved him. Our waitress was extremely good also.
  39. C

    Carol

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The food was not hot enough. I was disappointed in the quiche. Too thin, although the flavor was good. Disappointed in the "salad" that came with it....it wasn't a salad, just limp greens with little flavor. Potatoes were good but would have been better had they been hotter. I've eaten at the Back burner many times and have had better meals in the past there. Please use smaller soup spoons.
  40. JA

    JoAnnS

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Monday night special - 6oz Filet with choice of crab cake or shrimp. 24.95. Filet cooked exactly like I wanted and crab cake was really good. Well worth the money. 4 of us had the special and we all thought it was great.

FAQs

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

Back Burner Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 1188 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Back Burner Restaurant

425 Hockessin Corner Hockessin, DE 19707

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Old Lancaster Pike

  • Neighborhood

    Hockessin

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–8:30 pm Tavern Mon–Thu 11:30 am–8:30 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chris Peters

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (302) 239-2314

  • 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 30 guests in an easily accessible and cozy setting. Menu options are available for lunch and dinner.Please contact us at 302-239-2314 to learn more, or email us at events@backburner.comRemember to book your holiday parties early!

  • Private party contact

    Christine Lawrence - Front of House Manager: (302) 239-2314

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