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Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik

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American, European, Swedish, Scandinavian, Norwegian
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10698 N Bay Shore Drive, Sister Bay, WI 54234
+1 920-854-2626
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6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you plan to visit the restaurant for a great breakfast, show up early to get your table and chairs! Hint: A much faster way is to be seated at the counter. No long waiting there, and fast service! The breakfast offerings aren't plentiful but the food is great. Definitely a place to visit!

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Thank misha1035
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have been coming here for probably 20 years - it's always delightful! Even the grounds are beautiful and the food is always delicious no matter what we order. And of course: goats on the roof!

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Thank Carol B
Indiana
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152 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

World famous restaurant with goat's on the grass lined roofs. Certainly a fun oddity to see. Their famous thin pancakes were very good with fruit toppings. The Swedish meatballs were disappointing. The meat seem processed and not like ground beef usually appears in a homemade meatball. All in all, a fun place to visit for all especially children.

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Thank JimHenry
Shorewood, IL
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130 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Right when you think Al Johnson's couldn't get any better-they do!! We never miss a Swedish pancake breakfast here! It's consistently yummy!! But now they added an outside bar and patio to help pass the time during the wait, but don't forget to walk thru their gift shop it's full of beautiful speciality items. Oh definitely go after an afternoon... More 

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Thank tanline1
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are going to Door County you have to go to Al Johnson's, even if it is just to take pictures of the goats on the roof. Please, go in. Be prepared to wait for a seat it gets busy. The wait staff don traditional clothing while you sit in IKEA type chairs, interesting. The food is excellent, my... More 

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Thank Amy W
Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We happened upon the bar at night. White lights. Fun music. Good wine. Stop by after watching the sun set and grab a drink and have fun.

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Thank corilynnb
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6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is very popular in this area and always very busy. Everybody knows it for its alive goats on the roof. Food is not bad, service is ok. Surprise was that they close at 8:00 pm

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Thank Monika J
Daytona Beach, Florida
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158 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The best part of this place is they have a few goats grazing on the roof. The service was rushed and inadequate. The food was neither hot nor tasty. I suggest taking pictures of the exterior and move on to another restaurant.

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Thank Furbunny
Brookfield, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are going just to see the goats on the roof, by all means go and see the goats. All things considered it was an average meal. We waited for an hour for a table. It was crowded and a bit smelly from so many sweaty tourists. The breakfast list is surprisingly small, and the most healthy option is... More 

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Thank Kevin S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good Swedish pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream sausage was very good very nice atmosphere. This gift store has many different items and Good variety

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $15
Cuisine
American, European, Swedish, Scandinavian, Norwegian
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?