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Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik

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$$ - $$$
American, European, Swedish, Scandinavian, Norwegian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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10698 N Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234-9594
+1 920-854-2626
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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68 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My son and I were done hunting for the day and decided we should try someplace for breakfast. Winter in door county equals not many places open. We went in to eat. The smells were great. Got a table right away. I had the Swedish pancakes with eggs and sausage. Added the America. Fries also. Everything about this meal was... More 

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

Thank you so much for the nice review! We are so glad you and your son came in to visit and hope you two will be back! More 

Racine, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Their coffee cake is to die for. Literally. Prices are a bit high for the portions but definitely tasty food.

Thank _racinemama
Tinley Park
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62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you look beyond the Swedish hype in their restaurant and gift shop, the food was nothing special. Of course I wanted to try the Swedish pancakes because I never had them. I was totally disappointed, they were no more than a crepe in a different shape, thin round pancake folded into quarters, they were under cooked and quite chewy.... More 

Thank gziggie
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can't visit Door County without at least a visit to AL Johnson's! Service as very attentive, full menu and prices that certainly don't break the bank! And the Meals are Very Good!! Especially the Swedish Pancakes!! Go For IT!

Thank Kevin S
Chicago, Illinois
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79 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Be prepared to wait for a table. In late October on Friday, we had a 40 minute wait for a party of three. Then again, we did not know of anywhere else to go in Sister Bay for breakfast. Food is decent but average. If you're in the boutique/gift shop, it is nearly impossible to hear names for tables being... More 

Thank KaNuiNanni
Park Ridge, Illinois
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant has many Swedish dishes as well as great fish and American food. In five visits everything I have had was great.

Thank Robert W
Norway, Iowa, United States
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food!!! Nice variety of foods. Open 7 AM to 3 PM. Great service and a very nice gift shop connected.

Thank Vicki B
Glenview, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This spot has the BEST Swedish pancakes ever. Breakfast is a real treat...and be sure to include a side of Swedish meatballs. Fantastic!

Thank jhopkins17
GoatsOnTheRoof, Manager at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, responded to this review

We are so glad to hear you loved everything! Thank you for the 5 star review! We appreciate it and hope you will be back soon! More 

Seattle, Washington
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67 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a hoot! Goats were on winter vacation when we visited, but there is an entertaining video in the lobby that gives the history of them being there, and the history of the building. Food is above average; not gourmet, but well prepared for what it is.

Thank macrabbit
Cleveland, Ohio
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You'll first notice the grassy roof and, in warmer seasons, will often see goats grazing or playing there. This is a traditional and authentic Swedish restaurant, with an extensive gift shop. The decor is authentic, as are the servers, and the food is delicious and plentiful. I ate the Swedish Pancake and Swedish Meatball meal, another had Poutine. Mine was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
American, European, Swedish, Scandinavian, Norwegian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?