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“Come for the goats, stay for the food”

Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik
Ranked #5 of 37 Restaurants in Sister Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$15
Cuisines: Swedish
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Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
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.
Reviewed 4 June 2014

We saw this place on the travel channel, and then had to seek it out. It's hilarious to see the goats walking on the roof, eating grass and doing goat stuff. Then we went in to eat. Wow! Of course the Swedish pancakes with lingonberries, and a side of Swedish meatballs is the thing to have. It all was delicious! One of the best meals yet on this trip...trying to make time to go back before we head home. Do it! You won't be disappointed.

Thank Ariesvee
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Had to see the goats. They were at the vet (maybe for a mani-pedi?) in the morning, so we did come back. Oh - the food. Great Swedish pancakes with tart lingonberries and sweet syrup - great combo! And, yes, Swedish meatballs ARE for breakfast. The dense meat and savory gravy was a great pairing with the pancakes. The goats on the roof seem unfazed by all the attention. Nice little gift shop with lots of the same kitschy stuff I bought in Stockholm. After your meal, go for a walk across the street along the water.

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Thank dkm57
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

When we are in Door County we always go here for breakfast every morning. All of their choices are great. Service is quick, atmosphere is great.

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1  Thank 1Steve371
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Pancakes are the speciality, but the rest of the menu is lacking. Wait staff is impersonal and rushed. Prices are up AGAIN

Thank Betty P
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

Hubby's grandfather came over from Sweden, so he was wowed by this restaurant and it's gift shop. We were there on a weekend so it is pretty busy. The wait time was like 30 mins, but it wasn't so bad because we got to Look around the gift shop. A little pricey at times but it was still cool to see all the stuff they had there. For breakfast we had the Swedish pancakes with Swedish meatballs and lingonberry sauce. The lingonberry sauce was good, kind of like a cranberry sauce. The meatballs were awesome and the pancakes also awesome we're like a thick crepe.

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