Al Johnson Swedish Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 10698 N Bay Shore Dr

    Sister Bay, WI 54234

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  • 920-854-2626

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We've been wanting to try this place since we'd heard about the "goats on the roof" and had it recommended. Unfortunately we left disappointed, a bit hungry, and feeling a tad jipped.

Overall the atmosphere was nice We found the waitress

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★★★★★

We've been wanting to try this place since we'd heard about the "goats on the roof" and had it recommended. Unfortunately we left disappointed, a bit hungry, and feeling a tad jipped.

Overall the atmosphere was nice We found the waitress

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This guy Al Johnson should be ashamed of himself! He sued a small business in Georgia (not Door Cty, not even WI, it's in GEORGIA!!) because the guy used goats on his roof. What a BULLY! How 'bout if I-Hop sues him, because he's selling swedish pancakes? Intellectual property? Give me a break. We will DEFINITELY be AVOIDING this place next time we visit Door County.

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This guy Al Johnson should be ashamed of himself! He sued a small business in Georgia (not Door Cty, not even WI, it's in GEORGIA!!) because the guy used goats on his roof. What a BULLY! How 'bout if I-Hop sues him, because he's selling swedish pancakes? Intellectual property? Give me a break. We will DEFINITELY be AVOIDING this place next time we visit Door County.

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I can't vouch for the food or the service, but I do think potential patrons of this place should know that Johnson is deliberately driving a small operation out of business 750 miles away.

Apparently he has trademarked the practice of putting goats on a roof to attract customers - not a particular name, logo, or anything else that should actually be proprietary, but the idea of having any goats on any roof. And now he's filed a federal lawsuit against a small tourist shop in Rabun Co., Georgia called "Goats on the Roof". One must wonder, is Johnson actually worried that this place is competing with his Wisconsin restaurant? The idea seems a little ludicrous to me.

The issue came to my attention because I lived and worked in Rabun County for the last four years, and today a friend alerted me to the lawsuit. We have become quite fond of our quirky little landmark, and I find Johnson's assaultive business practice offensive. Why are people so rabid about patenting/trademarking everything in today's society?

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I can't vouch for the food or the service, but I do think potential patrons of this place should know that Johnson is deliberately driving a small operation out of business 750 miles away.

Apparently he has trademarked the practice of putting goats on a roof to attract customers - not a particular name, logo, or anything else that should actually be proprietary, but the idea of having any goats on any roof. And now he's filed a federal lawsuit against a small tourist shop in Rabun Co., Georgia called "Goats on the Roof". One must wonder, is Johnson actually worried that this place is competing with his Wisconsin restaurant? The idea seems a little ludicrous to me.

The issue came to my attention because I lived and worked in Rabun County for the last four years, and today a friend alerted me to the lawsuit. We have become quite fond of our quirky little landmark, and I find Johnson's assaultive business practice offensive. Why are people so rabid about patenting/trademarking everything in today's society?

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When you arrive at Al Johnson's restaurant you definitely feel as though you have stepped back in time.

Goats on the roof are the first attraction. The goats actually live on the roof grazing on the real grass.

The restaurant is an old, swedish type style with waitresses dressed in what appears to be swedish uniforms.

Friendly service and excellent food can be found here. Prices are reasonable but expect a wait.

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★★★★★

When you arrive at Al Johnson's restaurant you definitely feel as though you have stepped back in time.

Goats on the roof are the first attraction. The goats actually live on the roof grazing on the real grass.

The restaurant is an old, swedish type style with waitresses dressed in what appears to be swedish uniforms.

Friendly service and excellent food can be found here. Prices are reasonable but expect a wait.

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No matter what anyone says, see Al Johnson's. It has been a part of Door County forever. The decor is old, the menu is not all Swedish food, the waiters speak some English, and during the summer season the wait may be long, but the experience is old Door County. The Swedish food may not be the same as that in Chicago where my mother-in-law (100% Swede) joined the Swedish community as a young girl in 1920, but it is Swedish enough that it made me wish she was there to enjoy it. Our meal for four was an inexpensive $120.00 including tip, and everyone was satisfied. My steak was not the best cut of meat, but it was prepared properly. We had no room for dessert, unfortunately, because they looked great.
We were there in the off off off season (Door County in March?!) and everything was very very good. I think those were the same chairs they had back in 1968.
I can't think of anything negative to say. The four of us enjoyed our evening experience and went back for a special fund raising breakfast with Swedish pancakes and lingonberries. 100% of the proceeds of the breakfast went to a charitable cause, something Al Johnson does all the time. Al Johnson's is a huge part of Door County and still a big must see.

