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The Helmand

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

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  • 214
    Excellent
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    Very good
  • 26
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  • 3
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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
Excellent Afghan Cuisine. Highly Recommended.

We were impressed with the quality, flavor and delicate seasoning of the food here. The appetizers of baby pumpkin (kaddo borawni) and beef-filled pastry shells (mantwo), both on top of yogurt (and the pumpkin on top of garlic sauce), were fantastic. The main course of lamb with dried fruit and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Duxburygirl
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Massachusetts
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Massachusetts
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120 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were impressed with the quality, flavor and delicate seasoning of the food here. The appetizers of baby pumpkin (kaddo borawni) and beef-filled pastry shells (mantwo), both on top of yogurt (and the pumpkin on top of garlic sauce), were fantastic. The main course of lamb with dried fruit and desserts of cardamom ice cream and hazelnut torte were also... More 

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San Antontio
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60 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to Helmand's on the advice of a friend and we were blown away by the entire experience. We had never eaten Afghani food before and we were pleasantly surprised. We had beef and chicken and lamb along with the pumpkin appetizer and the bread. We left nothing to waste! This is a must try if you find yourself... More 

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Thank FunintheSun09
BALTIMORE
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A taste of Afghanistan packed into a small restaurant in beautiful Mount Vernon. A gem to locals and a must try for visitors not familiar with the cuisine. Excellent service that will walk you through the menu to ensure that you order things that your tastebuds will enjoy.

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Thank Jennifer W
Towson, Maryland, United States
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69 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My most recent visit to the Helmand was an intimate dinner with two couples for my friend's birthday. I was so excited that she had chosen to Helmand to celebrate! We were seated right away at a nice round table in a corner. Very cozy and wonderful atmosphere. My friend said that we had to try their pumpkin appetizer. Everyone... More 

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Thank Julie S
Baltimore, Maryland
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The staff was courteous, competent, and brisk. The foooood!!! We ordered appetizers to share (forgive me for not remembering the names; one meat, one veg, sauces galore), and the four of us each ordered an entrée. Everything was delicious and perfectly cooked, not over-seasoned, and moderately priced. We will be back!

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Thank jenanderek
Rockville, Maryland
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

My husband and I had a wonderful dinner at Helmand. The food is very good quality and is delicious. The restaurant is pretty inside with white tablecloths and some painted panels on the brick walls. They have a full bar. The restaurant is a very good value for the quality. For those of you who have not had Afghan food,... More 

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Thank ShaniDC
South Florida, Florida
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This was just an amazing restaurant and my first experience with Afghan food. From beginning to end, this restaurant delivered. The wait staff was excellent, very attentive without hovering. There were three of us and we ordered two appetizers and two entrees, which was plenty of food. Included was the nan which comes while we enjoyed a drink. I could... More 

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Thank blj512
Baltimore, Maryland
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I love this place. It's one of my favorite restaurants in the city. The service and waitstaff is average/good... It's the food alone that makes you return again and again. I highly recommend the pumpkin appetizer - I could literally eat 10 of them myself.

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Thank baltoartgal
Hyderabad, India
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Food her is excellent, everything was to die for in terms of presentation, taste and flavors. Its very different from the Indian food (even though many food items may sounds Indian). If you love your lamb, this place is just outstanding. On the flip side, the tables are crowded close to each other.

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Thank 2Tvamsee
Baltimore
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42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Neighbors like this restaurant. I have eaten there four times this year. My guests uniformly like it. We had a reservation for Saturday, December 12, 2015, at 6:30 pm. The restaurant was full. I ate a lamb kebab served with rice. It was tasty. My friends like the pumpkin appetizer so we routinely order that; it is pleasant. There is... More 

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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: Middle Eastern, Afghani, Balti

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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