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Sam & Gabe's Italian Bistro

8631 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-4323
+1 515-271-9200
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“italian nachos” (13 reviews)
“pasta” (15 reviews)
“steak” (24 reviews)
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
8631 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-4323
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Reviewed 28 October 2016

This used to be my favorite restaurant in town. How it has changed under new ownership. The quality of the food has declined a tremendous amount. I always ordered the veal piccatta. The last time I had it, they used ground meat and the dish...More

Thank shar
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Although other meals we've had at Sam & Gabes is good the Sunday Brunch is outstanding. The food was great, the atmosphere cozy and the live jazz added a wonderful touch. Plus the price was reasonable!!! Definitely will do this again.

Thank Becky W
Reviewed 18 October 2016

The atmosphere and service were wonderful. The food certainly wasn't at the level we'd experienced before, This was the second time our food was average at best. After the first time we thought surely it was an "off night" everyone has those now & then...More

Thank Coleen K
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I had eaten at this restaurant several years ago and very much enjoyed it. However, on this occasion (Father's Day), my daughter and I very much wanted to have a top notch brunch but instead experienced a less than half-full room with very slow service....More

Thank Richard G
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Steak, Italian, seafood, new menu, all good. Love this place. Live music Thur Fri Sat. We go at least Monthly. Spendy but darn well worth it. Heard they are opening on Forth in East Village. Got to go!

Thank Jerry U
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Had not been here in many, many years, and overall was less than I had remembered and expected. Had reservations on a Friday, worked out fine. Server was less than what I would call friendly. Salad was average at best. Wine and drinks were amazing....More

Thank M J
Reviewed 13 September 2016

This trip to S & G's was anniversary dinner. As always, great food and wonderful service. Prime rib was the "bomb" and done to perfection. I usually go for the pasta selections which never disappoint, but had go with the beef this evening. Our server...More

Thank 114bruceb
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Great food. Great service. Great music. Great cocktails / wine list. It's just simply great. It's a little expensive however it's worth the price.

Thank Aimee K
Reviewed 13 September 2016

The atmosphere was perfect and the food was out of this world. I had prime rib and my wife had veal piccata - both were exquisite in every detail. We heartily recommend Sam and Gabes

Thank rgpaul
Reviewed 13 September 2016

This place is continues to be a top dining destination in the Des Moines area. I had not eaten here in years, and so glad a friend suggested it for a night out. The place was busy, but we were seated right away. We had...More

Thank Iowa4ontheGo
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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: +1 515-271-9200
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