Back Burner Restaurant

4.5
989 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 989 people are saying
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vipWilliamZ
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Thanksgiving.

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Mimi
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We joined a couple for their first meal out and had a lovely evening. I think we closed the Back Burner down! The food was fabulous and our waitress was absolutely lovely.

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JakeS
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere! My party of two was seated quickly and enjoyed a very friendly wait staff along with fantastic food/drinks. Also a pretty phenomenal playlist with a mix of just about everything.

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vipArleneW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enough. Not partipating any more, Didn't write enough. How about blah, blah

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was slow,

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Marykate
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as always. I dined here on 11/14 to celebrate my birthday with my partner and friends, and we were surely not disappointed!
The pumpkin mushroom soup was fabulous, as always and the crab cakes amazing. I got the tequila cocktail you had on special and it was perfect.

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AzFriends
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My friends and I enjoyed our time having lunch together and our extended visit.

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vipStaceyP
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Back Burner is always consistent. I get a great meal with a rustic ambiance. Love the linen tablecloths which seems to be missing in many higher end establishments.

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ClaireH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice people. Very good value.

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vipBobjak5
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

This was not the normal visit. In the past, everything was great but not this time. We waited twenty minutes waiting for our drinks and only received them because we flagged down a hostess. Our food order came out incorrectly and the young man who brought it out was surprised that I wanted to send it back. The creme brulee desert was runny. Overall, it just wasn't a good night.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

They have a nice little area outdoors. They were definitely understaffed, but we weren’t in a hurry. Food was great as always.

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JamesM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, Great Atmosphere, and Great Employees.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner... crab cakes were delicious! The Pumpkin Mushroom soup is a must! Service is always spot on! Great location and the decor is on the rustic side but very eloquent. Definitely a great place!

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CharlesW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Allowed us to have a very leisurely lunch. Good food.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We actually we not able to dine. We made a reservation that was available on open table to only drive to Back Burner and find out that they were closed due to an employee contracting Covid and are closed for 2 weeks. This message was taped on the door as we arrived..... we knew something was up when we drove there and the mere place was dark and no cars were anywhere in sight. Open table was not notified so it’s not their fault. It was a 7:30 reservation so we were kinda left with little options on no options to go anywhere else as many places were already booked as it was a Saturday night. Such a bummer...... we were really looking forward to dining at Back Burner as their food is amazing.

Back Burner Restaurant
Responded on October 27, 2020

I apologize for the confusion, We had an employee ,who was not working that day, test positive from a daycare setting. As a result we closed at 5 that evening. All reservations were contacted or messages were left where available. If we missed yours before we got online reservations shut down I apologize but our primary focus was on customer and staff safety. Since then we have deep cleaned and the entire staff has been tested and none have tested positive from this incident. We are now open.

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BarryB
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My Wife & I enjoy Dining on the Patio /
Breezeway.
Service Fine / Food Very Good
Looking forward to another wonderful experience at the ‘Back Burner!

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vipAlison
Atlantic City
41 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Best part is still Better Cheddar -- everything was fine, except a minor screw-up on the menu which was quickly corrected. Our serve, Same, was fantastic, and we HIGHLY recommend the stout on tap - excellent!

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ErichKomdat
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a nice outdoor happy hour experience.Highly recommend.

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AmiM
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food , great presentation! This has been a go to place to treat that special someone!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dinner and service was great. Food was excellent like usual. Noted on our reservation celebrating our anniversary but nothing was mentioned in the restaurant by the staff.

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Trish
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First, every COVID precaution was in place. We sat inside, and there was plenty of space between tables. Our server, and I wish I remembered her name, wore her mask and kept a safe distance.

We made a last minute reservation for dinner. Our appetizer was shrimp lemon, and it was perfect. For dinner, we ordered filet mignon, a burger and I had French onion soup. The soup is not a soup, per se, but it was delicious. All of the food was prepared as requested and delicious.

For dessert, we had the whiskey apple bread pudding - amazing! This perfect little spot is the best restaurant in Hockessin.

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vipDine42
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always. Our diner was delicious. We enjoy having dinner at the BB.

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vipDD36
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal and great service

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vipBaconIsAVegetable
Philadelphia
109 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their outdoor space is so quaint and perfectly spaced. They really did a great job. I hope heat lamps are added so we can continue to dine outside as the weather dips. Their new menu also didn’t disappoint. Their roasted acorn squash over a pumpkin purée takes like fall on a plate. My only regret was not ordering the pumpkin cheesecake (next time).

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DavidM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good. Onya,Patti and Janet are the best.

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vipRichR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food. Excellent atmosphere . Very friendly staff

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Diner11
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Tables are spaced far apart and everyone was wearing a mask including customers as they came in. Great place to come and talk with friends, never rushed and very attentive. I feel very safe eating out here.
Food has always been excellent. The crab cakes and burgers are very good and large.
I would highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a Great time! The food is the finest and always prepared and served professionally and courteously. We make at least one trip per month or more. Definitely worth it.

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vipMarge
Naples
25 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stephanie was wonderful. It was great to dine in a restaurant once again.

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vipChristinaK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food are spectacular. This is definitely going into our regular rotation.

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Sherry
Key West
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, and ambiance! All precautions being observed!

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vipJohnP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alway great at BB

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vipKarenW
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice night out with my daughter to just now celebrate Mother’s Day. Burger night was the best.

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vipCharles
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the staff took great and the proper safety precautions. The food was delicious. Our first time there and if it were closer, it would be a go-to spot for us. Highly recommend it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

40th Anniversary dinner was superb!

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vipStan
New York Area
247 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Such a great restaurant-food always so good and great menu.

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Susan
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice, but a few more vegetarian options would set this restaurant apart from the others in Hockessin.

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SuzanneC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We have been going here for years and have never been disappointed until now. We are chalking it up to the covid-19 crisis and the fact that maybe they are not using a lot of food. The best description I can think of is that the food did not seem "fresh". We had the burrata and tomato salad, and the tomatoes were awful, especially for this time of year. They were not good and were definitely hothouse ones. The stem end was not cut off a couple of the slices, making them even less appealing. The greens that came with looked old and were wilted. The rest of the food was okay, but not outstanding like it usually is. This will not keep us from returning since I am hoping that our disappointment is the result of the pandemic.

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HarryS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back Burner makes their own Limomcello. it was in the featuerdcocktails and so I has it straight as a dessert something. the rest of the meal was also fabulous.

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vipArleneW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food right on. Service is always excellent w/great wait staff.

FAQs

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

Back Burner Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 989 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.