Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant and Butik

10698 N Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, Wisconsin 54234 USA

546 Reviews
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Reasonable
Open Now
Sun 7a-3p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Wifi
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“authentic swedish cuisine with goats on the roof!”

Al Johnson’s is an authentic Swedish family owned restaurant where you can find goats grazing the sod roof. It's quite a sight, and it's made this place one of the most famous restaurants in Door County. Inside the casual, carpeted dining room, young ladies in Scandinavian garb dish out limpa bread and Swedish meatballs. The menu consists of a variety of Swedish fare, from pancakes with lingonberries to Swedish meatballs, whitefish, sandwiches, salads, and a variety of hot and cold plates. The story about how goats came to be on the sod roof of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant has floated around Door County for decades. Here’s how local writer Norbert Blei recounted the tale a few years back: “Wink Larson was a man who understood tradition. Every year, in celebration of Al Johnson’s birthday, he would bring Al a gift. Not an ordinary gift, of course. But something memorable. One year it was a burro; another year a sheep; once a baby pig; and the single gift which would change Al’s life, the village of Sister Bay, and the entire history of Door County tourism—the birthday Wink walked into the restaurant with a goat named Oscar, ribbons tied to its horns and a note: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AL. I was not an eyewitness. But I can see the grin on Wink’s face…sense the commotion in the restaurant. And hear Al’s laughter.  The rest—is history.” —Norbert Blei

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Gregory S.

Al's has been around for a zillion years. When I was a child, my family used to visit Sister Bay and we'd eat here... this was 30 years ago and it was old then! The food at Al's is good, not... Read more

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Michael P.

I meaannnnn I don't really get the hype. The wait times are insane. We got a table after an hour and some change and had the pancakes which were decent but again nothing special. The goats on the... Read more

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Travis K.

As always one of my personal favorites when I'm here in Door county WI. The food is always excellent and the staff are quick and the food comes out of the kitchen super fast as well but not... Read more

Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant and Butik

10698 N Bay Shore Dr
Sister Bay, Wisconsin
54234 USA

Hours

Open now until 3:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Reservations
Does not take
  • Lunch
  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Dine In
  • Takeout
  • Breakfast
  • Waitstaff
  • Outdoor Seating
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