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Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik

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10698 N Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234-9594
+1 920-854-2626
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Overview
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pancakes” (235 reviews)
“lingonberry jam” (62 reviews)
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CUISINES
European, Swedish, Scandinavian, Norwegian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
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LOCATION
10698 N Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234-9594
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1 - 10 of 1,619 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter loved her Swedish meatballs and we both enjoyed sampling the typical Swedish bread/crackers served with our meal. The shop is also full of interesting Scandinavian items.

Thank Senorapm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife fell in love with the Swedish pancakes with cherries and whipped cream, all heads turn when they serve these- massive and delicious. The meatballs and lingon berries were part my breakfast each day. The goats on the roof catch your eye but the...More

Thank dvn3b
OurManagement1, Manager at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We're glad to hear you both enjoyed your breakfasts!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First-time visitors can make an obligatory stop to see the goats on the roof in season. Food is overpriced and unremarkable.

Thank James L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great service, some of the best coffee in Door County so far. Try the meatballs in a sandwich or dinner. The lingon vinagrette dressing in your salad is key. The pancake dessert is amazing!

Thank loveydovey71321
OurManagement1, Manager at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We’re thrilled you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for taking the time to write us a review!

Reviewed 1 March 2018

Its been a while since we have been here. It was as good as I remember. Swedish Pancakes come with Lingonberries. Hostess recommend trying them on the meatballs. Yum! Great Idea. Bought jar of berries for home and Lingonberry concentrate for cocktails.

Thank Dean P
GoatsOnTheRoof, Manager at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2018

We're glad to hear you tried the lingonberries on the meatballs! Delicious! Thank you for the nice review and for coming in to visit!

Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

L Johnson is one of the few restaurants in sister Bay that is open year-round. In the winter and early spring it is only open for breakfast and lunch. It is known for their Swedish meatballs and Swedish pancakes. But the menu is extensive with...More

Thank Michael N
Reviewed 22 February 2018

Apparently Lar is his name and he thinks more highly of himself than his guests. After 25 years of Sister Bay he left such a bad taste with his manners that I will be forever ruined of Al Johnsons. I dont like bullies.More

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GoatsOnTheRoof, Manager at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

We are so sorry to hear this. Lars has no recollection of any events that would leave someone feeling this way, so if you would like to reach out to us at mail@aljohnsons.com with specifics we would be happy to discuss the matter with you....More

Reviewed 14 February 2018

This is a great place to eat in Sister Bay. It is famous for the goats on the roof. You should get there early so you don't have to wait for a table and can see the goats before it gets hot and they are...More

Thank Traci V
GoatsOnTheRoof, Manager at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Thank you, Traci! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! We hope you’ll come by again the next time you visit Sister Bay!

Reviewed 26 January 2018

Al Johnson's hasn't changed in years and I'm glad. Swedish pancakes were so good and breakfast sandwich was excellent.

Thank italian71
GoatsOnTheRoof, Manager at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2018

We’re glad to hear you appreciate our familiar ways. We hope you’ll keep coming back for years to come!

Reviewed 3 January 2018

Tradition brings the family to Al Johnson's at least on an annual basis. The wait may be long sometimes, (last time we waited almost a half-hour) but the attached store gives plenty of interesting items to look through as you wait for your name to...More

Thank William G
GoatsOnTheRoof, Manager at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2018

What a wonderful review! We are thrilled you have made us part of your family traditions!

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Valya1953
17 June 2017|
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Response from OurManagement1 | Property representative |
We are first come, first served and do not take reservations. Thank you for asking!
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hootie2017
26 May 2017|
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Yes we do!
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BH24
8 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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 15
Cuisine
European, Swedish, Scandinavian, Norwegian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
View, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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