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  1. Distance: 3.89mi
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About The Grille at Back Creek

The Grille at Back Creek is a full service restaurant, bar, & public golf facility located in Middletown, Delaware.
Voted Best Restaurant in Middletown, Delaware by the Readers of Delaware Today Magazine! (2016, 2014, 2013)

101 Back Creek Drive
Middletown, DE 19709
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Sunday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;

Dinner:
Sunday - Tuesday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm (Bar closes at 9:00PM)
Wednesday & Thursdays: 5:00pm - 9:00pm (Bar closes at 10:00PM)
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm (Bar closes at 11:00PM)

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(302) 378-6499

Website:
http://www.backcreekgc.com/

Executive Chef:
Miguel Rivera

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

The Grille at Back Creek Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (17)
Happy Hour (12)
Bar Seating (11)
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Good for Groups (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Fun (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Live Music (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Business Meals (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Scenic View (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Cozy (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Great Beer (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Food was OK, must not as good as usual. Crab cakes were pretty good, but not as good as in the summer. The French onion soup was not too good. It seemed to have some kind of Italian seasoning that was weird in French onion soup. Didn't eat the soup. The burgers were as good as always.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We frequent the Grille often so we asked if a different chef had cooked tonight consistency was off

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 25, 2017

One of our favorite places!
Chef Miguel’s dishes never disappoint. Our server Carly was great and Jenny behind the bar was awesome!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Love the food but service is lacking. Cleanliness is a question...I don’t know about you but I don’t like seeing pasta, chicken and straw wrappers on the floor- ewwww

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Live Music
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Service is usually relatively good. Food is hit or miss. It is good but not usually outstanding, with the exception of the Crab Cakes. The crab cakes are phenomenal. Often times the dishes are too salty or have way too much spice (this is coming from someone who loves salt)! The guacamole is always yucky brown if you order the Mexican dishes. Aside from the brown guacamole, the enchiladas are pretty good. Sometimes the brisket is really good, and other times they send it out burnt. If you have the diner's club card it is worth it, but if you don't, the prices are too high for the quality of the food. In the fall and winter, the restaurant is also way too cold. Whenever, I ask about it, they waiter or waitress usually tell me that everyone is complaining, but nobody ever does anything about it.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The crab cakes are to die for.. Also great customer service and drinks!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The chef and wait staff are super at Back Creek. We have the family discount plan and we love it. Never a bad experience and the food is awesome. Back Creek is my go to restaurant and they never disappoint.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Never a bad meal. Consistenly delicious no matter what you order.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

One of our favorite spots BUT check to see if there is a golf event on the day of your reservation. Event participants can greatly increase the noise level, drown out the entertainment and strain normally terrific service staff.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The calamari appetizer was good. I don't really like the peppers mixed in though. My husband ordered a burger and I ordered the wedge salad. The burgers are among the best around. The salad was also fresh and good. Service was good and quick.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Scenic View
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Date Night w/ Trish and Vernon & friends 10/25/17. A very busy night (always good to see) for the Grille, but wasn't quite up to their normal standards. We had soups (all delicious) served after about 20 minutes from order being placed, and then dinner was served in less than 5 minutes....that means "something" is going to get cold before it can be enjoyed! In this case, it was the soups.....nothing worse than eating a cold dinner, so the soups lost out. The Ahi Tuna Salad was nicely presented and very fresh and tasty. The Chicken Parmigiana entree's all showed the Chicken Breasts being overcooked, and were beaten down to a 1/4" thickness. Normally it is an excellent choice...not tonight. The other item that caught the eye was that one entrée had about 1/3 cup portion of spaghetti, another had a little of 2/3 cup portion and the other one had well over a cup..... Our server was relatively new, very pleasant, and very anxious to be sure we were all well cared for. Every establishment has a bad night, and this was the Grille's ! Having had several excellent experiences here in the past, I will return, but probably without friends next time..... Normally a great value , but tonight WE probably should have not paid

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This quaint little spot is a pleasant surprise. The food is good and there was live music. I would recommend this spot to anyone.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Very disappointing experience. We were there many years ago and is definitely a different place. The experience reminded me of an airport, transient dining. The tables were old and peeling, disgusting carpet and really loud. I think many like because of the "club" half price dining. Food was not really good, lots of sauce...food seemed of poor quality. Really disappointing....not sure how they get 4 and 5 star reviews.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food and excellent service from Craig our bartender !!! The food here is by far the best in Middletown, so if you live above the canal, it's worth the drive south.

Tags: Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Live Music
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

I was disappointed that we had to wait an extra 30 min past our reservation to get seated. Poor planning of setting up the buffet for another event knocked out tables for the regular dining crowd. Waitstaff handled the stressful situation like pros and as always the good was great!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

It was extremely loud and when we were there. We could not have a discussion, without yelling across the table. In the future, when making a reservation, I would appreciate, letting us know, if there is a party that evening. Otherwise, wonderful food!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Food is always very good.
Dining area needs acoustics....very noisy

Tags: Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 2, 2017

They took my reservation but when i got there they told me they were closed for a private party.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 20, 2017

