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Back When Cafe

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Italian, American, Cafe, Healthy
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606 N 3rd St, Wausau, WI 54401 (McClellan St.)
+1 715-848-5668
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Farm to Table Style Cuisine...Using local seasonal fresh...
Farm to Table Style Cuisine...Using local seasonal fresh ingredients...Steaks, seafood, pasta and gluten free options.
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  • 71
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Absolutely wonderful

This was such a pleasant dining experience, in all aspects. The ambiance is lovely-- you can tell immediately after walking in that someone put a lot of thought and effort into decorating. It has a warm feel, without feeling claustrophobic. Our server was very skilled-- exhibiting all the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Marcelo H
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Rochester, Minnesota
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Rochester, Minnesota
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This was such a pleasant dining experience, in all aspects. The ambiance is lovely-- you can tell immediately after walking in that someone put a lot of thought and effort into decorating. It has a warm feel, without feeling claustrophobic. Our server was very skilled-- exhibiting all the attributes of a well-trained waitstaff. We had 7 courses and they were... More 

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North Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We were new in town, had no idea where to go. Picked up the central Wisconsin visitor's guide and blindly picked this restaurant. What a gem. Attractive decor, well-prepared drinks and food. So glad we found it! Kudos to the owners. Our waitress was a bit distracted, but the team approach to service worked. A great all-round experience. We went... More 

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Such a nice date night place! Very impressed with the food, the service, and the restaurant overall. Plus the dessert is amazing!

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Wheeling, West Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Friends suggested we try this (My favorite Wausau restaurant is Basil). Glad they did. Has a rustic tavern/mom and pop Italian vibe but people were showing up in special occasion mode: birthdays being celebrated etc. My friends had a chicken dish and a fish dish both were sizable and pronounced delicious as was the sizable salad. Good wine by the... More 

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Rockford, IL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Got a nice sidewalk table on a lovely evening. Nice menu and wine list. Menu states they source local food but no mention of where, who. Please list and give some kudos to your local producers and farmers. Had a zucchini pasta dish, very good. Had a goat cheese, beet etc. salad, bread, all very good.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

In Wausau for business and found this restaurant. Excellent menu and preparation. The wine list was phenomenal! We had the Caymus 40th Anniversary 1 1/2 bottle!

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Naples, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

From start to finish your restaurant was fantastic!! I had friends from out of town and they were equally delighted!! Thank you for the great dinning experience!!

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Lansing, IA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Our entire experience at the Back When Cafe was delightful. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Our waiter, Caleb, was most charming while providing excellent service.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015 via mobile

In December of 2012, I wrote a review of this restaurant, saying I would not be back to Back When--poor service. Well, when my "foodie" sister from out of state came to visit, I decided to give it another try. (My sister would never know of my vow to never go back.). We had a wonderful evening--respectful and attentive service,... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This charming restaurant has all the charm of a 5 star dining experience that could be located a much larger city. The wine list is extensive & most of their high quality dining offerings are farm-to-table! I was with a group of 8 & we were treated very well. Each of us were quite pleased with our meals, and the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 606 N 3rd St, Wausau, WI 54401
    (McClellan St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Wausau
  • Phone Number: +1 715-848-5668

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Cafe, Healthy

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

Farm to Table Style Cuisine...Using local seasonal fresh ingredients...Steaks, seafood, pasta and gluten free options.
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?