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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
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26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After literally a lifetime of visits, I have to say this is much more than a tourist stop. This has been around for 50+ years. The restaurant was started by Al Johnson who had the current log restaurant hand crafted in Norway. The Swedish pancakes and meatballs and the ever present lingonberries are a must try. Other food options especially... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

On most Wednesday and Friday mornings during the cold winter months in Door County, my routine includes breakfast at Al Johnson's restaurant in Sister Bay. I meet with several older gentlemen to experience the excellent cuisine at Al's and to expound upon the meaning of life. While our discussions may degenerate as the morning wears on as the waitresses will... More 

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De Pere, Wisconsin
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54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I visited Al's on Saturday February 11, 2017 at 1:30 PM, she had the Swedish pancakes and loved them as usual, I had a bowl of chili and vomited and had diarrhea 12.5 hours later. Please be careful cook staff.

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

We are so sorry to hear you felt unwell after visiting us! We take food safety very seriously and investigate any potential problems thoroughly. We spoke to our cooks and had a meeting to discuss this and no other reports of anyone feeling sick that day have been brought to our attention. Our cooks are all certified in food safety... More 

Pulaski, Wisconsin
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66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent quality food and service! Soup and sandwich specials are always tasty! Always enjoy a great meal here!!

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

We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review and we hope you will be back again soon! More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Large menu with a lot of options. The Tomato dill soup was great! Also had meatballs and the roast beef sandwich. Bread pudding was okay.

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Chicago, Illinois
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140 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful authentic Swedish pancakes with lingonberry jam. Their egg and pancake special is worth the drive up to Sister Bay and worth the wait in line. Go during the off season for a more relaxed visit. Great little gift shop if you do have a wait. Swedish and Norwegian gifts, clothing and chachkes. Prices are reasonable.

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit with us and hope you'll return soon! More 

Columbus, Ohio
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is an iconic spot in Door County. Don't let the wait times keep you away - they have a nice shop you can visit while waiting for a table. It can be a bit crowded, but it is a pretty place, and they do have good service. The famous Swedish pancakes are wonderful with lingonberry jam. They do... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write us a nice review! We appreciate it and hope you will be back soon! More 

South Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

Goats on the roof?! Really?! Sure it's a gimmick, but a fun one. We came to see the goats a couple of days before, but the weather wasn't good, so they weren't up there. But when we showed for breakfast, there they were, grazing all over the roof. We even Facetimed our 3-yr old granddaughter so she could see them,... More 

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Park Ridge, Illinois
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61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

My daughter and I returned to Al Johnsons for a quiet birthday lunch at 11 a.m. Al's son Lars was busy in the restaurant greeting guests with also special hellos to the kids. Familiar serving staff also treated everyone like family and checked in appropriately. We had Swedish pancakes and meatballs as traditional as grandma's, nice turkey club, soup (Friday... More 

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Thank Carol1319
GoatsOnTheRoof, Manager at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, responded to this review

This review makes us smile! We are so glad you appreciate the family ties and familiarity that we pride ourselves on. Our family is the most important part of Al Johnson's and we love when our guests can experience that! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you will return soon! More 

Bangkok, Thailand
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158 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

Fun restaurant to eat. Good food , nice service and do a little shopping while you wait or after you eat. During the summer enjoy the goats eating grass on the roof.

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

Thank you so much for the nice review! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
Cuisine
American, European, Swedish, Scandinavian, Norwegian
Meals
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, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
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 Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234-9594
  • 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?