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Sam & Gabe's Italian Bistro

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8631 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-4323
+1 515-271-9200
17:00 - 21:15
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:15
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:15
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477 reviews
296 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

New place for me. Enjoyed every bite. Casual upscale dining. Full bar, nice wine. Menu had unique options and the old favorites which means something for everyone. Will definitely be back.

Thank Go2FunFood
Ames, Iowa
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food and great service! Joe, our server, did a great job on a busy evening. We will be returning for more delicious Italian food.

Thank Mary Ann B
Urbandale, Iowa
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4 reviews
Reviewed 19 April 2017

This is a very comfortable place to sit and dine and mix with your friends as also to order specialty off the Menu dish.

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Reviewed 15 March 2017

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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68 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

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 

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Urbandale, Iowa
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

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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118 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

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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420 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

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
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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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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?