Carmen's Cafe - Brookside

4.7
1071 Reviews
$30 and under
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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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TjS1
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oil dipping sauce, shrimp Diablo, chicken parm, cheese cake were delicious.

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vipBettyK
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Our favorite place for special occasions.

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JenniferG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service are consistently very good. It’s our favorite Italian restaurant in KC

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TJ213
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening! Definitely planning on going back… maybe for Sunday’s half price wine!

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KellyG
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch and it was wonderful! Large portions, nice atmosphere, great prices, and food was good! Stuffed artichoke with shrimp is the bomb!!!

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vipBetsyK
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

My husband and I split a spinach salad but my entree came with a side salad and pasta or vegetables. Never was offered the salad or side choice and was only served the veal entree. When I questioned the server she brought out a side of pasta. While the food was very good portions were small. I’m not really excited to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We love Carmens, so the review is a little biased in favor of the restaurant. So we were there for our wedding anniversary. We had made sure to mention that it was a special occasion on our reservation. In spite of our reservation and showing up on time, we were made to wait until our table was ready. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem as we would just get a cocktail or glass of wine while we wait. Unfortunately the duration of our wait, there was no bartender behind the bar.
We were seated and promptly brought water and bread, but were sat at a table upstairs right next to the opening of the bar, which basically put us behind the bar. Our server was very busy and possibly a little overwhelmed as it seemed she had a 5 or 6 table section. Eventually she took our drink order and we ordered a couple appetizers. They came promptly and were delicious. We ended up ordering the spedini Julian and the chicken parm. The server brought out the wrong spedini dish but was able to replace it with the correct one after about 7-10 minutes. After the meal and the bottle of wine the meal was very reasonable which is part of the reason we come here. But by the time we had paid the tab, we had maybe said ten words to our server the whole time. It just wasn’t the warm welcoming environment that we’ve become accustomed to at Carmens. In summary, food was top notch as usual. Service could use some work but I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt that it was maybe just a bad night. They probably need more staff, but who doesn’t these days.

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MartyM
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Out waiter was attentive and very accomodating. The Mussels with Diablo sauce were wonderful. Lobster Spedini with both sauces is a favorite treat.

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Love2eat
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good. Dining area small but cozy. Wait staff did great.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday for wife. Excellent meal as always but noisy

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MonicaA
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and our waiter Seth did a wonderful job. Will be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyable place to meet friends. Comfortable sound level for conversation, excellent food, wine and service. Consistent quality over many years. I plan to return regularly!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend!

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BeepBeep2011
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I picked this place for a low key Birthday dinner. Our server was amazing! Very attentive and was always checking on us.

The crab cakes were phenomenal. I hit recommend this for a starter.

I had the Fettuccine Carbonara, the creamy butter sauce melted in my mouth with every bite.

My partner has the chicken Marsala which was good. He would have liked it to be over some pasta, he busted mixed the mostaccioli.

The spumoni ice cream was rot die for.

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vipxbartender
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. Never disappoints

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JohnnaS
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place our waiter Seth was awesome!! Food was good as usual!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious and the service excellent! I actually recommended Carmen’s to my coworkers today.

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erilou
Kansas City
26 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

TK
vipTheKGS
Kansas City
38 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 7 in our party and we had various dishes but the lasagne and salmon Oscar were favorites. The service was attentive but not overbearing. Overall a wonderful evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food every time. And attentive service.

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DiningOut
Kansas City
22 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Sarah, did everything right. She anticipated our every need. The food was perfect. Very nice anniversary dinner.

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AmyD
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent night, friendly and attentive staff. The food was delicious and I will happily reserve again!

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MichaelR
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the Fettuccini Carbonara and the Veal Saltimboca... excellent!

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vipjsinner
Omaha
88 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious!

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DanH
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, shirley temples and wine. Reasonably priced !

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vipKenneth
Kansas City
30 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. They were out of stock on the wine we ordered. Very noisy inside.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful food!

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WendyF
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

I had made a reservation, put in a special request for a table upstairs by the window and let them know we were celebrating a birthday (my birthday). When the 5 of us arrived (together), the hostess looked up our reservation and then asked how many were in our party - which I thought was interesting because we had a reservation for 5. She then proceeded to take us to a side room (not upstairs). I asked about the upstairs and was told it was not open. I understand if they are not busy enough to open it up, but it would have been nice to have at least acknowledged our request proactively to let us know it wasn't going to be possible. For perspective, it was my family at dinner - 2 adults, 18, 15 and 11 year old daughters, not the type of table that will linger and chat. The service was SUPER SLOW. It was almost 1/2 hour in before they took our food order. We were there well over an hour before our entrees arrived. Once we were finished (very apparent by the way we had stacked our silverware and all pushed our plates forward) we waited about 20 minutes for someone to clear them. There was no mention of a "thanks for coming in", "Happy Birthday" or any personal gestures. It was obvious the server was swamped so we didn't get upset. However, a table next to us ended up getting up and walking out due to the slow service...and strongly voiced their opinion when doing so. The saving grace to this meal was the food. It was wonderful, as always.

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vipJaja1
Kansas City
28 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Salad was a little over dressed , food was a little luke warm but the dessert was phenomenal,

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Tentmaker
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was very congenial and attentive. Food offers were extensive and acceptably priced. Somewhat distracted by table server who made regular walks about to check table for dishes and beverage needs. While this is good it was excessive in my view. Waiters were most attentive and friendly. Recommend you give it a try.

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RebeccaS
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was great. Our meal took a while to be delivered due to an influx of to go orders but they apologized and offered to comp a dessert at their own initiative.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was above and beyond!

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JimmyMac
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Loved the Bistecca Modiga and the salad was delicious too!

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gozer
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to eat upstairs which was a new experience and delightful! Service was great and food delicious!

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vipktalison
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The food was terrible and the staff lacking. I get things are short staffed so I’m hoping for a better experience next time if there is a next time. Hate to say it but the chicken saltimbolca was disgusting in everywhere.

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LorenB
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was pretty good. Loved the environment. Service was pretty slow.

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vipLindaP
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service are always excellent.The parking is limited, but otherwise, we love it.

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Cindy
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmen’s is a wonderful place to go to have an amazing dinner. Their food is consistently good every time we go there.

FAQs

Carmen's Cafe - Brookside offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (816) 333-4048.

Carmen's Cafe - Brookside is rated 4.7 stars by 1071 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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