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Back When Cafe
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Ranked #3 of 164 Restaurants in Wausau
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Italian, Healthy, Cafe
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Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, 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.
Reviewed January 2, 2010

I have always had a wonderful experience at Back When Cafe. I love how the menu changes through the year and everything is always prepared perfectly. The cheese/crackers and fruit at the beginning of the meal is a light and delicious way to begin your meal. If you are lucky enough to get a table near the fireplace, be ready for a wonderful evening!

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Reviewed November 18, 2009

What a lovely evening we had at the Back When Cafe. We dined here recently with a group of friends from Wausau. It was difficult to make a decision from all the great menu choices. The sesame crusted sashimi appetizer was perfectly prepared. The salad was fresh organic greens with a homemade dressing. My wife raved about the butternut squash soup. Our salmon and steaks were perfectly prepared and included interesting and delicious sides. The wine list was well rounded and we totally enjoyed the Zin our waiter recommended. We all passed on dessert and had a fabulous glass of port to end the evening. The desserts are displayed as you enter and it will be really hard to resist. If you want an expertly prepared meal, good wine and cocktails and don't want to be rushed through your experience, this is definitely the place.

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Reviewed October 13, 2009

If you don't mind being ignored by your wait staff and taking 3 hours for dinner (trust me - I've eaten here many times for lunch and dinner and service is almost always slow), the food is really top shelf. Menu changes seasonally, offers somewhat creative and well prepared dishes. Soups are generally reall good and not run of the mill offerings. The ambiance, particularly for dinner, is really nice and outdoor dining is available. Again, if you have the time and are not offended by almost embarrasingly bad service, then definitely stop in and take your time and enjoy a really good meal. Certainly the best or second best option in Wausau for dining.

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Reviewed August 7, 2009

The Back When is one of Wausau's nicer restaurants with a good atmosphere, however we will not be going back. Our first visit was late on Valentine's Day for dessert. There was only one other couple at the bar at the time and we were completely ignored for 20 minutes while the bartender chatted with the other couple. Finally, another bartender came by and we had to ask him if we could order.
Deciding to give it another try, we went back for dinner in July. We went a little earlier than our reservation time to enjoy a glass of wine and once again, we were completely ignored at the bar, no acknowledgement from the bartender whatsoever. We were eventually seated and our waitress was very pleasant. The food was served quickly and was good, a little on the pricey side.
Unless you are a regular, don't plan on getting served in timely manner -- save your money and try a different establishment where they appreciate your business.

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Reviewed January 9, 2009

If you want 5 star food with service to match then the Back When Cafe is the place to dine in Wausau, WI. As an event planner I need to know and recommend the very best. Back When never disappoints!

Janet Lawrence
Distinctive Celebrations LLC

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