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Sam & Gabe's Italian Bistro

8631 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322
(515) 271-9200
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Ames, Iowa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Had a great dinner with friends for our Anniversary! They had a two man band Tony Valdez who we just LOVED!!!

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Corydon, Iowa
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132 reviews 132 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The good news is that the staff are very friendly and helpful. It didn't take us as long to get there as we expected, so we were half an hour earlier than our reservation, but they seated us immediately. I'd heard that it's often busy and there can be a wait without reservations, so I was surprised that it was... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

Saturday night visit, Bar had a fun jazz band playing. Was a little loud in the dining area. We ordered Veal Saltimbocca and Pork Tenderloin Medallions with asparagus and herbed risotto for sides. Meals come with salad. All dressings are homemade. We had the cucumber dressing and bought a pint to take home...it was superb!!!! Pork medallions were melt in... More 

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Des Moines
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93 reviews 93 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

In 2006 I made a reservation for Mother's Day while I was on vacation from Iraq. We showed up and the kid at the door said it was slow so they decided to close early. I've been boycotting them ever since. My mom has since passed on and I still won't set foot in this dump.

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Haifa
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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Everything was good, great jazz group playing standards, super food, nice atmosphere... a bit difficult at times to hold conversation... music was loud, however very enjoyable

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Des Moines, IA
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109 reviews 109 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

A friend of ours highly recommends the Italian Nachos to start. My husband had a sausage pasta and I had the Steak De Burgo which was melt in your mouth good. We went on a night they had a small band playing in the bar area. It was good for a date night but was also just as good for... More 

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Ames Iowa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Sam & Gabe's Italian Bistro is alright, but nothing to get too excited about. The interior of the restaurant is relaxing and inviting, however, the food is fairly bland and typical. We had to wait at our table for 8 minutes before we were even acknowledged by wait staff...even when several wait staff had passed our table, no less. A... More 

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Urbandale, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I have never been disappointed. Great food, delicious cocktails. The salmon with capers is my all time favorite.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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65 reviews 65 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

When asked for a recommendation for great local Italian food, we were steered to Sam & Gabes in Urbandale, IA. The gem is tucked away just off the road and was just me type of place. Loved the bar while waiting for our table. I loved the Asiago Chicken and would definitely order it again. Also ordered and loved was... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

One of my favorite restaurants in the metro - and have been going for years! The Asiago Chicken is my fave! Lemon cheesecake is fantastic!

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Additional Information about Sam & Gabe's Italian Bistro

Address: 8631 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322
Phone Number: (515) 271-9200
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Urbandale
Open Hours:
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:15 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:15 pm
Cuisine: French

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