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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: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 44
    Excellent
  • 22
    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
Consistently good but overpriced

Food is good, they have a nice wine selection and service is always good. Atmosphere is lovely and some nights they have live music in the bar, which is nice. The only reason that I didn't give 5 stars is that I think they're overpriced. Plan on dropping $100 - $120 for dinner and drinks for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Food is good, they have a nice wine selection and service is always good. Atmosphere is lovely and some nights they have live music in the bar, which is nice. The only reason that I didn't give 5 stars is that I think they're overpriced. Plan on dropping $100 - $120 for dinner and drinks for two. Interestingly enough, it... More 

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Manhattan, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Excellent! Locally owned. Excellent food, best red sauce i have ever had! Homemade salad dressings, variety of meats for every taste. A bit pricey. Full bar. Live music the saturday we were there. Definitely must visit this place!

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Hurst, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Excellent service and food. Maybe a bit high in price, but the chicken asiago was worth it. Go early (or get a reservation) as it gets crowded after 6PM.

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Leland, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We have enjoyed this venue for many years. The decor is Italian (surprise!) but tasteful and with great lighting, and is amazingly quiet. Miss Jodi is a stellar server-great in many ways. She truly listens. We wanted a starch with the veal Marsala, and she politely said it's not needed. When the entree arrived we were shocked. The portion was... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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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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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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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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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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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