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★★★★☆

No matter what anyone says, see Al Johnson's. It has been a part of Door County forever. The decor is old, the menu is not all Swedish food, the waiters speak some English, and during the summer season the wait may be long, but the experience is old Door County. The Swedish food may not be the same as that in Chicago where my mother-in-law (100% Swede) joined the Swedish community as a young girl in 1920, but it is Swedish enough that it made me wish she was there to enjoy it. Our meal for four was an inexpensive $120.00 including tip, and everyone was satisfied. My steak was not the best cut of meat, but it was prepared properly. We had no room for dessert, unfortunately, because they looked great.
We were there in the off off off season (Door County in March?!) and everything was very very good. I think those were the same chairs they had back in 1968.
I can't think of anything negative to say. The four of us enjoyed our evening experience and went back for a special fund raising breakfast with Swedish pancakes and lingonberries. 100% of the proceeds of the breakfast went to a charitable cause, something Al Johnson does all the time. Al Johnson's is a huge part of Door County and still a big must see.

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I love the atmosphere here, and the food is great. They have a Swedish sampler platter which I highly recommend. Of course, the highlight of any visit here is to see those nimble footed little goats grazing on the roof.

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★★★★★

I love the atmosphere here, and the food is great. They have a Swedish sampler platter which I highly recommend. Of course, the highlight of any visit here is to see those nimble footed little goats grazing on the roof.

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My husband and I went to the Door for our honeymoon last week and went to Al Johnsons on a recommendation. First, the interior was outdated and ugly. I get the swedish thing but this was bad, very tacky. The menu was mostly american to begin with and the food was mediocre at best. I am from Milwaukee and am used to having higher standards in restaurants so maybe thats why we didnt like this place. We didnt see this huge wait for a table either, we walked in and were seated immediately. The entrees we ordered were not worth what we paid for them and didnt taste very good. I didnt think the pricing was bad but the food was. Dont waste your time, there are better places to eat in Door County.

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★★☆☆☆

My husband and I went to the Door for our honeymoon last week and went to Al Johnsons on a recommendation. First, the interior was outdated and ugly. I get the swedish thing but this was bad, very tacky. The menu was mostly american to begin with and the food was mediocre at best. I am from Milwaukee and am used to having higher standards in restaurants so maybe thats why we didnt like this place. We didnt see this huge wait for a table either, we walked in and were seated immediately. The entrees we ordered were not worth what we paid for them and didnt taste very good. I didnt think the pricing was bad but the food was. Dont waste your time, there are better places to eat in Door County.

Pros: Cant think of one.

Cons: Everything, there are much better places to eat in Door County.

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Strawberries with your Swedish pancakes? Huh? Complimentary lingonberries for the table that are not fresh from the jar but stale from a giant bucket that sits out night after night. I've had better lingonberries from a jar I bought at Ikea. I'm from Chicago where we have several excellent Swedish restaurants and this place doesn't come close in quality of food. Al Johnson's is clearly on auto-pilot. The 'swedish meatballs' were definetly frozen and past their expire date. Also, this place is way over-priced.

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★☆☆☆☆

Strawberries with your Swedish pancakes? Huh? Complimentary lingonberries for the table that are not fresh from the jar but stale from a giant bucket that sits out night after night. I've had better lingonberries from a jar I bought at Ikea. I'm from Chicago where we have several excellent Swedish restaurants and this place doesn't come close in quality of food. Al Johnson's is clearly on auto-pilot. The 'swedish meatballs' were definetly frozen and past their expire date. Also, this place is way over-priced.

Pros: Cute, Grass Roof

Cons: Food, Service

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Winter is a wonderful time to visit Al Johnson's - when the snow is falling and the tourist trade is slower. Sit by the window and enjoy yummy Swedish panackes with Swedish meatballs and take your time. The attached gift shop is lovely and has good prices on lovely gifts from the Scandinavian countries. If you go at the high tourist season, expect to wait a while for a table. It's worth it!

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★★★★☆

Winter is a wonderful time to visit Al Johnson's - when the snow is falling and the tourist trade is slower. Sit by the window and enjoy yummy Swedish panackes with Swedish meatballs and take your time. The attached gift shop is lovely and has good prices on lovely gifts from the Scandinavian countries. If you go at the high tourist season, expect to wait a while for a table. It's worth it!

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If you are Swedish or can appreciate a good lingenberry then this is the place for you. The menu serves up Swedish fare and the restaurant and Butik are a must see for every Door County vacationer. The food is pretty good but we love to go to see the goats on the roof!

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★★★★☆

If you are Swedish or can appreciate a good lingenberry then this is the place for you. The menu serves up Swedish fare and the restaurant and Butik are a must see for every Door County vacationer. The food is pretty good but we love to go to see the goats on the roof!

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Everyone was talking about how special Al Johnsons is. I thought the goats on the roof were unique. The food wasn't that great. It was way overpriced. And my server didn't know english. It was very hard to enjoy when your server doesn't understand you. The location is nice.

