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The Helmand

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$$$
Mount Vernon
Balti, Eastern European, Afghani
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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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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Providing Baltimore with fine Afghan cuisine for over 23 years.

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  • 185
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    Very good
  • 25
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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
Deliciously amazing cuisine!!

First time visiting this type of restaurant for afghan cuisine. The service was quick and very polite. The food was definitely a tour of the middle eastern region. Highly recommend the steak and the special ice cream is a unique blend of exotic flavors that you will not regret trying.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
Dawn P
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  • Families with children
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

First time visiting this type of restaurant for afghan cuisine. The service was quick and very polite. The food was definitely a tour of the middle eastern region. Highly recommend the steak and the special ice cream is a unique blend of exotic flavors that you will not regret trying.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The meal was excellent. The flavors were unique and tasty. I would love to go back! The description of the dishes was true to actual.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I'm not adventurous about food at all. So imagine my excited face when my friends said we were going to an Afghani restaurant... Anyways, the food was amazing. Not because my palate had just been introduced to new food. I've had Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, all that weird hippy stuff. This is legitimately amazing food that should be in the top... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

By now everyone has likely championed the pumpkin appetizer. I don't even typically like pumpkin, but I highly recommend this dish. I love the ashuk and it order it nearly every time I go. The fantastic service, reasonable prices, and consistently delicious food keeps me coming back.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I had been cautious about eating at the Helmand after looking at the menu online, but after reading the reviews on TA it was time to go. It started off bad when I called and asked if it was a BYOB since there was no mention of wine on their website. The guy that answered the phone was clueless saying... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This restaurant serves really good afghani food. The starters are really good especially the vegetarians ones (do try the pumpkin, the eggplant but if you try the mantees go for the meatless ones. ) We also had their naan bread which if nothing like the ones we ever tasted in both Indian and afghan restaurants in Montreal or NYC. Their... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Went here for restaurant week with some friends. We got the 30 Dollar various meat dish and it was very good. The pumpkin cake was good, and the meet was very tender. Overall decent experience.

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Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We tried the Helmand with some trepidation as we were unfamiliar with Afghan cuisine. While the cocktails were not only tasty but interesting they were also quite pricey. The menu had ample options but spice was intrinsic to most offerings. We chose dishes featuring lamb and both were tasty and well presented. While the appointments were tasteful and very pleasant... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I looked forward to our Saturday “date night” dinner at The Helmand and the food did not disappoint. This Baltimore institution serves delicious Afghan food, delicately and intricately spiced, at reasonable prices. But our visit was marred by two service –related failures: throughout our meal, we were rushed by the staff for no apparent reason and after our visit we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I live in the city and I have eaten at the Helmand several times. I have always enjoyed the food there. The meals are very reasonably priced, well seasoned and unique. I am a vegetarian and have found several things I really enjoy on the menu. I also brought my parents to this restaurant while they were visiting. They loved... 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: Balti, Eastern European, Afghani

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?