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The Whistling Bird
The Whistling Bird

The Whistling Bird Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thewhistlingbird.com
  • Email: info@thewhistlingbird.com
  • Phone: (218) 741-5030
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Caribbean
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "We chose the Whistling Bird for our anniversary. We were so pleased with the whole experience. The food was so tasty and the service was great. The timing of courses showed thought and effort. Great experience, great night out."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "It is wonderful to see this restaurant up and going again. Everything was wonderful and keep it going."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "My wife and I frequent Jamaica annually. We have always loved the food and atmosphere down there. When we heard about the Whistling Bird we had to check it out, and I have only good things to say about it. The interior decor was wonderful, the service we received was awesome, and the food lived up to our expectations without a flaw! We have talked about it to everyone for the past couple of days and will definitely be back in the near future! Great job owners and staff!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The Stuffed Mushroom Caps for an appetizer were good. Other than that, my black n bleu steak was super salty as were the mushrooms I ordered to go with it. Might as well have poured the salt shaker down my throat. The Pickled Parrot drink was good, but not sure if there was even any booze in it. For what the food cost, don't think we will return anytime soon."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Whistling Bird will never disappoint you. Great food and service. Atmosphere is very nice. It's very clean and has the neatest leaf shaped sink in the ladies bathroom! We always have a very enjoyable time and meal when we go there!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Good food, fast service, friendly staff, noise level a little high but tolerable. Anxious to try different menu items."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The Whistling Bird in Gilbert MN is a hidden gem. The Jaimacan cuisine is a real treat in this cold out-of-the-way small town. As usual, the restaurant was busy and reservations are recommended. Food and service are outstaning."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I went to the Whistling Bird for my birthday dinner! I loved it! Everything about this place was excellent. From the food to the excellent customer service! Loved theatmosphere too. Its also kid friendly too. The place is so unique and fun that kids would love it as well. Keep up the great work!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This is the second time we've been to the Whistling Bird in about 2 months. The food is fantastic, and unique. It's a Caribbean theme with island-style flavor. I had the Jamaican Jerk Mahi Mahi, and it was delicious. The menu is a little on the pricey side, so it's more of a "special occasion" destination for us. Definitely make a reservation if you plan on going!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The old layout of the bar and dining room gave the restaurant that special atmosphere. The newly remodeled layout is more efficient but you lost the special draw of a unique place. In the old restaurant you could almost believe you we're in Jamaica. Now the Whistling Bird is just another ordinary restaurant in Gilbert. The service was great but the food was just about (or below) average."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We visited this restaurant in 2005 first time. It was incredible. We made the trip back in 2008 and were not disappointed. Then we heard it reopened so we made the trip literally just for the whistling bird. 3.5 hour drive for it alone and it's just as good as we remembered. Spectacular amazing delicious!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The service was great. Some of us had been there before and wanted our friends to have a great experience and we were not disappointed. The food was awesome and everyone was pleased. Thank you for opening it back up and making it better."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Food was great, service great, ambiance made me feel on vacation when it was cold and snowy, No food like this available anywhere on the Iron Range. Highly Recommend the Whistling Bird."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Brianna was a phenomenal waitress very efficient, knowledgeable and sweet. Awesome food, great atmosphere. We had a wonderful time! A very nice selection of drinks also."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "You made our anniversary so beautiful. ..and the setting at the table was so romantic and intimate that we felt like we were the only ones there! :-)"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We were first-time diners at the Whistling Bird Restaurant and was very satisfied with our evening. This restaurant rates with the best in the Twin Cities area."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Excellent food & wine list much different than the typical fare on the Range! Appetizers were unique and delicious; same for their great Pinot Noir."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "This was our first experience at the Whistling Bird and it was excellent! We have already returned and will continue to do so. The menu offers something different, which is always appreciated. There was a nice wine list and full bar options. We ordered an appetizers recommended by our waiter, which was very tasty. We followed that up with our meals and by the end we were too full for dessert, although the options shown to us looked great! The food was delicious and we received very good service from our waiter. I have told many people about this positive experience and I have heard the same from countless others."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "We had lived all over the world and have now moved to northern Minnesota and were pleasantly surprised with the quality of food and creativity at the Whistling Bird restaurant."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Food was fantastic but the portion was smaller than the old whistling bird. I was very loud in the building almost needed to yell to talk to the person next to you. But overall cant beat the food and that is why we go out, will be going back soon."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Outside doesn't look like much. Everything inside is Caribbean and the food was excellent."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "great time - Again! ... we are very fortunate to have this type of restaurant in our area of small communities ... will be going back soon"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "My husband and I made a reservation at the Whistling Bird for New Year's Eve, and we were very pleased with the experience. The staff was friendly and competent, the menu is diverse, and the food is tasty. The Caribbean themed decor is fun, especially with a Mojito in your hand."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "only problem there were several large groups and it tends to get loud because of such a small area. Nothing can be done about that otherwise very nice."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "The food was not hot. The waitress did not give all of the options for salads. The table by the door is to cold."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "I am so glad that I have a place to take out-of-town guests to for dinner! The food is incredible. The drinks are yummy. The atmosphere is absolutely fantastic. I am so thankful it has a new owner and is open again!"
