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Back When Cafe

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606 N 3rd St, Wausau, WI 54401 (McClellan St.)
+1 715-848-5668
17:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Hatley, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I were looking for some place new to eat other than our standards (WiSH, Texas Road House, Iozzo's, etc.) and Back When Cafe was recommended after a post on Facebook requesting restaurants. I made a reservation at about 1 PM for 6:30. When we got there, we waited for about 2 minutes at the host stand before... More 

Thank Michelle C
Wausau, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to eat and the atmosphere is incredible. Food variety with something for everyone but it is a little pricey so we save it for special occasions. Staff is always attentive and you eat at your pace. I have never been disappointed.

Thank Debra N
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The atmosphere is very comfy, attractive. The food was really good, and we had a great time. We will return every time we visit friends in Wausau. It's the best!

Thank Fritz400
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Haven't been there for years due to several bad experiences. Decided to go again with friends and had a great meal. The service has improved and so has the food. Will definitely go back, when? It's a pun!

Thank dncctl
Wausau, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

This is a true gem of the Northwoods. World-class dining at affordable prices. The service is exceptional the ambiance truly special. Jolene is an artist in the kitchen. A great wine cellar. Highly recommended!

Thank Fernando R
New Delhi, India
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Ate with friends during ski trip. Was recommended by locals. Very expensive for what we received. The veal piccata was over cooked, seeing as the 3 pieces were paper thin. Carpaccio would have been thicker. There were too many capers on the meat to the point that the meat was obscured by the capers. The sauce was basically a sea... More 

Thank s2rdess
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Came back 2 years later on a ski trip and this restaurant delivered again! It is definitely one of the pricier restaurants in Wausau, but the food, service, and atmosphere are worth it. I would highly recommend it.

Thank mlpgogreen
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62 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Upscale dining at it's best! Not cheap eats but worth every penny. Great selection of wine and the desserts are amazing. Always great service from the bar to the table. One of our favorites!

Thank Kikiskiski
Olympia Fields, Illinois
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

My wife and I enjoyed our best meal here. An upscale menu using fresh ingredients from local producers.we each enjoyed a fresh garden salad. The menu offers many Italian items but not limited to that cuisine. Our entres were both delicious. Our waiter was very helpful and friendly. Highly recommended.

Thank wrdowns
Lisle, Illinois, United States
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

My wife and I have been coming here for 10 years while we visit the "Birds in Art" show at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. This was a special dinner for us as it was our 35th wedding anniversary. We were greeted with a glass of champagne while we waited for our table. We sat at the very comfortable... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
American, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 606 N 3rd St, Wausau, WI 54401
    (McClellan St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Wausau
  • Phone Number: +1 715-848-5668
Farm to Table Style Cuisine...Using local seasonal fresh ingredients...Steaks, seafood, pasta and gluten free options.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?