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Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik

) #5 of 25 Restaurants in Sister Bay $$ - $$$ European, ,
10698 N Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234-9594
+1 920-854-2626
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“pancakes” (212 reviews)
Open Now
06:00 - 20:00All hours
European, Swedish, Scandinavian, Norwegian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
10698 N Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234-9594
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We all love Al's Swedish pancakes. The kids like them with their (own) maple syrup, husband likes them with their lingonberries, and I like them with strawberry sauce and whipped cream. The American fried potatoes are also so good and it's a lot of fun...More

Thank Travelmolz
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a popular place so expect to wait. Swedish pancakes were amazing. Lots to offer. Goats on the roof to see. Food is great!!!

Thank Dawn M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were very impressed with AJ. The goats were fun to watch on the roofand the neighboring beer garden was a perfect spot to wait for our table (45min on a Sunday morning). At the garden they sold coffee, morning drinks, and beer. There are...More

Thank Pam T
Reviewed 4 days ago

This building was built in Sweden, taken apart, the parts were numbered and it was shipped to Door County to be rebuilt! Authentic lingonberry jam, and Scandinavian foods are on the offing here. One of my favorites here is the "smorgasbord", which includes pickled herring,...More

Thank 4Youandyou
Reviewed 5 days ago

We had Swedish meatballs for our entre. They were the best ever. We dipped them in the lingonberry jpreserves which made them even more scrumpous! The wait was about 20 minutes, but worth it. The waitress was outgoing and very attentive. The staff is dressed...More

Thank jillannanderson
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great place for any vacation!! The atmosphere is great, wait staff is polite and fun, menu had a great selection, food was great and brought out fast! And, who doesnt love goats on a roof!!!♡

Thank Astin K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Everyone knows Al Johnson's because of the goats on the roof, and it's become an obligatory part of any trip to Door County (or at least any one person's first trip). The food is fine, but nothing special.

Thank jonah214
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When in Sister Bay you need to have Swedish pancakes with lingonberries, meatballs, and see the goats.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Made a special trip just to show my grand daughter the goats on the roof and they weren't out. We went in and put our name on the waiting list and asked where the goats were. We were told nobody had time to put them...More

Thank DisappointedMom
GoatsOnTheRoof, Manager at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We are so sorry to hear about all the trouble with your visit! We hate seeing a guest not get the usual Al Johnson's experience. We hope you will give us another try and forgive us this off day.

Reviewed 1 week ago

I dare you to finish their Herring Plate by yourself! Two of us were hungry and shared the $15 plate, barely able to finish it. The herring was astounding, as were the accompaniments, including lots of bread and crackers. Although we were stuffed, we managed...More

Thank ElaineK-SunCity-GA
GoatsOnTheRoof, Manager at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for this great review! We love hearing how much you enjoyed your visit! We hope it won't be your last!

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18 June 2017|
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Response from GoatsOnTheRoof | Property representative |
We are first come, first served and do not take reservations. Thank you for asking!
26 May 2017|
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Response from GoatsOnTheRoof | Property representative |
Yes we do!
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
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
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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