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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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Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:15 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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    4 of 5 stars
Great Brunch

Went there for brunch and it was very relaxing and the food was amazing! They had live music playing in the bar area but could be heard in the dining room. The food was great!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Georgia B
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went there for brunch and it was very relaxing and the food was amazing! They had live music playing in the bar area but could be heard in the dining room. The food was great!

Thank Georgia B
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

Had a business dinner with 16. Took 30 min to get drink order and menus. Another 20 to have order taken. 45 min to receive food which was very sub par for the cost. Fish over cooked and tough. 45 minutes before table cleared of dishes and desert order taken. Total time for meal was 3 1/2 hrs. During this... More 

Thank George O
Des Moines, Iowa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

From start to finish I could not have asked for more. I can honestly say that was the most satisfied I have been with service in as long as I can remember.

Thank R1ddle5
South Georgia
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198 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Went here for a Girl's Night Out and sat at a table in the lounge. They had a great band and singer and the service was great! Very good wait staff and food. I would certainly go back.

Thank Bookwoman44
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Since 1996, Sam and Gabe's has established itself as the place to go for a great steak or Italian cuisine in the Des Moines area.. Don't expect to order spaghetti and meatballs; it's not on the adult menu. The menu is varied to accomodate every taste. Beef lovers can enjoy the featured Beef Tenderloin DeBurgo. Prime RIb is offered on... More 

3 Thank Harry D
Urbandale, Iowa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Went there for a birthday dinner. Had steak deburgo which was delicious. Service is great. Talked about history of restaurant, which goes back a generation or so.

Thank rclc1928
Grimes, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I was at the Bistro again last week. Why again? Some of the best food in central Iowa. My date and I had entirely different cuisine, both were excellent. (We shared, yea.) I recommend the Lasagna. I have had Lasagna on three continents, probably 30 states, the best Lasagna I have ever had. The food has always been of great... More 

Thank KeepingActive
Des Moines, IA
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182 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

My husband and I went for our wedding anniversary dinner. We don't come here super often as it's pretty busy and more on the expensive/ special occasion side. Our server Sherry was great. Very nice - on top of things - checked in without being overbearing. My husband had the Italian Sausage and Linguine. He said it was pretty good.... More 

Thank deegeegirl
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63 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015 via mobile

New owner doing fine job with this traditional Italian steak house. Quiet dining or music in the bar. Its all good. Weekday pizza is reasonable.

Thank Jerry U
Springfield, Missouri
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Sam & Gage's is an upscale eatery with a warm atmosphere and nice waitstaff. Our favorites include steak and seafood. The wine list is excellent. Save room for dessert and the coffee!

Thank janetd887

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
5:00 pm - 10:15 pm
5:00 pm - 10:15 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?