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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 1 week ago via mobile

We’ve been dining at The Back When Cafe for a number of years, and have always enjoyed a good meal. This evening was also very good. My pasta entree was excellent; my wife’s was very good; some room for improvement. Dessert was top notch. Service...More

Thank refelo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bartender Jeff is the real deal! The BEST Cosmo EVER! Expansive cocktail menu, expertly prepared then there's the menu! Fabulous menu, dinner specials! I had the parchment paper, chillean sea bass my friend had pasta with meatballs! Everything expertly prepared, hot. Also ordered bruschetta with...More

Thank Lori P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Other reviews will talk about the great food, but even if you want to meet a friend for coffee, the historic building is a very good reason to go to the Back When,

Thank drBric
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Have now been to the Back When Cafe a dozen times; clearly the best if not one of the best restaurants in the Wausau area (see also "Basil" in Weston). Have tried different entree each time (from fish, to steak, to pasta) off the eclectic...More

Thank BaronAnchorage
Reviewed 14 October 2017

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 7 October 2017

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 3 October 2017

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 14 September 2017

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
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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, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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