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The Whistling Bird

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101 N Broadway Ave, Gilbert, MN 55741-5002
+1 218-741-5030
16:00 - 22:00
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've never had anything but a great meal here! The prices are extremely good for the quality of food you get.

Thank 244stevenpg
Level Contributor
9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

2nd time there this year. The specialty drinks here are colorful and tasted great. It was clean and we were seated quickly. The food is visually pleasing. However for the price it was not up to par. The salads and bread were fresh. I had the Caribbean platter. The pork was tender, but no flavor, the chicken was dry. The... More 

Thank Tangirl94
boomfire, Owner at The Whistling Bird, responded to this review

I’m really sorry for your poor experience. That was a tough night for the staff; we had two cooks call in sick and had to run very short. Its no excuse, I just want you to know that’s not the way we try to do business. Please email me with your contact information to info@thewhistlingbird.com and I’d love to make... More 

Level Contributor
30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to try The Whistling Bird and were surprised at the great selection of unusual food choices on the menu. We tried 2 appetizers and 2 entrees and all of the food was really good. They prepare the food with many different spices and ingredients that are not custom to this area. Our server was great and very friendly... More 

Thank Jim Karen E
Grand Forks, North Dakota
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3 reviews
Reviewed 16 March 2017

The Whistling Bird was recommended to us by our guides at the White Wilderness dog sledding adventures and we figured we would give it a try since neither of us had had anything like it. The cocktails were delicious, My boyfriend had the Rum Runner and I had the punch. We got the curry vegetable soup and I died over... More 

Thank cortezsarah11
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

I had been going to the Whistling Bird for many years and was delighted when they reopened. Lately, however, the quality of the food has gotten worse. What used to taste so fresh is now bland and "canned" and pre-packaged tasting. I realize it is difficult to get fresh produce in the winter months but there's got to be a... More 

Thank eatingacrossamerica
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

The Whistling Bird is truly a hidden gem in Gilbert MN. The food is certainly not what one would expect on the range, but it is absolutely delicious! The atmosphere is great - feels Caribbean, clean, and comfortable. I am so pleasantly surprised by this restaurant, I will definitely be back. I had the Ahi Tuna - not something that... More 

Thank rjwerner79
Duluth, Minnesota
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74 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

I've been lucky enough to dine with the Bird three times now, and very few eateries can boast of making me smile this big, every time. My Blackened Mahi-Mahi was possibly the best fish dish I've ever had in a restaurant. Wow. All three other meals still have my wife and friends talking too. And if you don't order the... More 

Thank Mark H
Minneapolis, MN
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53 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

It's hard to find a standout full service restaurant on the Minnesota Iron Range but the Whistling Bird is a local favorite. We arrived without reservation on a busy Saturday night, and the staff couldn't have been more accomodating. They were able to get us a nice table with a short wait, we we're glad they could...the food was fabulous.... More 

Thank MinnesotaSailor58
Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

We were pleasantly surprised by finding food with a Caribbean influence in far northern Minnesota. Jerk seasoning. You can have it as hot as you can stand it. Wonderful fresh soup where the flavors absolutely "popped". Fresh tasty bread. Heard from several locals that this was THE PLACE to go. Ample portions, reasonable. Delectable desserts.

Thank Frighome
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

First we were asked if we had reservations. Not sure why as no one was there. The food was okay. I had the pork tenderloin with mango chutney. My friend had the lobster mac and cheese. The lobster was bad. Our drink orders took forever. We were next to the kitchen and were able to watch the cook wipe her... More 

Thank Renae An Eric W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Caribbean, Jamaican
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101 N Broadway Ave, Gilbert, MN 55741-5002
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Gilbert
  • Phone Number: +1 218-741-5030

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?