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

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  • 43
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  • 19
    Very good
  • 9
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  • 5
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Always Excellent Food

All of their food is excellent and consistent. Their italian nacho appetizer is great and huge. I have had their chicken and pasta entrees and all are excellent. It gets busy, so early is better. Fred Gazzo does Sinatra style music in the bar on certain nights of the week as well.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

All of their food is excellent and consistent. Their italian nacho appetizer is great and huge. I have had their chicken and pasta entrees and all are excellent. It gets busy, so early is better. Fred Gazzo does Sinatra style music in the bar on certain nights of the week as well.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We really enjoy this place. They are a little higher priced than I think they should be but they regularly have groupons. We usually buy a couple when they come out. We have not been disappointed by the Italian dishes there. The atmosphere is quiet and wonderful for a date night.

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Earlham, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

OK so the live entertainment is not my personal preference while I sit down to a nice meal, everything else was impressive! Service and food was 5star all the way. If you want the best steak de burgo period then visit Sam & Gabe's!!!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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