The Whistling Bird
The Whistling Bird

The Whistling Bird

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thewhistlingbird.com/
  • Phone: 2187415030x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, American
  • Executive Chef: Patrick Berg
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Whistling Bird
The Whistling Bird is back. A regional favorite for years, we are happy to offer our friends and neighbors on the Range a taste of the Caribbean good life once again. Old favorites and new inspirations alike will dazzle your senses and tempt your appetite. Couple that with friendly staff and some of the finest tropical and tiki cocktails in the midwest, and it's winner winner jerk chicken dinner!

From the beginning our mission has been simple: to resurrect the best of the Whistling Bird's past, and elevate it to a new, even higher level of quality, taste and fun! We know you're going to like it. It would be hard not to.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Whistling Bird reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (57)fit for foodies (45)neighborhood gem (45)good for groups (31)romantic (31)hot spot (14)kid-friendly (14)great for lunch (11)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (7)notable wine list (5)great for brunch (5)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • whistling bird
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    the most out of the norm place in the Iron Range area. You can feel like you've been transported to the Carribean Seas for dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Recommended by local, we loved it
    2dinersfromthecities
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were told about the Whistling Bird from a local while vacationing in Biwabik. What a find! Great food, great decor, a unique and unforgettable experience. If you're vacationing in the area, skip pizza one night and opt for the Whistling Bird, kid friendly too. But also a great spot for a romantic dinner. What a place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary supper
    StarvinMarvin
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food and service was excellent; had a very vibrant and energetic waitress that was attentive, making for another return visit at the "Bird". Like the different selections and was pleased that the bread was moist and not the harder type rolls that were sometimes offered. We enjoy the "Bird" after we visit the Old Town Hall Antique Store to work up an appetite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    birthdaydisappointment
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Everything was awesome except when making our reservation I told them it was my 19 year old's birthday and asked if they could do something and nothing was even brought up. I was willing to pay for it, I just wanted then to recognize her in some way. To make matters worse, while we were there a large group was seated right below us and they were celebrating someone's birthday too and they sang happy birthday to them and had a cake, which I'm sure someone brought with them. That is my only complaint. The place was great and the food was great the server was great but I would not bring someone there for a birthday again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was our first time back since the reopening, and we were not disappointed. The food the service were excellent!!! Highly recommend!!!! We will definetly be back!!!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food/small drinks
    likeTHEspice
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    my wife and I have always looked forward to dining at the whistling bird and have never been disappointed with our food selections. we live about 50 miles away so do not make the trip too often but when we do it is worth the drive. on our most recent visit, with friends, we noticed that the alcoholic drinks that we ordered were certainly small for the amount that we were charged. I am willing to pay a fair price for a drink but please make it worthwhile. we'll be back for the good food but will be more careful in our drink selection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Sarg
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Other than the 45 minute wait we had (with reservations). The food was excellent, the wait staff was awesome (the got all 13 orders correct), the ambiance was wonderful. I would recommend The Whistling Bird to everyone. I did not give it 5 stars because of the long wait
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • laynzie99
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We enjoy going to the Whistling Bird because they are consistent.. My fave being Black and Bleu steak.. very good.. tender, and love the sauce.. Others had pork tenderloin and the linguine with lobster and shrimp.. They were delicious also, tho a few more chunks of lobster woulda been welcome!! Its a sweet little restaurant.. a little gem of a place in Gilbert Mn.. We go mostly for special occasions. The prices may seem high, but to get quality, you dont mind paying more..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GRfoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Really a fun evening. Interesting cocktails and food. A glitch with one of our entrees (brought the wrong one) but nice recovery by the waitress and complimentary dessert saved the day. Long drive but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely wonderful
    montgo20yr
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My husband and I only get a few opportunities to get up to the area and every time we do, we treat ourselves to the outstanding food and ambiance. We recommend this resturant to all of our frieds, family and also business associates. The service was excellent and the way the staff made us feel special on our 20th anniversary was remarkable. Keep up the great work and we will keep filling our bellies.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    birdistheword
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    we went there for our 19 anniversary dinner and it was awesome.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste & Feel the Islands
    Nancy
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Love the WB ... great Carribean tastes & colorful decor. Glad it's back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable evening!
    debfriends
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Our neighbors had never been at the Whistling Bird and we hadn't been back since it re-opened. We were all happy with our visit this past week. I loved the coconut shrimp and others had jerk pork, Jambalaya, and seafood. Everyone was very happy with their selection. The service was a bit slow, but we weren't in a hurry. The online reservation center was easy to use! I loved the Miami vice cocktail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner for 13 people!
