Back Burner Restaurant

4.4
1058 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 1058 people are saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HeidiA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I forgot what a gem this place is! We usually hit the Greenville hotspots, as they’re closer. But we were reminded last night why this should be our go to place!

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JasonZ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Back burner was one of my favorite restaurants, and I gave 3 stars overall bc of previous experience. Our last visit was very disappointing and was not the quality we had been used to at the establishment. Service was good, but the food was not. We started with the stuffed mushrooms, that were fair, very liquidy and too much cartilage. I then had the Cobb salad and my husband had the Short ribs. His dish was fine, nothing stood out, but my salad was not. I did not care for the dressing which was thankfully on the side per my request. I had to send back the first attempt as it was all over the salad. The description stated a medium rare blackened sirloin. It came out medium to medium well and there was hardly any seasoning on it. The shrimp were rubber. We then had the bread pudding, which was cold in the middle. I understand restaurants are struggling with staff right now, but they should at least put out good tasting food. The room itself was very bright, like a cafeteria, also not what we experienced in the past. Our drinks were delicious and the best part. I really hope this was a fluke and not the norm.

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guyw
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Average food not cheap

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vipMargo
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

this is definitely a hidden gem.. once I discovered it added to my list of favorite places for a nice happy hr and apps or delicious dinner. they also have a "to go" shop, where you can order to go dishes, drinks, cheeses, crackers and lots of goodies!

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FrancisD
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dinner was very good. Only small issue was that the crackers we were served were burnt.

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vipLeeAnnD
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Server overly attentive. Many empty tables but seemed to be rushing us through meal.

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SuzyQ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We were a little disappointed with the menu changes since our last visit. Nothing special, food was good, not great.

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CarolG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Back Burner. The food was delicious (as usual) and our server was attentive and pleasant.

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Maryellen
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful crab cake sandwich. Highly recommend. But I do miss their chicken salad.

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vipMonkey
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

It has been about 4 years since we dined at The Back Burner. .After last night's experience, if we return once within the next 10 years, it will be one time too many!!. . With that last statement, you can deduce that our dining experience was an absolute disaster!!. .There were three parties of 4 (including us) in the restaurant. .The seating capacity is approximately 50, plus additional accommodations at the bar. . .Our waitress was an absolute delight. .The poor thing was partially a victim of an inept kitchen and her own inexperience in dealing with an impossible situation. .The "Manager" had the skills of a hammer thrusting itself onto a stone, resulting in nothing but broken pieces all over the place. .She possesses the subtlety of a car crashing into a house!!. . .After waiting too long for our drinks to arrive, we placed orders for 3 appetizers and 4 main courses. . .Approximately 30 minutes later, after we hailed down another employee and asked him to find our waitress, she reappeared, for the first time since taking our orders, apologizing profusely for the delay, blaming "The Kitchen". .The appetizers were (1) Beet Salad, (2) Caesar Salad, (3) Crab Stuffed Mushrooms. .After another 10 minutes, our appetizers arrived - 40 MINUTES from the time we ordered them!!. .As we were consuming our appetizers, two waiters show up with our main courses!!. .Talk about poor timing!!. .The main courses were (1) A Vegetarian eggplant Dish (2) Lemon Butter Shrimp and Pasta, (3) Steamed Clams, (4) Steak Frites. .Rather than risking returning them to the kitchen and never seeing them for the rest of our lives, we told them to put them on the table. .The appetizers were very good, as were the main courses, except for Lemon Butter Shrimp. .The shrimp were as hard as rocks. .They tasted as though they had been prepared long before we ordered them, and then re-cooked for us. .If you attempt to dine here, CAVEAT EMPTOR. . DINER BEWARE!!!. BEST OF LUCK!!

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vipFran
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pleasant dinner for us. Glad to be out any enjoyed the menu at the Back Burner. I had a tough time choosing my dinner, but the Lamb sirloin won . Nicely done, w good jus, not enough beans, a bit too many potatoes. The beet salad was delicious. My husband loved his shrimp pasta dinner. Wine list quite good. We only had a glass, not a bottle. We are going back for their crab cakes! The desserts looked good as they went by, but we were full.

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vipPhillyMom
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Back Burner was the perfect place for a Mother's Day lunch. The food options were really good. I had the garden salad and the quiche entree. Both were delicious. The service was very good. I had a very enjoyable lunch with my Mother and sister.

