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
Reservation was 7:15, we finally got seated about 35 minutes later. Told to stand in bar which was full and where we stood to the side was the pathway to the kitchen so staff kept going in front of us, by us, etc. At one point, a waitress carrying a tray of glasses actually brushed one of our guests on the chin with the tray and didn't even notice. We had chocolate martinis which weren't special, not even a chocolate syrup drizzle in the glass, nothing on the rim or shaved chocolate atop it, and they were $16 each! Way too high for central Wisconsin. Food prices have gone up since we were last there 2 years ago? And the quality of the food seemed to have gone down since then as well. We will skip any future visits back to the restaurant. It used to be a favorite of ours. Two years ago when we came we were put upstairs and the service and the food was not good. We thought that visit a fluke as we have enjoyed many a good dining experience prior. But between this one and the one last, we're not impressed. Especially for the prices of the meals.
A very nice evening out. Wait staff seemed to be spread pretty thin for the prices.
This was our 2nd visit to The Back When Cafe. Amazing!!! Everything we have ordered is delicious! I look forward to our next visit, which would be much sooner if we didn’t live 2 hours away. It is worth the drive!
Nice local restaurant that serves delicious food. All food is fresh and tasty. Highly recommend. We were celebrating my daughters residency and this is her favorite Wausau restaurant.
I so love going there one of my favorite, love the food and the people. Can’t wait to go back great place ❤️
Our second anniversary dinner and was amazing as the first. Kelsey our waitress was amazing as always
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Wonderful drinks, wine list, service and food!
Always an awesome evening!
So the food was good but the waitress never told us that our entree only had one left until right before our other food came out. My husband and I ended up splitting an entry so we didn’t have to wait another hour. Nothing was offered to compensate us and the waitress was so unprofessional. She never smiled and our drinks took forever.
Unfriendly server. Took 1 hour and 45 minutes for our entrees to arrive. No apology offered. Food mediocre.
It was a nice enjoyable dinner. It was quiet and clean and interesting.
I thought it was a bit pricey for what you got.
The wine list was long but mostly dry... not enough sweeter selections.
Probably will return at least one more time for a broader experience.
Everything was delicious
Back when Cafe is our favorite place to eat it never disappoints! Service, food, atmosphere all great!
We made reservations before a musical for 6 1.5 hours before and had plenty of time. Everything went very well from the service to the menu to cleanliness of the restaurant. Our server was polite and attentive. We all were very impressed be and will be back.
We had a 5:45 reservation on a Tuesday night. Others without reservations were seated before us. We were seated late. We waited an additional 20 minutes for someone to come to our table. We made it clear that we had to leave by 7:10 for the ballet. The wine came quickly. The food came at 7:09. We poured our food ( steaming hot) into to go containers, paid the bill (full price!), and put our food in the car in order to make it to the ballet in time.
I’ve been having a particularly rough time lately. A night out with my husband was a small thing I was looking forward to. This was awful.
The veal in Brandy mushroom sauce was tender, delicious, and perfect. Great wine list too.
One of the city’s nicer restaurants. I enjoy eating here and will continue to, but wish more attention was paid to service standards and aesthetics.
Was our first time there. Definitely going to make it a date night ritual
always a must stop for us when in the area, we use this place to entertain clients. we like the upbeat service, great options, specials and unique fare. not always the cheapest...must try this place
Never got our entrees.
We all had a good time! Service and food were great!
Will try to accommodate special requests. Food always amazing.
This is a once to twice a year restaurant. The meals are great but the food and drinks are very pricey.
The only complaint was we had to wait 30 minutes when we had a reservation.
Food was average. Service was very poor. It took almost one hour to get food, and didn’t even serve everyone at the table (4) at the same time. Finished eating the entree and waited about 20 minutes without seeing the server. Ended up leaving and having desert at the hotel.
Great variety of appetizers, smaller entres and main dishes. The maple glazed brussel sprouts were superb. Our main dishes; Pasta with jumbo shrimp a little under seasoned and not freshly made pasta and the salmon was good, but not outstanding, meaning not melt in your mouth salmon. Decent size dinner salad with good quality greens. Family friendly atmosphere. Very nice bar and wine selection. We drove 2.5 hrs to eat here. Will stop back when we are in the area.
spaghettios<your food<every other pasta dish i’ve ever had.
it’s better than spaghettios.. so i guess you got that going for ya.
seriously: everything lacked any flavor. and was overpriced.
Had a great time! The special that night was outstanding.We will be back....hopefully soon!
Food and cocktails were amazing! Warm, friendly staff and beautiful surroundings. They still has Christmas decorations up and I really appreciated that!
Awesome as usual!
You'll pay for every refill of your drink, but of course they don't tell you 0 OP] you notice on your bill!
Beautiful, quaint restaurant. Delicious food! Wonderful experience.
Our innkeeper recommended this place and we were SO pleased. The ambience was great, our server was fantastic and the food was exceptional. We are from the Madison area and have high food standards. The food we had here was every bit as good as we'd find back home, if not better.
We celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary and, though service was a bit slow, we enjoyed each other's company and the food and drink when it arrived.
Food & drinks were excellent but waited quite awhile for our food to arrive. Got our soup & salads after the main entree. Waitress was very apologetic. We’ll be back!
A nice place to dine in an interesting dining room (pictures, art displays). The service was very good as was the food. Parking is easy and shops are right there. You will enjoy it.
Just a bit too dark for my personal liking. Otherwise great!
Love this place for anniversary and birthdays!
The food and service were, and always are amazing!
Terrific n every way! Thank you!!!