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“Back when you enjoyed dinner......” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Back When Cafe

Back When Cafe
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Ranked #3 of 159 Restaurants in Wausau
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, American, Healthy
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Back when you enjoyed dinner......”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013 via mobile

Wow. I was impressed with this place. The first thing I noticed was the nice old fashioned atmosphere, hence "back when". The staff was friendly and you could tell it was small, family run business. The dessert case had giant cakes, but I went with the crisp - which was fantastic. Nice job

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Mercer, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Texting Bartender”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013 via mobile

We are pretty regular customers at Back When Cafe, on our last visit on our anniversary, we were very disappointed in Rich (the bartender), when we walked in we could see him ( which means he could see us) sitting on a chair just outside the bar area on the way to the dining room TEXTING, I would expect this and a polito's or places like that with young wait staff but Rich.........C'Mon Man, really, then he sat in the bar at the table by the window texting........our glasses were empty!!! Pretty bad when a waiter walks by and has to get us another!! We found out Glen and Lucci were out of town tach night, a bartender can ruin a business or make it........ya may want your staff to keep the phones in three vehicle!!! Will we be back......you bet!!!

Visited October 2013
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Backwhencafe, Owner at Back When Cafe, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
Thank-you for your concern, and it is important that the customer come first. Our on- line reservations come over the cellphone each night and we were having difficulty receiving them. We have worked out the bugs and hopfuly this will not happen again. Thank-you
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De Pere, Wisconsin
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Back When Cafe Is So NOW!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

The food was fabulous from the appetizer to dessert! So many choices on the menu and with a close your eyes and get lost in the taste experience. Everyone was pleasant with a great relaxed atmosphere. Organic selections available.

While we were there they were also hosting a wedding, a birthday party and a family reunion, and never did we have to wait for any part of our meals. And, speaking of dessert... should you go for the towering carrot cake, or the chocolate cake be prepared to either share with about 4 others or have take home because they are a meal in themselves... and oh so good!

This is the second time we visited the Back When Cafe when in town and we will surely go again (hopeully soon)!

  • Visited October 2013
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Wausau, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Eat Like a King”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

This restaurant always has a great atmosphere in it, no matter what is going on downtown. The menu you has so many options on it that will blow your mind, but I would have to say my favorite is Momma Lucci's Meatballs. Definitely would recommend!!!!!

Visited October 2013
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Plover, WI
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5 reviews
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“Enjoyable dinner experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

My wife and I went to the Back When Cafe Saturday, after the art festival shut down and had a most enjoyable dining experience. We had no reservations, but they were able to accommodate our request to sit by the window. Appetizers, main entry, they offer a lighter fair which is appreciated, and their coffee was excellent. Service was perfect, very timely, and attentive to our needs through out the dinner. We are coming back next time we visit downtown Wausau.

  • Visited September 2013
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