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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

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (26)
Good for a Date (22)
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Good for Anniversaries (16)
Cozy (14)
Casual (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Authentic (12)
Bar Seating (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Romantic (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Business Meals (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Fun (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Happy Hour (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Spicy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 6 days ago

Great Valentines day experience

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentines

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was delicious!!

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 (Dallas)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentines - food was overpriced for the quality. My date also got sick afterwards. Needless to say I didn’t get lucky. Thanks

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Great Valentines Evening!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Salad wasn’t crisp, chicken spedini tasteless

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 10, 2018

GreAt food! Great Service!!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Nice special occasion restaurant.

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vip
 (Des Moines)·Dined on February 8, 2018

The wine we had was bad and a male cook was using the women’s restroom for about 15 minutes. Very unimpressed. This used to be a favorite restaurant of mine.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Carmen’s is our go to restaurant. We have never had a bad experience there. The food and service is always 5 Star!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Dinner before a play.
The dining room smelled like bleach when we first arrived, but seemed to dissipate as the room started to fill up.
Food, value and service was great.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great experience..food, service, and atmosphere quite cozy!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Got too loud upstairs around the time my party was getting ready to leave....

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Was slow service but worse parking is a nightmare and when left to lot by constatinos veholicle was vamdalized and window broken out. Over 1000 in damages ill stay in leawood.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 29, 2018

We celebrated a birthday with a group of 10. Our server was professional, knowledgeable, took very good care of us. The food was outstanding. We had a great time

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Always great

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 26, 2018

$26 steak was mostly fat. Gnocchi was fair. Calamari needed more salt. When I asked the waiter for recommendations he basically repeated the entire menu.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Good food and service at a reasonable price in a convenient location, though parking can be a challenge.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Overall we enjoyed our experience at Carmen's. Nice restaurant. Good food. The only drawback was that our waiter was definitely in a rush to get us fed and gone. I'm assuming this was so he could turn our table quicker.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Parking in Brookside is very difficult!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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 on January 12, 2018

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 December 31, 2017

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 27, 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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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 23, 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 15, 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 15, 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 26, 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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