Back Burner Restaurant

4.4
1141 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
What 1141 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was great

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The staff that greeted us were so friendly and knew we were there for our anniversary. Once we were seated it all fell apart . The waitress was running around clearly stressed and she scolded someone that was standing behind me loud enough that I could hear .. The food was amazing and restaurant full of locals so we will give it another go . Workers are doing their best these day

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vipBarbaraD
Key West
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable seating, good service. Good food. Can’t ask for more than that! Thanks.

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GeneP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

If you live in the Kennett Square/Chadds Ford/Hockessin/Wilmington area and are looking for a nice restaurant with excellent food, great service, a quiet ambience and great value- go to The Back Burner. I give it "5-STARS".

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PatF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Nice place. Food was below mediocre for the price. Ok for sandwiches burgers etc.

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Stevida
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Food was just ok, in some cases it was overcooked and not hot. Short rib was fork tender but I left the risotto untouched because it was hard, warm and tasted odd. The pumpkin mushroom soup was amazing. Would highly recommend that. Ice cream had film on it from freezer. Service was excellent. Overall, other than maybe takeout for the soup, we will not return.

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HappyEater
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Lunch at Back Burner on New Year's Eve was fine but not outstanding.

The famous pumpkin mushroom bisque was quite good. My companions reported that the crab bisque did not have a lot of flavor and that the typical sherry float was lacking. The Cobb salad and shrimp scampi were both good. Unfortunately, the daily crab quiche only had a miniscule amount of crab and was really low on flavor (i.e., just egg) and quite thin.

The real problem was with our server who seemed to be inexperienced. Although he was pleasant, his table assignments were spread over quite a distance, and he disappeared for broad stretches of time. We finally resorted to flagging down other servers to keep lunch flowing. The lukewarm coffee we were served was cold by the time we received cream.

I would return to Back Burner, but I wouldn't rush, based on our lunch experience.

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FrankJ
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

At this time, We went for the Tuesday hamburger special and it was great as usual.

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BarbaraT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My absolute favorite restaurant, always fantastic food, service & ambiance. Total fantastic place to enjoy wonderful food!!!

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vipDinerus
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a pleasure dining at the Back Burner. The burgers are great and you can’t beat burger night.

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SuzanneS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

For a quiet, delicious, and safe dining experience, you can’t go wrong with the wonderful Back Burner!

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JoAnn
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

the ONE thing that did not settle well with me: one or two of the waitstaff removing our plates too soon. if someone at the table is still eating, i think this is a pushy unfriendly thing to do - it makes the one still eating feel rushed. i think it has to do with manners. other than that - no problems. but it is rather disappointing that i high class restaurant like this does something so intrusive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I ordered a small filet which was served on an appetizer dish and consisted of three separate pieces of meat which were similar in size to chicken nuggets. Overall, the food wasn’t good in my opinion and the cooked food wasn’t warm or hot enough when brought to the table. I’ve been to BB several times over the years and the quality of service and food has typically been very good. Not this time. Very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was our first visit and we look forward to our next visit. Great cocktails and the Philly Cheesesteak egg rolls were delish! My steak was very good and my husbands filet and shrimp were equally as good.

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vipStan
New York Area
279 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place to go to dinner

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DeborahM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere is beautiful. Food is always wonderful.

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GeneP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We always enjoy dining at The Back Burner. I typically order the Reuben for lunch, which is excellent (5-STARS). My wife has enjoyed the Protein Bowl and the Roasted Squash dishes- but unfortunately both of them are no longer on the menu. This time we ordered the Quiche. It was good, but a tad smaller in "height" than we're used to having (it was fairly "short"- not filled very high with cheese, veggies, etc). I think I'd order the Reuben again over the Quiche. The Pumpkin soup is always excellent! We're interested in trying dinner there sometime...

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Betsy
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience. Service was quick and fiendly and food was tasty.

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vipLindaS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good burger ($8 burger night). Ordered a side of fries, they were limp & greasy. A tad disappointed

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NeeCee
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The crab cakes were the best I ever had in Delaware!!! Comfortable environment and pleasant wait staff. I'll definitely be back for my cheese ball next week!!!

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RussR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upon Being Seated
Server Was There Within 1 Minute
With Water And To Introduce Herself
Patty Was An Outstanding Server👍
Patty Knew Specials And Very Helpful
With Food Selections. Service Was
Exceptional Throughout Entire Meal
And Dessert.

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Bernie
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Waited 15 minutes after being seated for a server to show up at our table. Ignored the entire time. Left the restaurent.

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vipPatrickB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good and the service was excellent. Janet was our server and she was attentive without being intrusive - friendly and efficient. We sat in the bar area which is a bit more comfy than the dining room.

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judyw
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Best dinner I’ve had in years. Every bite was fresh, perfectly cooked.

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Ellyn
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was out of sight!!!Original, creative and delicious and beautifully presented. Probably short on wait staff. Appeared a bit overwhelmed.

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vipSalB
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at the Back Burner! The food and service is always consistently good!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress Allie was outstanding! She was an absolute delight!

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ElaineD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice place for lunch with friends. Food is consistently good.

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Mars
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinners of steaks and salmon very much and they were perfectly cooked. Our waiter was very attentive and efficient. Will come back soon.

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Very nice setting. Service was good and food was too. Prices are also reasonable.

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Ingrid
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch at the Back Burner was fantastic. Service was great, food was delicious and prices for lunch at a tablecloth restaurant were quite reasonable. Would definitely recommend, and I'll be back!

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GeneP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Back Burner in Hockessin, Delaware is a delightful place off the beaten tracks just outside of our town Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The food is always very good; menu with many options. Service is very good, atmosphere very pleasant, low key and comfortable. We highly recommend it!

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CSS7
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food! Thank you!

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vipPA7Traveler
Philadelphia
105 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

It had been five years since we had dinner at the back burner. The restaurant has nice look to it, a very casual and comfortable place. Our waitress was excellent. The menu is not extensive, and I am not a fish eater, But I didn’t joy the petite fillet added to my salad. The pumpkin mushroom soup would please people who love a lot of mushrooms because it was full of mushrooms of all kinds.

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MaryA
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My seat was in a dark area. I couldn’t read the menu. Needs more lighting.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All an all perfect!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious as usual and our waiter was very attentive. One of our favorite spots!!

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vipYemar
Philadelphia
81 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A delicious delicate quiche with excellent potatoes and a very nice rose’. I’ll be going back!

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GeneP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My wife and I visited The Back Burner for the very first time on Wednesday November 10, 2021. We were very pleasantly surprised: the food is very good- excellent, service very good, prices reasonable and ambience very low key, nice soft music, wonderful. We LOVE The Back Burner!! It is now one of our favorite restaurants. We'll be coming back soon...

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Iluvfood
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We’ve eaten at The Back Burner many times and are always impressed with the quality of the food. Unfortunately, this was the first time we both noticed that the server was not doing a great job; she even shared with us that she is trying to get out of the restaurant business. She did an okay job, just the bare minimum, and this restaurant is one that requires more than the bare minimum. We will be back, of course. I’m sure our server will be moving on to other things soon, but The Back Burner is going to be here for a long time. It’s great, and I can highly recommend it.

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 1141 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.