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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 - 10:15 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:15 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 40
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
New Management Kicking It Up A Notch

Over the last few years, my wife and I have enjoyed this place quite a bit. We love the lounge on pizza nights....really wonderful pizza and good live music. And the dining room was just right for special occasions for us... pricey, but not ridiculous. Unfortunately, the food and service had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
HeartOGold1969
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Over the last few years, my wife and I have enjoyed this place quite a bit. We love the lounge on pizza nights....really wonderful pizza and good live music. And the dining room was just right for special occasions for us... pricey, but not ridiculous. Unfortunately, the food and service had grown to be hit and miss. The prime rib... More 

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Washington, DC
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97 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This Urbandale Italian restaurant is a little quirky but we were glad a local colleague shared it with us, as it's a little tucked away and hard to find otherwise. The front door is on the side of the building and it's not well marked. There are several rooms to dine in. It's perfect for a business dinner as the... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This place is the whole package. Cozy local atmosphere, exceptional service, delicious food, great bar, live music! We have been coming here for years and have found so many delicious choices on the menu, Asiago encrusted sea bass, steak deburgo, cannelloni and bruschetta. But the Italian Nachos are amazing and we order them every single visit. We used to get... More 

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Des Moines
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125 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

When I came back from 3 years in Iraq I had a Mother's Day reservation. We showed up and the kid had the door locked. He came to the door and said it was slow so they decided to close early. We left extremely pissed and never returned since. I went back to Iraq for another year and when I... More 

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Leavenworth, Kansas
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155 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Well, there's a definite reason that Sam & Gabe's is the #1 rated restaurant in Urbandale -- the ambiance, food, and service are all top notch! I came for a late dinner after a long day of work, so the restaurant was fairly empty. However, from the host who seated me to my excellent server, Sherry, and to the friendly... More 

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Altoona, Iowa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

From the ambiance to the Deburgo - this place is KILLER!! The house moscato was fabulous! The Tiramisu to die for! The Italian Nachos...if you haven't had them, I cannot describe them - OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! A flavor explosion in your mouth!! The owners are always there on the floor or cooking in the kitchen. Yes it's pricey, you... More 

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Urbandale, Iowa
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87 reviews 87 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We first visited Sam & Gabe's for a company dinner. The hours-devours were great and everyone liked their main courses. The desserts were lacking, I love a real Creme Brulee and this was not. Other than that we said we'd return. Our family visited again and were all wowed by the meal. The wait staff was friendly and we had... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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109 reviews 109 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

My ratings are based on a combination of service, atmosphere, cleanliness, price and of course the quality and quantity of the food. Sam & Gabe's continues to excel in all categories. My husband and I have eaten here many times and I always order the same thing.. Chicken Romano. It always tastes the same which is delicious. It still makes... More 

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

been here numerous times, great place for great Italian fare. Generous drink pours, cold beer, good wine selection. Daily food selection specials as well as menu items. Pizza only at the bar. But the bar folks are great entertainment. Oh, and live Jazz on Thursday, Friday Saturday in the bar.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This is the spot in the burbs to come get your fix. i harp a lot on neighborhood places, but you feel right at home here. The service is great, and the food is top knotch.

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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: Italian, French

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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
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

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