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Back When Cafe

606 N 3rd St, Wausau, WI 54403-4831
+1 715-848-5668
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Italian, American, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
606 N 3rd St, Wausau, WI 54403-4831
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here for dinner before a show at the Grand Theater. Made reservations for 5PM to thoroughly enjoy ourselves with no rush. We ordered the roasted Brussels Sprouts, and an order of Crab Cakes. The Sprouts were fantastic! I was expecting the pretty standard...More

Thank Jeff S
Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

Went here for an impromptu dinner with my mom and got in without a reservation. I had the steak and truffle ravioli, which was very good. The sauce was a bit bland for me, but the steak was cooked perfectly. My mom had a beef...More

Thank ShannaS8
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Our dinner was absolutely wonderful from the Salad to the Entree through the delightful dessert! The price was a bit high, but the food was well worth it

Thank Anne W
Reviewed 3 January 2018

This was our second visit and will be back. Our reservation was at 8:30. Had appetizer, meal, desert and bottle of wine. They were out of our 2 first bottle choices, and were out of my first choice of entree. But what we had was...More

Thank Eric P
Reviewed 1 January 2018

I have been meaning to write this review for so long. Since it's been over 3 years since my last visit, you might want to read the more current reviews before making a decision to dine at Back When. Back When holds a special place...More

Thank AnnfromBrookline
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

We’ve been dining at The Back When Cafe for a number of years, and have always enjoyed a good meal. This evening was also very good. My pasta entree was excellent; my wife’s was very good; some room for improvement. Dessert was top notch. Service...More

Thank refelo
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

Bartender Jeff is the real deal! The BEST Cosmo EVER! Expansive cocktail menu, expertly prepared then there's the menu! Fabulous menu, dinner specials! I had the parchment paper, chillean sea bass my friend had pasta with meatballs! Everything expertly prepared, hot. Also ordered bruschetta with...More

1  Thank Lori P
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Other reviews will talk about the great food, but even if you want to meet a friend for coffee, the historic building is a very good reason to go to the Back When,

Thank drBric
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Have now been to the Back When Cafe a dozen times; clearly the best if not one of the best restaurants in the Wausau area (see also "Basil" in Weston). Have tried different entree each time (from fish, to steak, to pasta) off the eclectic...More

Thank BaronAnchorage
Reviewed 13 October 2017

I was torn between which dish to order at Back When Café, as there were a number that sounded delicious to me. There was a special with beef tenderloin and truffle filled pasta, and I went with that. I wish I had chosen a pasta...More

Thank Amy S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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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