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Back When Cafe

4.7
424 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Italian, French
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Hours of operation



Dinner:

Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm


Closed Sunday & Monday
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Phone number
(715) 848-5668
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jolene Lucci
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Private party facilities
Private and semi private rooms available, please contact us for details.
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Private party contact
Jolene Lucci: (715) 848-5668
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Catering
Check us out on facebook or contact Jolene for all your catering needs!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
McClellan St.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 424 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Always a great meal, extremely polite and courteous service. Excellent dining.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Fantastic Food and Deserts. Always enjoy the private room upstairs for our group

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Always excellent unbelievably service

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great service. Great food. Slow night so it was very quiet.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

This is one of the best, if not the best, restaurant in town!!
It is always consistent service , food is excellent, and the ambience perfect!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

My wife and I had a lovely meal together, as we have several times over the years at the Back When Cafe. The crostini appetizer with the fig jam and bleu cheese was superb. My steak was tender and delicious, but I had ordered it "medium", and it was served rare, which I am not used to. I like it just a little warmer with a little less red, but nevertheless we would highly recommend this lovely restaurant in a historic brick building.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

My sister & I took our elderly parents here for dinner. It was fantastic! The gentlemen..yes..the wait staff was all men were very attentive to all of our needs. The food was extremely delicious. You can tell they take great pride in a job well done.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Outstanding meal and service. Lamb, veal piccata, and ahi tuna were considered exceptional by our group. Mixed drinks were excellent. Bourbon selection could be improved but that’s just my thing. Tiramisu was one of the best I have ever had. Will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Back When Café. Choices were adequate for our group of 7. The veal was especially outstanding. Great cocktails, attentive service, quaint atmosphere. Very close to perfect.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Loved the food. Not real busy so staff was attentive.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

As s vegetarian I always appreciate your meatless options. I ordered the pasta with peas and truly was shocked at how small the portion was. Especially compared. To the other meals which were meat. It was embarrassing to have finished eating so far ahead of the rest of my party. The others took most of their dessert home while I was so hungry I finished the whole thing. Otherwise we love the food and always bring guests here

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

2nd time there---disappointed and won't be back----steak was below average, veggies had no flavor and potatoes were also disappointing----best part of meal was the salad and their crackers----and we got off on the wrong foot after making the reservation, getting there right when they opened, and not getting to sit where we wanted---the table we wanted, sat vacant the entire time

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Cozy fireplace in relaxed atmosphere with attentive, courteous waitstaff. Lobster ravioli a favorite with many varied menu options and daily specials. Nice dessert menu to choose from. Definitely a nice dinner date venue where you never feel rushed to order, eat and leave. Plan on feeling like you’ve had a special dining experience when you walk out the door of the Back When Cafe!

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Back When Cafe was truly a dining experience. I was looking for somewhere special for celebrating our 37th wedding anniversary and we were not disappointed. The atmosphere is wonderful and service is excellent.
Most important, the food was excellent and we never felt rushed. We had plenty of time to enjoy each course (appetizer, entree, dessert) before the next one arrived at our table. For appetizers, I would highly recommend the bacon wrapped artichoke heart. For our main course, my wife ordered the SeaBass and I had the Ahi Tuna both were excellent. For dessert they actually surprised us with a complimentary dessert which was a perfect finish to the meal.
I definitely would recommend the Back When Cafe.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Very nice people, great food, very friendly atmosphere. Highly recommended for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Our food was absolutely delicious. It was the right temperature with gorgeous plate presentation. The wait staff was friendly and very conscientious to our needs. We were seated at our table at the time of our reservation. Excellent choices of wine and the coffee and desserts were fantastic 💕

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

The Kitchen initially overcooked my lamb but came back with a wonderful piece of meat. Overall experience for me was 3 notches above average. I would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Outstanding is all I can say!!!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great experience - consistently very good!

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We love this restaurant and enjoy a meal there every time in Wausau, The food quality is always top notch. They were of the mark this past Friday. Plenty of staff, very slow service. Past reviews are showing this. Its worth the wait.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

It was a first time at Back When Cafe and everything about the experience was positive. It was the BEST meal I have had in a long. We enjoyed the food, the atmosphere and the experience.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We have dinner at the Back When on most special occasions-Valentine’s Day, annerversy, etc. Have never come away disappointed with our selection.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

It was our first visit (came highly recommended) and was a very pleasant experience. Unique (and delicious) menu options. Good service.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Phenomenal. Great service. Can not wait to go back again

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Great food with great bar choices. Service is superb. Is one of my favorite restaurants and I travel alot. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

We had an excellent experience. Our server was so nice and took great care of us! Food was excellent as well!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Wonderful experience in every way - we can't wait to come back and try other items on the menu. One of the best meals we've had in a very long time (and we live in Madison, WI)?

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Lovely place if one is in Wausau overnight. Downtown and an easy walk from hotels there. Wine list is good and an especially good value. The food was quite good and the portions generous. All in all, a very nice evening.

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Warm Welcome on a Cold Night! On a recent visit the Wausau the temperature hovered around zero, so the warm hospitality of Jeff, the bartender and Craig, our waiter went a long way to warm us up. Jeff's lemon drop martini was delicious, Craig's service was attentive, but not intrusive and chef's bacon-wrapped scallops, Kolbe, brie, spinach burger and salmon entree were tasty treats. Thanks to the chef for accommodating the no carbs for the salmon entree! Aside from the table by the window being chilly, the experience was great and well worth repeating. We're hoping to return during summer to enjoy some al fresco dining!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Love back when! Wausau is lucky to have such a quality place!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food and nice ambiance.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

I loved the atmosphere, the food and service spectacular.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Outstanding as always!!!!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Great restaurant. Great food and wonderful bartenders.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was delicious and the service was first rate! We enjoy having locally sourced food to choose from in an inviting atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on January 9, 2018

What a Wausau find! The food was fresh and delicious. The wine list was extensive enough to please most tastes. We had the Stags Leap Artemis and it wasn’t overpriced. The Delightful staff made our evening one to remember.

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3.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Service was good and quick. Food was overpriced for the quality and quantity. Since it was so expensive we thought the food would be fresh or made from scratch, but was obviously not. There was a hairball inside one of our cloth napkins and every beer we tried to order off the beer list, turns out you don't actually have that beer. The waitress even said the beer list was very outdated. Really? Pretty disappointed with the overall experience. After we left we went up the street and had another (better) dinner at another place.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

This was our second visit and will be back. We were there for NYE dinner. 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 delicious. My wife had Lobster Ravioli and I had Pesto stuffed Salmon.

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2017

It was great good! Unfortunately, my husband had to ask 3 times for his second glass of wine, and 4 times for a second cheese spread (to 2 different servers). They were busy, but wasn’t too busy, so not sure if that was just the the holidays. The food though, excellent!

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food as always but very poor waiter this time.

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