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The Helmand

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Mount Vernon
Afghan
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806 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201 (Monument)
410-752-0311
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Providing Baltimore with fine Afghan cuisine for over 23 years.
Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Romance

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  • 159
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  • 85
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great food, nice venue, amazing prices

What an affordable meal! First time here and this dinner was for a special celebration, so we were going to go "big"! After appetizers, entrees, a dessert, and a bottle of sparkling wine, it was about $100. All food was delicious and very adequate portions. Varied items on the menu. Fairly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
PaulS98
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Brewer, Maine
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Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Brewer, Maine
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52 reviews 52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

What an affordable meal! First time here and this dinner was for a special celebration, so we were going to go "big"! After appetizers, entrees, a dessert, and a bottle of sparkling wine, it was about $100. All food was delicious and very adequate portions. Varied items on the menu. Fairly close tables and a bit noisy. Exceptionally helpful waiter... More 

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Smithfield, Virginia
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132 reviews 132 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

The Helmand, has been providing Baltimore with fine Afghan cuisine for over 20 years. The pan fried baby pumpkin appetizer seasoned with sugar and served on a yogurt garlic sauce was every bit as good as advertised. Entries of lamb and chicken were delicious. We agreed with one online reviewer who stated that recommended by seemingly everyone in Baltimore, it... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I had seen in a newspaper that The Helmand was rated best restaurant in all of Baltimore. Now, this is a big statement so, I knew that we had to try it. We had no idea that Helmand is a state in Afghanistan and that the food would be Afghanistani cuisine. Entering the restaurant I knew right away that this... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

this is the first time we went; arrived a few minutes before our 5:00 pm reservation, and already people were lined up outside waiting for the doors to open - a very good sign. Despite the surge of patrons coming in during the 5:00 -10:00 dinner hour (not open for lunch), service was excellent. our waiter and busboys were hustling... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Spontaneous decision to venture out to The Helmond.Reservations a must but still may have to wait because you are not managed by the wait staff to rush through your meal like other top restaurants to turn the table over so there must be some give and take. We decided to eat at the small bar with Ed who was bar-tending... More 

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Clarksburg, Maryland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We visited based on a recommendation never having eaten Afghan cuisine before. It was packed on this Saturday night and quite loud. We were lucky to get a table around the corner from the door (I would not have been happy near the door). Service was fine. The highlight was definitely the food: the lamb was incredible and we tried... More 

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maryland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We got in for an early dinner without a reservation, although I'll be sure to book a table next time. The place was full on a Saturday at 4:30. The host and servers are exceptionally accommodating and gracious, our host came by our table to check in. We started with Bowlani, fried pastry filled with leeks or potatoes shaped like... More 

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Baltimore, MD
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The restaurant was pleasant enough on a rainy night even if the heat was turned up a little too high. The service was fine. The problem was the food and, after all, the food is the thing in any restaurant, isn't it? The aushak I ordered came complete with enough grit to wear down my teeth. I don't generally appreciate... More 

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Our family of four dined at Helmand prior to seeing a show at the Modell Lyric Performing Arts Center. It was very convenient- we walked to the show afterwards. Our service was warm, gracious and attentive without being overly so. We ordered appetizers and dinner but were too full for dessert. Everything was outstanding. My adult children particularly liked the... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 via mobile

Always busy. Always fantastic. Will go again and again. Eat there. You'll love it. Never disappointed. Get the pumpkin appetizer- it is absolutely amazing. Really.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 806 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201
    (Monument)
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Baltimore>  > Mount Vernon
  • Neighborhood: Mount Vernon
  • Phone Number: 410-752-0311

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Afghan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Romance

Description

Providing Baltimore with fine Afghan cuisine for over 23 years.
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

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