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New American cuisine in historic downtown Wausau

Welcome to the Back When Cafe, where we are passionate about providing a unique and delicious dining experience.  We believe food should be prepared with as many real, fresh, and local ingredients as possible.  We opened August 19, 1991 and continue to serve New American cuisine in a warm and friendly atmosphere. 

Located in the historic downtown Wausau, our building is over 100 years old. The architecture is an ecclectic blend of the old and new with a touch of northwoods flair.

Voted Number One for "Locals Favorite Dining Spot".

Full Bar, Specialty Wine and Beer

Kind words from our customers: 

"What a find! The food was fresh and delicious and the wine list was extensive. The delightful staff made our evening one to remember."

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

"I travel all over the USA for business and this is a gem. I often take clients to dinner and always want them to have a good experience. From the unbelievable menu to the great service and a wine list that was also exceptional, the Back When Cafe is one I won’t soon forget. 

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