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About Carmen's Cafe - Brookside

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.

6307 Brookside Plaza
Kansas City, MO 64116
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
11am-9pm Monday-Thursday
11am-10pm Friday
4pm-10pm Saturday
5pm-9pm Sunday

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(816) 333-4048

Website:
http://www.carmenscafekc.com/index.php

Carmen's Cafe - Brookside Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (22)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Special Occasion (15)
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Good for Birthdays (13)
Casual (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Authentic (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Romantic (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Cozy (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Fun (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Business Meals (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 3 days ago

Had a 6pm reservation and got right in. Service and food were both excellent. Continues to be one of my favorites.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Always a treat when visiting kc
Food is very good and very friendly staff

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Casual, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 26, 2017

First time there and our service and food was excellent. We both had spedeini meals which were delicious. Moderately priced in a nice, cozy atmosphere.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I had the lemon chicken. The chicken was tough, dry and flavorless. The lemon sauce was gelatinous and the flavor was better described in the negative, it didn’t taste much like lemon or butter or anything and had too few capers. My husband had the chicken spiedini with diablo sauce and he loved it. We had been here before and I really liked it. I think I had gnocchi last time. We might try it again but I would get something very different.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Carmen's is one of my all time favorites. The food is authentic, original, and cannot be found anywhere else. We moved away from Kansas City 3 years ago and each time we return, we make Carmen's one of our stops during our visit. Don't miss out of a meal of a lifetime - check out Carmen's

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food is very good here. Service is pleasant. Its a bit overpriced but its worth going to.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great evening out.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 18, 2017

One of our go to restaurants! Always good food at a reasonable price

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Diablo spiedini and toasted ravioli is legit. Good spot.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was great but the bathrooms are awful small

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Delicious as always!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I love everything about Carmen's. Eat the stuffed artichoke. You won't be sorry. 😍

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was our first time and the Don's Artichoke appetizer (big enough to feed a family of four) was absolutely the best we have had in a very long time. We also enjoyed the Spedini and Caesar Salad. Am looking forward to coming back.

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was recommended by a relative and I am so glad we chose to go here. The food was wonderful, the service was great. Maybe just a little crowded but it was totally worth it, I can’t wait for my next date with my husband, we are definitely going back.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food and service were very good. It is kind of small though so the loud speaking lady at the table next to us was distracting and not very enjoyable. The only that could have made it better if there was more room so all the tables were not so close

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Carmen’s is one of our go to venues for good conversation and great food choices. Service is always good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Love this place every time. Come here for my birthday every year!! And multiple times throughout the year!

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We have been traveling 3 hours twice a year for the last 5 years to enjoy this great restaurant. We start at the bar and have a drink and Chef Henry makes us Muscles. Then we move to the dining area for the rest of our meal. It doesn't matter what you get it is all great food. The staff is all great! Kevin

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Just a bit disappointed in the slowness of our entrees being served.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Dined there with a group of friends and we all very much enjoyed it, Food and service were great. Requested and got round table, which is so nice for group visiting. Would definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Carmen's Cafe is our absolute favorite! It's our go-to for birthdays and anniversaries. The gnocchi is divine, and we also love the steak modiga!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We've been going to Carmen's for years and are never disappointed. Since we live about thirty minutes away, we appreciate the ability to make reservations and have always been seated promptly. We love several dishes and they are generous enough to split an entree, especially after having an order of their incredible 'Italian Butter.' We love the decor and atmosphere and plan to go back soon.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Hadn't been there in quite a while. I had forgotten how delicious the food is. The house salad was great and the lobster spedini was fantastic. I'll go back soon.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We ate here on a Thursday night. Fairly empty. The menu is nothing special. Bread a. Butter were provided. It boring white bread in the shape of an Italian loaf with no taste no texture and no crispy crust. The salad was ok but smothered in grated cheese and my wife doesn't eat Parmesan type cheese. In fairness they offered to bring another salad. The eggplant appetizer was like a deconstructed eggplant Parmesan. Three breaded and fried cross sections of eggplant with a tomato sauce and light cheese topping. I think they could be a little more creative with this, but it was as described on the menu. After our appetizers ww waited for at least 20 minutes in a sparsely occupied restaurant with no follow up on where was our dinner? I ordered veal scallops with artichokes over fettuccine alfredo. There was one artichoke heart in the dish and both the veal and the artichoke were smothered in an uninspired Alfredo sauce.

We did not order dessert. Kansas City has some nice Italian restaurants. This is NOT one of them.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Simply a great old school Italian restaurant with wonderful and attentive waitstaff. And that's a GOOD thing!! We enjoyed our evening very much. It's a small restaurant, so it's cozy and very comfortable. Great for dining with friends who love to talk.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great food, service and atmosphere. Will be back! Thank you.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Good food good wine good service! What more could one want in a restaurant?

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Must have just been an off night OR short staffed. We love the place and will be back, but this particular night the servers were slower than usual and not very efficient.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We loved the atmosphere (music in the background, but you could still speak at a normal volume and be heard) were just overall underwhelmed with the food. His house salad was soggy, my Caesar salad had an interesting taste to the dressing. We both got pasta dishes. They were good, but not great. Nothing explicitly wrong, just wasn't our favorite meal.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Fiancé and I came to Carmen's to celebrate our engagement! Food was amazing, ambiance was romantic and inviting, but it was a little difficult communicating with our waitress on wine choices as there was quite a language barrier. Overall it was a great evening and we will be back!

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 29, 2017

I go for the shrimp scampi which is very good. But I did notice the prices went UP from $10 to $12 for this dish. But they do have "house" wine - that helps.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We were able to sit upstairs which we prefer due to the noise level in main dining area on ground floor.
Daniel was our server and very nice and accomodating .
We enjoy the food very much. Thank you for another nice evening at Carmens.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Carmens is a great , casual restaurant with great servers and food! A must go to and a great neighbor hangout!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 24, 2017

My first visit for lunch with friends. First customer to arrive for lunch and was greeted & seated quickly. The waitress was very accommodating, waiting to take our orders while we visited then after the meal asked if we preferred three bills. We elected to just split it 3 ways.
The food was good but my spedini (marked as a customer favorite")was pretty dry and my mixed veggies not quite warm or cooked to tender.

I will perhaps give Carmen's a second chance.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Nice place. Seth, my waiter, was friendly and on top of things. Food was very good. Next time there is a solar eclipse in Kansas City...I'm in

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Authentic
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Old friends of many years who now live in far flung places gathered after 15-20 years apart. It was a perfect choice. There was something for everyone's taste from sphagetti to salmon salad. The service was polite and helpful, even taking group pics for us. I know I will be going back.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Casual
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Carmen's is always amazing! It is a definite stop on all visits to KC

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 13, 2017

A good staple in Brookside history. The wine selection needs to be improved.

The Salmon Oscar was prepared well, but pasta was a miss by the kitchen this evening.

The Spedini was okay as well as the Crab Cakes. Key word (okay)

No 5 stars tonight. 2.5 to 3 at best.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Delicious, authentic Italian food with a solid wine list and good cocktails. The service was excellent and each dish was made well. I will say the salad was overdressed, though not surprisingly so.

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