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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, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 39
    Excellent
  • 17
    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
Repeat Sucesses

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 24, 2015
Kathie S
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Urbandale, Iowa
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Des Moines
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107 reviews 107 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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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164 reviews 164 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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
34 helpful votes 34 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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
114 helpful votes 114 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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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?