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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.
Kansas City, MO 64116
Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Carmen's Cafe - Brookside Ratings and Reviews
I have eaten at Carmen's several times and had good food and service. I brought my son and family for a birthday celebration dinner. I ordered Steak Oscar as usual and the medallions were raw. My adult grandson ordered Salmon Oscar and stated it was mediocre. The birthday guy order Veal and the plate looked like a pile of cheese and red sauce with no garnish. It came with a small bowl of pasta and red sauce which was cold. My 12-year old grandson ordered spaghetti and meatball and he liked his food. The bread was good! No, I won't be going back!
We went on a sat. night. the only time open was 5:30 but it worked out great. we were seated upstairs which was kind of empty when we got there but filled up quickly. the olive oil/garlic dip was delish. we also had the artichoke with shrimp and crab. I think I like the one with cheese better but it was still great. I ordered the lobster spedini which I have never had and it was great. my husband had the cannelloni and thought it was so so. all in all a great place we always enjoy.
The food was delicious! Our server left much to be desired though and wasn’t around much, leaving us waiting for long periods before checking on us or getting our orders. She didn’t offer any appetizers or recommendations. The assistants in the dining room were fantastic though, thank goodness...very attentive with water and bread refills. They almost made up for our poor service from our server.
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!
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.
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