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Carmen's Cafe - Brookside

Carmen's Cafe - Brookside Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.carmenscafekc.com/index.php
  • Phone: (816) 333-4048
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Carmen's Cafe - Brookside
In the heart of the unique Brookside Shops you'll find the classic charm and warmth of Carmen's Cafe. Stop by for a drink in the cozy bar or wind your way past the open cooking area into the mirrored dining area, where the sunlight pours in through large windows at lunch and white tablecloths and candles form a softer mood for dinner. From all over Kansas City they come to break bread at this delightful neighborhood bistro.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Good food, good service, good atmosphere, friendly staff."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The veal marsala was yummy - I almost licked the plate. Carmen's is a fun neighborhood restaurant - freindly staff, always good to great food. My husband & I love Carmen's."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I could not have asked for a better dining experience. Everything was perfect. If the entree had been served any hotter, it would have been boiling. Outstanding service, outstanding food, very nice atmosphere, friendly and courteous staff. I would give it more than five stars if I could. Nice warm bread served with our drinks. Fresh salads. Try the chocolate cheesecake."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Monday we got an email from Carmen's promoting several favorite pasta dishes for $9.99 on Mondays. Hours later we were sitting in front of one of our all-time favorites: Judy's Rigatoni. We're talking a full-size portion (plus salad) of perfectly cooked penne pasta with peas, prosciutto, mushrooms and the most amazing vodka sauce. Even the most well-mannered diner would have a hard time resisting grabbing a piece of bread to savor the left-over sauce. I think they have 9 different dishes on that special. Can you say Monday night date night next week? Yeah baby. We'll see you there!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I was craving I talian for Fathers Day. Had not been here in ages. Food is amasing! Service outstanding. This will now be a regular stop."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My dinner date and I returned to Carmen's for dinner and where again served by Seth. The food was awesome as usual and Seth was very good again. Carmen's is not a fluke. Every time we go there dinner is excellent as is the service. I love to tell people about Carmen's and then hear their great stories about their wonderful experience later."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great experience! Lovely food. Excellent, friendly service."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Have eaten here several times and finally tried their paella. Not only was the food fabulous, but the service we received was incredible. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Our food was very good......great presentation and great taste. Our service was poor..... I think that iced tea should be replenished without having to flag down a server and asking for it. The biggest problem of the evening was that tables were being moved all around us for a group of 12. It was extremely disruptive, we were wedged into our seats, and the noise level made it impossible to converse at our table without raising our voices. We paid our bill and went elsewhere for coffee and dessert just to get out of your restaurant. Too bad.....we had heard good things about Carmen's but will not be coming back!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We visited Carmen's for a special family dinner to celebrate an anniversary. The food was delicious and we received very attentive service! We are all vegetarian and each of us found many appealing options. Lovely evening and we hope to return."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "they advertised a new lunch menu with items under $10.00 and there were SO MANY good choices. Very pleased. Very nice portions."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed our brunch experience on Mother's Day. I made the reservation about a week in advance with no problem getting it at the time I requested. We enjoyed the food, which was very plentiful and diverse on the buffet, we were so full from the meal we didn't even have have room for the dessert bar! The dining room was always full, and we didn't feel rushed. The staff were very courteous and very attentive to our needs, but then we are not the types that require someone at our beck and call every second. But we felt that we were "attended to" very well. We were impressed enough that we would like to go back for an evening meal, as we really liked the ambiance and would love to sample the dinner menu and wine."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We took my mom here for the Mother's Day brunch. The spread was amazing! Everything you would expect (basic breakfast foods, fruits, salad) along with some things you might not always see (Carmen's signature pasta dishes, a chocolate fountain, and cake balls). I expected Mother's Day at 11am to be madness, but everything ran very smoothly! The price was also something to be happy about; the brunch buffet was $21/person, but on top of that, my mom and I had a few mimosas a piece. But thank goodness these weren't your typical $12 mimosas - with us having at least 7 drinks between us, the bill was still under $90. Keep in mind, this may have been a mother's day special, but it's worth mentioning how great everything was for a very fair price!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was excellent as was the service! Always enjoy eating here!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The chicken spiedinis are excellent. The stuffed artichoke appetizer is to die for. It's not my favorite red sauce in town, but it's awfully good."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Caesar salad, Italian Butter, Pasta with Shrimp, Scallops and Seth, the HOTTEST Waiter on the planet. What a fun evening!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We were looking forward to a great dining experience based on recommendations from people and also online reviews but were disappointed. Our server was not very friendly, my drink was not made right, the house salad was 'soggy'.......... We will not be going back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Although not known for it's overall "aura", the food is fabulous and the service is very good. The staff is very hospitable and accommodating. And, did I mention that the food is wonderful???!!!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "This is an overall great little cafe-style restaurant in a lovely part of Kansas City, with emphasis on little. The food was exceptional, service well above par but all this greatness is packed into a very tight space, creating an edginess before seating that was a tad uncomfortable for this patron. I would certainly return but probably not on a Saturday night."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We have been going to the Carmen's Cafe over in Park Place and noticed it was closing or changing. We were very disappointed as this was one of our favorite restaurants. We were happy to go to the one in Brookside and it was just as good. We will be back for sure!!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We have always gone to the other Carmen's location. We were looking forward to trying the original. Food was very good, but our service was not. Felt very rushed. Not offered appetizers, and wanted us to order dinner when we ordered drinks. We were 1/2 done with our salads when our dinner arrived. Never offered a second glass of wine, and we were done 1 hour after we sat down. Not very relaxing. We will try again, but will make sure we have a different server."