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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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Italian, American, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
606 N 3rd St, Wausau, WI 54403-4831
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Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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

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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
Reviewed 4 August 2017

Fabulous food and service at this adorable downtown restaurant! I tried the spring pasta. It was a culinary delight. The mix of asparagus, garlic and parmesan was perfect. My husband tried the filet and it was terrific.

Thank Ann H
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Walked in and waited 5 minutes without a greeting. Oops, the service desk is past the bar AND to the right. Don't stand at the end of the bar, nothing will happen. The steak was excellent, the salad good, but not 4 star good. Service...More

Thank Leroy O
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Great food, good service. The menu had very interesting salads with fresh ingredients. It would be a great place to go for a special occasion or it could make an ordinary night out very special.

Thank PegSandin
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$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, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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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