Back Burner Restaurant

4.5
1018 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Executive Chef Chris Peters (former owner / chef of Nonna Ristorante in Newark) offers seasonal selections of contemporary American cuisine, interlaced with Italian and French influences.

Featuring Nightly Specials & Daily Happy Hour
Outdoor Seating Available
Call For Outside Seating Reservations or Larger Groups

Signature dishes include:
- Pumpkin Mushroom Soup
- Shrimp Léjon
- Kennett Square Stuffed Mushrooms
- House-made Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes
- Fresh Fish
- Featured Game
- Featured Steaks



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 15-28 people.

Reserve Today! For additional info, please contact our Dining Room Manager at 302-239-2314 or email: event@backburner.com
What 1018 people are saying
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vipSJDiner1
Philadelphia
83 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was on the slow side. Soup was delivered as we were still eating our appetizer. However, food was very good and reasonably priced. We will definitely return. Pumpkin mushroom soup was great.

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Sara
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening! We are glad we chose Back Burner to celebrate Valentines Day. We wish it was open on Sunday though-actually Valentines Day.

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Sher
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We were celebrating Valentine’s Day, but were very disappointed with our food. I’m not going to go on and on about what was wrong with both of our meals, because my heart goes out to all restaurants and what they have had to endure because of the COVID Pandemic. I know it effects their suppliers, their chefs, and all of the staff. We are trying to do our best to support our local restaurants. We still tipped generously.

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SteveB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I was disappointed in the number of choices on the lunch menu and the fact that they no longer have quiches prepared for lunch. The service was very good and attentive and my crab-cake and side dishes were very good.

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vipLauC
Columbus
22 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patti was great! We sat at the bar.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Good service more expensive then I thought but after all it was very tasty

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our sever Julie, was so sweet and full of information. The food was perfect, perfect portion size.

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GaryT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The menu choices were, as always, superb. The filet and the ribeye could not have been better. Our server, Diana, made our entire meal a treat. She is the best! You can be certain that we will be back again.....and again....and again!

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EverettD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pumpkin mushroom soup a must. Filets done just right!

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vipDD36
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great meal and Patty is the best!

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vipHollyW
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joined another couple for a double date before a night at Longwood Gardens. Everything about this restaurant was exceptional. They seated us by the fire, which offered a pleasant ambiance without being uncomfortably warm. After informing our server we were on a time schedule, she was very friendly and accommodating. We all ordered different appetizers and entrees and all were cooked to perfection & delicious. You really can’t go wrong with the menu. We drank wine, but they also offer an impressive selection of creative seasonal cocktails. The ladies room was clean and well stocked, & everyone abided by current Covid regulations. All in all our visit was a 10/10 and we look forward to dining with them again soon.

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vipPaulL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent lunch menu, with lots of choices. It was difficult to select, as so many looked wonderful. The waitress was cordial, but not quite proficient with gluten free order. The restaurant noise level was quiet, but it was VERY cold! The temp was set to 64, which is too cold for a winter lunch. Perhaps they need to crank it up for the lunch time, then adjust as necessary.

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AshleyR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server Patty made our visit wonderful! First time here and happy to support local during this crazy time. Look forward to returning! Great date night!

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vipgrace
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

found this local restaurant and tried it out. They are following all COVID precautions. Food was good. Menu isn't extensive but something for everyone

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JessicaW
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service! We will definitely be back soon!!

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vipDinerus
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The best burgers and wow what a variety to choose from. The Brussel sprouts are a must. Great burger specials on Tuesdays.

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VictoriaG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a great dining experience at Back Burner. Recommend as a place for a quiet atmosphere and great meal.

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ArtF
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was outstanding. I expect better trained servers from such a restaurant though.