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★★★☆☆

Everyone was talking about how special Al Johnsons is. I thought the goats on the roof were unique. The food wasn't that great. It was way overpriced. And my server didn't know english. It was very hard to enjoy when your server doesn't understand you. The location is nice.

Pros: goats on roof, location, decent food

Cons: overpriced, waitress/no english

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Yummy Svenska Pankakes/Lingonberries/Shutbulles! Connect to your Swedish heritage here! Midsommar festival is gute too! Pretty waitresses dressed in Swedish costumes; building has look of Swedish lodge with knotty wood. Dining room has Nordic bright colors. Butik attached is a MUST. Buy a Dala horse for gute luck! Make wish eating Swedish pepperkokor cookies! Tak Sa Mycket! Var Sa Gud!

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★★★★★

Yummy Svenska Pankakes/Lingonberries/Shutbulles! Connect to your Swedish heritage here! Midsommar festival is gute too! Pretty waitresses dressed in Swedish costumes; building has look of Swedish lodge with knotty wood. Dining room has Nordic bright colors. Butik attached is a MUST. Buy a Dala horse for gute luck! Make wish eating Swedish pepperkokor cookies! Tak Sa Mycket! Var Sa Gud!

Pros: Swedish atmosphere, Bright colors!, Dala horses!

Cons: Homesick , Want to buy store, I want a goat!

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Al Jonson's, i've found, was highly over rated. The surroundings of Al Johnson's and its goats on the roof, were the only special things besides the Swedish Pancakes. The menu was priced to "Door County" standards and it had your basic burgers & fries, sandwich & soups, and the "swedish" dishes.
The staff was excellent, except for those few foreign girls who couldn't understand a word of english. Having foreign employees add a certain flair to the restaurant, but when you can't get the proper dish, it makes for a bummer of an evening.

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★★★☆☆

Al Jonson's, i've found, was highly over rated. The surroundings of Al Johnson's and its goats on the roof, were the only special things besides the Swedish Pancakes. The menu was priced to "Door County" standards and it had your basic burgers & fries, sandwich & soups, and the "swedish" dishes.
The staff was excellent, except for those few foreign girls who couldn't understand a word of english. Having foreign employees add a certain flair to the restaurant, but when you can't get the proper dish, it makes for a bummer of an evening.

Pros: nice wait staff, goats on a roof

Cons: over-priced, language barrier, average food

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over priced meatball, average taste. service was below average, I have had better service at a fast food resturant.

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★★★☆☆

over priced meatball, average taste. service was below average, I have had better service at a fast food resturant.

Pros: ambience, location

Cons: service poor, below average food, over priced

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I live around 20 miles away, so when i go to visit my grandma we occasionally go to Al's. It's such a great atmosphere, and being from Swedish roots myself, I think it's wonderful! It's so popular though, that there's a little bit of a wait to get a table. The waitresses are VERY friendly and the service fast. The prices are reasonable, and you're just a few minutes away from the beach, and LOTS of shops in downtown Sister Bay. So, if you're ever in Door County stop by Al's. I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

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★★★★★

I live around 20 miles away, so when i go to visit my grandma we occasionally go to Al's. It's such a great atmosphere, and being from Swedish roots myself, I think it's wonderful! It's so popular though, that there's a little bit of a wait to get a table. The waitresses are VERY friendly and the service fast. The prices are reasonable, and you're just a few minutes away from the beach, and LOTS of shops in downtown Sister Bay. So, if you're ever in Door County stop by Al's. I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

Pros: GREAT food, FAST service, FAMILY atmoshphere

Cons: , ------, -------

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This is a MUST VISIT establishment! I have been to Al Johnson's Resturant every time I venture up to Door County and would recommend it to EVERYBODY who does the same! Despite the wait for a table and the lack of enough handicap parking, the great food and friendly service make it well worth it! Besides, while you wait, you can shop in the onsite gift shop,peruse the fantastic menu or make new friends! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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★★★★★

This is a MUST VISIT establishment! I have been to Al Johnson's Resturant every time I venture up to Door County and would recommend it to EVERYBODY who does the same! Despite the wait for a table and the lack of enough handicap parking, the great food and friendly service make it well worth it! Besides, while you wait, you can shop in the onsite gift shop,peruse the fantastic menu or make new friends! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Pros: GREAT FOOD, GREAT SERVICE, GREAT PRICES

Cons: Parking!?!?, ??????, ??????

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Absolutely outstanding for breakfast. Swedish pancakes, waffles, eggs any style, Swedish meatballs............... Get there EARLY, because the line will be long.

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★★★★★

Absolutely outstanding for breakfast. Swedish pancakes, waffles, eggs any style, Swedish meatballs............... Get there EARLY, because the line will be long.

Pros: good parking, shop while you wait, woderfully relaxed at

 

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