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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: Late Night

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  • 38
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 5
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  • 0
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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
AMAZING!!!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 30, 2015
JenSie1975
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Altoona, Iowa
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Altoona, Iowa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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86 reviews 86 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Ames, Iowa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

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
112 helpful votes 112 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

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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Haifa
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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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74 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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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: 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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