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Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik

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American, European, Swedish, Scandinavian, Norwegian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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10698 N Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234-9594
+1 920-854-2626
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Fort Myers, Florida
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111 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

The Sweden touches make this restaurant unique. The goats on the roof are a nice touch. A couple days after we visited we noticed they added a bar area next to the restaurant. We felt like we were being pushed to "eat up and leave". That feeling made it uncomfortable at the restaurant. (Also 1/2 of our party was a... More 

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

We are glad to hear you enjoyed our restaurant but are so sorry to hear you felt rushed! We do have a policy that requires all members of a party be present before we allow seating to help keep our wait times down. We do hope you will return and hopefully your next visit will be perfect from start to... More 

Rockford, Illinois
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176 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

There are goats on the roof (sometimes) and long term visitors to Door County will tell you to go here but I'm not sure why. The perch was dry, the chicken ordinary and we've had Better Swedish pancakes and Swedish meatballs elsewhere. They were very kid-friendly and provided a children's menu for the youngsters in our group. The adjacent gift... More 

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

We are so sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your food! We hope that you told your server so we could make you something else that was more to your palate. We are always happy to get you something else! We do hope you will give us another try! More 

MN
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49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

This is one of our favorite places in Door Co. Have been coming here since it was a little hole in the wall. The grandkids (8, 6, and 4) always enjoy the Swedish meatballs and the Swedish pancakes. But everything is so good here. Nice to be able to have something besides fries as a side dish, but the fries... More 

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

We are so glad to hear you've been coming to Al's since the beginning! That always makes us so happy to hear! Thank you for returning again and again! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

I did not actually eat there - ran out of time. My aunts and uncles are return visitors from prior years and went there several times during the 4 day stay this July 2016. I really enjoyed watching the goats on the sod roof from the sidewalk! The goats come down each night and spend the night in a local... More 

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

We are so glad to hear your family enjoys Al's and hope you can try our food soon! More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Obviously good help is hard to find - less than a high school education... Or just educated with Governor walkers lack of funding for schools. Try elsewhere

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

We are so sorry to hear you had an issue with our staff. We do hope that you talked to someone during your visit and alerted them to whatever the situation was. We have many staff members who have been with us for 20+ years and we work hard to find great help in the summer season. So sorry to... More 

Coal Valley, Illinois
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92 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

Who doesn't love goats on a roof? Wonderful meatballs and pancakes. And the history of the place just adds to the enjoyment of it.

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

Thank you for your nice review! We are so proud of our family history at Al's and love sharing it with people! We hope you will come back again very soon! More 

Holland, Michigan
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248 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

Al Johnson's added an outside bar area that is fantastic! Great selections of local beers along with hand crafted mixed drinks. The view from the bar of Sister Bay is gorgeous, too. They have fun outdoor lawn games as well. Excellent addition to Sister Bay experience.

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

So glad you loved Stabbur Beer Garden! We are so proud of it and glad to hear you enjoyed it as well! We hope you will come back soon! More 

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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Food is authentic Scandinavian. Very good Swedish meatballs and huge gift shoppe with a large variety of clothing and shoes. Great spot for family dining.

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Highland Park, Illinois
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68 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

Who wouldn't love this place? Yummy, reasonably priced food, great wait staff, and goats on the roof! And now Al Johnson's has an outdoor bar with lawn games next door. Fun!

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

So glad to hear you enjoyed Al's and our new Beer Garden, Stabbur! We hope you will be back again soon! More 

Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

My mom's coworker recommended this restaurant to us. The entire restaurant is family run and we loved seeing the goats on the roof. We all ordered the Swedish pancake special that came with four pancakes, two eggs, and 4 Swedish meatballs. Everything came out so fast and the ingredients were all so fresh. The meal was so filling - definitely... More 

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

Always great to hear when a first-timer loves their visit to Al's! So glad you enjoyed it! Be sure to say Thank You to your mother's coworker for us! 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
US$ 10 - US$ 15
Cuisine
American, European, Swedish, Scandinavian, Norwegian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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, Groups, Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
06:00 - 20:00
Monday
06:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 20:00
Thursday
06:00 - 20:00
Friday
06:00 - 20:00
Saturday
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
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?