The Whistling Bird
The Whistling Bird

The Whistling Bird

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thewhistlingbird.com/
  • Phone: (218) 741-5030
  • 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 WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
The Whistling Bird reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (47)fit for foodies (38)neighborhood gem (35)romantic (28)good for groups (25)hot spot (13)kid-friendly (10)great for lunch (9)notable wine list (8)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (7)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Exceeded my expectations.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I would have expected to find a place like this in a major urban area like Minneapolis, but I would have never expected something this unique and exceptional in little Gilbert, MN. Prices are similar to other high quality restaurants in MN.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lamb curry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I had the lamb curry and it was great. Had a couple Jamican beers also delicious.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    Friends
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    My girlfriend and I met up here 2 weeks ago and this was my first time since the new owner had taken over. We made a pact to come every 2 weeks for our get together place! So it's our new place to unwind and catch up on each other's lives!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jamaicamecrazy
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We have tried the whistling 3 times now since new owner. We have had a nice experience all 3 times. Great food and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whistling Bird
    ptbl
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The ambiance, food, drinks, and wait staff were all excellent. Well worth the 60 mile drive. We really enjoyed the background music too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food for my First time
    TheBird
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Service was outstanding, food was spectacular, i would definitely refer a friend or family member to come to the bird. I wouldn't doubt it that i would be back again :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LuLuBean14
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Excellent food, atmosphere, and service! This restaurant is my favorite for special occasions in particular, but is great anytime!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was absolutely amazing! There is not 1 negative thing I can say! We had a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The Whistling Bird has been a favorite of mine since it originally opened years ago. First owners were dear friends of mine. Glad to see someone young and fresh to reopen it. Changing the bar area was a great idea. THANKS.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music
    Diner2
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Great music, just a tad loud though. Food was very good. Waitress was friendly. Owner doing a better job at rounding on the tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Iron Range best restaurant
    Elymusicman
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This gem is worth the trip to Gilbert. We had 5 in our party and everyone ordered a different dish. All the meals looked appetizing and tasted great. The Noise level in the dining area is off the charts. The Food made up for the noise but if some acoustic tiles were added to the ceiling it would become a world class restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We stayed at a nearby campground and made a reservation for 8. I can't say enough about the great time we had. Service great, and the food was even better. Would definatly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best on the Iron Range
    Kathy
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Really like the Whistling Bird for a special occasion dinner. Great service & great food. Loved my Rib eye steak. Noise level is a little annoying but the ambiance is nice, music fits the restaurant and had an overall good experience. Pumpkin soup Excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun atmosphere, Devine food,service
    Buddhafindsenlightenment
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    A wonderful place to share time with loved ones, excellent all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Delicious food and selection, great service, I can't wait to bring my baby back! I had a wonderful night and will definitely be going back soon!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience
    Rocky
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great food, atmosphere and service. A very fun night out with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • whistling bird
    tbw52
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.9
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 128 reviews are from the The Whistling Bird reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.