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Back When Cafe

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606 N 3rd St, Wausau, WI 54403-4831 (McClellan St.)
+1 715-848-5668
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Eagle River, Wisconsin, United States
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116 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had reservations for 6pm on first show night of season at Grand Theater. Arrived at restaurant and 6 on the dot and were seated immediately. Waiter asked us if we were attending the show at the theater and said he would make sure we were out in plenty of time. The food we ordered was perfectly prepared and delicious. My... More 

Thank Paula S
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner reservations for 6:30. We got there at 6:20. After checking in we sat at the bar for a drink. We checked on our reservation 4 times and were told we'd be seated very soon. We gave up and left at 7:45. While there we observed 5 other people leaving for same reason. The most disturbing part was... More 

1 Thank DTMUD
Waterford, Wisconsin
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191 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited on a Saturday with reservations( suggested). Promptly seated, but the host( new) forgot our snack basket-we ere served a free dessert to comp for that!! Very nice! The waitress was great ,our main courses- ravioli and a fish fry were very very good. Only downside was the soup- lobster bisque ...prob one of the worse I have had. but... More 

1 Thank Gardenlover31
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

You cannot go wrong if you decide to eat at this restaurant! The dining experience, food and wait staff are excellent. The menu choices are superb and not run of the mill in anyway. I try to come here to dine as often as I can!

Thank Roberta W
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27 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

We come to this restaurant all the time, but this time we were our dinner options were limited. They were out of duck, which was my first choice. Then I tried to order a veal entree and was told they were out of all three veal choices. I finally had the salmon which was good but not my first choice.... More 

1 Thank Sam B
Twin Lakes, Wisconsin
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70 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

They have a great offering on the menu. The food was superb. Very friendly and helpful servers who know the menu well. They always have daily specials. Will come back next time we are in town.

Thank William J
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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64 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

A memorable meal on the patio at Back When with wonderful and attentive service from Jody K. and his witty banter. A fresh heirloom tomato caprese starter, chili lime walleye, refreshing lemon orzo, jumbo Greek style shrimp pasta and rhubarb cherry crisp for dessert. Everything was fresh and delicious. We'll be back.

Thank Bonnie C
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

The food, service and atmosphere is great! I can't wait to go back next time I am in Wausau. Very impressed.

Thank sarahD380IT
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

Excellent food, drinks, wine, service, and atmosphere. I enjoy my entire experience from the time I walk in until I leave. You can dine and not feel rushed, so you can have your appetizer, entree, and dessert. Dine indoors or outside, either way, you will enjoy your experience.

Thank Amy W
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

The food, service, and atmosphere is exquisite. The Kobe Beef hamburger is tremendous! I have been impressed every visit!

Thank Darren G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $30
American, Italian, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?