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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.

Back Burner Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (17)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Special Occasion (14)
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Great for Lunch (11)
Cozy (11)
Good for a Date (10)
Casual (10)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Bar Seating (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Business Meals (3)
Great Beer (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Romantic (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Fun (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Our server, Tristan, excellent. He was attentive without being intrusive. The food was prepared just about flawlessly. We really enjoyed our meal.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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 :(

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Dinner with friends - we did not feel rushed. Meals and service were excellent.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 29, 2018

My birthday

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great service. Great food on Tuesday hamburger night.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Leisurely dinner with friends. Good food and nice atmosphere.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The pumpkin-mushroom soup is amazing, and has been for several decades.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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 30, 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 19, 2017

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

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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Philadelphia)·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 25, 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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vip
 (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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