Carmen's Cafe - Brookside

4.7
745 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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.
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1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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SW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The veal parmigiana was extremely thin and, although plated lovely, it was not filling.

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SC
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

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???

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T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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BD
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Carmen’s! We were quickly seated and enjoyed the remoantic ambiance. Perfect Valentines Day.

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K
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Carmens didn't disappoint for our Valentine dinner. Thank you!

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JE
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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PK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was delicious and cooked just right. The service was wonderful and I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone!

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J
Kansas City
116 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our nephew was in town from Florida, had been here before and really enjoyed it, so we brought him back. Great meal as always!

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AI
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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KC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance

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MD
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food, with many vegetarian options. Value for 🥘

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SK
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to enjoy others! Food and atmosphere was great!

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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f
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

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.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, food, aesthetic, bar, and always worth the visit!

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DO
Kansas City
20 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. Service was very good. Pace of service was just right. Server was funny.

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CD
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good as always

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t
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood place for authentic Italian food.

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B
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best kept secret in KC! Love their food!

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing 9 of us — food delicious, celebrating 2 birthdays everyone was so pleased — my husband and I will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Server had too many tables....

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious, our server was very attentive and the atmosphere is very inviting. I love this place and continue to come back.

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CG
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully flavorful food.
Great variety of food categories
Outstanding service!

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s
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was just fair.

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DR
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff and quick to welcome as you first enter the restaurant

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service lagged at times. Appeared to have plenty of help but weren’t very organized.

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k
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, very good food and incredible service. Great place to visit for consistently great dining experience--a wonderful neighborhood eatery.

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M
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food! Nice service. The only issue is lack of parking places !!!

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SS
Kansas City
21 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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.

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RT
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and atmosphere make this a favorite Brookside spot!

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ML
Kansas City
40 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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)

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! We have not been to Carmen’s in a couple of years and it was just as good as we remembered!!

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JS
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have eaten at Carmen’s many times and the food and service is fabulous !!!

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OT
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. I think the best we have had. Better than the other restaurant that starts with a G .

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TB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a romantic dinner. Amazing food, Great service. Well forth the hour drive

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CC
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really solid neighborhood Italian. Delicious food, well-presented.

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D
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine at this restaurant very often. Food and service has never disappointed.

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