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806 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201 (Mount Vernon)
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Ranked #10 of 1,794 Restaurants in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Afghan
Neighborhood: Mount Vernon
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Good for: Families with children, Romance
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Monument
Description: Providing Baltimore with fine Afghan cuisine for over 23 years.
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Denver, Colorado
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

A friend of a friend told us that dining at The Helmand was a "must, must, must" while in Baltimore. So we made reservations for our party of 8 for Friday night and went with high hopes. From the moment we walked in the door, the staff was courteous and attentive. We were seated at a lovely round table in... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

It is a fairly large restaurant with several areas. Very nice atmosphere and service. Most importantly - the food is very well prepared and served. It was my first time in Afgan restaurant - many dishes appear to be similar to North indian cousine, Very nice lamb dishes, citantro dip is served for rice. They seems to be using very... More

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Varese, Italy
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193 reviews 193 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Came here for dinner and had a great experience. Though I cannot say if the food was authentic afghan...it tasted excellent! Had the pumpkin for starters (very good) and a delicious lamb dish (it was among the daily specials). Good red wine to accompany everything. Good service and honest prices

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Oaxaca, Mexico
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69 reviews 69 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Very good food, decent wine list, good waitstaff, reasonable prices. An out of the way place that excels in what it does..good food, reasonable prices, fine atmosphere, and quite.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

My sister and her family took me to the Helmand for the last of my October birthday dinners. The last time I was there was over a year ago and it was every bit as good as I remembered. I had the lamb, my sister had the tenderloin and my BIL had the salmon. Everyone was pleased with their dishes... More

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Vero Beach, Florida
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132 reviews 132 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This is one of the best restaurants in Bmore. It gets very little press but it is always packed and the lamb is to die for. Some of the apps are the most unusual and best I have ever had.

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Stamford, Connecticut
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Very good Afghan food served in a nice setting by a very courteous (Afghani tradition) staff. Afghani restaurants and cuisine are hard to find in the U.S. A more subtle but even more complexly flavorful cuisine than Indian. The Helmand does a very good job. I give it four stars rather than five only because its decor, although quite nice,... More

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Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA
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162 reviews 162 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

It is a real treat to find such an upscale restaurant serving Afghan inspired cuisine. Plan in advance, because this is a very popular venue. If you are not familiar with this cuisine, ask your server for guidance...they are very helpful! I particularly like the lamb dishes. There are also many wonderful vegetarian options. A very good value as well!

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Flagstaff, Arizona
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I have to say this is perhaps my favorite restaurant in the world. Great food with good service and a laid back vibe. Every time I return to Baltimore this is my one "must eat" restaurant. The kaddo borawani is plate-licking good. I recommend the vegetarian aushak even though I'm not a vegetarian. My favorite dish is the chopendez. If... More

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Odenton, Maryland
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77 reviews 77 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Don't waste your time coming to Baltimore for Afghan food. Claiming to have authentic food it is a complete joke. The food is over cooked and over seasoned. Completely surprising because the owners are from Afghanistan. True three different meals (Koufta Challow, Mantwo and Mourgh Challow). All three were over cooked. Sorry but it is worth passing on this one

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Additional Information about The Helmand

Address: 806 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone Number: 410-752-0311
Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Baltimore>  > Mount Vernon
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Afghan

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