Carmen's Cafe - Brookside

4.7
1036 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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4.5
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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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.

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vipPete
Kansas City
58 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Bit noisy, but great food and service. The experience was well worth the drive fro the Northlands !

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JimB
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really nice place to eat good Italian food in a relaxed atmosphere with excellent service and hospitality

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hungry
Kansas City
30 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

food is always good and the service is always very good

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DarcieT
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmen's is one of our favorites. Always great food and great service.

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Mary
Kansas City
28 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always recommend! I don't know if we had a different chief last night, but just didn't seem as great as usual! It was good, but off. The portions seemed smaller. Steak was a little under cooked, but not enough to send back. Don's artichoke was excellent!
We'll go back for sure!

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vipRobandTeri
Kansas City
33 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great! Ryan is an excellent server! We have been going here for years!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Meal was excellent as usual. It was the first time we had been seated upstairs & it was great-will ask to be seated upstairs from now on. There was a minor error on my order but they made it right. We will for sure go back.

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vipJenny
Baton Rouge
15 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crabcakes excellent. My husband loves the house salad but for me it had too much vinegar. Really nice neighborhood type a restaurant

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lisad
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always Carmen’s did not disappoint. Great food! Pesto ravioli is a favorite of ours. Will be back!

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vipjsinner
Omaha
82 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was awesome food was possibly the best food I have ever had.

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Janet
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first inside dining experience for over 14 months. The ambience, food, service, noise level, everything was very good. We had a wonderful, relaxing evening.

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vipKate
Kansas City
44 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was good. The food was ok, not as flavorful as I would have liked. Thought the food was not as good as prior to pandemic.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service and wonderful food! Definitely coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was good

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PattyF
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance were all excellent! We had a wonderful time!

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ChrisB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is expansive and the execution of every level of food from appetizers to salads to main dishes and desserts was flawless. Very impressed! We will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious!

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vipStevenM
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really love this place. Food is amazing and ambiance is too! Great date night spot

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vipKCCorgi
Kansas City
35 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Really good food. Service was a little slow, but they were busy. Surprised that restaurant was back to 100% capacity but apparently that's the latest rule. Companion had a problem with their credit card and server said he had entered it manually and was still declined. We stopped at desk and manager entered the card and it processed the charge with no problem.

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vipMarcH
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really good. Service was fast. Enjoyed it a lot.

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BillC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, good waiter, older facility, fairly high noise level. Did not like that they charged $3.50 extra for the oil & vinegar herb dipping sauce and $5.00 extra for split plates, but this is one of our favorite Italian places.

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xxxxxxx
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Wonderful wait staff. We were seated upstairs, which I like best. Ray is a very good waiter. We have also had Shaun, who is also very good.

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vipLisa
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding as always.

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vipjimbo
Des Moines
17 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always hit this place when in KC, love it !!!!

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SusieE
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great get-together with friends who haven't seen each other in almost a year! It was great to meet up where we could talk and catch up without a lot of noise. Our wait staff was very accomodating and even took a group picture of us. We had a great time.

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GinaS
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So yummy! Great waitress!

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MattM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Sat there for 2hrs total but waited almost an hour and a half for food. Only saw our waitress 2 times in my 2hrs I spent there. Food wasn't too bad but they messed up the order. Not the experience I wanted for my girlfriend's 31st birthday.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal at Carmen’s Cafe. Our cocktails were excellent as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought first timers to celebrate all of our birthdays. they enjoyed it

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CraigS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A brookside staple for years - always great to eat there or carry out. Never disappoints!

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vipBrown1008
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places in the Kansas City area. I visit each time I am in the area

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vipRosalindS
Kansas City
53 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service. I had the Lobster Ravioli. Generous amount of filling and delicious sauce. The stuffed artichoke was also yummy. A great neighborhood restaurant and excellent value for money.

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MaryS
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful. It's just hard to decide what to order because there are so many good things to choose from!

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vipMaggieT
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was...basically good. I appreciate that they had anchovies for my Caesar salad. My bisteca modiga was ok...not exceptional. Under seasoned. The service was mediocre at best. Our salads took 20 minutes to come out, and our entrees came out in 24 minutes. :/ Not sure if we’ll try this spot again.

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Lynne
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was superb!! Going again soon!

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JudithW
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend! Relaxed atmosphere and superb food!

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vipBethM
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Try the Judys rigatoni. It is the BEST!! Love the crisp house salad. So cold and crunchy and not over dressed.

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cw12
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

There was nothing special about this place, poor choice for special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Sean our server was fantastic! Good food! Even better service!

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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 1036 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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