Carmen's Cafe - Brookside
Consistently fantastic food. The wait staff is attentive without being intrusive. This is our go to place for any occasion.
Great food and service!
We always enjoy going to Carmen's. We think it's the best Italian food in Kansas City.
Great food and service by Irma and the rest of the crew! We will definitely be back!!!!
Carmen's is a neighborhood staple that we always enjoy visiting. I do wish they would bring back their beef spedini with amogio back to the menu. A few weeks ago I was able to request it as an off menu item, but on this visit they couldn't do that this time. I ordered the chicken version of it. Taste was good but I felt it was just too done. Not sure if I'd order it again for that reason. There are still many other great options on the menu so I'll take advantage of those next time.
We ended up eating at the bar and the bartender was very attentive to our needs including food recommendations.
Always a favorite and did not disappoint. Great Birthday 😎
This is one of our all time favorite resturants. As usual it was a pleasant experience-- it was prom night so louder than ususal.
Ray was awesome. Very nice and pleasant. Great food as always.
Food not as flavorful as in the past and service was slow
We went on a date/birthday night for the both of us, and absolutely loved it! As always, the food and service was fantastic. He had a beef spadini style plate, and I had the Diabla salmon. Both were delicious, and more than filling. I also recommend the Italian butter, but must say that you must love garlic :)
We celebrated a family birthday with a larger party at the restaurant and discovered they have an upstairs dining room - never new! Everything was perfect, they seated our guests as they arrived which is sometimes an issue with large parties and everyone loved their dinners.
We like the fact that the portions are not overly huge, but a more reasonable size. Most are able to clean their plates and we didn't end up with a mountain of styrofoam boxes in our refrigerator.
Definitely a neighborhood favorite! Keep up the good work.
You will not be disappointed with the food or staff. Its 3 hours trip for me but well worth it. I try to go twice a year.
Dinner with friends
The food was poor sauce was runny and thin. Won’t recommend or be back. Also overpriced for the amount you receive
Carmen's used to be one of our favorite local restaurants. Not sure what has happened, as we haven't been there in about 8 months but it was not good. The rigatoni tasted like plastic. The food wasn't very hot when it came out either. The wait staff was attentive and the place was as we remembered it, but I was really disappointed and probably won't go back.
We enjoyed a great dinner at Carmen’s!!! They have a great lunch menu too!!!
Love. Love. Love it here! It’s our go to special dinner spot. Best calamari and martinis!!
Carmen’s is a great neighborhood treasure! Lasagna is excellent as is the eggplant parmigiana! Great servers and they make a good drink!
It's been a long time since I went to Carmen's for lunch. The grilled salmon salad was terrific. I'll have it again. Good variety on the menu. Our server was very attentive and accommodating.
Always love eating at Carmen’s. Fantastic food and delightful staff. Judy’s Rigatoni is a favorite.
What a lovely cafe! Food was excellent! Waiter was excellent. Parking was horrendous but, I should mention it was St. Patty's day weekend but, that area is always rough for parking. I will definitely visit again!
Atmosphere is comfortable - not too noisy.
Steak Oscar and Chicken Oscar excellent.
Carbonara pasta very good.
Table for 4 a little small for all the dishes.
Waiter very congenial.
Always a warm welcome and terrific hospitality at Carmen's Cafe. Good service. However, every time I've been on a busy night, my meal has been subpar. Kudos to Carmen's for offering anchovies for their caesar salad but the whole thing was dripping in dressing that made it practically inedible. I ordered Chicken Lemonatta for my entree (which is usually great on a slow night). It arrived tough as leather and cold. It apparently sat waiting for service while the pasta dishes my Father and Brother ordered were completed. My mother ordered the crab cake appetizer as her entree, which showed up at least 10 minutes after the other meals. Mom reported that the crab cakes were bland and could use more spices. The pasta dishes were piping hot and well-loved. Half Price Wine night brought out crowds and mitigated the disappointment but with so many great Italian options in Kansas City, I probably won't return--and if I do, it'll be on a Monday or Tuesday night!
We had a wonderful evening. A social group outing of ten and the service and food was excellent. Some in our group had never been to Carmen's and they loved it.
The food was delicious from appetizers to salads to entrees. Took food home so it was two dinners for us. Service good as well. We have already recommended and we will be back!
It was good
Wife's chicken spedini was very good and plenty of food. My veal papm was less than great. Very thin veal. Not like a cutlet, but more like a pounded out cutlet. This caused the thin veal to be overpowered by the breading. My side of pasta was overdone and hard. It was also stuck together. Te overall experience was disappointing
Don's Artichoke is the best--huge and loaded with seafood, prosciutto , cheese and breadcrumbs. Five of us split it for an appetizer and it was more than enough. I always get the eggplant parmesan which comes with a side of pasta. It is so good, and it is always enough for me to take leftovers for the next day. My husband always gets the Steak Modiga. It is 2 steak medallions topped with provolone cheese and mushrooms in a butter-wine sauce. Again, he always has enough for leftovers the next day. Our friend got Chicken jSpedieni, and he said it was great. Carmen's is a friendly, cozy restaurant with a "neighborhood restaurant" feel. It's nice that they also take reservations.
Our waitress was professional, kind and knowledgeable of the food and menu. She recommended great items, Don’s Artichoke and Oscar spedini dish was incredible. Thank you for a nice evening!
We are regulars at Carmen's for food, service and convenient location.
Always terrific food and this was no exception. Delicious Italian cuisine!
Food was amazing as usual . Noise level was low . We were able to enjoy as great meal and visit with each other without shouting. Staff was great portion size was plenty. Great place to go. We will be back
After sitting down at our table a strong bleach cleaning solution smell took over. It was so strong that we asked several times about it. My husband and daughter had to leave because it made them feel sick. We brought our concern to the manager and nothing was done about it.
Waiter gave great suggestions and food was fantastic. Support KC! It's a great value.
My wife and I had our very first date at Carmen’s Cafe and have been back every Anniversary and most Valentines Days! We are fanatics because the food and the service never disappoints! We highly recommend Carmen’s to all our friends co-workers, as well as acquaintances.
The veal parmigiana was extremely thin and, although plated lovely, it was not filling.
Service wasn’t the best. I ordered moscato and got a white wine I told the server it was wrong but she said it wasn’t. I ordered it a second time and it was wrong again. When I told her she said she poured it herself. I told her to bring me the bottle and let me see it. After that she came back and said it was wrong after all. Everyone the food came it was given to the wrong person. The chicken spedieni wasn’t as good as usual. Maybe it was an off night???
Delicious dinner. Table was ready when we arrived. Wonderful service. Only thought was would have been a nice touch to add a heart-chocolate, a rose on table... or something to feel a little Valentine’s Day-ish. Even without without, it was a lovely evening. Thank you!
Love Carmen’s! We were quickly seated and enjoyed the remoantic ambiance. Perfect Valentines Day.