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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 Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234-9594
+1 920-854-2626
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The best place ever for Swedish Pancakes and meatballs not to mention the lingonberries. Goats dining on the roof is a bonus!

Thank Jprice47
Lodi, California
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fellow travellers recommended the Swedish pancakes at Al Johnson's if we were ever in Door County, WI. We arrived a little later than noon for lunch, and although the place was packed, we were seated immediately. They serve breakfast anytime, so the pancakes were our plan. They came with the customary butter and syrup, but also a dish of Lingonberries.... More 

Thank M W
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was an hour wait, but what a gem! The giftshop is adorable, and such a great find. The food was very good. I had the roast beef and chedder sandwich. Also, the goats on the roof is just a fun sight. Lots of families when we went too

Thank Irish_White_Sox_Gal
Webster, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Their food was good, but I really liked the gift shop the best. My husband and I have Swedish heritage, so we have Swedish food for special occasions.

Thank Erika S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Norwegian goat cheese was delicious and not like any other goat cheese I've had...goes well with lingonberry jam. We weren't there for the goats on the roof, but we still had a good meal.

Thank mspblh
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Passing thorough the town of Siister Bay you are almost sure to come upon a restaurant with grass on its roof and goats sitting on top of it. The traffic almost always comes to a stop around the area. So, one day we decided to stop by. We were looking forward to dine at this Swedish restaurant and try their... More 

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Frankfort, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The first thing to notice are the goats grazing on the roof - very unusual to say the least. This place seems to do a very good business. We ate there about 2 PM on a Tuesday afternoon in mid-August and there were plenty of people waiting for tables but our wait for a table for two was only 15... More 

Thank TravelingHappy66
Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place was recomended by our rental agent. She was correct. Food good. Highlight of meal was the green grass roof with 4 goats! Yes goats, on the roof! Amazing and in the middle of this quaint & charming town.

Thank connie p
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I went to Al Johnson for breakfast; though It was super busy but time went fast as they have a cute little shop inside the restaurant that you can walk into or go outside and find Goats on the roof which is super cool by the way!! Beautiful view and it’s a must to visit place when... More 

Thank SLove5
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We drove past this restaurant several times as we traveled the peninsula (and of course saw the goats!) and the restaurant always seemed busy. So, it wasn't a surprise that there was a moderately long wait. The perch dinner was great. My wife got the Swedish meatballs, which I tried, but I did not like them very much. They tasted... More 

Thank Rick G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $15
American, European, Swedish, Scandinavian, Norwegian
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
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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
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?