About Carmen’s

A “celebration” of the best Italian food and Latin small plates in Kansas City

Carmen’s Café has been a local Brookside favorite for over 20 years – a friendly neighborhood bistro conveniently located just south of the Country Club Plaza (and minutes from downtown).

Carmen’s offers the ideal private dining space for your special gatherings and professional catering tailored to your event needs and tastes. From a romantic meal with a loved one to an intimate toast with a gathering of family and friends, to important business functions and presentations, Carmen’s offers a comfortable setting, unmatched service, and delicious and unique cuisine that will make your dining experience complete.


The best of Italian cuisine blended with a festive array of small plate tapas


Enjoy Carmen’s on your lunch hour – for the price of your neighborhood deli!
Tired of the same lunch everyday? Why not enjoy your lunch hour and indulge in our new budget-friendly $10 and under menu? We’ll have you in and out and back to work on time!
Find your favorites, like our savory Chicken Spiedini or a tender pasta dish – Judy’s Rigatoni, or our new flavorful Salmon Salad or Eggplant Parmesan – or make Carmen’s your new lunch spot and try them all!


Our savory menu offers the best of Italian cuisine blended with a festive array of small plate tapas – perfect for sharing over lively conversation. We suggest you begin with one or more choices from our variety of specialty tapas, including our signature Artichokes stuffed with crab and shrimp or our ever-popular Fruttie di Mare.


Have the great taste of Carmen’s Cafe delivered to your next special event or gathering. From corporate luncheons and business receptions to intimate anniversary dinners and wedding showers – to even full scale wedding galas – Carmen’s has been trusted for over a dozen years to seamlessly bring the best of our delicious cuisine from our door to yours.
Carmen’s can customize the perfect menu to delight the most discerning palate and accommodate most any budget requirement.

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Closed on July 4th

Carmen’s Café will be closed on July 4th in observation of Independence Day.   Join us for  before the 4th and get your Carmen’s on…

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Let Carmen’s Cater Your Upcoming Events!

It may only be September, but the holidays are just around the corner. You know what that means – time to start planning your upcoming events! Whether you’re looking to have Carmen’s catered to your location or you want to bring the party to us, we’re here to help! Company parties, wedding rehearsals, anniversaries –…

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Stop by Carmen’s After the Brookside Sidewalk Sale!

It’s that time of year again – the Brookside Sidewalk Sale! From July 7th to July 10th, Brookside shops will be serving up summer sales on to the streets of our lovely little neighborhood. Carmen’s will be open throughout the weekend – Thursday and Friday for lunch and dinner services, Saturday and Sunday for dinner…

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Celebrate Dad at Carmen’s on Father’s Day!

June is back and that means it’s time to celebrate all that dads do year round this Father’s Day! Join us on June 19th to celebrate with our Father’s Day special, where dads get their entree half off! With our family-inspired recipes, cozy atmosphere, and dedicated staff, dad will be able to relax and enjoy…

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In the heart of Kansas City’s charming and unique Brookside shopping district you’ll find the classic atmosphere and warmth of the original Carmen’s Café.


6307 Brookside Plaza
Kansas City, Missouri 64113