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The Helmand

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Afghan, Middle Eastern
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143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
617-492-4646
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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, Reservations
Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 139
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  • 91
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A reliable neighborhood favorite

A warm and lovely room and an interesting - but unchanging - menu. The service is friendly and the food is very good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
sjc2013
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Yangon
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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267 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Yangon
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A warm and lovely room and an interesting - but unchanging - menu. The service is friendly and the food is very good.

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West Tisbury, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

we went with our family and there are many large tables, the ambiance is native to Afghanistan and the food is unbelievable! Also there is ample parking across the street and in the neighborhood. Great for a special occasion.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I'd been three or for times before and always enjoyed the great food. The last time I went, we were seated and told our waiter would be right with us. He came by to say he would be right back then disappeared for a half hour. He did not come back until we were leaving. We complained to the host... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015 via mobile

The location is not anything special, but once you get inside, it's a gem. Great, tasty food, nice ambiance and perfect service.

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This restaurant manages to both comfortable and exotic and, thus, a special occasion and a regular outing place. The colors and spacing of the room are subtle and wonderful. You can even have a conversation with your dinner companions. And, while the food may be exotic to some (ah, the pumpkin!), the waitstaff are supportive and not overbearing. One of... More 

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Arlington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Love Helmand! I've been many times -- the decor is very warm and colorful. They have a fireplace, rugs on the floor colorful paintings. Great place for a date or large groups. The food is delicious and there are many options for vegetarians.

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This was the first time we tried Afghan food, so we can't judge authenticity. But we enjoyed a great meal. The vegetables were super tasty, delicious home made bread and the lamb was the best ever. The service was friendly and fast. We'll definitely go back on a next visit to Cambridge.

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Washington, DC
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145 reviews 145 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We were looking for a place to eat on Christmas Eve in Cambridge and found the Helmand open. Thank goodness! And what a great meal! This is a fairly large restaurant with a very nice Afghan decor. The food was excellent as was the service. Both my wife and I had lamb dishes with rice and they were excellent. The... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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73 reviews 73 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

A bit skeptical initially to eat in Afghan kitchen restaurant (fine Afghanistan cousine???). Wrong. Very good service (we were there on Sunday). Incredible flavors. Generous portions. Meat, fish, rice, vegetables-best quality. Very decent wine list Will go back, no question.

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Newton, MA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We were there after coming back for our trip from Turkey, and we were a little disappointed for food was to plain, lack of flavor, honestly place is beautiful and almost sure you can elevate Food to another level. Home made bread and sauces were terrific! We sure will get them another chance.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: 617-492-4646

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Afghan, Middle Eastern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?