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Back When Cafe

4.7
405 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 405 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great experience - consistently very good!

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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

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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Johnnyonthespot 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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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LeoJL (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 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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DaleD (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 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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Michael (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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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Nicole (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 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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Visitor (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food and nice ambiance.

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Cesares3 (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

I loved the atmosphere, the food and service spectacular.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Outstanding as always!!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Great restaurant. Great food and wonderful bartenders.

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DGfamily1974 (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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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vipWorldfoodie (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food as always but very poor waiter this time.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Good... Probably one of the best appetizers we have had in some time, parmesan/scallops... Mixed bag when it came to the main, their meatball/marinara - tasteless...but the gnocchi was very good

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

Wonderful meal, great service, cozy spot by the fireplace!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

The service and the food were excellent. I was a little disappointed that we were charged for refills on soda. If that is their policy i dont have a problem with it but to offer a refill without letting us know there is a charge is a little disappointing.

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JimS (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

Delightful evening for our anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

Our waitress was able to split our bill with certain items we ordered between 2 of us and other items between 3 of us. She was great at not rushing us through our meal allowing us time to enjoy each other’s company. She checked on us several times during the course of the evening. It made the evening delightful. The food was delicious from appetizers to dessert. The atmosphere was relaxing.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

The Salmon, Harvest Pasta and salads were outstanding! Casually elegant atmosphere with excellent service with friendly and professional staff. We were given a small cake (with chocolate ganache and a candle) in honor of my wife's birthday. It was delicious!
We met Joy, the original owner & founder, and she was delightful.

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vipDelicious (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

Book club holiday dinner enjoyed the privacy of upstairs dining room We were waited on promptly and pleasantly by Sean. Delicious food, lovely presentation. Always a delightful experience!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

Like a fine dine in New York City but without the wait or attitude

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highbrace (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

First rate service and food. Even honored our table request.

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