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My wife and I made a reservation through OpenTable. When we arrived at the restaurant we were told by the hostess that they were running a little behind and we should expect to be seated in 10-15 minutes. We waited nearly 1 hour before deciding to leave after we overheard two servers talking about all the food/orders getting mixed up and going to the wrong tables. The restaurant overbooked reservations and were in way over there head."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The artichoke stuffed with seafood was outstanding. We also enjoyed the fettucine a great deal. Everyone in our group liked the entrée they ordered. We will visit Carmen's again soon"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I had made a reservation for two online earlier on a Saturday.We arrive about 10 minutes early to find that there were at least four others parties who had made reservations still waiting to be seated. I wasn't sure how long it could take just for two people so we waited. After about 20 minutes passed our reservation time only a group of two had been seated and several people had left. We got tired of waiting so we ended up going somewhere else. I was very disappointed that even though we had a set reservation we had wait even longer."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We have dined here several times before and have have been pleased. Four of us dined recently on Valentines Day, so it was obviously one of their busier nights. Still, the quality of service and food was less than what we expected. The waitress rushed away from us almost before we could get our orders out of our mouths, although I can't say that she was rushing us to free up the table. I think she just had too many tables to cover. I ordered one of their chicken spiedini plates, supposedly their specialty. It was overcooked and the sauce was overwhelming. Another in our party ordered the Tilapia which he said was not as good as he expected. The other two persons with us had veal and eggplant parmigiana, and they were pleased."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We (4 of us) visited Carmen's the Feb. 15th. We had reservations a week in advance. When arriving at the restaurant, it was very crowded with a lot of people standing and waiting. I told the host we had reservations and she just said they were very crowded and everyone had reservations ,and we would have to wait. She didn't evan ask for my name to check reservations or write it down to keep a list of who was here. My response was "why bother making reservations here if it doesn't do you any good?" Doesn't one make reservations in advance of a crowded night to insure a table sometime near the reservation time? Once we did get to a table, the service was very good; however, this restaurant needs to manage their reservations better."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We arrived 10 minutes early for our 8:30 reservation, and we couldn't get in the door since it was so crowded. We were told that they were 40 minutes behind, so they took our # and would call when our table was ready. We decided to go across the street to Blue Gratto to get some drinks in the mean time, since the bar at Carmen's was so crowded. After 45 minutes, I called to let them know that we did not want the table anymore. 20 minutes later, over an hour after our reservation, they called to let us know our table was ready, even though I had already told them to take my name off the list.Why not call or e-mail people to let them know that they are running behind? I understand you are busy but try to be a little considerate.1"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went on Valentine's Day and despite a reservation were seated half an hour late. Once sat down, waited a bit before waitress came. Bread came to the table cold. Appetizer and main meals were great but waited awhile for our main entrees. Overall, at the restaurant 3 hours because of slow service. Would try agin due to food not just on Valentine's or some other special occasion."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I had the 5 oz filet salad - what a deal for $10. So I have no complaints. I live in the neighborhood so eat here fairly regularly - very friendly local place."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Excellent! Food was fabulous, only thing keeping it from a 5 star is I personally didn't care for 1 of the appetizers we got, just me being nit picky. Definitely will return."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Good neighborhood place but marinara sauce used as the base for many dishes was pretty basic - sort of out of a can."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We have eaten at Carmen's for years, and almost always had a good experience. We made an early (6:45) reservation. We were on time. The hostess told us the downstairs was full so we reluctantly agreed to an upstairs table. We were shown to the worst table in the restaurant, next to and looking straight into the back of the bar/food prep area. We asked to move to one of the three better tables near us, but were told they were being saved "for a large party." Twenty minutes later, the staff spent 10 minutes noisily moving tables and chairs around --lots of floor scraping right next to us -- to seat the party of 14. We ate quickly and left. Not a fun night."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We live in the northland, so making the 30-40 minute trip to Brookside is not convenient. However, we found this restaurant years ago and make sure that, at minimum, we make the trip every year to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. The Seafood stuffed artichoke is our staple appetizer. My wife loves the chicken spiedini, and I have 5-6 dishes I will eat depending on my appetite. The only constructive comment would be the congestion at the door when trying to get in, as there is no area to stand while waiting to be seated. Still, it is not an issue and we will not stop eating there because of it. If only we lived closer..."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Small and no waiting area for table, so crowded! But worth the wait! Excellent food and service."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Ambiance was nice, service was good but food was so so. We had the meatball appetizer and the artichoke with crab. Both were fair. The chicken spiedini was very good but the beef spiedini was just fair."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We have visited Carmen's for many New Years Eve's. It's always a great neighborhood spot to go to. The food is pretty consistent. I enjoyed the Tortellini and elected for the Vodka Sauce...I cleaned up and enjoyed the remainder of the sauce with some bread! We also enjoyed some calamari too!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Food tasted great and arrived at the table nice and hot (temp). Timing was off because the app arrived at the same time as the salads and that make us feel rushed."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Excellent service and food. We had a great family dinner with our kids in town for the holidays."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Carmen's is one of the hidden secrets in Kansas City. Their food is exceptional, the service is always great, and the cost is affordable. I love to take visitors to Carmen's, as well as go there for special occasions. My daughter-in-law wanted Italian food for her birthday and we selected Carmen's...we will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "This is a great neighborhood spot that I like to bring out of town guests. The food and service are always good. The restaurant tends to be on the quiet side so it's good for conversation. Pasta very good. Service excellent! We will be back."
    Dined on 12/2/2013