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Sam & Gabe's Italian Bistro

8631 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322
(515) 271-9200
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Ranked #1 of 79 restaurants in Urbandale
Cuisines: French
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Des Moines, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

One of my favorite restaurants in the metro - and have been going for years! The Asiago Chicken is my fave! Lemon cheesecake is fantastic!

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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The food, the friendly service, and the atmosphere are always exceptional. It's one of my favorites to visit while I'm visiting Des Moines.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

When Sam and Gabe's first opened in this location, I visited several times and was extraordinarily disappointed with both the food and the service. I recently visited and they did a complete 180 degree turn around. My group all had different entrees and they were all wonderful!! The server kept a close eye on us and was great. We each... More

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Paradise Valley, Arizona, USA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Great food - it is noisy so if you are looking for a quiet evening this is not for you. Energetic and music in the bar on some weekends.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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81 reviews 81 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Host is always the first to greet youwith a smile when coming in the door! They have a bar right there if you wish to enjoy a drink before and a great drink menu to choice from. SO MANY great items on the menu to pick from but you should start with the italian nachos. Relax and enjoy your evening!

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Urbandale, Iowa
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5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I was disappointed with grilled jumbo shrimp which was over cooked small rubbery shrimp. It was definitely over priced for its worth. My husband was not impressed with grilled eggplant and zucchini. Antipasto platter was okay. Service was good. We will not be returning.

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Urbandale, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We love going to Sam & Gabe's for their awesome Steak DeBurgo! The rest of the food is good too and the waiter are so friendly. Nice entertainment also.

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

I go there regularly and have never been disappointed. Must try the Italian Nachos. They are fabulous.

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Urbandale, Iowa
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10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Our most recent visit was disappointing: Family dinner, we were somewhat packed into a corner. Food arrived less than satisfactory, cold and the wait staff seemed overwhelmed. Won't to there again for a long while!

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Des Moines, Iowa, USA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Sam & Gabe's Italian Restaurant is an awesome local Italian restaurant. As for food, everything I've tried is great. This is a very busy restaurant so either go early or be prepared to wait. Pricing is reasonable and lots of selection on the menu. I been there for a work parties and date night with the wife and each time... More

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