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“Worth the find....eat here!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Carmen's Cafe

Carmen's Cafe
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Ranked #363 of 1,400 Restaurants in Kansas City
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
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62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Worth the find....eat here!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

This is a great Italian spot in a very worthy-to-check-out neighborhood, Brookside. They don't nickel and dime you for the extras. A really good house salad, with various veggies, comes with your meal...NOT the basic iceburg lettuce and Italian dressing! The menu is large and I love everything I've had. The spiedini is great and so is the beef modiga. I think the stuffed artichoke is too rich, with too much stuffing on each leaf, but my friends LOVED it. It's a fairly casual place but they still use tablecloths and good cloth napkins which is really nice. Service is exceptionally good and almost too attentive...one sip of water and the glass is refilled.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Kansas City
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Hits and Misses”
3 of 5 bubbles 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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Kansas City, Missouri
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Tasty Italian”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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216 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Don't miss this one”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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Thank Bob K
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Kansas City, Missouri
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197 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great Italian food!”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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