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Back Burner Restaurant

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683 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Lunch
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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 Lisa Hoosier at 302-239-2314 or email: events@backburner.com
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, Seafood
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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.
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Phone number
(302) 239-2314
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chris Peters
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Catering
Contact The Back Burner To Go for your catering needs at 302-239-2732.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Old Lancaster Pike
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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 "Jennifer's Bridal" gown shop and leads back to Old Lancaster Pike.
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Special events & promotions
Please see our website, Facebook page, and Twitter for up to date information regarding our menu, specials, and more.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 683 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Birthday celebration for mother and brother worked very well. Mother wanted an outstanding crab cake, which was indeed the case. Brother took advantage of the shrimp & grits, which was also well prepared. Tuesday is burger night (50% off), so I took advantage along with the pumpkin & mushroom soup; each was excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Delightful lunch with good friends. Probably spent two hours so we really enjoyed good coversation and good food. Wish BB were closer but it's worth the one-hour drive from Philadelphia. Sorry to learn Creations Gallery is closing. Always nice to explore there.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

It is always a pleasure to reconnect with friends at the Back Burner. The service is attentive, but not intrusive or rushed. The food is delicious and beautifully presented. I love this restaurant.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

My wife’s Caesar salad was drenched in dressing. They brought a new one that was better, but still overdressed.
My halibut was very good.
Service was fair, our server took our order and got lost.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Went here for the first time to celebrate a birthday. Food & service excellent on a quiet Tuesday night. I had the crab cakes & my husband the scallops. Both excellent!! Definitely will return.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Went for Easter Brunch. Food and service were very good. This was our first experience, but we will return for a regular lunch or dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We went for Easter Brunch and everything was wonderful, from the fantastic service to the delicious food. We all enjoyed our individual meals (Hangover eggs, Crab Cakes, Shrimp & Grits) and shared multiple starters (Oysters, Stuffed Mushrooms, Better Cheddar). We love the Back Burner and would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Everything was excellent. Took some friends with us and they were very impressed. They want to go back.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Great specials and amazing service!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Wonderful late afternoon lunch. Tina provided great service! Drinks were really good. Planning on returning in the near future.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Wonderful restaurant, delicious food, lovely decor. Always a go to for any reason.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We have dined at the Back Burner twice in the last 5 years and the consistency of the experience does not disappoint. The food is extremely well prepared and presented. The chef introduced a new dessert the evening we were there and it was almost too pretty to eat, but the taste was fabulous too. The Smoked Manhattan cocktail was a true twist. It is a great place for a special occasion or just a quiet dinner for two. The tables are spaced so that the noise is diminished and table conversation is very easy. We were there on a Saturday evening and our server from Fairhill was just great; very attentive to every detail.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Crab cake way too salty and not quite warm enough. Squid was unseasoned and under cooked.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

I was introduced to the BackBurner as part of a job interview back in 1998. I have been going back to this reliable restaurant ever since to celebrate special events in my families life. The food has always been great and they have have a great wine list and specials. Its a good place for "Foodies" like me.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Firstly ease of making reservations via Open Table always a plus. Overall experience was very good. Our waiter, Tristan, was attentive; steak special that night was a good value (generous portion and reasonable price); portion of Arctic Char sufficient enough to take half home. As always a pleasant dining atmosphere and experience.

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3.0Dined on March 5, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great experience...as always.

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 28, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

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!

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on February 10, 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

What more can I say that we are here 2-3 times a month. The ladies in tavern are the best!!!

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2018

My birthday

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Great service. Great food on Tuesday hamburger night.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Leisurely dinner with friends. Good food and nice atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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