    MikeTv
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Family (adult siblings, spouses, and parents) met from a variety of places (Iowa, Kentucky, Twin Cities, Grand Rapids, Africa) for a long weekend at Giants Ridge Resort, and we wanted a nice dinner to kick off the weekend; The Whistling Bird fit the bill perfectly! We had 13 people, and two waitresses served our group. There were a variety of tastes, but everyone was able to find a dish that they enjoyed (I had the jerked pork tenderloin and it was fabulous!). Using two servers helped ensure everyone got quick and responsive attention.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the drive...
    Hugh
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The Whistling Bird is a foodie must when you are anywhere near the town of Gilbert. The menu offers a range of great selections, with a special emphasis on Jamaican jerk and other spice combinations. Our evening included a terrific lamb curry over rice special and the gouda/pork soup was fantastic. Everything is fresh and made from scratch. The pork tenderloin with spicy jerk is my favorite and it was prepared perfectly...again! The special cocktails are expertly prepared and are truly refreshing. This place is not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good to have you back!
    Foodlover
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    As I come to the area on occasion and always have had a hard time to find good places to eat that are a little out of the ordinary I was happy to see Whistling Bird back. I used Open Table to book for dining, which was nice but it only allowed me to book two times, 5 or 8 pm....neither of them suited me, but took the 5. I had the Negril Jerk platter and the shrimp and pork were nice and tender and juicy but the chicken was a bit dry. I liked the jerk sauce, but it could have been a bit spicier. The service was great, friendly and attentive enough to enjoy the meal on my own.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always stop when we are in town!
    OntheCroix
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Love this place! Great food and great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GigiB
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This was our first time at Whistling Bird. Our server was Brianna - she was EXCELLENT and if I could give more than 5 stars for her I would. She kept water glasses filled, checked often about how we were doing, gave tips (such as "you will need to stir that dressing" or "watch out, that stew is very hot"). The food - EXCELLENT -again I wish I could give more than 5 stars. It was served on a timely basis as well - not too fast and not too slow. We were able to enjoy our appetizers before the salads were served. Food portions are quite large and I felt the cost was very reasonable. Our server graciously boxed up our left-overs. She also wrote on the container where it was from, what was inside and the date. We will DEFINATELY be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, surprising restaurant
    Bikegirls
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Northern Minnesota is not known for it's Jamaican restaurants... but the Whistling Bird will change that! It is a fun restaurant with spicy food and great mojitos. We were up here biking on the Mesabi Trail (a spectacular, paved bike trail that runs about 100 miles) and enjoyed an abundant meal in a fun atmosphere. Service was very good and quite friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back!
    1stTimers
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food was excellent our group of six had orders from the Jamaican Jerked Pork, to the Linguini w/ garlicky shrimp & lobster and the Gaucho Steak. Everything was cooked to perfection, so flavorful and very filling! Don't leave with out having a "Dirty Banana" or "Miami Vice" cocktail for dessert! Our waitress was phenomenal, all and all it was a great experience! We can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • glad to have the restaurant back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    nice to have a good restaurant back in the area. Great selection of food choices. Prepared to perfection.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I liked the on line reservation. The service we had was outstanding the waitress was very helpful with the menu and specials. The time between appetizers and salads to our main dish seemed to be timed well , never felt like we were rushed. Great food atmosphere .will definitely be back and will highly recommend this restaurant to friends and family..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love love love this place! Delish!
