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Back When Cafe

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Mon, 6/17
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner
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STEAKS‏
8 oz. angus beef tenderloin, pan sauce 34
4 oz. angus beef tenderloin, pan sauce 23
soup
salad
char-grilled angus beef
VEAL
26
veal picatta, lemon & capers
26
veal brandy mushroom sauce
26
veal parmesan in tomato basil sauce
CHICKEN‏
19
roasted half chicken w/ lemon, garlic, & italian herbs
22
sauteed chicken breasts w/ artichokes, lemon & capers
SEAFOOD
24
roasted salmon w/ horseradish vinaigrette
24
chile lime rub northern walleye w/ roasted tomatoes
25
seared sesame crusted sashimi ahi tuna rare, asian slaw & wasabi sauce
29
roasted jumbo shrimp (3)
with seasonal vegetables
STARTERS OR LIGHT DINNERS‏
12
roasted herb/garlic tomatoes w/ spinach & goat cheese
12
deep fried calamari
10
wisconsin cheese curds
10
crostini w/ blue cheese, honey & hazelnuts
10
bruschetta w/ mozzarella, fresh tomato, basil, & olive oil
15
5 bacon-wrapped shrimp w/ caper sauce
10
crostini w/ goat cheese, black olives, tomato, basil
15
smoky bacon-wrapped sea scallops, citrus beurre blanc
16
crab cakes w/ honey mustard & chipotle
14
organic baby spinach salad w/ apple, goat cheese, grilled chicken breast, carrot, walnuts, & balsamic dressing
PASTA
14
organic wild mushrooms
porcino, shiitake, oyster & button - tossed w/ pasta, brown butter, parsley & parmesan
14
pasta w/ peas, parmesan, garlic, & olive oil
16
italian homemade potato gnocchi baked in parmesan cream & tomato basil sauce, mozzarella & parmesan
16
pasta w/ goat cheese, broccoli, garlic, olive oil, roasted tomatoes & toasted hazelnuts
13
pasta alfredo, creamy parmesan sauce
15
ricotta-filled ravioli, tomato basil sauce
19
mama lucci’s pasta & meatballs in tomato basil sauce
16
butternut squash-filled ravioli, basil creme sauce
25
3 jumbo shrimp alfredo, parmesan cream sauce
21
lobster-filled ravioli in alfredo sauce
FRIDAY ONLY FISH FRY‏
16
with salad 19
baked or fried alaskan cod w/ potato
About
Farm to Table Style Cuisine...Using local seasonal fresh ingredients...Steaks, seafood, pasta and gluten free options.
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
Italian, American, Healthy
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed May 8, 2019

I was in town for business and came upon this restaurant using Google search. From the moment I walked in, I knew that I hit the jackpot! I was greeted with courtesy and the place had a great little vibe. Once I opened the menu...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank David G
Reviewed May 7, 2019

This is our favorite place in Wausau - one of our favorites anywhere. Wausau loves chain restaurants and cheap eats. There is only one reason Back When has survived this long - they're awesome!

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank russ25trap
Reviewed April 14, 2019

The staff are great. Friendly. Hard working. Very pleasant. I had a fantastic time at Back When Cafe. The food was excellent.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Larry B
Reviewed March 10, 2019

I had looked up this restaurant before making a reservation and it didn't disappoint! Extensive menu made choosing one entree challenging (which is rare to find anymore). Creative meals were offered and well presented. The atmosphere is charming and service was fast.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Vblakey
Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

It was the best ever carrot cake and coffee. Good service. We went last minute and were treated kindly. I will go back possibly Valentines weekend. HINT Hint

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Terri K
Reviewed February 2, 2019

My husband and I had dinner at Back When before attending a show at the Grand Theatre. The menu is extensive and there were so many things that looked delicious. I had ahi tuna which was seared (rare) with Asian slaw. I would have liked...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank LynneSundbergNimmer
Reviewed November 25, 2018 via mobile

From the spinach salad to the butternut squash ravioli and carrot cake, the food was delicious. Service was excellent. Thank you Kelsey!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Haddie904
Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

Food was good, service was good, banana caramel cake was delicious but our table was not. I made reservations a month ago for 2. They sat us in a crowded table and chairs for 2 that looked like they got it out of the storage...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Heather D
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

While the name suggests this restaurant is from a bygone era don’t let that fool you. First rate in every aspect it is one of my top places I recommend to family and friends visiting Wausau. Glenn and Jolene to fantastic job staying on top...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank johnrB6040HJ
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

I walked to dinner from my nearby hotel (Jefferson Street Inn). They had a dish with zucchini noodles instead of pasta which I was excited to find. I wish more places gave this alternative! On top of that, my request to switch from red sauce...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank marrzbarr18
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