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "The atmosphere, waitress staff, music, is delightful. The staff is extremely attentive and helpful. Probably the best on the range. Food is fun - I like to get something different each time."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Fabulous! The quality of the food was probably only exceeded by the service (Becky). We always do the Coconut Shrimp and promise to try other things but always return to this winner. Note: Sometime back I noticed a bad review and can only conclude the the person has an axe to grind!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "We enjoyed our dinner and drinks very much. The tastes, sounds and sights of the restaurant really brought us back to Jamaica!! We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "It's like walking through the twilight zone. As good of food as you'll find in any major cosmopolitan city, but tucked away in this small northern MN town. Lively bars next door and across the street for a fun night out."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "We had a party of seven family members. The food was great and the service was excellent. Everyone had a great experience."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "The Whistling Bird is the only one of its kind of the Iron Range. It is so unique and fun, and the food has been excellent the two times that I have eaten there. Thank you for bringing something different to this area! The staff is cheerful and prompt and very professional. Great drinks, too! Keep it up!"
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "I really appreciated being able to make reservations online as I work during the day and it is difficult to make that phone call. I have no complaints. The food was as good as it was in the previous life of Whistling Bird!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "My third time and my friend's first; we both love the restaurant, food & drinks. We both plan to go again!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "This was my third visit since August to the Whistling Bird. It was excellent once again. The service is wonderful. We were early for our reservation and our party of four waited at the bar. We were served by a great young lady and we were escorted to our table after a few minutes, before our actual reservation time. We had the raspberry inferno wings for an appetizer and they were very tasty. Three of us chose the Tropical Chicken soup which was excellent. They have the best soup. We each had a different entrée. Jamaican Jerked Mahi Mahi, Jamaican Jerked Pork Tenderloin, Pork Tenderloin with Mango Chutney and I believe the Baseball cut Sirloin, Everyone was very happy with their selections."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "I have lived on the Iron range for 3 years having moved from the east coast. My biggest complaint between here and there has always been the lack of quality and diverse food out here. There was never a restaurant that had a fine dining experience that wasn't a chain as well with a diverse quality of food. Your restaurant has given me a place to look forward to dining again, without traveling to Duluth or further. The service was excellent, the entire staff was incredibly friendly. The food was far beyond all expectations. We hadn't left the restaurant for even an hour before my husband was on the phone with his parents telling them they HAD to try this! Keep up the excellent work! We'll be back for sure!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "We are glad the Whistling Bird has returned. Top notch service and the food is wonderful. Prices are a little high for the area, but expected due to unique menu offerings. You gotta splurge once in awhile for a great experience. We will be back."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "This was our 3rd time there since it re-opened. We have always been extremely pleased with the food and service but the music was too loud. It hindered conversation. But I did mention this on my last review and perhaps many others did also because the music was very soft and pleasing. Thank you for this. We were a group of 5 and I could talk with everyone at the table. I will say there were quite a lot of people in the restaurant and it is a small area so there was a lot of noise from people talking, but that was not unpleasant and this is not a complaint. I would go there again every chance I get."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "COCONUT SHRIMP AND SCAMPI--DRY, TASTELESS---WOULD NOT ORDER AGAIN NOISE LEVEL WAS TERRIBLE--COULD NOT EVEN HEAR PEOPLE AT OUR OWN TABLE---UNACCEPTABLE!! WE WILL NOT BE RETURNING--WILL CONTINUE TO DRIVE TO DULUTH FOR A FINE DINING EXPERIENCE CANNOT RECOMMEND YOU TO OTHERS!!!!!!"
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "It just reopened under new ownership and it is better then ever. It has been remodeled and is nicer and cleaner. Food was still excellent."
    Dined on 10/11/2013