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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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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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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  • 83
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    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
Recent visit.....

Hadn't been there in quite a while. Very cosy, warm atmosphere with Christmas decorations and trees still up at the end of January. I had the Sea Bass Provencale Style which was good and should be for $36 which is pricey around here. My companion had a filled pasta with a cream sauce which she... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Chris G
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Wausau, Wisconsin
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Wausau, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Hadn't been there in quite a while. Very cosy, warm atmosphere with Christmas decorations and trees still up at the end of January. I had the Sea Bass Provencale Style which was good and should be for $36 which is pricey around here. My companion had a filled pasta with a cream sauce which she didn't enjoy as the sauce... More 

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Thank Chris G
Wausau, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a marvelous restaurant, white table cloth, but you can be casual. The decor is wonderful, the service very good, and food also very good. A nice place to relax. In summer, fun dining outside. My only complaint is it does not serve draft beer, largely because the owners, I think, feel draft beer is too messy. It has... More 

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Thank Edward M
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

have alway enjoyed my visit to this wausau restaurant.. very atypical for a smaller city to have independent gourmet restaurant.. decor is also welcoming..would recommend the walleye and mushroom salad with egg

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California
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

One of the beat places in Wausau hands down. Amazing food and winelist to accompany. A great selection of seasonal dishes. We had a group of 7 and all left very impressed.

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Thank John B
Wausau, Wisconsin
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145 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

This is a really great little restaurant in downtown Wausau. The food is excellent, the location is great, and the atmosphere fits. We had a work function here, on the second floor, in the private dining rooms and it was fantastic. Seafood is very good.

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Thank wisctravfamily
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

this is a very nice place to eat. I took my wife there on a "date" night and I was pleasantly surprised. the food was very good, it was a bit noisy for our comfort level and it was a bit chilly in the dining area for my wife but overall we had a very nice experience. I would definitely... More 

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Thank DANDAUTO
Plover, WI
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35 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Parked right outside the door. There was a guy having a smoke outside next door and when we told him where we were going he said have the filet with the coffee crust. I did and it was absolutely outstanding! Possibly THE best steak I have ever had and I eat out a lot. Had the cous cous with it... More 

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Thank golfwesty
Harrisburg, North Carolina, United States
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140 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

What a great find in Wausau. Housed in a couple old buildings, is a charming Italian restaurant. We had no reservations but the hostess did a nice job fitting us in. The food is great. Our server was attentive and able to offer some great recommendations to our large party (in town for business). House wine by the glass was... More 

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Thank Steven B
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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190 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Found this recommendation on Trip Advisor. We are able to walk to the restuarant from our B&B. Greeted immediately by the bartender, who was awesome. He made great brandy old fashions (if you haven't ever had one, make sure you have one and have it muddled). The ambiance of the restuarant is quite electic. The food was awesome. My husband... More 

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Thank Ann W
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

We make time to go to the Back When Café every time we are in Wausau. Our expectations are exceeded with everything we have ever ordered!

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