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Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik

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10698 N Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234-9594
+1 920-854-2626
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06:00 - 20:00
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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75 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food here was very good. The Eggs Benedict were done right and the Hollandaise sauce was not over powering. The american fries were spot on. The only complaint we had was that a server trainee took the lingonberries away before my wife was done with them, but they did bring us a replacement for them. Will be back next... More 

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Athens, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had eaten at Al Johnson's several years ago and remembered it fondly. Still delicious meatballs and pancakes; good fast service; friendly wait staff. And the Butik has such interesting items. Missed the goats this time but will catch them next time.

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Thank WenJoWil
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is not only iconic, but delicious! The food is awesome, service attentive and a great view of the harbor! And who doesn't love goats on the roof?

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Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was disappointed that it was already closed at 3pm on a beautiful spring day. I'm born in Finland and raised in Sweden so I was looking forward to visiting after a long drive and first time visit to Door county only to find it closed. Huge bummer for me.

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GoatsOnTheRoof, Manager at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, responded to this review

We are so sorry to hear you caught us during our seasonal hours! We will begin opening later for the season soon. We hope you will come back to see us! More 

Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic breakfast had the standard pancake special. The fruit sauce for the pancakes was awesome. Unusual to have meatballs for breakfast but they were the best. Will always come back

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GoatsOnTheRoof, Manager at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, responded to this review

Thank you for spending your anniversary with us and for writing such a nice review! Always a treat to hear from happy guests! Happy Anniversary and we hope you'll be back soon! More 

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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spend a few days up in Sister Bay & we had hear about this place & thought we would check it out. We had the Swedish pancakes they are delicious,staff was very friendly .We loved the atmosphere.The shop was great,bought a few things there. We would love to come back again when the goats are on the roof!

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GoatsOnTheRoof, Manager at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, responded to this review

So glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We hope you'll be back soon and that the goats will be out to greet you! More 

Hartford, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Curious about this landmark restaurant with the grass roof and a "goat cam" - yes, it's a real webcam featuring the goats on the restaurant's roof - my wife and I decided to make it one our stops on an extended weekend. The decor is much like what I expected in a Swedish restaurant. Light wood everywhere accented by Dalamalning,... More 

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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158 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In our 25 years of coming to Door County, we've learned that the one sure place to get great food, service, and unique decor is Al Johnson's. It is just consistently good...every time!

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Thank itineraryWI
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped for breakfast with a large group and we were seated right away, which was nice. We all got the Swedish Pancakes with lingonberries, Swedish meatballs, and Lingonberry Ice Tea. Everything was delicious! We will definitely be back when it is warmer and the goats are out. 😊

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Thank Sara B
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Huge portions make you wish you could eat more! Very cute atmosphere, too! Staff is exceptionally friendly and always filling up the coffee cup!

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GoatsOnTheRoof, Manager at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, responded to this review

We really appreciate you taking the time to write us such a nice review! So glad to hear you loved your visit! More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 15
Cuisine
American, European, Swedish, Scandinavian, Norwegian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
06:00 - 20:00
Monday
06:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 20:00
Thursday
06:00 - 20:00
Friday
06:00 - 20:00
Saturday
06:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10698 N Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234-9594
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Door County  >  Sister Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 920-854-2626
Description
Door County, Wisconsin's most well-known restaurant, established in 1949. From May through October, look for the live goats on the roof, on top of an authentic Swedish log building. Inside, there's a traditional Swedish atmosphere and Scandinavian food specialties, all served by waitresses in dirndls. After dining, visit Al Johnson's Butik, featuring a beautiful selection of Scandinavian products, including clogs, Swedish linens, books, clothing, jewelry, decorative items, books and housewares. Open May - October, 6 AM - 8 PM, And November - April, 7 AM - 3 PM.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?