Back Burner Restaurant

4.4
1097 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 1097 people are saying
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vipDD36
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and great service

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vipWilliamZ
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
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
50 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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Desh
Philadelphia
45 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
33 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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BarbaraD
Key West
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated in a booth. It was very comfortable. Our server was friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. Would definitely recommend Back Burner Restaurant to a friend.

Back Burner Restaurant
Responded on October 7, 2021

Barbara, Thank you for choosing us to dine with. I hope you can come back and see us again. Regards, Chris

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MichaelK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was very nice but there was too much pepper in the crab cakes.

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vipKasey
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We were disappointed with dinner

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sylvias
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, nice menu selection. Did not realize till after I ate they also have a place next store for to go or sit all looked great

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GlutenFreeDE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

While the food was outstanding, the waiter was personable and helpful, but slow to return to the table. Delicious gluten free dessert, but coffee I ordered with it was only warm. I drank it anyway ; when the server returned to the table ten minutes later, I asked for another cup. A small metal coffee pot was brought to the table, this time it was even less warm. We waited for another 10 minutes while our payment was processed.

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JosephO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was our first visit to this restaurant and only have good things to say. Everything from the first hello, through the meal, our server...it was a great first experience.

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vipchrisl
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like short ribs this is THE best I've ever had and worth going here just for this alone... Everything fantastic top to bottom including stellar service. Amazing!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service as usual

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vipDinerus
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a pleasure to dine at Back Burner restaurant. The service is outstanding along with the staff members. The food is consistently good and I always enjoy their burgers.

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Desh
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friends. Great meal

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vipScoot
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Not sure what happened....but the food was mediocre there was only one waitstaff person in the restaurant. She did an amazing job considering how many tables she was running.

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AwesomeDinner91221
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I had the fried eggplant and my husband had the steak frites and both were cooked to perfection. Although we arrived at 5:00 for our reservation the service was just okay after our order.

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FrancisK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very nice restaurant. Need better social distancing in the bar area.

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vipSalB
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently a wonderful dining experience. One of our favorites in the area.

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FrancisM
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place great food great service.
Family loved it

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KJS44
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Despite the fact that the air conditioning was on the fritz, our first experience was wonderful. The server attentive and helpful, the food delicious, and the spacing comfortable for people who worry about the pandemic. We plan to make this one of our frequented restaurants.

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Danielle
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great way to spend our 11th wedding anniversary.

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vipSueD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Dinner was very nice however VERY SLOW. I know it was burger night and we might have arrived at the peak time but it seemed to take forever for us to get our food. Waitress was sweet but rarely checked back with us. Water carafe was never refilled during the entire time we were there. Seemed like there were lots of wait staff but they weren’t sure what to do.

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EricT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, excellent food! We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, and plan to return!

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is always delicious! I just recommended it to a few friends who will be in next week.

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Linda
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girlfriends dinner was lovely at the Back Burner Tavern! Our server, Janet, was patient and shared her great sense of humor! Burger night was enjoyed by my friends but my crab cake entree was de-lish!

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JoAnn
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely loved the atmosphere of back burner, as usual. have been there a number of times in the last 30 (???) or so years. from when it was in its former location. and the pumpkin mushroom soup? since my very first visit this has been a MUST have. still tastes just as good as ever. also, service and waitstaff excellent. cannot wait for my next visit! thanks so much for being there still (even tho one of my fav stores has closed down (everything but the kitchen sink) and still serving that excellent soup. oh, and the house salad? best ever !!!!!

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vipDD36
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Patty is the best server!!!!

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NagellaN
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Our waitress was courteous, and kind. Unfortunately the hostess who welcomed me made no effort to confirm if I had a reservation after I told her I did. Thank goodness my colleague was already seated under the reservation I made. Go figure. Left a bad taste in my mouth. Luckily the clam chowder made up for her poor customer service.

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MissWilly
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The description of the blackened salmon sounded good, but the salmon was a bit fishy and the polenta was terrible. What ever the flavor was supposed to be it was bland and very unappetizing. Corn "relish" didn't "go" with the salmon. Very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Dinner for myself and my Mother. Excellent Service!
Crab cake Dinner was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A birthday celebration Dinner was fabulous at the Back Burner. Excellent service in a great atmosphere!
Appetizer specials of Oysters and Scallops were exceptional.
Crab cake Dinner was the best crab cake I have had in Delaware.

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CammyJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food! Fabulous ambiance! Fabulous service! Fabulous drinks!

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 1097 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.