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Sam & Gabe's Italian Bistro

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8631 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-4323
(515) 271-9200
5:00 pm - 10:15 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:15 pm
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Augusta, Georgia, USA
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant is well appointed and had sufficient room. Service was excellent and fast. The personnel were exceptional. However, I ordered veal as did my wife. Both were on the tough side and difficult to cut. The sauce was good but in no way exceptional. Considering that this is listed as an Italian Restaurant, I felt the veal would be... More 

Des Moines, Washington
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful food - moderate pricing - décor is a bit old fashioned, but staff was professional, though not friendly.

Thank jholden2016
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent service and amazing food! I'm gluten free and the wait staff were knowledgeable and very accommodating!

Thank Wendi R
Urbandale, Iowa
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82 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We don't often deviate from our Sunday Curry but we decided to use a Groupon and are glad we did. There were several drink options including coffee and juices. You could start with breakfast foods including cereal and pastries or head for the waffles with syrup or fruit. You then graduate to the lunch buffet with a variety of meats... More 

1 Thank Kathie S
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A little pricey but excellent food. Love the service and the ambiance. One of our favorite places to eat.

1 Thank Melodi M
Des Moines, Iowa
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81 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Sam and Gabes on a Saturday evening, celebrating my nieces upcoming wedding with my daughters, nieces and sister. Our server, Patty made our celebration special with her attentive but not over done service. I had the Asiago chicken and angel hair pasta both were delicious. We all had great food, drinks, service and appetizers and will definitely... More 

Thank Pam H
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had reservations for 10 @ 8:00 pm but still waited 20 minutes to get to our table. That was the frustrating part, once seated the service, food, was excellent. I choose the lasagna, and it didn't disappoint. A nice spice to the sausage, cheesy, great tomato sauce, made this a very delectable choice. My wife had the salmon and... More 

Thank Dick S
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85 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

as always it is delicious. Cozy the server is cordial and Andrew the mixologist is great. Had a deliscious Italian Sushi roll, cold beers and couple other drinks. Italian meatballs with noodles very good. Love the red sauce with sauted veggies. Cajun steak fantastic.

Thank Jerry U
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34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

Sam &Gabe's has always been a "go to" place for a great dining experience. I have especially enjoyed their veal chop when on the menue. This visit they did not have the veal chop so I opted for the "pork porterhouse". When my entree arrived I was surprised by a thin 1/2 inch thick pork chop instead of an anticipated... More 

Thank William H
Clive, Iowa
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

We went here early on Saturday evening-knowing they are always busy! We always order the sausage and banana pepper appetizer. Usually it's fantastic. This night is was luke warm and had too much spinach. The sauce was blah. We ordered the lasagna and caniloni. Once again the sauce was just tomato and blah. They no longer have a sausage link... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8631 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-4323
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Urbandale
  • Phone Number: (515) 271-9200

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?