Back Burner Restaurant

4.3
1122 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 1122 people are saying
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Bernie
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
1 review
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!

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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
79 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
2 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.

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vipB2lunch
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was very good. The Bedder-Chedder is excellent. The fact that everyone has a "staff shortage" was evident - but the waitstaff did their best.

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chappie
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Food good,service spotty. No bartender, waitress had to make our drinks.

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LeighS
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Food was delicious but the service was sub standard. I know its hard to find help but these folks had obviously had little to know training of proper service. So disappointing since the food was so good but i wanted to get up and start bussing tables , or telling the staff what to do.

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Louise
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved the special way our meals were cooked. Lots of flavor — I had the haddock with risotto, light sauce, and
nice veggies. I took a cake for my friends birthday, and they kindly brought it out with candles lit.
Expensive, but worth a splurge!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Always a pleasant experience

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Phibber
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, food and wine list. Pumpkin, mushroom soup did not disappoint.

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jing
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I think steak is moderate. Good wine. nice environment

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Margie
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Highly recommended halibut was overly cooked. I picked at the soft inside.

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PrakashV
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly staff, very efficient, nice ambience

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vipDD36
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and great service

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vipWilliamZ
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

After lengthy wait, had to ask for a waiter to take a drink order. Service thereafter was inattentive and lackadaisical. Extraordinarily long wait for food to arrive. Had to ask hostess to get waiter to deliver our check.

Restaurant was uncomfortably cold. Overheard other diners register same complaint.

If this had been our first experience at this place, I would never consider returning. Overall a terrible dining experience. Truly awful.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food great as well as service. A tad dark at table.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have spent every anniversary here since we first got married. Every meal has been great and we look forward to the seasonal dishes!

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vipDianne
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

I think it is a crime to charge $2.00 for ice in your drink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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viptj3685
Naples
55 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Thankfully the food was very good. Service was fair We had to ask the waitress for everything
We were seated in the back room by ourselves and had to listen to the chef pound the chicken for quite a while

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mariaA
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My meal was cooked to perfection! I had the surf and turf special for 24.95 and it was just the perfect size.

Back Burner Restaurant
Responded on October 7, 2021

Maria, Thank you for coming in and dining with us! We appreciate you and your review. Regards, Chris

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RebeccaB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Excellent food, but service was extremely slow & our table felt ignored once we placed our order. Never got second drink, asked for dessert menu- never came back for order. Very disappointed, never had this happen before

Back Burner Restaurant
Responded on October 7, 2021

Hello Rebecca, I apologize for the experience, it is nice to know where we have gotten off track so that we can fix things. The night you dined with us we allowed too many patrons in at one time for the amount of staff available that evening. Times are a little tricky with staffing on occasion but we need to do better regardless. Please reach out and allow us to make up for your experience with that 2nd drink and dessert if you like. Thank you for coming in. Regards, Chris

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KathyL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious anniversary dinner!! Highly recommend the pumpkin mushroom soup!!

Back Burner Restaurant
Responded on October 7, 2021

Cathy, Congratulations on your anniversary and thank you for celebrating with us. We hope we can be there for any occasion in the future. That soup is pretty good! Regards, Chris

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vipDesh
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was awful.

Back Burner Restaurant
Responded on October 7, 2021

Desh, I apologize for the experience. Please feel free to reach out and let us know what went wrong so we can improve on our service in the future. 302-239-2314 Regards, Chris

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vipTomS
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I picked this place on a whim, as I was visiting my son at UofDel, and was happy that I did.. We will definitely be heading back soon.

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vipRasheedaC
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very happy with my meal and great service!

Back Burner Restaurant
Responded on October 7, 2021

Rasheeda, We are very happy that you dined with us! Thank you for choosing us and for the kind words! Regards, Chris

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FAQs

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

Back Burner Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 1122 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.