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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

4.5

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (23)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Worth the Drive (14)
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Special Occasion (13)
Casual (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Cozy (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Authentic (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Romantic (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Fun (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Happy Hour (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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Seasonal (1)
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food, large portions. Service is always efficient and prompt but usually lacks a friendliness to it.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined 6 days ago

Parking in Brookside is very difficult!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 6 days ago

We all had something different on the menu. Everyone was satisfied with their order. The waitress messed up the order that reflects off her tip.

Tags: People Watching, Tasting Menu
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·Dined 7 days ago

When you go to Carmen's in Brookside, you know it will be a nice evening with wonderful food and quiet conversation. Four of us, two moms and two daughters, have a yearly tradition of going out around the holidays for a nice meal together. It was our year to pick where to go, and Carmen's was our choice. No regrets!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Omaha)·Dined 7 days ago

Lovely new spot for us in our travels!

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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on January 10, 2018

I took my new husband here for his birthday. He had never been and he loved it. It is by far my favorite Italian place in the city. Delicious food, relaxing atmosphere, good wine, and great service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

A wonderful experience. Our service was outstanding. Wine and food was great too!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 29, 2017

They let us order from the dinner menu

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great spot that I’ve gone to frequently over the years. Varied menu, great pacing, attentive service.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This was a first time visit. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. The menu offered a great assortment of food options. The portions were very generous and the flavors were very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We picked Carmen’s Cafe for a family birthday dinner because of the variety of menu items that suits all ages. Both my sons ordered the Paella Valenciana which was well with the 30 minute cooking time. Lots of seafood, chicken, beef, and sausage and perfect seasoning. While waiting we enjoyed calamari, stuffed artichokes, and mozzarella sticks. The Spiedini was also a tasty choice and not too garlicky. You can’t go wrong with fettuccini Alfredo for the children. The wait staff was very attentive and paced the meal perfectly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great variety of dishes-chicken spiedini excellent-Monica works hard serving and caring for customers

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Food was delicious. Emily was very attentive. Had not eaten there in awhile and so glad I returned. See you again soon!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Went to Carmen's for a birthday celebration. Good food & service...never disappoints me.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Except for the two EXTREMELY loud people sitting on both sides of us it would have been an enjoyable experience. The we just frigging rude, ever hear of talking in a normal voice level.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 8, 2017

One of our favorite Italian's in KC. Perfect size and noise level for conversation. Excellent cuisine.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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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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vip
 (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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