Crab cake way too salty and not quite warm enough. Squid was unseasoned and under cooked.
This was our first visit and we came for my husband's birthday after a visit to Longwood Gardens. I appreciated them being open on a Monday (a lot of other places were closed). It was 1/2 price apps and $1 oysters on Monday, so we got the house special "better cheddar" and 6 oysters to start. The cheddar was interesting, grated cheese mixed with some smoke flavor, nuts and possibly mayo. The flatbread was a bit overly salted but a nice texture and we generally enjoyed it though I am not sure I would order it again. The oysters were from VA and were fresh - and a great price. We most appreciated that the entrees were available as half portions. I wish all restaurants did that. We had the crab cake and the lamb. The crab cake was mostly crab (not a lot of filler) but was also kind of flavorless. The tomato compote was very necessary to add flavor but there was too much vinegar (and I LOVE vinegar so this is saying something). The lamb was enjoyed.
We would have liked to order dessert but there weren't really any options that weren't heavily dairy based. It would have been nice if there was just a piece of cake or something. I am sure we could have gotten the brownie without the ice cream it didn't seem appealing to have half the dish.
I was very pleasantly surprised with the prices. With the 1/2 portions and the Monday specials we spend way less than expected. I would go again on a Monday if I was in the area but probably not for a special occasion.
Great experience...as always.
Food was good, but service was slow and inattentive. Slow to take our orders and food very slow to arrive even though it was not crowded at a late lunch time. Had to ask to have water refilled and get check.
This used to be one of my favorite restaurants for a special meal. Lately, I have left feeling a bit disappointed. Often, they don’t have the sparkling water I enjoy - and I am told that they “ran out yesterday.” The food and service used to be exceptional. Seems as though management or something has changed. No longer a favorite.
We've been to The Back Burner before but this visit was exceptional. It was a quiet Monday evening and we found they do half-price specials on wine bottles under $60 as well as a long list of appetizers at half price. The stuffed crab appetizers and cheese plate were wonderful. My lamb chops cooked in a Moroccan style were superb - among the best lamb ever. If you don't like too much salt, you might want to ask the chef to go easy on that for this dish though I loved it. Our bottle of Planet Oregon Pinot Noir was lovely, especially at a price that approximated retail! Service throughout was professional and friendly.
Delightful dinner with our daughter and son-in-law. The halibut special was superb and almost more that I could eat, but I ate it all. It was so good that we bypassed the Wednesday night surf&turf, but not the hot fudge brownie!
We had lunch and enjoyed the food. Service was mediocre as Tristan (our server) seemed disinterested and rushed (although restaurant was not busy). We have been here before and chefs do a nice job while service is typically lacking.
This is one of our favorite places to go for special occasions. The meal was good for the price. It was really cold even in the room with the fireplace.
Our server, Tristan, excellent. He was attentive without being intrusive. The food was prepared just about flawlessly. We really enjoyed our meal.
We went for Valentine's Day. It was a very nice dinner out. We shared a shrimp cocktail. There were six large shrimp, but only a half a cup of cocktail sauce and no forks. The salad greens were fresh, but I would have liked more than just tomatoes and walnuts - some shredded carrots and sliced cucumbers, maybe. We had asked for the sides to be switched for my husband's meal, which they had told us could be done, but it wasn't. I had the halibut, which was good, but on the dry side. The place does have a lovely atmosphere and we will probably dine there again in the future.
My husband and I came for a birthday dinner. It was the weekend before Valentine’s Day, so possibly this could be the reason for the perfect storm of mishaps.
We started with a first course-I had the pumpkin mushroom soup, which, for some reason had a film on it like it had been waiting for a while. Other than the film, it was very good, I really enjoyed it. My husband ordered a wedge salad with ranch-it’s how he likes it. He was brought a salad without any dressing. We thought maybe it comes on the side and the server (not the waiter-how stupid is this?,-yet we see it everywhere) forgot. For whatever reason-the waiter doesn’t check to see if what is served is ok and we have to ask a busgirl. She goes to check on the dressing and comes back without any dressing and says there is no ranch (lol-and it gets worse). She asks if he wants a different dressing (uhh, yea-this slab of lettuce isn’t going down without some dressing)-he finally says a balsamic will be fine and she brings it. Now the waiter comes back and says there was ranch-he had gotten it. Ok, but it never made it out.Our plates are taken and we end up waiting a very long time for our entrees...so long in fact we were told twice they were almost ready. When they bring them-again a server- my husband’s filet had no Oscar....we’re looking under because we want to make sure they wouldn’t mess up his entree too. But.they.did. So,it’s taken back and re-plated with a smidge of the crab sauce he wanted. He cuts into the filet and it’s well done-nary any pink in it. The waiter comes and looks and knew it was not done properly-had he been the server maybe it wouldn’t have come out that way. Now...and I won’t even get any more picky-there were other issues. I will end on a positive note and tell you that management did come and listen to us and tried to rectify the situation which was expected.
I want to believe it was a comedy of errors...should we try again? I don’t know :(
Generally a good experience. Appetizers, drinks and crab cakes and flounder were excellent. Our waiter, Dino, was great. However, the sides were off. One of us had a potato gratin and the other had a spinach pastry. Both were greasy. It was extremely busy and we chalk those problems and greater noise than normal to that.
