Back When Cafe

4.6
662 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
A charming cafe serving farm to table style cuisine, with inventive twists on classic dishes. Located in historic downtown Wausau since 1991.

Sustainable, regional cooking at its best in a causal yet elegant environment with full bar and multiple wines by the glass. Open for Dinner
What 662 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
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4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JadeN
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this little gem in Wausau. 😋

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ShelleyK
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We would have liked to know that there was not the full menu that was shown on on the website.

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JeffreyS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place! Cool building great owners and an amazing bartender!!

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Tlme
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a beautiful dinner, wasn't busy when we went, it was a date so it was very nice and quiet able to talk with no interruption. Had a very nice time

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KariS
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The waitress seemed a bit irritate when I asked for her recommendation on menu items and wine selection.. Her response was “ I don’t know. Depends what you like“

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Scooter
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Back When Cafe! My wife and I enjoy the ambiance and vibe that we feel while dining or just popping in for some drinks. Great location with super friendly owners, staff and AMAZING bartenders!

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ChristopherS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, service was top of the line. if you get the chance go to the Back When café you will not be disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Great service.

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Poodlegirl
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place for a special dinner.

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Nursej
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was great! Liked the atmosphere and was very clean.

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JMEWB
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great. Outdoor seating was very comfortable despite the windy weather. Avocado Toast was wonderful starter. Pasta and Veal Scallopini were excellent.

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TAGuit
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food we had was amazing with steaks cooked to perfection! The pasta sides were super and we decided we will be back again for pasta main dishes. Saved room for dessert which topped off the spectacular food and ambiance perfectly. It was a beautiful night to sit on the outdoor patio and enjoy great conversation as we celebrated my birthday. Highly recommend!

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luvgr8fd
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fabulous dining experience!! My favorite!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server and the owner were marvelous with cleanliness and kindness. We are outside and it was a beautiful night. Will miss not being able to dine outside once it cools down. Thanks for the wonderful dining experience!

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JuliannaB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with cherry Mohitos. Delicious! My husband ordered filet and I ordered the truffle pasta with chicken and both were delightful. Hubby also ordered carrot cake for dessert and received a piece large enough for 5 people. It was 1/4 of a 4 layer cake. If you order that, make sure you are eating with friends!

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Cactuswren
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Rather a mixed bag: the bread was excellent, as was the watermelon salad. The fried veggies of the day were in a heavy, tasteless corn dog-type breading; tempura would be a much better choice. The 12 oz. sirloin had a fair amount of gristle. Prices are high, ambience on the street is minimal, but the server was very good. Insist on sitting in the enclosed garden area or inside.

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JudyS
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about this cafe. Friendly people, great atmosphere and the food was amazing.

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BrianW
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Calamari want my favorite but everything was amazing

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SusSR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the outdoor dining- with or without the Coronavirus. Will continue to dine there as long as we can eat outside as we will not eat indoors. Will even eat outside in 55° weather!
Food & service were awesome as usual.

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StDa
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had the tuna and veal; it was very, very good! The wait staff was short handed so we weren’t able to get a second glass of wine but we really enjoyed sitting outside and being able to get out during the pandemic restrictions.

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PaulK
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service and outside seating made it possible for our family get together with my parents who live in the area. Covid has made it tough to get together however the outside separated seating made it possible. The service was very good and the food was generally liked by everyone.

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JuliB
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service as always. Erin and Emily took wonderful care of us!

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TheresaD
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant and the food was spectacular! I can’t wait to go back!!!

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MaryT
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

VERY NICE PLACE TO ENJOY A QUITE DINNER. LOVE OUTSIDE SEATING.

SERVICE IS VERY GOOD AND THE FOOD IS VERY GOOD. SAVE ROOM FOR DESERT! AWSOME CARROT CAKE

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LGdiner
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved all our fish dishes (Friday Fish Fry and Chilean Sea Bass) and the cocktails were so good too. Great service. Very clean and clearly taking Covid precautions. Our 2 daughters loved their pasta too.

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LoriD
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as usual. Love the varied menu—not the typical ho-hum menu by any means. Server made great recommendations on the app and drinks. Our new favorite place to go!

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JoshK
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Ordered the steak Med. rare came Med well was also 35% gristle. Got the pasta as my side and was brought polenta. Every thing tasted good but when you pay a premium price these simple mistakes should not be made.

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JayG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little pricey but well worth it. Carrot cake was the best!!

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MagicalMange
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food & service! Love that they wore their PPE - showed respect & care for their customers!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful night! Had a table outside on a beautiful evening with lots of physical distancing. Our server was magnificent and the food and drink superb! Thanks, Back When!

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LisaG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Hidden gem. Visit from Illinois and so impressed with the atmosphere and tasty meals.

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LarryA
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Chilean sea bass was excellent, very nicely prepared. The beef tenderloin steak was not aged, had a large blob of fat on it, would not recommend.

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TinaH
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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.

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SteveM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A very nice evening out. Wait staff seemed to be spread pretty thin for the prices.

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JWeaver
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipRichP6912
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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LisaS
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I so love going there one of my favorite, love the food and the people. Can’t wait to go back great place ❤️

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NatashaH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second anniversary dinner and was amazing as the first. Kelsey our waitress was amazing as always

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TomC
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always👍///////////////////////////)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) b b b b b b b b b b

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful drinks, wine list, service and food!
Always an awesome evening!

FAQs

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 662 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.