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Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik

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10698 N Bay Shore Drive, Sister Bay, WI 54234
+1 920-854-2626
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Description: Door County, Wisconsin's most well-known restaurant, established in 1949...
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 a.M. - 9 P.M., And November - April, 8 a.M. - 3 P.M.
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Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine

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  • 24
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
You have to eat here atleast once!

We stop here for breakfast at least once a trip for the Swedish pancakes, meatballs and the goats of course.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
Kristi K
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Madison, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Dessert
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New Berlin, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Very cool place to visit when the goats are on the roof. My kids loved it! Breakfast was awesome and the prices were fair. The waitress did a great job keeping my coffee cup full! We are going back again.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We stop here for breakfast at least once a trip for the Swedish pancakes, meatballs and the goats of course.

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Oakfield, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Very cool place. Crowded. Goats on roof. Older crowds with tours took over restaurant. Nice gift shop. Can't say anything about the food.

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White Lake, Wisconsin, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Food was great, loved the bread. Kind of spendy for lunch $9.50 sandwich====Cute gift shop...Unique non the less. Service was 2nd to none

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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53 reviews 53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Came here during the offseason in April and Al Johnson's was one of the few places open. We have always wanted to try it and made it a point to come for lunch. No wait on a Friday afternoon during the offseason; keep in mind during peak season your wait could be up to an hour. Service was attentive and... More 

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Cedarburg, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

This is our go to place for family breakfast when staying at our Door Co. cabin. Breakfast is consistently good, service is excellent. Lars and his staff do an excellent job!

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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

We stop here a few times a month. The kids love it, we love it, food is good, and the shop is fun. I enjoy looking over the water while eating and having a mimosa and some Swedish pancakes. The staff is always friendly and the food is always good. It is a little expensive but worth it for the... More 

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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I love this place and travel out of my way to go. I always bring family and friends. I wish the Butik offered a few more diverse items. The food is always top notch. I have no idea if they are open to different kinds of audiences. I have had some staff make assumptions about our family calling certain people... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Thanks for a trip back to my youth! Good food, Good value, nice surroundings, friendly people. We have built a home in Door Co. and will make Al Johnsons a frequent stop!!!

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Always a wonderful breakfast! Kids never get tired of looking for the goats on the roof. Cute shop too.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10698 N Bay Shore Drive, Sister Bay, WI 54234
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Door County  >  Sister Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 920-854-2626

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Swedish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine

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 a.M. - 9 P.M., And November - April, 8 a.M. - 3 P.M.

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