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Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik

) #5 of 24 Restaurants in Sister Bay $$ - $$$, American, European, Vegetarian Friendly
10698 N Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234-9594
+1 920-854-2626
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“pancakes” (195 reviews)
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American, European, Swedish, Scandinavian, Norwegian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
10698 N Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234-9594
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had eaten at Al Johnson's several years ago and remembered it fondly. Still delicious meatballs and pancakes; good fast service; friendly wait staff. And the Butik has such interesting items. Missed the goats this time but will catch them next time.

Thank WenJoWil
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This place is not only iconic, but delicious! The food is awesome, service attentive and a great view of the harbor! And who doesn't love goats on the roof?

Thank Jennifer K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was disappointed that it was already closed at 3pm on a beautiful spring day. I'm born in Finland and raised in Sweden so I was looking forward to visiting after a long drive and first time visit to Door county only to find it...More

Thank Jan t
GoatsOnTheRoof, Manager at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, responded to this review

We are so sorry to hear you caught us during our seasonal hours! We will begin opening later for the season soon. We hope you will come back to see us!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic breakfast had the standard pancake special. The fruit sauce for the pancakes was awesome. Unusual to have meatballs for breakfast but they were the best. Will always come back

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

Thank you for spending your anniversary with us and for writing such a nice review! Always a treat to hear from happy guests! Happy Anniversary and we hope you'll be back soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spend a few days up in Sister Bay & we had hear about this place & thought we would check it out. We had the Swedish pancakes they are delicious,staff was very friendly .We loved the atmosphere.The shop was great,bought a few things there. We...More

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

So glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We hope you'll be back soon and that the goats will be out to greet you!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Curious about this landmark restaurant with the grass roof and a "goat cam" - yes, it's a real webcam featuring the goats on the restaurant's roof - my wife and I decided to make it one our stops on an extended weekend. The decor is...More

Thank Steve0322
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In our 25 years of coming to Door County, we've learned that the one sure place to get great food, service, and unique decor is Al Johnson's. It is just consistently good...every time!

Thank itineraryWI
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped for breakfast with a large group and we were seated right away, which was nice. We all got the Swedish Pancakes with lingonberries, Swedish meatballs, and Lingonberry Ice Tea. Everything was delicious! We will definitely be back when it is warmer and the...More

Thank Sara B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Huge portions make you wish you could eat more! Very cute atmosphere, too! Staff is exceptionally friendly and always filling up the coffee cup!

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

We really appreciate you taking the time to write us such a nice review! So glad to hear you loved your visit!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I have been traveling to Door County at least twice a year for the last 5 years. We always try new places, but one constant has been getting breakfast at Al Johnson's! Sometimes there is a little bit of a wait, but...More

Thank ambauer86
GoatsOnTheRoof, Manager at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, responded to this review

Thank you for making us part of your Door County tradition! We appreciate you taking the time to write us a review and hope you'll be back to visit again soon!

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
I've been hearing about your fabulous Swedish meatballs, but as we're to be in Sister bay at lunchtime, I have wondered if you offer lunch-sized portions which include that item?
9 July 2016|
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Response from John N | Reviewed this property |
I'm pretty sure they don't have a lunch portion per say. Ive had side portions as small as 4 meat balls per serving, and larger entrée portions. Make sure to get the gravy and a side of lingon berry. Plan on napping... More
Laurie M
We noticed that he trees in front were taken down and now there is no shade for your goats when they are on the roof. We were fortunate enough to see them in the morning but when we came by later at around 1:30 they were not there and there were a bunch of disappointed people looking for them. We were wondering why the changes to the front of the building?
25 June 2016|
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Response from GoatsOnTheRoof | Property representative |
Hi Laurie! The Village of Sister Bay did road construction that affected the front of Al's. Sadly, we lost our trees in the process. There are special goat shade shelters for our roof being constructed so the "kids" can... More
Linda W
Is there any time of day when you are less crowded?
17 June 2015|
Response from GoatsOnTheRoof | Property representative |
Hello Linda, Thanks for your interest, and yes there are some great times to visit to avoid the crowds. Early morning from when we open at 6 am to about 8 am is a great time. From 8 on it ramps up. Then between 2 and 3... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
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
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
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06:00 - 20:00
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
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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.