The Helmand Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Afghan

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Good Vegetarian Options
Providing fine Afghan cuisine for over 30 years in Baltimore. We offer small romantic seating for two up to rehearsal dinners for 50! Offer your guests a remarkable experience of culture, spices, wines and cocktails in a fine dining setting!
Carnivores, Vegetarians, pescatarians, and vegans all will enjoy!

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vipVince
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely enjoyed our first experience. The pumpkin appetizer is a must!

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alisona
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I get the chicken kabob. The chicken is cooked very well. It is not dried out like some places.
It was enough for me to take some home and have another meal. A good value for the $$

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vipElise
Baltimore
39 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The pumpkin and yogurt appetizer is outstanding. Our main dishes -- both vegetarian and meat -- were also terrific.

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RonS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was efficient. Ambience was nice. Great experience. I'll go back!

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MarkF
Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We always enjoy the Helmand. Prompt efficient service, delicious food no matter what we order and a cozy vibe. We usually get some form of lamb and whether it's slices or forest, a stew or kabob, it's always tender and flavored with care. Appetizers are just the right size and one can finish the entrees (barely) and still have room for dessert. We chose the hazelnut cake this time which was delicious and not overly sweet. I always like the cardamom tea and my partner enjoys the Turkish coffee.

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vipgrazie2
Baltimore
51 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As expected from The Helmand, outstanding :starters Kaddo Borwani: pan fried Pumpkin and /or Salata. Outstanding entrees, Kabuli Pallow (Lamb) and / or Salmon Also Naan, and first rate and very reasonably priced wine options. The Afghan Ice Cream is an enjoyable and memorable dessert

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WittB
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was good, ambience pleasant, noise level fine for conversation. However, once we placed our food order our meal arrived within minutes. No time for a conversation over a drink. We felt like we were being rushed out, although the restaurant was only half full. Clearly the dishes were prepared well in advance, and not to order. The plates were cold as was the food before we finished.

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GaleL
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is always right on target. Everything ordered was absolutely delicious. The service is excellent and the prices are very reasonable.

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CherylW
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had the chicken kabob dinner and it was very good. Would like to return and try more of the vegetarian dishes. Service was excellent.

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AndrewP
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Helmand is always a great place to get delicious food at an amazing value. We have never been disappointed.

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EdwardE
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was very good. The service was great, but felt a little rushed. Overall a very good meal.

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KatyKeats
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food is really delicious - which is why it is so popular. We are happy we ate at The Helmand, although the waiters seemed a little disorganized: in the end we sat at the bar and the lovely bartender looked after everything we needed, including a good French 75 and a mocktail. Outstanding for vegetarian food.

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vipWe8L8
Washington DC
131 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Haven't yet had a dish that I didn't like at the Helmand. Highly recommend!

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JenniferD
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come back every year when we are in town. It is a perfect place to catch up with old friends. Delicious food and nice atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is always delicious

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vipchris
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very enjoyable. A bit rushed.

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JMH2
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

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vipDonaldS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good food as always! Packed for a Wednesday, great for pre-theater.

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StephanieK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here twice in two weeks. Eveything is delicious.

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ShannonS
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. Cute place, friendly service. My only complaint is that it's very tight to get around.

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Reinsford
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Our reservation was made for 7:15. We arrived at 7:06 and it wasn't until 7:45 that we were seated. There were a TON of people, and my date and I had to yell to hear each other. The servers also seemed overworked and we felt a little rushed. Food was good, though.

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SC123
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extensive menu offering meat and vegetarian options. Good was delicious and service outstanding

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Cind
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

We love The Helmand and go often. On this particular occasion, the food was as delicious as ever, but we were rushed through our dinner like I have never been rushed before! We felt pushed to "wrap it up" at every turn and we were only there for a total of 45 minutes. I was literally backed up against the gentleman who was waiting to change our table cloth as I was trying to put on my coat. He was not even allowing me the space I needed to do that. We were never asked if we would like another drink, more bread, anything. They literally brought the appetizer and main course out within seconds of each other. We left there feeling very let down. A nice dinner is something to linger over not rush through!! Of course we will go back, back we will be sure to control the courses by ordering on our time schedule.

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RobertB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Helmand is consistently of the highest quatlity. The Pumpkin appetizer and many of the other dishes on the menu are outstanding. If you are in Baltimore on a visit, don't miss it. If you r live here and just haven't gotten around to having dinner at Helmand, you are denying yourself a real pleasure.

