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  1. Distance: 0.79mi
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  2. Distance: 2.46mi
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About The Whistling Bird

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.

101 N. Broadway Ave.
Gilbert, MN 55741
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Caribbean

Hours of Operation:


Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(218) 741-5030

Website:
http://www.thewhistlingbird.com/

Executive Chef:
Patrick Berg

The Whistling Bird Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (246)
Fit for Foodies (190)
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Romantic (137)
Good for Groups (124)
Hot Spot (83)
Notable Wine List (34)
Vibrant Bar Scene (34)
Late-night Find (26)
Kid-friendly (24)
Great for Lunch (19)
Great for Brunch (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Scenic View (4)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 30, 2015

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

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·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!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·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!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 30, 2014

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 28, 2014

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 6, 2014

I had the lamb curry and it was great. Had a couple Jamican beers also delicious.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 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!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 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 :)

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 14, 2014

Excellent food, atmosphere, and service! This restaurant is my favorite for special occasions in particular, but is great anytime!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 11, 2014

The food was absolutely amazing! There is not 1 negative thing I can say! We had a wonderful evening.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 24, 2014

A wonderful place to share time with loved ones, excellent all around.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 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!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 20, 2014

Great food, atmosphere and service. A very fun night out with friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 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!!!!!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 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

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 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..

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 4, 2014

Love the WB ... great Carribean tastes & colorful decor. Glad it's back.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 4, 2014

we went there for our 19 anniversary dinner and it was awesome.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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