Back When Cafe
Sustainable, regional cooking at its best in a causal yet elegant environment with full bar and multiple wines by the glass. Open for Dinner
Seared Sesame Crusted Sashimi Ahi Tuna RARE, Asian Slaw and Wasabi Sauce
Roasted Salmon with Horseradish Vinaigrette
Food was great. Busy Saturday evening. Our server was stretched too thin, had 3 other servers help her with our table. One of 2 salads was delivered, entrees came out, no sides, had to ask for the other salad and utensils. Ordered wine when entrees arrived. Wine arrived mid-way through dinner. Empty plates were stacked on my wife’s setting to add insult to injury. Either front end management was poor or server was. Most likely a combination of both. Other servers were able to handle their tables with grace. Our’s was overwhelmed and/or overworked. Note to management: don’t give me the “we’re short of staff due to Covid” routine. Manage your staff better.
It's so great to be at restaurants again. Their outdoor patio is wonderful!
New staff very friendly
Amazing! Food was great, drinks were great, had a 2 & 3 year old with us, timing was great and we were thrilled!
Warm and welcoming. Quaint cozy atmosphere; delicious food; broad red wine list; classic cocktails. Owner greeting guests and clearing tables obviously caring for her customers. A real gem.
Great food and drinks and service was very good considering they were busy
Always enjoy dinner at Back When!
Great food, personable staff, pleasant ambience.
Excellent food, great service. Finally, a resturant that knows how to do medium rare correctly!
My husband and I, for years now, make it a point to eat at Back When every time we go to our cabin in Harrison Hills. It’s our special date night place! We love the atmosphere, service is great, and their food is constantly delicious with a unique menu. I must add, they have a nice wine menu, too! We highly recommend Back When!!
Have never tried this place, and I am so glad my wife’s birthday gave us reason to make a reservation. Excellent bartender who knew his stuff. Our waitress was helpful and funny. It felt great to interact with someone who understands that serving is not just taking orders and bringing out food. Great experience.
The food itself? Fantastic! We both had the ribeye her medium and mine medium-rare. Few places these days cook to medium-rare correctly. The cooks at BWC do it right. The roasted potatoes tasted butter and seasoned, but I’m there for the main course, so I focus on the steak.
Excellent experience that will bring us back for more.
It was our first time. We were impressed and will definitely come back again?
We love this gem in downtown Wausau. The food is consistently good, wine list has some great wine (love the Caymus and house Pinot Noir) and the atmosphere is
We made a great choice for celebrating our 38th anniversary. We would highly recommend it to all!
First timers on a busy Saturday night with a reservation, excited to try Back When!
Hurried management (? or host) and bartenders gave minimal eye contact; sweet waitress was accommodating but harried. No mention of our anniversary that I included on reservation.
For something we expected as "farm fresh" it was more of a traditional American fare and vegetables/salads/sides tasted more corporate/premade than fresh. On-line menu (eg fresh fish option) didn't match the in-person menu (we were told that the Facebook page is more regularly updated).
Finally, poor cocktail I was too intimidated to send back, and the most expensive cocktail in Wausau over the entire weekend ($12).
Perhaps this is more for locals; others seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Tip: request small table in bar by window, or the middle dining room. End dining room is extremely loud & hard to hold a conversation.
Always the best in Wausau and does not disappoint!
Had a 6:30 reservation and weren't seated at a table until 7:45. Was very slow and poor.
Excellent waitress. Great atmosphere. Varied menu options. Well made cocktails. Delicious food.
The steak was served cold. The tuna was so cold that it seemed to have been just taken from the fridge and served as freshly seared. The meat dinners were served in a bowl with a large amount of liquid in the bottom, not very appetizing. The apps were delicious and the drinks were ok.
The food was excellent and the service was great. Such a fun night out!
Always wonderful and welcoming!
Fantastic food and gluten free choices along with GF dessert. All Good!
Wonderful service and fantastic meal!
Amazing food, service & ambiance.....perfection!
Fantastic steaks and desserts. Great staff as well.
Get the Gnocchi!!!!
It was Goid except the wrong dinner was brought to me and then my husband was almost finished eating by the time I got mine.
Food and service was outstanding per usual. I was concerned with the lack of social distancing at this restaurant.
Good place to go on Valentines Day. Good food and service.
Back When is Wausau’s best restaurant! There attention to detail is amazing. Always great!
Food was Terrific, service was Fantastic! Everytime we come to Wausau we eat here!
Amazingly delicious food. Every bite was exceptional. Had a server who was still learning the ropes, but tried his best. Overall a fantastic birthday treat!
Went in the middle of a snow blizzard as they were one of the few places open. They were understaffed from the look of things but that didn’t take away from the culinary experience. Would highly recommend this place!
Awesome food. Great service. Warm elegant atmosphere with a lot of happy customers. Wonderful vibe.
Even though they were very busy and obviously short staffed, we had a great expereince for our 31 year wedding anniversary!
Highly recommend Back When Cafe. The service was excellent and the food was exceptional. Started with the calamari and roasted Brussel sprouts & bacon which were Crispy and the Brussels were cooked to perfection. We had the brie stuffed salmon with poached pears and a balsamic glaze - absolutely delicious! Also had the penne pasta with grilled chicken and vegetables in a pesto cream sauce. The sauce was velvety and not too rich. Beyond stuffed, we couldn't resist dessert, ordered turtle cheesecake and molten lava cake to share. The cheesecake was light and full of flavor. The caramel, chocolate & pecans were swirled in. The molten lava cake may have been some of the best we've ever had - ice cream to accompany each bite was a must!
Server was very sweet and kind. She made sure we had a great experience. I do not eat carbs and asked for a substitute for starch side with my tuna. She offered a side of veggies. the food was great. Presentation was beautiful. my husband had chicken with mushrooms. he liked his dinner as well. than we got the bill. I was charged $5 for that side of veggies. why wouldn't she of told me that. I would of skipped them. And why wouldn't the restaurant have a healthy option for the starch? The atmosphere was wonderful. the website for making a reservation was a breeze.
Love this restaurant, it is always great quality and service.
Way Back Cafe is a must for dinner and dessert whenever visiting Wassau. The ambience, service and food are all A+++.
Special dinner with my son
Outstanding food quality which you will pay for, but very nice place and excellent service and atmosphere. Best resturant in town!
Back When Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (715) 848-5668.
Back When Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 717 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.