Back Burner Restaurant

4.5
1039 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 1039 people are saying
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GlenG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Able to sit outside. Service and food excellent. Look forward to my next visit.

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vipDottyJ
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, as always!

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vipHunert
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Nice cozy table near the bar as requested. Our first time here and probably our last. Food was disappointing. Flat bread was stale, the foie gras was overdone, and the short ribs were dry and overdone. At least the beets and goat was good as was the crab cake. Service was not that good as our waitress/bartender had just gotten the Moderna vaccine and was not feeling well. The bus boy was in a big hurry to clear our plates as soon as one was emptied whether or not both of us were finished with our meals. We will probably not go back.

JW
vipJosephW
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food with a good menu selection. Service was great.

DK
DavidK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for lunch. Food was excellent, as was everything else. Very highly recommend. Not my first time there. Consistently great.

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MikeH
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and great ambience. The service was a little slow due to them being short staffed during Covid, but our server was excellent when she was present. Highly recommended.

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Jdurb
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the special, Rock fish. Had a side of asparagus with it. I think the price was a little high for what I received($29.00). But it was very good, maybe a little over cooked.
My spouse got the filet with sides. He said it was good.
The waiter was ok. We never got our bread, which he said he would bring, but that was ok, because we didn’t really need it ! Not overly attentive. Took awhile for our check.
Will go back at some point.

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vipReds7
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Nice ambiance as well. Burger specials tonight so I ordered one. It was cooked perfectly with nice flavor. I like that they offered lettuce wrap in place of the bun. We also got the cheddar spread to share, which was really tasty. Will definitely be back.

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EdwardP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a Birthday celebration. We had a great time was never rushed. Drinks to desserts were very tasty. The pumpkin mushroom soup was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delish! Drinks perfect! Nice quiet and romantic. Hope more people go! Great neighborhood spot.

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Margo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great little restaurant off the beaten path - hidden treasure

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great place for date night!

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BillT
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent. They have a great atmosphere and they were very conscious of COVID requirements. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for an evening out. Good food, good service and nice location close to home. The chef creates some amazing specials.

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Dick
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit back for lunch at our favorite Hockessin area restaurant since the pandemic shut-down did not disappoint. It was up to its pre-covid high standards. Service was gracious and the crab cake entree still outstanding.

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AmandaN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to this restaurant a number of times. It’s always a hit and during covid, it was quiet and really enjoyable. The service was outstanding and everything in the menu is a must try!

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vipMLHEM
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was really good. Got the better cheddar app. Other diner got shrimp app, which had thought was a bit overcooked. Filet very good. Crab cake ok.

Service was ok. Our server was very nice, but I didn’t like hearing staff discuss who is taking our table, etc. Talk about that out if earshot! I also spilled water and once I found someone to tell, they handed me some napkins — that was it. No assistance, and then they left all the wet materials to sit there on the table. Did not appreciate that, so not a ton of attention paid.

I’m sure we’ll return, knowing better what to expect in the future.

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vipEmilyS
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was pretty good and steak was cooked nicely! Was disappointed they were out of the dessert we wanted when they only had 4 on the menu to choose from, also we ordered something to take home and half the items listed with the appetizer were missing from the package when we got home.

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VicK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Burger Night! Excellent Beer Selection! Good Fun!
Recommend it highly.

MD
MichaelD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice moderately priced wine list. Several craft beer choices.
The crab cake entree was very good and priced fairly. The Mahi Mahi w/lobster risotto was also very good. Portions were average in size.
Would definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely pleasant experience. Our server, Julie, is very professional and friendly. We spoke with the manager to compliment all of the wait staff. Food is top shelf. Lamb and salmon entrées are remarkable. Wine list is commendable. Keep up the great work.

SJ
vipSJDiner1
Philadelphia
83 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
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
Philadelphia
2 reviews
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
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
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!

DD
vipDD36
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great meal and Patty is the best!

HW
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
21 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.

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 1039 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.