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“Delicious (and Large!) Herring Plate & Lingonberry Shake”

Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik
Ranked #8 of 39 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 August 13, 2017

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 to make room for a $5 lingonberry shake to share. We were given a full stainlessl-steel container the shake was made in, and two metal mugs to drink from, which kept the shake very cold. The shake was incredibly tasty! Lingonberies are a cross between a currant and cranberry, and combined with the Cedar Crest vanilla ice cream-- DELICIOUS!

The restaurant is very touristy; however, we would return for the Herring Plate and Lingonberry Shake in a heartbeat! Besides, who could resist the GOATS! There were three up on the roof, and they were quite photogenic and fun to watch! What a hoot!

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Thank ElaineK-SunCity-GA
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GoatsOnTheRoof, Manager at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2017

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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Reviewed August 13, 2017 via mobile

Great place!!! We waited 90 mins and was tempted to bail, but glad we didn't! Food is really good and great value for money!!! Gift shop is cute, but pretty pricey. I am sure they make quite a bit of money from it, but I almost wish they would do away with gift shop and add more dining to cut down on wait time!

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Reviewed August 13, 2017 via mobile

I never knew there was anything such as Swedish restaurant but while vacationing up in Ephraim Wisconsin for a family wedding we went there this morning and it was absolutely incredible breakfast. The homemade coffee was the best I've ever had. The biscuits and sausage gravy with eggs we're all so great as I've had that many places but what I've never had is Swedish meatballs for breakfast and they were awesome. Coming from an Italian home and family restaurant the thought of a Swedish meatball tasting good is like an oxymoron for us Italians. Whenever I have had a Swedish meatball it's always one of those terrible cocktail wedding reception horderves. Al Johnson prove to me a Swedish meatball can be done well. My favorite part aside from the wonderful service from Betsy was the hot chocolate with all that whipped cream. If you're up on the Green Bay Peninsula Al Johnson's is a must cuz you actually get to see real goats grazing on the roof.

Thank VacationTonyC
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GoatsOnTheRoof, Manager at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2017

What a wonderful review! Love hearing we impressed an Italian with our meatballs! Thank you for giving us a try and for taking the time to write us such a nice review!

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Reviewed August 13, 2017 via mobile

Stop for the goats. Stay for the food. Of course, it's unusual to see goats living on the roof of a restaurant. But, check it out. A wonderful dining experience for our whole family. Lingonberry jam with bread and crackers was brought to the table right away. We enjoyed dishes of Swedish meatballs, roast beef or turkey. All delicious and served promptly by friendly servers. Reasonably priced, too. There is a gift shop and store - and goat watching - to occupy your wait for a table.

Thank Kenoshashopper42
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Reviewed August 12, 2017

We happened upon the place when driving through Sister Bay. It was hard to miss all the excitement as people were staring up all around the building. It was then we noticed the 4 goats on the grass roof, lazily taking in the sights. We checked out the Butik but didn't stay to eat as there was a wait and we didn't have a lot of time. We'll definitely stop here when we return.

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