Back When Cafe

4.7
697 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
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
service
4.8
ambience
4.5
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was great. Such a fun night out!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful and welcoming!

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TheresaB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food and gluten free choices along with GF dessert. All Good!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and fantastic meal!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service & ambiance.....perfection!

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Amanda
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic steaks and desserts. Great staff as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Get the Gnocchi!!!!

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MarciaS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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.

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Michelle
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service was outstanding per usual. I was concerned with the lack of social distancing at this restaurant.

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DaveC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good place to go on Valentines Day. Good food and service.

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JeffreyS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back When is Wausau’s best restaurant! There attention to detail is amazing. Always great!

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KevinL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was Terrific, service was Fantastic! Everytime we come to Wausau we eat here!

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SunshineYogi
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Great service. Warm elegant atmosphere with a lot of happy customers. Wonderful vibe.

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josie
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though they were very busy and obviously short staffed, we had a great expereince for our 31 year wedding anniversary!

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Christen
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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sherry
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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.

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Tbird
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Love this restaurant, it is always great quality and service.

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TheresaB
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Way Back Cafe is a must for dinner and dessert whenever visiting Wassau. The ambience, service and food are all A+++.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special dinner with my son

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Delicious
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food quality which you will pay for, but very nice place and excellent service and atmosphere. Best resturant in town!

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JackP
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great food, awesome staff. Always love going there and the experience never disappoints.

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ShannonO
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and excellent service. Great atmosphere as well

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JohnF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, Charming Atmosphere, Friendly and Helpful Waitstaff

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ClintR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back When Cafe is still the best place for the best dining experience in Wausau.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas. Great job!

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vipJohnS
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food; beautiful Christmas decorations; great service.

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JeffS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice dinner. A nice selection of cocktails before our dinner, followed by the seared tuna for an appetizer. Delicious. Our entrees were fantastic as always. The service is outstanding at this establishment. I would highly recommend the Back When.

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SherylB
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks, and service were fantastic. We will return soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this space and delicious wine and food menu.

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StafaniK
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The food was amazing!!! I hade the pesto stuffed salmon and it was to die for and I got so much food for a good price. Our waitress was not very friendly and didn't really give us the time of day. I would come back again for the food but not so much for the service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very first time coming here so unsure of the layout, bartender just gives us a complete blank stare no greetings or any assistance offered to go around the corner to the hostesses stand. I made a reservation so our table was ready and set for us which was nice. Service was mediocre from our direct waitress. The host Kaitlyn was phenomenal however. Very friendly and bubbly. The food was not worth the price I felt. The tenderloin was cooked perfectly but had absolutely no flavor to it. Sweet potato mash was awesome but the side dish shouldn't of been more appealing then the main dish. Soup and salad was tasty. When I made the reservation I mentioned it was our 11 year anniversary and sort of expected some kind of notation of it but there was no acknowledgment of it which I can't fault them for that but I've seen other posts of couples celebrating there and they made it extra special for them. Also a disappointment that the special cocktails do not list a price on them. $16 for 1 drink is insane and I certainly would not have ordered it knowing that was the price. Overall I can't say I would be in any hurry to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The food was good, the restaurant was very clean. The service we received was great. There were more appetizer choices versus entrées which was a little disappointing. Prices were a little steep for certain dishes especially the pastas. I might go back for a special occasion but that would be it.

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IdaSen
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is no argument to be made, Back When Café is the finest restaurant between the Twin Cities and Lake Michigan.

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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
3 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“

FAQs

Back When Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (715) 848-5668.

Back When Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 697 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.