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The Whistling Bird

4.6
174 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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The Whistling Bird in Gilbert, Minnesota might be in the Iron Range, but once you step inside, you�ll feel like you�re in the Caribbean. There are umbrellas, wooden parrots, plenty of bright colors and strings of lights hanging from the walls and ceilings.

The menu at The Whistling Bird is similarly tropical. For an appetizer, you can have the fried plantains, chips with tropical fruit salsa, red curry mussels or the mahi mahi fingers. There are numerous Jamaican jerk dishes on the menu, too. You can choose chicken, mahi mahi, shrimp, pork tenderloin and more. One very popular option at The Whistling Bird is the lamb curry.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Caribbean
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Hours of operation


Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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(218) 741-5030
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What 174 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.6
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4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0
Dined on January 30, 2015

A little gem right here on the frozen tundra.......

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Paddy (Minneapolis)
4.0
Dined on January 23, 2015

The service and the food were fantastic. I liked the decor and the general atmosphere of the restaurant. It seemed like a far better place and atmosphere for meeting friends than for an intimate dinner. The food and drink specials took me right back to the islands! Very authentic cuisine.

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Gunner (Minneapolis)
5.0
Dined on January 10, 2015

To find the ambiance and menu selections that I was accustomed to from living in Florida, in a restaurant here on the range, was impossible! Until I went to dine at The Whistling Bird in Gilbert.
What a nice surprise!
Although the establishment was small, the owners have done a nice job in arranging the inside so it does not feel crowded.
The decor is simple but plesant. Everything looks fresh and clean.
You will not find burgers on the menu but the choices will not let you down.
The prices are high but the food quality matches. This will have to be my special occasion place.
The only negative would be that we were seated at the one table directly across from the door, breezy cold when it was opened.
Reservations a must!

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Graf (Minneapolis)
5.0
Dined on January 6, 2015

After receiving a recommendation from a friend, we booked a reservation which was not needed but could be on a busy night. Both our meals were delicious, each was a ten out of ten.

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MKJT (Minneapolis)
5.0
Dined on January 1, 2015

This was our first time here and everything was great. For starters, their specialty drinks were great, the food was absolutely fantastic, and our waitress was probably the best waitress we have had in such a long time. Hats off to this place, you will not be disappointed. We will be back soon!!

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0
Dined on December 31, 2014

No matter what I order, it is always good! I'm not much of a steak eater but I got the New Years special. Steak and lobster tail. It was good but I should have known better lol. It's a place I always recommend! Friendly and yummy food!!! And a great drink selection!

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DaisyBayDiners71 (Minneapolis)
4.0
Dined on December 31, 2014

Limited menu, only one appetizer for someone with shellfish allergies. Dinner was great except for the alfredo, not close to being served warm. Very friendly service, and overall a great place to start 2015!

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0
Dined on December 30, 2014

Consistently the best steak I've had in a restaurant. Love the gaucho steak!

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Sharon (Minneapolis)
5.0
Dined on December 17, 2014

Great restaurant with the right ambiance to enjoy Jamaican Cuisine. An out of the way restaurant with excellent service and consistently a great meal. 5 stars for sure!

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Andy (Columbus)
5.0
Dined on November 28, 2014

Top shelf all the way!! A true gem in the northwoods. The rack of lamb was wonderful.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Caribbean
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Hours of operation


Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(218) 741-5030
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Executive chef
Patrick Berg