Back When Cafe

606 N 3rd Street, Wausau, WI 54403, USA

About Back When Cafe

4.3 / 5

from reviews

    Lisa Nowaczyk
    February 25, 2024

    If only the food and service would have matched the atmosphere. We were celebrating our anniversary, and what better place than Back When? From the minute we sat down, our waitress was not friendly and super hurried. When we asked if there were any hot drinks, she said we are short staffed and didn't have a bartender. First time I have ever had a Caesar salad that was not tossed in Caesar dressing. We asked if there were any dinner specials she pointed to the list of special appetizers and said right there. It just didn't get better from there. The food was bland. The only saving grace was the top-notch carrot cake that we absolutely love.

    Kate G
    March 16, 2024

    I remember when we discovered this place. It was amazing. The food was great. The place was Bustling and full of energy. We came back this week after many months and we’re saddened to see the place basically empty at 7 pm on a Friday night. Our server was nice, but he had to stop kitchen staff from piling one course onto the next. The food quality has gone down. The choices have gone down. Food was not fresh. My pasta was over cooked and mushy, his cocktails were watered down, The appetizer was soggy. No more tart apple slices and seed crackers? They long ago stopped making lobster bisque? We left wondering what happened and saddened to have lost faith in a truely precious and reliable restaurant. We used to make the drive from Stevens Point. I think we’ll stick to better places closer to home.

    Devon Flynn
    March 17, 2024

    A really cool little joint in downtown Wausau. They're only open for dinner a few days a week but while open they seem to do a pretty good job. The bar tender, serving staff and host were great. We shared a few apps and pastas and will be visiting again.

    Karina Welle
    February 03, 2024

    I keep having bad experiences here. Since it’s one of the few places downtown that accepts reservations, I tried it again before a show and it was terrible. Service was super slow and our server seemed annoyed by my questions, even though it wasn’t busy. I’m a celiac and have to be gluten free, and the server had NO idea what the gluten free options were or what could be modified. Food we finally got was mediocre at best. I asked for the dessert menu, it was never offered to me, and everything was taking so long, I didn’t want to wait. For the prices, this place needs to level up. I’ve had better experiences and service at Culver’s. We went to the Mint for dessert, which was amazing, and our server was friendly and sweet, and I wish we would have had our whole meal there. Very disappointing experience for a place that presents itself as upscale. I’ve had multiple great experiences at Redeye, Lemongrass, Ciao, Peking, The Mint, and Townies. So many better options downtown.

    Stephanie Volm
    March 30, 2024

    I just adore Back When. Being from Wausau but having lived all over the country and traveled around the world it really stands out as a great local spot, with quality food, quality staff, and a charming atmosphere I always look for over a cheesy chain restaurant where everything is oversized and bland. Back When delivers on charm, the pasta is fresh and amazing, always cooked to perfection. The Fig crostini we had on Friday was to die for, I swear I could eat it everyday. The seared tuna was delightful, I love both the presentation and the freshness, the slaw that comes with it is just the right balance. The bolognese, salmon, and spinach salad with chicken we each ordered were fresh and perfect with beautiful presentation. The caramel crunch cake and homemade berry granola bar were the perfect ending. Awesome service, great to always see the owners mingling with guests and overseeing the food quality. Always 5 starts Back When. Thank you!!

    Back When Cafe

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    606 N 3rd Street, Wausau, WI 54403, USA

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