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Sam & Gabe's Italian Bistro

8631 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322
(515) 271-9200
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English first
Urbandale, Iowa
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73 reviews 73 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

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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66 reviews 66 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

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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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

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 via mobile

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
105 helpful votes 105 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 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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Haifa
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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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129 reviews 129 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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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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