Carmen's Cafe - Brookside

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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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Kansas City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

very poor service (no service) Food was very, very Bad!!!!!!!! Out of four meals not one was any good. Ask to see manager three times and the manager never came over to our table. I've had poor service before but never like this. We had employee tell us the manager would not come over to our table.

OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service, great food. Definitely will be back

JC
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the second time that we have dined there. The food was incredible.

e
Kansas City
25 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A new favorite go-to spot!

S
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our experience at Carmen's was lovely. We had an excellent Super Tuscan Sangiovese bottle and the food and salads were excellent. It is a very nice friendly space for a great Italian dinner.

AS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this place! Had my birthday dinner there - so wonderful. Thank you everyone at Carmen's.

m
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm from Pittsburgh, PA, a home to terrific Italian food. I've lived here in KC for 25 yr. and the Lasagne I had at Carmen's Cafe is the best I've had in 25 yr.!

RH
Kansas City
25 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous meal...!! Best salad in town! Every meal at the table came out quickly and was fantastic!!! Can’t go wrong with dinner at Carmen’s! See you again soon!!!

B
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful birthday dinner

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was so great!

t
Kansas City
81 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Carmen's is frequently our choice for good food and service at a reasonable price and in a convenient location.

p
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I hadn’t been to Carmen’s in a long time. Went there for lunch. Attentive service and excellent food at a good price.
Will go back soon.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from California I tried Carmen’s last summer and spent the entire year dreaming about having their Gnocchi again. I love the ambience. All of the employees from the hostess, bar tender, waiter, go out of their way to make sure your dining experience is fantastic. I can’t wait to go back next summer!

M
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent dinner! Stuffed artichokes were amazing as well as the chicken lemonatta and the chicken spedini I with pasta.

BF
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and value , I will go back again next time I am in the area

d
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The lobster Spedini was charred and tasted burnt and extremely salty, my wife had chicken spedini and was also overcooked. Not a fan

J
Kansas City
123 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had great service, we told him that we were going to a concert, and he listened to us and we had very quick service. The food is always great!

JA
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff Excellent food and resonable prices-parking easy

ER
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great little date spot. Good food, great service

l
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For great Italian food and a nice wine list - this place is great. We were never rushed to finish our meal --- in fact, they were waiting for us to leave so they could go home!! Had a wonderful time.

TM
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Needed more Lighting to see Menu, but wait staff accommodated us. Very good Spedini, Talapia
Will be back, for lunch.....

KT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Terrible service, I will never go back there. The server was absolutely rude as if when ordering she didn't have time for us, cut us off and walked away. She didn't really confirm what we wanted she just assumed. Told the owner about the service, she didn't seem to care either.

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

The staff is pretty rude. Cut you off a lot when you speak.. felt like I was in their way/incompetent. Then the food was mediocre. There were 4 of us at dinner and only one person at the table liked their food. We all even tried each other’s food. One good dish on the table.

RS
Kansas City
29 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fabulous and so is the service. Portions are generous. A great place for a date or special occasion. A must try for any Italian food lover.

F
Kansas City
48 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We done at Carmen’s frequently because it is delicious, available, and close to our home. We love the Chicken Spiedini Carmela, veal piccata and the appetizer calamari varieties. The wine is reAsonably priced and the service is excellent.

KH
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daniel wa wonderful! The food superb.

RH
Kansas City
26 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had another fantastic meal! Food, staff and wine couldn’t have been better! Chicken Spiedini Alexa is a must try! See you again soon!!

PA
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. I do not eat gluten, and, while they only have one kind of gluten-free pasta (penne), they can combine it with any of several different gluten-free sauces. The house salad was nicely prepared and the pasta - salad combo is a real bargain at lunch time. Why have a fast food burger when you can come here and have a meal for about the same price??

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Fantastic meal, would definitely recommend. Plan on going for a fancy date or special events, as it can be a tad expensive - but worth every penny!

R
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carmen's Café is always such a great experience everytime we come in to eat. The food is delicious and the service is always outstanding! The best part of the night is the Artichoke appetizer as well as the Italian butter. We also got to enjoy the upstairs experience for the first time!

JS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently the best Italian restaurant in KC! Small, local, great service. Great for a date night or as a family.

JC
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service as always

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Enjoyed our evening. It was birthday celebration for my wife, Marti, and was all we expected. Our waiter and his support crew did their normal super job and we greatly appreciated their attention to our enjoyment

k
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good and awesome service!!

BK
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A good place for great food and the atmosphere is quiet enough to hear the person you are sitting with.

OT
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You don't want to not stop and enjoy. We drive three hours and well worth the trip. Best food and good service!

PA
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Disappointed in the stuffed artichoke

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was not bad. It was a bit crowded. The waitress cleaned our table with a wet cloth before we paid. I'd rather they clean after I leave that's like sweeping under my feet.

RH
Kansas City
26 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood favorite!! Best house salad in town and don’t forget to try the Lobster Spiedini!! Frequently dine at this restaurant. You won’t be disappointed!!

NM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place. Great food, service and atmosphere

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