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Sam & Gabe's Italian Bistro

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8631 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322
+1 515-271-9200
17:00 - 22:15
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:15
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:15
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Ames, Iowa
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64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 3 weeks ago

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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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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
2 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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56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Sam & Gabe's was offering a Groupon and it was my hubby's birthday, so I decided it was a good time to try them again. I have been there a few times over the years and it has always been good. I understand they have undergone some changes in management, etc., but I found it still very good. Reservations were... More 

Thank 3catsmom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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 halibut was off the charts. We are snowed in, in Des Moines and I'm going... More 

Thank Tom T
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275 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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 by our table to say hello. Neither did the new owner. My Parma Salad was... More 

Thank nlskinner
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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 fantastic. With my last visit I felt ripped off because I couldn't even finish my... More 

Thank Melinda B
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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 had no flavor. At the same time the prices have gone up. It seems as... More 

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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
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
  • 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?