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Sam & Gabe's Italian Bistro

8631 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-4323
+1 515-271-9200
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good27%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“italian nachos” (13 reviews)
“pasta” (15 reviews)
“steak” (25 reviews)
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
8631 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-4323
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Reviewed 18 December 2016

It started with one of the best martini's I've had in a long time...stirred, not shaken. I've never had a bad meal at a restaurant that serves a good cocktail and Sam & Gabe's kept the streak alive! Excellent prime rib and my wife's encrusted...More

Thank Tom T
Reviewed 29 November 2016

The new owner knocked down the divider in the main dining area, so the atmosphere is not as romantic. The open room is much noisier. My favorite menu items, stuffed peppers and Italian lasagna are gone. Jerry T., the previous owner, obviously did not come...More

1  Thank nlskinner
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

All of the best items (besides prime rib) were removed from the menu. They were replaced with subpar options. Side options are limited and were tasteless. Side salad is now a la carte. In the past the cost was worth it because the food was...More

1  Thank Melinda B
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 78cubby
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
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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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine
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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