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“Come for the goats and kitschy decor”

Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik
Ranked #5 of 35 Restaurants in Sister Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Swedish
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
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.
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Come for the goats and kitschy decor”
Reviewed September 6, 2013 via mobile

We came to Al Johnson's for lunch on a weekday. It was busy but had no wait. I'd imagine on the weekends or during peak season you would need a reservation. We killed some time in the gift shop before eating and it was cute and quirky (unlike the staff who were frigid). We shared some cheese curds which were tasty (we're suckers for fried cheese curds) and he had the meatball sliders while I had the walleye sandwich. Looking back, I'd probably have gotten breakfast as it seems like that's more what they're known for. However, it's a fun place with the goats and old-fashioned Swedish decor and outfits. Note: you'll pay for the touristy-ness. Even though it's a casual place, I think the average entree was over $15, up to $30-$35.

  • Visited September 2013
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Marinette
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36 reviews
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“Excellent food, service and atmosphere”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant is not only delicious, but just plain fun! Weather permitting, the goats on the roof are quite an attraction. Their gift shop is loaded with amusing things from Sweden and Norway. We had Swedish meatballs for our dinner that day. They were wonderful and served by a waitress dressed in native Swedish garb. The dinner was excellent and well presented.

  • Visited August 2013
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Atlantic, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Food is great, goats are fun”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Breakfast here was delicious. Had the Swedish meatballs and pancakes - yum! Was fun to see the goats grazing on the roof.

Visited September 2013
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Saint Charles, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Perfect for breakfast”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Swedish retaurant that has "goats on the roof"...really. Swedish fare that includes Swedish meatballs and Swedish pancakes. Both were wonderful...best pancakes I've had. Service was great and the atmosphere was fun. We had a 30 minute wait but the place is located on the bay and has a wonderful attached gift shop so it didn't bother us at all.

Visited September 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Goats”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Fun to see the goats on the roof, but won't be back for the food. Overpriced, not very clean and has cafeteria feel to it.

Visited July 2013
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Thank Doc2002
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