One word describes our evening at Back Creek..... EXCELLENT! THANKS FOR A GREAT EXPERIENCE.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Wonderful! Great food! Good value!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Took 20 min to receive our beers. (Waitress told us that one of the dogfish head beers was non alcoholic which should have been a sign to leave). We placed our order but after 50 minutes went to the manager to discover that our dinner order had never been placed. Manager offered to box it up for us? Restaurant was incredibly loud. Can't describe the food but service was worst we've ever had.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We both had the special of the day which was lasagna and it was good. Mine was lukewarm but my husband said his was hot. Restaurant was very busy and super loud, even annoying at times. Service was disorganized and very slow. They ran out of Stella draft ... again. Seems to be a recurring problem. The draft is either broken or they are out of it.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 4, 2017

FOOD IS FANTASTIC, PRICING IS REASONABLE AND PORTIONS ARE HUGE! The Grille at Back Creek is fast becoming one of my favorite restaurants for casual dining. The menu selections provide a good deal of choices to suit everyone's preferences. From appetizers to entrees every item we've tasted thus far is 'over the top' delicious and presented in an appealing and artistic fashion. For this particular visit our food orders ranged from burgers to crab cake entrees. We ladies chose The Back Creek Burger which was so delicious not a crumb remained and the Brisket BBQ Burger that was unbelievably tender, tasty and cooked to perfection. This is NOT your typical BBQ burger soaking in sugary BBQ sauce. On the contrary, the sauce was creamy with a flavor that left you savoring every bite. And, as the name suggests you have melt in your mouth beef brisket on top of the burger. As yummy as it was there was no way I could eat the entire burger so I happily took half of it home. The men both ordered the Double Crab Cake entree, were pleased with the "zero filler" guarantee and would absolutely order this entree again. The selection of beer and wine was good and the pourings were quite generous. We haven't dined here on the weekends but I understand live music adds to the dining experience. One last tip, don't be discouraged if the indoor dining room and bar area are very noisy as you have an option of dining outdoors. Seating is available at umbrella covered tables or under their covered patio where you have a peaceful and scenic view to appreciate while enjoying your meal.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Healthy, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Live Sports
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 1, 2017

My husband and I went to have dinner with our 2 month old. The food and service were great. The band that was playing was awesome and we look forward to going back again when they play. It was quite loud with the band so if you are looking for a quiet restaurant you may want to go somewhere else.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Always the best food and service. Really enjoy the half price burgers on Mondays.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Fun, Spicy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Healthy, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Afternoon Tea, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Hostess was not available on arrival at the restaurant. We waited 10-15 min to be seated. Outdoor dining was pleasant but no lighting. Live music was too loud in dining area. Burger and fish & chips were very good.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Live Music, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Waited for 25 min after being seated to even get a glass of water and drink order. And had to ask hostess to send waitress to table. And noise level was extremely loud. But food after we got it was very good. Best crabs around and crab dip was awesome. But think they need to have more servers on a Friday and Saturday night

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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Food was unique and well prepared. Definitely overpriced for the setting and service. Service was slow and setting was nothing more than loud family gathering. Will attend again because food was good and interested in joining for golf membership.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 25, 2017

The Grille at Back Creek is one of our favorite restaurants for dinner. Only two criticisms for our last visit: the specialty beer that was advertised to be on-tap was not, and the meal that my wife ordered was missing two of the items advertised. When brought to the server's attention, she brought a side of the one and told us that the chef said we had the other, though we clearly did not. We probably should have asked for a visit with the chef and didn't, but I surely didn't expect that kind of arrogance from him without even a personal follow-up. Apparently, the customer is not always right at Back Creek.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Everything from the lobster dip appetizer to the steak and rib entrees were delicious. Our server was super friendly and engaging! Thanks for the great service :)

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Spicy, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Happily surprised with the Snow Crab dinner special...it was delicious and worth getting a little messy! Husband said his hamburger was delicious. Disappointed that the Stella draft was not operational, but I got over it. The house salad dressing (apple cider vinaigrette) is very good. I will definitely eat there again.

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Group of 8, good service although crab dip came out quite a bit after other apps . Ahi tuna done just right, nice flavor. Everyone enjoyed their meals except my husband whose rib eye, although nice portion, was a little tough. Two people got chimachirri flank steak and loved it.

Tags: Seasonal, Fun, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Fish and chips - a new menu item - is well worth a try. Great preparation and taste.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Very loud, could not here your self talk. We were seated right away with our reservations.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The Weekend Dinner Specials continue to be terrific. This week's Tuscan Chicken was delicately marinated and seasoned, then perfectly grilled ... and the Chesapeake Crab Nachos were an innovative twist on their always great appetizer.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

We went for the prime rib special and everyone was happy with their meal. We will go again

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Hamburgers are not the recommended choice...on several occasions we ordered the burger the way we like them but every time they come out well done. If the only way they can cook them is well done then let the customer know before they order. Other food is good but that was my last hamburger.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Alicia is awesome. Enjoy the food everytime we attend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Casual, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Happy Hour
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Having only recently moved to Middletown, I am not terribly familiar with non-chain restaurants to take family & friends from out of town. Back Creek proved a fabulous choice: the service was attentive and quick, and the food was outstanding.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Arrived and was seated immediately. I was told that the back room was closed, so only the tables in the bar were available. Found out there was a rehearsal dinner in the back room. This was also the Men's League night, so the men started arriving at the bar and it got quite loud. There were a million servers, but our server was quite busy. Our food arrived, and I had tried something new. I did not like it. The server, when she was able to get back to us, took it away immediately, and asked what I would like. I just ordered an appetizer, and it was good. Our server was top notch!! She was very attentive when she was able to get to us. The room was crowded and the men at the bar would not get out of the servers' way. We may think twice about going on Thursday nights!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual
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