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Sam & Gabe's Italian Bistro

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8631 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322
(515) 271-9200
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5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
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Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:15 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars

From start to finish I could not have asked for more. I can honestly say that was the most satisfied I have been with service in as long as I can remember.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From start to finish I could not have asked for more. I can honestly say that was the most satisfied I have been with service in as long as I can remember.

Thank R1ddle5
South Georgia
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179 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here for a Girl's Night Out and sat at a table in the lounge. They had a great band and singer and the service was great! Very good wait staff and food. I would certainly go back.

Thank Bookwoman44
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Since 1996, Sam and Gabe's has established itself as the place to go for a great steak or Italian cuisine in the Des Moines area.. Don't expect to order spaghetti and meatballs; it's not on the adult menu. The menu is varied to accomodate every taste. Beef lovers can enjoy the featured Beef Tenderloin DeBurgo. Prime RIb is offered on... More 

3 Thank Harry D
Urbandale, Iowa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Went there for a birthday dinner. Had steak deburgo which was delicious. Service is great. Talked about history of restaurant, which goes back a generation or so.

Thank rclc1928
Grimes, Iowa
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I was at the Bistro again last week. Why again? Some of the best food in central Iowa. My date and I had entirely different cuisine, both were excellent. (We shared, yea.) I recommend the Lasagna. I have had Lasagna on three continents, probably 30 states, the best Lasagna I have ever had. The food has always been of great... More 

Thank KeepingActive
Des Moines, IA
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177 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

My husband and I went for our wedding anniversary dinner. We don't come here super often as it's pretty busy and more on the expensive/ special occasion side. Our server Sherry was great. Very nice - on top of things - checked in without being overbearing. My husband had the Italian Sausage and Linguine. He said it was pretty good.... More 

Thank deegeegirl
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56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

New owner doing fine job with this traditional Italian steak house. Quiet dining or music in the bar. Its all good. Weekday pizza is reasonable.

Thank Jerry U
Springfield, Missouri
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Sam & Gage's is an upscale eatery with a warm atmosphere and nice waitstaff. Our favorites include steak and seafood. The wine list is excellent. Save room for dessert and the coffee!

Thank janetd887
San Diego, California
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99 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

Italian cuisine moves the meat to the secondi. This restaurant puts it right up in your face. Somehow, in a uniquely Midwestern way, it works. I'm at a group dinner with a client and everyone's got a different favorite on the Sam & Gabe's menu. The common theme? They're all steaks except one fellow who recommends going for the pork... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

By far one of my favorites. Pizza on the bar menu drink the week or romantic dinners anytime. They often have soft live music. One of my favorites for date night.

Thank Aimee K

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8631 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Urbandale
  • Phone Number: (515) 271-9200

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, French


Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
5:00 pm - 10:15 pm
5:00 pm - 10:15 pm

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