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vipSueS
Philadelphia
83 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Blackened salmon salad was very good, with black beans and lime crema. Fries here are usually great, but they came out barely warm and had to be sent back. I'm disappointed in the complementary flatbread. I used to look forward to it, but lately it is badly burned or tasteless with no seeds. It's free, but why bother!

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Tbr7
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dining experience. First time there. Always stopped in the store to purchase the Better Cheddar, but never dined. Will be back again. The food and service were great. Pumpkin mushroom soup and desserts were delicious!

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JeffR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a close friend’s new job. The food, atmosphere, and service was outstanding. Great value. Will definitely go back.

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vipStan
New York Area
262 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We very much enjoyed our dinner

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JeanetteC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Waiter wasn’t able to answer ?’s but he did go back to get answers. Biggest complaint: there was no one there to say thank you for coming and have a good night.

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vipEJDCMD
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Tuesday special Hamburger nite.
Very safe distancing between tables and customers.

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GlenG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Able to sit outside. Service and food excellent. Look forward to my next visit.

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vipDottyJ
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, as always!

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vipHunert
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Nice cozy table near the bar as requested. Our first time here and probably our last. Food was disappointing. Flat bread was stale, the foie gras was overdone, and the short ribs were dry and overdone. At least the beets and goat was good as was the crab cake. Service was not that good as our waitress/bartender had just gotten the Moderna vaccine and was not feeling well. The bus boy was in a big hurry to clear our plates as soon as one was emptied whether or not both of us were finished with our meals. We will probably not go back.

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vipJosephW
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food with a good menu selection. Service was great.

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DavidK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for lunch. Food was excellent, as was everything else. Very highly recommend. Not my first time there. Consistently great.

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MikeH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and great ambience. The service was a little slow due to them being short staffed during Covid, but our server was excellent when she was present. Highly recommended.

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Jdurb
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the special, Rock fish. Had a side of asparagus with it. I think the price was a little high for what I received($29.00). But it was very good, maybe a little over cooked.
My spouse got the filet with sides. He said it was good.
The waiter was ok. We never got our bread, which he said he would bring, but that was ok, because we didn’t really need it ! Not overly attentive. Took awhile for our check.
Will go back at some point.

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vipReds7
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Nice ambiance as well. Burger specials tonight so I ordered one. It was cooked perfectly with nice flavor. I like that they offered lettuce wrap in place of the bun. We also got the cheddar spread to share, which was really tasty. Will definitely be back.

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EdwardP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a Birthday celebration. We had a great time was never rushed. Drinks to desserts were very tasty. The pumpkin mushroom soup was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delish! Drinks perfect! Nice quiet and romantic. Hope more people go! Great neighborhood spot.

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vipMargo
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great little restaurant off the beaten path - hidden treasure

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great place for date night!

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BillT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent. They have a great atmosphere and they were very conscious of COVID requirements. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for an evening out. Good food, good service and nice location close to home. The chef creates some amazing specials.

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Dick
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit back for lunch at our favorite Hockessin area restaurant since the pandemic shut-down did not disappoint. It was up to its pre-covid high standards. Service was gracious and the crab cake entree still outstanding.

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AmandaN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to this restaurant a number of times. It’s always a hit and during covid, it was quiet and really enjoyable. The service was outstanding and everything in the menu is a must try!

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vipMLHEM
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was really good. Got the better cheddar app. Other diner got shrimp app, which had thought was a bit overcooked. Filet very good. Crab cake ok.

Service was ok. Our server was very nice, but I didn’t like hearing staff discuss who is taking our table, etc. Talk about that out if earshot! I also spilled water and once I found someone to tell, they handed me some napkins — that was it. No assistance, and then they left all the wet materials to sit there on the table. Did not appreciate that, so not a ton of attention paid.

I’m sure we’ll return, knowing better what to expect in the future.

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vipEmilyS
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was pretty good and steak was cooked nicely! Was disappointed they were out of the dessert we wanted when they only had 4 on the menu to choose from, also we ordered something to take home and half the items listed with the appetizer were missing from the package when we got home.

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VicK
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Burger Night! Excellent Beer Selection! Good Fun!
Recommend it highly.

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MichaelD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice moderately priced wine list. Several craft beer choices.
The crab cake entree was very good and priced fairly. The Mahi Mahi w/lobster risotto was also very good. Portions were average in size.
Would definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely pleasant experience. Our server, Julie, is very professional and friendly. We spoke with the manager to compliment all of the wait staff. Food is top shelf. Lamb and salmon entrées are remarkable. Wine list is commendable. Keep up the great work.

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 1058 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.