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“Hits and Misses” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Carmen's Cafe

Carmen's Cafe
6307 Brookside Plz, Kansas City, MO 64113-1708
816-333-4048
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Ranked #53 of 1,242 Restaurants in Kansas City
Price range: $21 - $30
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Authentic Italian bistro with a Latin flair for festive tapas! The many signature dishes include a variety of pasta choices, the famous Chicken Spidieni and the appetizing artichoke. Carmen’s Café delivers friendly service within a casual, upscale atmosphere.
Kansas City
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Hits and Misses”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

I have had some decent meals at Carmen's. We visited again on New Year's Eve, and there some issues. A lost reservation was met with swift managememt intervention and a table readily provided. The preferred beer of my companion was not available, though, despite having been offered by the friendly server. His chicken spideni was pronounced marvelous, but my salmon oscar was over-cooked and tasteless. A second try was marginally palatable. The accompanying pasta was from a box, though nicely cooked al dente. The sauce had no flavor. I declined to take the leftovers home. The server offered a comp dessert. We shared a taramissu which was surprisingly good, with a decent cup of coffee. Hits and misses from a usually fine place, perhaps due to the crowds they expected later in the evening.

Visited December 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Kansas City, Missouri
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Tasty Italian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Carmen's is such a great place. Cozy atmosphere. Idependently owned. FANTASTIC food and reasonalbly priced. If you are in the KC area this is a must try. Just a few minutes south of the Plaza in the quaint area of Brookside.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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147 reviews 147 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Don't miss this one”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Greet atmosphere, delicious food, efficient professional service, and plenty of the plate. What else can you ask for? This place is a great value and would work for business, romantic, whatever. The facade is pretentious but it's warm and wonderful inside!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kansas City, Missouri
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58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Great Italian food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

Awesome italian food for lunch or dinner, off the beaten path located in Brookside, so you rarely have trouble finding an open seat.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Kansas City, Missouri
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102 reviews 102 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Nice Tapas Lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

Calamares ala Putanesca was very tasty and the squid was cooked perfectly.
Chicken for the Spiedini Julian (spiedini with artichoke hearts in cream sauce) was tender and the fettuccine noodles were very good. The cream sauce was too think for my taste and made the dish heavier than it could have been.
The meatball sandwich was very tasty and a huge portion when you include the side it comes with. The red sauce was good - I should have chosen it for my spiedini. The french fries were crisp and hot but not seasoned. Easy enough to correct with salt and pepper.
The atmosphere reminded us of lots of places we ate in Spain that were off of the beaten track. I could see how someone could classify this as 'dive like' because of the small spaces and low lighting. Cloth table cloths, cloth napkins, servers in vests and ties, an extensive wine list, unhurried service and lots of small plates - this is a bistro like you'd see in Europe.
We had a nice, romantic lunch with good food and wine. For dinner we'd choose the downstairs dining room or the bar over upstairs because it is more intimate.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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