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Back When Cafe

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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
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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  • 64
    Excellent
  • 23
    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
Charming cafe with vintage charm

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
kristine m
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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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Marshfield, Wisconsin
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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We went here for our anniversary. I got the steak and so did my wife. We also got bacon wrapped scallops for an app. Everything was great! This place is a bit higher priced but it was a nice dinner that did not disappoint.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

First time visit & I take food/dining very seriously. I was classically trained for cooking, but did not choose that as a career. I believe this to be the finest dining experience in Wausau while still casual. Innovative menu with essentially four choices: filet (4 or 8 oz) with a wonderful selection of toppings; the best sesame crusted Ahi tuna... More 

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Harshaw, Wisconsin
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201 reviews 201 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

What a disappointment! Haven't been here in three years- no wonder it was so easy to get a table on a night when a big show was playing at the Grand Theater across the Square. The service was slow - although the place was practically empty. The drinks were bad - shaved ice in the whiskey, and the sparkling wine... More 

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Wausau, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

While a bit pricey, food, service and atmosphere are awesome!!! Only open for evening service. Highly recommend eating here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The Back When Cafe is one of the fancier places in Wausau, and the price shows it. That said, the food was great and service good. We had the chicken and pasta, it was very tasty. They have a good selection of dishes, and tasty deserts.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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79 reviews 79 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We had dinner here before a show at the Grand Theater. We liked the menu selections (some unique items), we thought the service was prompt and attentive and the food was tasty. We just thought it was a bit over priced. We recommend you try it for yourself.

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Chicago, Illinois
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13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 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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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, Coffee Shop, 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?