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Sam & Gabe's Italian Bistro

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$$ - $$$
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8631 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322
+1 515-271-9200
17:00 - 22:15
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:15
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:15
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265 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago 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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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

Thank shar
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles 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
West Des Moines, Iowa
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles 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 For years, Sam & Gabe's has been our very FAV restaurant & was our place... More 

Thank Coleen K
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles 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. The floor was filthy and many tables were dirty even after being bused. The food... More 

Thank Richard G
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113 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Des Moines, Iowa
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175 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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. Linguini and Italian sausage was fantastic, shrimp scampi was savory according to wife. Will return... More 

Thank M J
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45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 was spot-on and picked up about the anniversary without asking. Never had a miscue and... More 

Thank 114bruceb
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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

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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
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?