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Carmen's Cafe - Brookside

4.6
596 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
11am-9pm Monday-Thursday
11am-10pm Friday
4pm-10pm Saturday
5pm-9pm Sunday
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Phone number
(816) 333-4048
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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What 596 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Dinner for family & friends before my daughters prom. Great food, atmosphere & service as usual! We go to Carmen's every year before prom & will continue to do so!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I finally managed to force myself to order something besides the chicken I usually get and it was great. Perfectly prepared salmon!

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Best chicken Spiedini in KC! My favorite is Chicken Spiedini Beatriz. It’s not on the lunch menu but if you request it they will make it.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Loved the cozy atmosphere and ambiance, and the food was amazing with incredibly fast service. So many good options here!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Enjoy the atmosphere in the food...always go there for a special night with my partner. Great wine and quiet atmosphere to share with someone special.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We ordered an artichoke and there was hardly any filling in it. My husband ordered steak modiga and it wasn't even in breadcrumbs. Was plain steak with mushroom sauce over it.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Love the place. Great food

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Attentive service and world-class paella made this a memorable dining experience.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great family friendly place yet with an intimate relaxed feel. Everyone enjoyed their dinner choices and the wine was very good and many choices were very reasonably priced. The server did a good job, however seemed a little rushed while greeting us and subsequently when she took our orders.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had a delicious meal! The food is consistently prepared and always great!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great. Food was off the chart good.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Daniel, our Server was attentive, professional & friendly. He made our dining experience amazing. The Host Staff & Management also greeted us in a cordial manner as well. Our food was scrumptious!! Always pleased when we dine at Carmen's.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Carmen's is fabulous. Excellent food (including the best house salad in the city) and superb service.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Again, had such a great time! My husband took me here for my birthday, and the staff and food were excellent! We started with the Italian butter - if you love garlic, you'll love this. Then he had the chicken spiedini Alexa, and I had the salmon diablo. So, so, so good on both - there was more than enough to share with each other. To end it, we shared the pistachio cream tort - so moist and tasty! All while being served by the nicest waitress. I would highly recommend this place for 2-4 people. Outside of that, it might be a little crowded, unless they open the upstairs that night. However, it is worth the drive!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Thanks - always a great go to restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Really like this place. Intimate little bar, good food, friendly folks.

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1.0Dined on March 30, 2018

It took over an hour for our food to come out after we ordered. We had to track down the waiter to get updates on the delay. When we finally got an update it turned out the manager sent home 4 members of the kitchen staff. This was Friday night at 7pm, why on earth would they do that? When we complained about the wait we were told they could take 1 glass of wine off our bill. When we left for the night the neither the manager or hostess would make eye contact with us and basically turned their backs as we walked by.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Warm service at this neighborhood restaurant. Large variety of menus options to make anyone happy. We went o the spur of the moment and happy we did.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Food was fantastic but the service was exceptional!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We love going to Carmen’s in Brookside! The food is always wonderful and the same wait staff has been there for several years, making the service consistent. We love the stuffed artichoke and Italian butter appetizers. We always have leftovers from the generous portion sizes.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

This is my new favorite spot. Five stars for everything— food- service-ambiance!!!!!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

it was our first time trying the steak modiga. it was excellent. the meat was so tender and the dish had a great flavor. the chicken spedini was delicious as always.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Wow we had a great experience. The food is always consistent, but this time our server really made it special. Very professional, friendly, and his "buon appetito" made us smile at the authenticity in this favorite little neighborhood restaurant. Lots of competition in Brookside now, but this is one not to be overlooked.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great food, very nice and friendly service and reasonably priced. 5* experience.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Food was excellent, service was not great.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Not my first time there but it was a first for my husband and our friends. Everyone loved it. The food was excellent, the service was great, and the atmosphere was very comfortable. We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Never disappointed! This place is a gem in Kansas City :}

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great food and service! Highly recommend to anyone!!

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food was good, but too many breaded items. Much too noisy, because of piped in music.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Girls night out! 1st time to be there and at the recommendation of my friend, we went. Very good food at reasonable prices! The pistachio dessert was amazing!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Food was awesome but we waited for it longer than expected.

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

The food was great and reasonably priced for the portions you get. The service was friendly and professional, adding to the overall Italian ambiance of the restaurant. Very friendly staff and prompt service.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Great place in the neighborhood to take out-of-town visitors and friends.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Love this place. It's our go to for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great Valentines day experience

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was delicious!!

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great Valentines Evening!

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Salad wasn’t crisp, chicken spedini tasteless

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