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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, Dinner, Lunch, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Relaxing Lunch

Of course at this time of the year there are no goats on the roof, but the dining experience was pleasant none the less. We had a corner table by the window so my spouse had a great view of the goings-on in winter time Sister Bay. The meal was good. She had the BLT just as she likes it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 4, 2015
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  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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West Salem, Wisconsin
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Out of this world morning experience....imagine Swedish pancakes topped with whipped cream and strawberries, with a side of Swedish meatballs to start your day, or a traditional plate of eggs, hash browns, and toast spread with lingonberry preserves. We enjoyed not only our food, but also the dining room and server decked out in Swedish fashion. Don't miss this place!

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Mansfield Center, Connecticut
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

My mother and father were friends with Al Johnson and his wife Ingert way back in the 1950s. As a child we would dine at his, then, diner or very small little joynt. Slowly over time it grew and Ingert opened her boutique. So much of my childhood, and the early years of Door County are tied up in this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Of course at this time of the year there are no goats on the roof, but the dining experience was pleasant none the less. We had a corner table by the window so my spouse had a great view of the goings-on in winter time Sister Bay. The meal was good. She had the BLT just as she likes it... More 

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Plymouth, Wisconsin
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38 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Al Johnson's signature Swedish Pancakes and Swedish Meatballs are a "must" breakfast experience in Door County. Plenty of Swedish Decor including costumed wait staff. Usually packed, especially in season and/or on weekends, so be prepared to wait a few minutes to be seated. Food is "good and plenty" and service very good once you are seated. Lunch/dinner menu looks very... More 

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Oak Park, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

You won't be disappointed by the Swedish pancakes with lots of lingonberries. You will love the waitresses, and if are there in winter, you should not have to cope with the long lines, although one can usually get a seat at the counter. There are lots of choices on their extensive menu, and you definitely will not go away hungry.... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

OK, if you go to DC you have to go here at least once for the pancakes.....thin and lacy with lingenberry jam! OH my! OK, so you don't like the fare...go anyway to say you have...the goats on the roof ( in warmer months) is a great "look-see" for all ages!

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GREEN BAY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 via mobile

Late January breakfast at this Door County classic. We both had the Swedish breakfast special - 2 eggs, meat (sausage or, of course, Swedish meatballs) and the folded thin Swedish pancakes with lingonberries -$10.95 each. Food was tasty, service was attentive, and the atmosphere cozy.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Pros: Good food, friendly staff, and fun atmosphere. The Goats on the roof are a nice touch. Cons: Long waits at popular meal times.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I must say, I'm surprised by the few bad reviews here, they're obviously in the minority though. This is our second trip here, and we brought some family for their first time. Both times here were in the 'off season' so there were no long lines to get in or anything. Staff was friendly and attentive. Our party had Swedish... More 

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Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Swedish pancakes two times in 24 hours! Wonderful food, a bit pricey and touristy but that is also charming in this case. The place is packed all the time. Food is hot, fresh and good. We will be back.

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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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