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About Back Burner Restaurant

Executive Chef Chris Peters (former owner / chef of "Nonna" in Newark) offers seasonal selections of contemporary American cuisine, interlaced with Italian and French influences.

Signature dishes include:
- Pumpkin Mushroom Soup
- Shrimp Léjon
- Kennett Square Stuffed Mushrooms
- House-made Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes
- Filet Mignon En Croute

Our Tavern Menu features several new and exciting cocktails, as well as light fare.

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 20-30 people.

Reserve Today! For additional info, please contact Frank Monturano at 302-239-2314 or email: events@backburner.com

425 Hockessin Corner
Hockessin, DE 19707
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
The Restaurant is open from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.

The Tavern is open nightly until 10:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.

Sunday brunch is served on special holidays only.

Cross Street:
Old Lancaster Pike

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(302) 239-2314

Website:
http://www.backburner.com/

Catering:
Contact The Back Burner To Go for your catering needs at 302-239-2732.

Parking Details:
The Back Burner offers a large private lot for your convenience. Please note that the parking lot is a one-way design, which circles around "Panache" Furniture Consignment and leads back to Old Lancaster Pike.

Executive Chef:
Chris Peters

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please see our website, Facebook page, and Twitter for up to date information regarding our menu, specials, and more.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Join us for three nights of celebrating your love!
Select Dinner features available on Saturday, February 10 and Saturday, February 17 Limited Dinner menu available on Wednesday, February 14

Back Burner Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

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Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
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Great for Lunch (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Cozy (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Romantic (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Business Meals (3)
Great Beer (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Seasonal (2)
Fun (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

We love going to the Back Burner. It’s one of our favorite places to go.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food, always reliable. Server was very knowledgeable and helpful.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 4 days ago

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!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We had a very nice dinner with good service and great food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Always an excellent choice whether for lunch or dinner!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Service was slow. It was burger night so things were busy.

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was delicious. Service got a little slow when the dinner rush came in.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 12, 2017

The food was good, they seem to have a problem keeping wine in stock. Then substituting
and over billing.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We really enjoyed our first visit to Back Burner. The restaurant has a nice, quiet atmosphere and we had excellent service and meals. The filet was cooked perfectly and the salmon was exceptional. Perfect for date night.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

3 of us ordered medium steak it was well, my kids ordered grilled chicken and they were given chicken tenders. I am upset that an 80th bday party celebration was marred by a sub par experience

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Everything was wonderful. Food delicious, beautiful presentation, service great. Loved our day there.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fun, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The Back Burner is always a good choice no matter the occasion!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Nice evening though too many people for the room so we felt like we were in the way of not only service staff but customers as well. Very odd was the fact of running out of "service" plates under the desserts and too Very busy and few saucers. And we should have been informed of the need to ask for bread - hard to know in advance that bread is served only by request.- very busy but still friendly and capable waitress.

Tags: Great Beer, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We hadn’t been in a few years. Food was good, but a waiter was hard to come by. Waited at least 15 minutes for him to approach the table for a drink order. It didn’t get better from there...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Tuesday Burger Night at the Back burner is always a treat, with great food at great value. Service was excellent and the server was knowledgeable. Great food and drink in anunpretentious setting.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We tried Bavk Burner after a 5 year break due to recent remarks about the chef and great food. We're happy we did. Everything from the better cheddar app to the roasted butternut squash entree to the pumpkin cheesecake was delicious. Our server was very nice but would disappear for some time, especially considering the restaurant wasn't that crowded. We'll very happily return.

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

It was good to see the restaurant doing a brisk business on a Saturday night in Hockessin. Our main dishes were both very good. I had the deckle steak and scallops special, I thought it was the best thing I had there. They should put that on the regular menu. The other dish was short ribs and my husband loved it. That is on the regular menu. My shrimp lejon appetizer was a little dried out, maybe under the heat lamp in the kitchen too long. A very enjoyable meal overall in a favorite nearby restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Over the years the food has been up and down. They seem to have found a pretty great Chef Will definitely be going back

Tags: Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food and Service were good however we were rushed which was probably due to table turnover on a Saturday night. We were served and billed within 45 minutes for a fine dining experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Amazing....this was our first time. Was told about this place from a friend. She told me to try the better cheddar. We did and now all I can do is dream about it! Everything was so delicious. We can’t wait to go back again. The chairs were a little uncomfortable, but a small price to pay. Service was great as well. A++++!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 16, 2017

I had the Stuffed Mushrooms for an appetizer, and the Filet en croute for my meal. The mushrooms were excellent with a generous filling. The 8 oz filet was actually 2 four oz filets which were tender, and were cooked perfectly. The staff was friendly, and service was great.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was excellent. The waiter seemed like he didn't know correct answers and winged it.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We went as part of the ‘customer appreciation’ special which was on all week according to the email we got. The prix fixe 3 course meal was excellent but it seemed like they were overwhelmed or something because the service was uncharacteristically sub-par.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Restaurant had a special menu offering three courses for loyal customer week. The bacon wrapped scallops, twin filets and creme brûlée was one choice and everything was excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food good: pumpkin soup, stuffed mushrooms, wedge salad. Small portion filet is a great value and is always well done. Our fellow diners ordered the scallops, which were good, but they were not thrilled with the set which was a sticky purple rice and pickled radishes. Bread pudding for dessert was also good. Our server was pleasant enough, but disappeared for a while and dessert took a very long time to reach our table. We've been here several times before, however, and will return.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Totally enjoyed the Back Burner. The service was perfect and friendly and the food was excellent !

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Back Burner always comes through with delicious food and outstanding service. Chefs are talented, wait staff knowledgeable and professional, and management runs a tight operation.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Had lunch. Service was slow and got one order incorrect. Quality of food was food.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We had the fried calamari and Gouda cheese plate both were very good! The short ribs were tender salmon was a huge cut. Seared scallops were done just right. Picky eater number two ordered shrimp and grits and pronounced them as good as any in the south. Bread was wonderful and hot!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Diana is an asset as a server. Enjoy her attention. She reminded us of the Wednesday special!

Tags: Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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