Carmen's Cafe - Brookside
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.
Carmens didn't disappoint for our Valentine dinner. Thank you!
Always a great dinner and enjoyable experience with my spouse. I was surprised that the menu was limited on the night we went. I was hoping to pick my favorite meal but it wasn’t available due to the limited menu that night.
Our dinner was delicious and cooked just right. The service was wonderful and I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone!
Our nephew was in town from Florida, had been here before and really enjoyed it, so we brought him back. Great meal as always!
This is our favorite place to get steaks. Highly recommend the Steak Marsala and Steak Modena. Always perfect! If you want a cool experience, request sitting at the end of the bar with the cooks.
Great food and ambiance
Good food, with many vegetarian options. Value for 🥘
Wonderful place to enjoy others! Food and atmosphere was great!
It was an extremely busy night with a large party upstairs. This made for a longer wait than normal, even with reservations, and there just isn’t anyplace inside to wait. Although the restaurant was extremely busy, we didn’t wait long for food after we were finally seated. Definitely go back.
Overall, the food was alright. Nothing worth driving from outside Brookside for. Salads were good, however entrees were only so-so. My wife had the shrimp in a lemon butter sauce but it had to be sent back because the lemon flavor was overpowering. I had the Judy’s favorite (“vodka sauce”) and the vodka sauce needs work. To bland.
Amazing service, food, aesthetic, bar, and always worth the visit!
The food was great. Service was very good. Pace of service was just right. Server was funny.
Carmen's is a treasure! We always take a bar area seat to watch the cooks at the behind the bar kitchen.
Typically go for the spedini but haven't had anything on the menu that wasn't fantastic.
Good as always
Great neighborhood place for authentic Italian food.
This is the best kept secret in KC! Love their food!
It was amazing 9 of us — food delicious, celebrating 2 birthdays everyone was so pleased — my husband and I will definitely be back.
Server had too many tables....
Everything was delicious, our server was very attentive and the atmosphere is very inviting. I love this place and continue to come back.
Wonderfully flavorful food.
Great variety of food categories
Food was just fair.
Very friendly staff and quick to welcome as you first enter the restaurant
Service lagged at times. Appeared to have plenty of help but weren’t very organized.
Once again, very good food and incredible service. Great place to visit for consistently great dining experience--a wonderful neighborhood eatery.
Great food! Nice service. The only issue is lack of parking places !!!
We have eaten at Carmen's many times. This was probably the best meal we have had there.
The steak modiga was so tender and flavorful and my husband loved the lobster spedini.
The food, service and atmosphere make this a favorite Brookside spot!
Even though they accommodate small children this is definitely not child friendly. One of the servers told us that my 3 month old granddaughter was a "problem" (she was asleep)
Amazing as always! We have not been to Carmen’s in a couple of years and it was just as good as we remembered!!
We have eaten at Carmen’s many times and the food and service is fabulous !!!
Have been a regular customer for over 18 years, and to this day, always enjoy a wonderful and generous Italian American meal, with wonderful hardworking and attentive staff!
The food was outstanding. I think the best we have had. Better than the other restaurant that starts with a G .
Great place for a romantic dinner. Amazing food, Great service. Well forth the hour drive
Really solid neighborhood Italian. Delicious food, well-presented.
We dine at this restaurant very often. Food and service has never disappointed.