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Sam & Gabe's Italian Bistro

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8631 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-4323
+1 515-271-9200
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:15
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:15
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sam and Gabe's meets the bill for any type of evening out --- from dressed up to dressed down. Menu items are fabulous and service incredible. Check out their party room for groups!

Thank Susan D
Urbandale, Iowa
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58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was so excited to go to Sam & Gabe's but boy was I disappointed. We were seated in a far corner of the bar at a small table that was suited for two and we had a party of four. The food was overpriced and for the quality and quantity it was not worth the price. The atmosphere was... More 

Thank Mlg2
Urbandale, Iowa
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great food and live music, its must see for your self its good for date nite,or a party for all your friends.

Thank Stephen B
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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96 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've ate here twice for events within two weeks in their private dining area. The private dinner was nicely done - four tables with pre-ordered family style dining. The salads, entrees and desserts were all delicious - nice wine selection, too.

Thank L C
Ankeny, Iowa
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233 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am a long time fan of John Krantz who is a jazz pianist. John played at Sam and Gabe's every week for years. I would go out to eat great Italian dishes and order a glass of red wine and listen to the jazz. I really enjoyed my evenings there. John is now playing at a different restaurant but... More 

Thank david_hance_iowa
Ames, Iowa
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64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Without fail, the service and the food are above and beyond the norm. Tonight the steak deburgo was flavorful and tender. My mixed drink was perfect. The server was warm and knowledgeable - and checked back with us with perfect timing. We were also served very quickly when we told the server we had tickets for an event.

Thank bugs4cy
West Des Moines, Iowa
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

We arrived with a large group and neglected to RSVP! The staff made a fabulous meal for 19 and handled our goof with courtesy, awesome service, and an amazing meal! Sam & Gabe's went way above my service level expectations!

Thank Helpfulsmilen
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

The atmosphere is great and the food is better. Great place to eat if you want casual or if you want to dress up a little. Definitely worth the trip.

Thank Andy M
Urbandale, Iowa
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

The staff in the lounge are wonderful, engaging, and make fantastic drinks. The chianti is excellent and pairs well with the Italian dishes. The Italian nachos are the best appetizer on the menu - you have to give them a try. I have had nothing bad on the menu here. On Tuesdays, they have discounted pizzas in the bar -... More 

Thank denisemagnani
Des Moines, Iowa
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Sam and Gabe's food is top-notch for sure -- but I often visit after dinner, and visit the lounge to hear talented local musicians play in a great space. You can also dine in the lounge, if you choose -- and whether it's for drinks and dinner or just drinks -- the servers are always efficient and courteous. (Nice wine... More 

Thank LuBlack

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:15
17:00 - 21:15
17:00 - 21:15
17:00 - 22:15
17:00 - 22:15
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8631 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-4323
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Urbandale
  • Phone Number: +1 515-271-9200

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