Dinner with friends - we did not feel rushed. Meals and service were excellent.
Went for a GNO dinner and we had a very enjoyable meal and a good time. It’s not a hipster bar; it’s a grown up restaurant. Mature clientele and atmosphere abound.
First of all, they have a good happy hour so look into that for good appetizers and cheaper drinks all week.
Bar is cozy with a good size bar, several tables and a nice room off the bar with seats and couches around a fireplace. Good, friendly table service and a atmosphere where we can talk and see the menu.
We had the Better Cheddar appetizer because you have to when you go there. It’s like crack. It was presented nicely with grapes and nice homemade crackers. So good and so addictive. We also had the calamari which was cooked correctly but I would have preferred a little more flavor in the sauce or coating.
Several of us had the NY Strip special which also had bacon and sour cream mashed potatoes and broccoli and kale. Very good. We all enjoyed it. Another friend had the halibut special and it was delicious. I tried it :). Fish was cooked perfectly. Crab cake and scallops were also on the menu. Crab cake was a good size, not a lot of filling and was enjoyed. Scallops were cooked perfectly and had a nice spicy seaweed salad.
I had the cheesecake which was homemade with raspberry sauce. It was good but nothing out of the ordinary. Chocolate torte and vanilla caramel salt gelato were also had and enjoyed.
What more can I say that we are here 2-3 times a month. The ladies in tavern are the best!!!
We had a wonderful night. Everything was super yummy. The best part of our night, however, was Diana our server. We will be sure to request her whenever we dine there. She was so informative and attentive. She made our birthday dinner so enjoyable. Thank you so much.
Great service. Great food on Tuesday hamburger night.
Leisurely dinner with friends. Good food and nice atmosphere.
The pumpkin-mushroom soup is amazing, and has been for several decades.
The Back Burner is a solid restaurant. The food is very well prepared, but not real imaginative.
One warning when making a reservation - there. Are tables by the fireplace that seem cozy, but it’s very noisy back there. Regulars know to ask for a table in another area if they want to have a conversation.
We love going to the Back Burner. It’s one of our favorite places to go.
Great food, always reliable. Server was very knowledgeable and helpful.
Amazing location, ambiance and food. Wait staff is incredibly young so they're not as intuitive as you'd want them to be for the price you're paying. But other than that no complaints!
We had a very nice dinner with good service and great food.
Had a quiet and romantic date here. Great atmosphere and cozy space. It was hard to find because it is in a small craft market, but it was delightful once we got in there. Great oysters and the beet salad was scrumptious. Moderate pricing and great service.
Always an excellent choice whether for lunch or dinner!
Service was slow. It was burger night so things were busy.
this is a top notch restaurant. i could have been happy with anything on the menu. loved the choices of plate sizes. the fact that it's been in hockessin for many years shows how many appreciate the thoughtful care taken in managing the restaurant.
Wonderful food but service was a little slow. It would have been more festive if the space upstairs including the railing had been decorated for Christmas.
The Back Burner is always a restaurant you can count on for a good meal in a nice setting. I was there recently with friends, however, the first person who arrived (we had a reservation) was shown to the table by the host pointing to the table where she could sit, no one walked her over to the table; that was tacky. I ordered a wedge salad that was drenched in salad dressing; my fault for not asking it to be on the side, but I truly hope that's not how they normally serve this salad. I've been here many times and will certainly be back, but I wonder if they are getting a little complacent with keeping it a special local spot. Also, I wish they would stay open later. The place is always cleared out by 8:30-9 pm.
Beet salad delicious. VERY long wait between apps and main course. Thought our waitress had left the premises. Fish dry as a result. Could have been great but for long delay in between courses.
Food was delicious. Service got a little slow when the dinner rush came in.
We had a wonderful meal but our server was extremely ill equipped. We asked several questions about the menu and she didn't know the answer. For example they offered a Bistro Steak with crab and hollandaise. She had to go back to the kitchen to find out what cut of beef it was. We had a bottle of wine when we sat down then ordered a few glasses of wine with entrees. It took so long to get the wine that the entrees were almost consumed. food was very good. The Bistro steak special, a sirloin, was very good. The grilled romaine with Caesar dressing and a red pepper couli was outstanding!
The pumpkin mushroom soup was still good, the rest of the food was disappointing. Service was also not as good as before. Will not try again till they have better menu.
The service was terrible. They had two large party’s going on and the kitchen neglected to fill the orders for the main dining area. After an hour wait for 3cold sandwiches I looked around and realized that no one in our immediate area had any food. No updates on what was happening.
The food was good, they seem to have a problem keeping wine in stock. Then substituting
and over billing.
The Back Burner consistently provides excellent food, excellent service, at good prices. The quality of the food is consistent - hot food is hot and cold food is cold! Our server, Tristan, was outstanding; courteous and efficient.
I always enjoy a dining experience at the Back Burner.
It's a nice restaurant because you can get half portions. The wait staff is not in sync and often seem confused who is doing what. It is not a well orchestrated restaurant.
The bar noise travels into the restaurant.