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The Helmand

806 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201 (Mount Vernon)
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Ranked #7 of 1,798 Restaurants in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Afghan
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Mount Vernon
Cross street: Monument
Description: Providing Baltimore with fine Afghan cuisine for over 23 years.
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242 reviews from our community

89% Recommend
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  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We were looking to try something new so we gave the Helmand a try. The restaurant was well decorated and the staff were attentive. For appetizers we ordered the Naan, Kaddo Borawni and Mantwo. The Naan was much thicker than what I am used to and did not strike me as anything special. We thoroughly enjoyed the Kaddo Borawni which... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Baltimore relatives took us to this Afghan spot in the Mount Vernon neighborhood. The meal of food with which we were previously unfamiliar -- it resembles Indian -- was excellent. The service was attentive and helpful. Prices were very reasonable -- there was a $30 special that included appetizer, soup or salad, entree and dessert. Decent wine was available for... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The atmosphere created by the decor is suggestive of the exotic look and feel of the place. The menu is extensive and includes a large variety of meat and vegetarian dishes. My starter was lamb in a parcel that was very much like a ravioli pasta in consistency. Served with a lightly-spiced and very tasty sauce the dish was satisfying... More

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Huntsville, AL
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I was unsure whether I would enjoy Afghan food. The Helmand presented it well prepared and it was delicious.I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone. Service was prompt, courteous, but not intrusive, The atmosphere was definitely Western and the only indication that it was Afghan was a beautiful rug on the wall. Would like to see more local flavor... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

My B'more friend had been wanting to try The Helmand for a long time. I've never had Afghan food but am always up for adventurous eating. So on my July 4th holiday visit, we picked The Helmand of rdinner and what a great choice! We both loved our dining experience. The food was flavorful and fantastic, the service was perfect.... More

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Albany, New York area
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Nice atmosphere, great food!! Prompt service, and the price was very reasonable. Don't miss this gem of a restaurant! My only complaint is that the waiters cleared each person's dish as they finished instead of waiting for everyone at the table to finish their meal, which is rather impolite.

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Lincoln, New Hampshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The food was delicious, the service was wonderful and the suggestions of various apps, dinners and desserts was fabulous! Would like to go again and again and again...

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Nashua, New Hampshire, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

While in Baltimore my cousin took me to The Helmand for the Best Lamb I have ever had. The owner, a cousin of Mr. Karzai said that the reason is the lamb is very fresh and comes from over in Columbia, MD. The Chowpan salad is unbelievable and I have not been able to copy it. Kaddo Borawini (baby pumpkin... More

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Comox, Canada
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179 reviews 179 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Ethnic restaurant interesting that the guy did not know that it is a province in Afghanistan. I had the lamb, I gather it was done thAfghan way. Small chunks of lamb with mushrooms and spinach. It was good but I prefer lamb done the mediterranan way, The lamb taste is a bit muted, lamb purists might be disappointed. Serive abouve... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

What can one say about The Helmand. The food is always terrific and the service, attentive and gracious. This is Baltimore's premier affordable restaurant for subcontinent Asian food, and especially vegetarian and vegan friendly. Oh and the carnivores love it too, If you haven't been, you are missing a treat!

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