Carmen's Cafe - Brookside

4.7
984 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.
What 984 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.5
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MaddieC
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server clearly had the whole top level, however, he was still fabulous

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vipShawneeKat
Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Shrimp Carmen is fantastic.

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HollyS
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! A kc gem! I will be visiting Carmen’s Cafe again!

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JimJ
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and environment were excellent. I will definitely return!

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hmyr28
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner at Carmen's to celebrate my birthday. The spedini and steak oscar were amazing! The pistachio dessert was also incredible - highly recommend for a reasonable and romantic night out!

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Epaulk
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very social distanced, food and server were fantastic.

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Mary
Kansas City
25 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The steak modega is to die fo!!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent!

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BrianP
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere, service, price and menu. Went for our anniversary, it was PERFECT!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing As always and our server was outstanding!

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vipDavidJ
Kansas City
25 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at the restaurant and can't wait to return! Service was topped at 5 stars but we wanted to give it a 10 star review for the service. Shawn/Sean was our server and kept us fed, in drinks and having a great time! The food was hot and outstanding!

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BryanF
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife's favorite, and quickly became one of mine. Delicious dishes! Service was very warm and personable.

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vipGaryH
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were both wonderful! It definitely ranks high on the list of cozy Italian restaurants in Kansas City.

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vipRudolfW
Kansas City
21 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a terrific experience with wonderful food and service. As always.

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critic
Kansas City
27 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was delicious, service was excellent ! very nice restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Good food. Smelled like sewage.

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ReneeB
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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vipPatrickS
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The veal saltimbocca was terrific as well as the veal marsala. Service was attentive and pleasant.

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vipJeanie
Kansas City
131 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything is always great!! The service, food and ambiance!

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TerenceM
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was only average and service was slow. We then got Overcharged for our food items. Overpriced and poor service

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Commissioner1
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WONDERFUL! I RECOMMEND HIGHLY!!

Food and staff did a great job.

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firsttimer1
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved carmens cafe, it was our first time for my and my bf and we can honestly say we will be regulars. Our server was the best. Thank you guys.

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JCall
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so nice to go out to dinner after being in for so long. Carmen's was clean, the service staff were all masked up and the food was delicious. We went to Carmen's to celebrate a friends birthday, and we were ecstatic with the evening we had at Carmen's!
Thank you!!

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vipSarah
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food. Service Ed a little slow. Seating at 100% capacity which made me a little nervous.

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MatthewL
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Alfredo was great as always! Wedge salad was good, but pretty drenched in dressing. Bread was very tough and hard. Will always be a loyal customer, but like to give honest feedback.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lighting and service and the food was amazing

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WadeM
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening. Service was outstanding and the food was delicious. We will be back.

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vipRiversideRich
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great meal, a good pour and consistently good service and value.

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vipRobandTeri
Kansas City
31 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak Marsala and Judi’s Rigatoni are excellent. The wine value is also wonderful.

Save room for the tiramisu and the cannoli!

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vipColeD
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Only thing was sad about is that I did notate it was my birthday during the reservation and it was not acknowledged. Portions are large so didn't need a dessert so I did not bring it up to the server.

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DonM
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Good service.

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Mshappy61
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

We were disappointed to learn we were not able to sit at the bar for dinner. It's our favorite part of dining at Carmens. Upstairs is not as warm. Our food took exceptionally long to prepare. At one point the waitress told us it was about ready but yet another 15 minutes went by before she came back to tell us they were backed up in the kitchen. That is not standard performance for the restaurant and I was surprised, with limited capacity due to COVID, food prep would be backed up.

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JimQ
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food was the experience... and affordable food and wine.

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vipRick
Kansas City
32 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience3

Normally the service is great, but during Covid they have cut staff and it has hurt them

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went in for a quick Monday night meal. Quiet room, attentive waiter and bus boy. Hot and tasty pasta.

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TorrieW
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful as always! Amazing food, staff and atmosphere!

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MaryH
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoying our anniversary dinner at Carmen’s. The service and food was excellent. This was our first time there and we will definitely be back!

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HappyWife
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love the atmosphere & food here. Great place for a group of friends to go out. Great service too.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Carmen’s and it is the best Italian food in the area.

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 984 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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