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Javagirl
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A large group went to celebrate a sweet 16 birthday. Everything was perfect!

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vipNHRBP
Baltimore
68 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It’s ok the food isn’t bad it’s just not great. You can get the same if not better Afghan and Middle Eastern cuisine for half the price elsewhere. I got lamb with stewed peas. The peas were raw and crunchy so they took it back and returned it without peas saying the lamb has to cook a long time to get tender and the peas don’t have the same amount of time. If you own a restaurant your job is to figure that riddle out. Also the lamb wasn’t tender so that was wrong.

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vipSKlovesdogs
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We have been fans of The Helmand for years. The food is extraordinary and the service is usually excellent. This night was a rare occasion when we did not enjoy our dining experience as much as have in the past. Despite a reservation and available tables, we were seated in a corner next to a large table of extremely boisterous (quite inconsiderate, actually) diners. They were so disruptive that at our table of four (4), we could not hear one another during most parts of our meal. The same server was assigned to our table as theirs and spent so much time running back and forth to bar filling and refilling their bar orders, that he rarely came to our table to refill water or inquire on our meal. We had to flag him down just to get a refill of water, see a dessert menu, and, ultimately, obtain the bill. Had this been our first experience, we would certainly not have returned.

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Wingnut857
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is consistently delicious. I had the Kaddo Borwani as an appetizer and it was outstanding. Hubby had the Aushak which he loved. My entree was the vegetable mantwo and it was crazy good. My friend had the mantwo as well but hers had beef and she said it was delicious. Hubby had the Kabuli as an entree and said it was wonderful. Friend's hubby had the special of the day with fish and he enjoyed his too. You just can't go wrong eating here. We never eat here that we don't go home happy and with full tummies.

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EricT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food at the Helmand is delicious. My wife and I each ordered different lamb entrees and each was well prepared. Time from order to delivery of our meal was very quick. We love the cardemin infused ice cream. We get it every time we dine here. It is a fantastic end to a very nice dining experience.

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KaseyBaja
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful flavors, many options make The Helmand an exciting visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a great meal

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cindyh
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just fantastic food and service . Hadn’t been here for a while I’d forgotten how delicious everything was. Great restaurant for vegetarians but also has great comfort food and desserts as well as cocktails. Fabulous polite service. Have already scheduled my next meal there!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always great food! The noise level was a little high and they took a little while to get us to a table because they were so busy.

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TheRightProfile
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

For only the second time in my life, I gave the server(s) at The Helmand a small tip to make a statement. In addition, I also made a written statement on the check, so they knew that the tip (@ 9%) was deliberate, and why. The first server approached our table and asked if we would like something to drink besides water...maybe 10 seconds after we had sat down. I explained that we had just sat down, and asked him to give us a few minutes. That was the only time we saw that server. The next server did the following during our stay: told my date, who has a common aversion to cilantro, that she could not taste the cilantro if it was cooked in the dish, as opposed to being fresh cilantro used as a topping. Huh? In fact, a little uncomfortable argument ensued between the two of them. After we had finished our entrees, a long period of abandonment ensued, perhaps 20-25 minutes. Finally, I asked a busser to clear our table and bring us the check, even though we had not ordered the dessert that came with our New Years Eve fixed-price menu. Our server then reappeared and took our dessert orders. I love The Helmand, In fact, it is one of my favorite restaurants and ironically is my date's absolutely favorite restaurant. Service is always rushed and has never been the star of this show. In this case, it was abysmal. This one bad experience will not deter me, however, and I will definitely return again. One final note: to add insult to injury, The Helmand reported me as a no-show for my reservation, resulting in OpenTable unnecessarily sending me an email carrying a very stern scolding/reprimand for my "missed" reservation. And good times were had by all...

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vipLarryW
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, well seasoned. Service a bit slow.

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MariaM
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, good service, conveniently located, strongly recommended

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nycDeke
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

One does not go to The Helmand for its ambience, although the lighting is quiet and the rooms are well situated, but a few more carpets might lower the noise levels. The service is very good and just as courteous and efficient. All these are welcoming, and that is important because goes to The Helmand to eat. The food ranges from outstanding to sublime. The chef is a genius at combining and releasing flavors. It’s heavenly work.

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