    Missy
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The authentic Jamaican cuisine offers something for everyone. The presentation is beautiful, and the taste outstanding. The only bad thing that can be said is a persons stomach isn't big enough to try it all. Definitely worth the trip to this small town for a meal with such big taste.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MNdiner
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Wonderful restaurant located on the Iron Range well worth the short drive off highway 53. I have been there twice and was very pleased with my meal both times. Blackened mahi excellent. The steak and shrimp special outstanding. We loved the plantains. The staff attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Jerk
    Bigfan
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Uniquely different food spot in upper Minnesota. Jamaica has nothing over this, food and decor outstanding. Will come back again and again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Missing reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    When we showed up there was no record of our reservation. The hostess was was able to seat us in the bar area and not the regular dinning room. The drinks, wine, service and meal were good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always an amazing time
    SuperFoodFace
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The Whistling Bird is legendary. They are so popular that you should book a table well in advance. The atmosphere is magical, it transplants you right into the tropics and you instantly forget that you are in Gilbert MN. It's cozy with staff that are friendly and excited to greet you. The food is 100% authentic, always fresh, and there always seems to be something new to try. For starters their homemade soups, bread, garlic oil, garlic butter, and salad dressings are incredibly rich with flavors I haven't tasted else where. Main dish portions are generous and well prepared. You can't replicate this experience, you are sure to have a remember-able night. This place deserves to be reviewed on the Food Network or by any food critic. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whistling Bird is date night!
    DaisyBayDiners71
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Great service and nearby diners add their opinions what is good! We had the special appetzer on their recommendation and we loved it! Our waitress was friendly, fun, fast and efficient. Food was top notch, just what we expected. A fun date night for an old married couple.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food - unexpected location!
    Ruby
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Our server was very attentive from moment we stepped in the door! Ahi tuna was prepared to perfection - quick sear & rare. Soups/salads were outstanding. Only reason for 4 stars on food was due to the jerk tenderloin being a bit dry; while pork tenderloin is naturally dry, would have expected some mitigation of this by the chef. We were there on a Monday, so it wasn't terribly crowded; given the openness to the bar area, I expect that the noise level would be much greater on a weekend. We will go back again to try other dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    connieo1
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food is amazing. The owner has done a lot to improve the interior of the restaurant. There are limitations because of the structure and it seems she has accomplished some remarkable improvements
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Above and beyond...
    Freebirds
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The food was excellent. We were celebrating a graduation and they even brought out a special cake that had a fabulous presentation on the plate. Can hardly wait to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great treat in summer
    Elyluv
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    This restaurant is not what you expect in the Minnesota Northwoods.....the Jamaican decor, food, music. But what a delightful pleasure to add to your list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful
    nannieannie
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Our food was delicious. the service was very fast. We were served, enjoyed our meal and were back in our car in one hour. Would definitely recommend The Whistling Bird as a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks for an enjoyable evening!
    Chip
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We dined with a group of six and were perfectly accommodated from the moment we walked in the door. We were told we could be seated immediately or relax at the bar before dinner. The bartender described many of the drinks from the great list of Hemingway-like libations and engaged us in wonderful conversation before being seated for dinner. Our waitress was excellent and readily admitted when she needed to seek answers to our questions about selections and ingredients. It is rare that every member of a party is perfectly satisfied with their selection and its preparation. Our dinners were excellently prepared and professionally served. We are glad that The Bird is back! It is worth the drive to get away from your standard fare!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 108 reviews are from the The Whistling Bird reviews archive.
  • Our server Laura was wonderful!
    jborca79
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Atmosphere was tropical & festive. Food & beverages were delightful!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Background music is not great
    MuzakReview
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The sounds of top 40 hit in steel drum style is gross. Margaritaville style music is also gross. Jimmy Buffet is never appropriate. EVER. More Marley, more groovy island vibe muzak would be an improvement to what we had to endure. Otherwise a fantastic food experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slightly off
    Fishlover
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Decent food. Ordered the Ahi Tuna and told the server rare please. She quipped well that's the only way we make it here so I'm glad you ordered it that way. Tuna came out past medium rare, cooked all the way through in portions. It was like the grill was not hot enough for the sear. Good overall though.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Monday at the Bird
    foodieontherange
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    We visited the Whistling Bird on a Monday evening. The food and service were up to their usual high standards. There were lots of empty tables at 5:45 on a Monday so the experience was quiet and intimate. Just the way we like it. The special, filet with shrimp, crab, avocado and bernaise sauce was very good, as was the gumbo soup of the day special.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Refreshingly different
    Macaussie
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    There is little choice for food styles on the Iron Range and it is refreshing to have a Jamaican restaurant in our area. The service is very good, staff friendly and the atmosphere is inviting. Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jamaican getaway!
    8well
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    The cocktails (Mango Bango & Topical Depression) were wonderful! The jerked pork and rasta pasta were very good, and the ambience was a very welcome break from a very long winter. Also, the servers were right there whenever we needed something.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.