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Bob101
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food, pleasant atmosphere. Menu showed planning.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

We picked this restaurant based off of the reviews. Perhaps it was an off night. We waited 10-12 minutes for a server to make contact with us after we sat down. We ordered an appetizer and the server returned several minutes later and stated they were all out of what we had ordered. We opted to just order meals at that point. Several minutes later, the server returned and asked us if we still wanted the appetizer we ordered, that they were able to make it now. We said yes, but it never arrived. Our dinners arrived from another staff member. They were great, no complaints at all about the food. We never saw the server again until we were done our dinners. We just asked for the check and left.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

We got engaged here 9 years ago & go to Back Burner for all of our anniversary and birthday dinners. The food, service and atmosphere are always top notch.

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WilmingtonFoodie
Inverness
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not our best meal, not our worst. I didn't realize that they closed at 8, so when we sat down for our reservation at 7:30, we were able to get one cocktail and then the bar closed at 8 without any warning. Cheese board was missing some accoutrements, steak on my cobb salad was more medium than medium rare and I asked for it to be rare. Food was good, just not astounding.

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vipweRfoodies
Philadelphia
105 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood gem, always worth the trip out to Hockessin. We went for Burger night and weren't disappointed, both burgers Truffle Shuffle and the Steakhouse were excellent! We added fries, which taste so much better than they looked. We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice meal but no bread was served as usual. The waiter was not knowledgeable with the craft beers but he did make a good recommendation.

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Cshagerty
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience5

We love the Back Burner and made the reservation early in the week. One hour before the our reservation the hostess called to cancel our reservation without an apology. We understand during covid it is an unsettling time, but our family was driving from two hours away to join. I called back and suggested we split the reservation into two tables and was disappointed that the restaurant employee didn't come up with a solution. Our waitress was abrupt with us and had an attitude that we were a bother. We made the best of being together, but will consider somewhere else for our special occasions next time.

The Back Burner should consider the loss of revenue and how it treats it's customers and employees!

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CherylS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Quiet and uncrowded, but the service was slow snd our server was not very attentive. Food was good, but portions were small. After dinner coffee was warm at best. Charming restaurant overall, have patronized them for 30+ years, but this visit was disappointing and not up to their usual standards. We won’t be going back for dinner for awhile, maybe just for the nightly specials or to get food from the adjacent cafe.

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vipWilliamZ
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Thanksgiving.

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Mimi
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We joined a couple for their first meal out and had a lovely evening. I think we closed the Back Burner down! The food was fabulous and our waitress was absolutely lovely.

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JakeS
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere! My party of two was seated quickly and enjoyed a very friendly wait staff along with fantastic food/drinks. Also a pretty phenomenal playlist with a mix of just about everything.

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vipArleneW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enough. Not partipating any more, Didn't write enough. How about blah, blah

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was slow,

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Marykate
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as always. I dined here on 11/14 to celebrate my birthday with my partner and friends, and we were surely not disappointed!
The pumpkin mushroom soup was fabulous, as always and the crab cakes amazing. I got the tequila cocktail you had on special and it was perfect.

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AzFriends
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My friends and I enjoyed our time having lunch together and our extended visit.

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vipStaceyP
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Back Burner is always consistent. I get a great meal with a rustic ambiance. Love the linen tablecloths which seems to be missing in many higher end establishments.

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ClaireH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice people. Very good value.

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vipBobjak5
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

This was not the normal visit. In the past, everything was great but not this time. We waited twenty minutes waiting for our drinks and only received them because we flagged down a hostess. Our food order came out incorrectly and the young man who brought it out was surprised that I wanted to send it back. The creme brulee desert was runny. Overall, it just wasn't a good night.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

They have a nice little area outdoors. They were definitely understaffed, but we weren’t in a hurry. Food was great as always.

JM
JamesM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, Great Atmosphere, and Great Employees.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner... crab cakes were delicious! The Pumpkin Mushroom soup is a must! Service is always spot on! Great location and the decor is on the rustic side but very eloquent. Definitely a great place!

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CharlesW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Allowed us to have a very leisurely lunch. Good food.

FAQs

Back Burner Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 239-2314.

Back Burner Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1018 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.