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Back When Cafe

606 N 3rd St, Wausau, WI 54403-4831
+1 715-848-5668
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“carrot cake” (13 reviews)
“crostini” (4 reviews)
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Italian, American, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
606 N 3rd St, Wausau, WI 54403-4831
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I was torn between which dish to order at Back When Café, as there were a number that sounded delicious to me. There was a special with beef tenderloin and truffle filled pasta, and I went with that. I wish I had chosen a pasta...More

Thank Amy S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We needed a break in the middle of the week after sorting through some difficult business, so decided to head out to a nice restaurant. Read several reviews and decided to give Back When a shot. I was a bit skeptical about finding such a...More

Thank fftravelers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I put the carrot cake in the title of this review to make sure that you save room for desert--that is not meant to imply that the desert is the best thing about this place--everything was excellent. The bartender is great--we had each had a...More

Thank Steve K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great local foodie place. Everything we had was delicious. Favorites included: Seared Sesame Crusted Sashimi Tuna, Wild Mushroom pasta and the Salmon w horserash vinaigrette. They also made a very nice martini and old fashioned.

Thank Kate K
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

On a recent stay in Wausau we had the fortunate occasion to eat at the Back When Cafe. From the beginning of our meal, we were wowed! Small town restaurant with a large city menu. It is a must if you find yourself in that...More

Thank Frances E
Reviewed 24 August 2017

The Back When Cafe is our favorite restaurant in all of Wi. We visit Wausau twice a year sometimes eating both nights at the foodie place.

Thank Neil G
Reviewed 18 August 2017

We made our reservation on Open Table so we could make a connection with friends later in the evening. This is a totally first rate operation with a professional staff, wonderful food and well thought out wine list. There are three areas to dine just...More

Thank Kevin O
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Unlike the fine dining place in Weston, WI, that makes you WISH upon a star, Back When is a great place to be. The food is spectacular, the staff is over-accomidating, and the portions are filling. You definitely get your money's worth. For a fine...More

1  Thank ericlA9051AJ
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Nice quality. Nice atmosphere. Always been pleasant dining experience Recommend for family or friends. Try the bib and tucker bourbon for a cocktail

Thank novatw
Reviewed 9 August 2017

The Back When is hands down our favorite restaurant in town. We have eaten here in small parties as well as very large and the service and food is always exceptional. Have had many items on the menu over the years and it never disappoints....More

Thank Margaret C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 30
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 606 N 3rd St, Wausau, WI 54403-4831
    (McClellan St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Wausau
  • Phone Number: +1 715-848-5668
Farm to Table Style Cuisine...Using local seasonal fresh ingredients...Steaks, seafood, pasta and gluten free options.
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