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Back When Cafe

606 N 3rd St, Wausau, WI 54401
+1 715-848-5668
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Ranked #2 of 135 Restaurants in Wausau
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $30
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Italian, Healthy, Café
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Restaurant details
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: McClellan St.
Description: Farm to Table Style Cuisine...Using local seasonal fresh ingredients...Steaks, seafood, pasta and gluten free options.
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English first
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

We've been coming to Granite Peak to ski for many years and have always complained about the lack of good dining..no more. Salmon and Beef Tenderloin were perfectly prepared. Excellent wine list with CA prominently displayed. We enjoyed one of my favorites Paraduxx and I am picky about wind temperature and it was served to specifications. They had all the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

When we stepped in the restaurant we were asked where we would like to sit, I ask for the new section of the dining room. they then said well we only have the old section avalible. Then we sat down and my chair was rocky and my legs couldn't fit in-between the table. So my dining experience was quit uncomfortable.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Had a late dinner there tonight and It was amazing!! Highly recommend!! Everything we had was delicious, the appetizer, entree and dessert, it was all great! Definitely going back!

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70 reviews 70 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I love the atmosphere here. It is open, friendly, and interesting. Great food and a nice wine list. My girlfriend and I had great mojitos here on a shopping trip stop for lunch.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

We found this restaurant while in Wausau to go skiing. It is probably one of the nicer places in Wausau. The main dining room is very charming. We had the NY Strip and the sea bass and both were outstanding. Our server Brian was so sweet to our 6 year old daughter. It was a very nice experience and I... More 

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Summit Lake, Wisconsin
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Great place to eat. Locally grown food..attention to detail..great bar...what more could you ask? Deserts are to die for!

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Mequon, Wisconsin
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58 reviews 58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We arrived in Wausau late on a Friday evening and had not eaten. My wife and I quickly made a dinner decision using TripAdvisor. I have eaten previously at Wausau restaurants and, although the experiences were okay, there was nothing memorable about them. We were, therefore, pleasantly surprised by this restaurant. First, the atmosphere is exceptional. Back When has three... More 

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The Back When Cafe is NUMBER 1 in Wausau for many reasons...let me count the ways! 1) Great steaks always perfectly done. 2) Richie the bartender in probably the BEST ever - always ready with a joke or a light of your smoke. 3) Nighly specials by Jolene - tasty!! 4) Atmosphere is tremendous...first class. 5) Great prices - you... More 

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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Elegant, eclectic decor. Delicious gourmet foods, but relaxed enough to not feel stuffy. Wonderful atmosphere. Must return!

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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73 reviews 73 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The Back When Cafe never fails to impress! This is the perfect place to go if you are looking for an upscale meal without a rush. The food is always as good as it looks, if not better! What really gets me about this place is the atmosphere. I feel like I'm taken to a different city altogether when dining... More 

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Additional Information about Back When Cafe

Address: 606 N 3rd St, Wausau, WI 54401
Phone Number: +1 715-848-5668
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Wausau
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
Cuisine: American, Italian, Healthy, Café

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