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The Helmand

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$$$
Middle Eastern, Afghani
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143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
617-492-4646
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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, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 164
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  • 108
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 6
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  • 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
Great dinner, exotic taste

The restaurant is welcoming and decorated in style. Food was delicious and service vas good. I'll come back to try more dishes. As appetizer they bring to everybody home made bread with sauces. They have a complete list of wines.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Marco148
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State College, Pennsylvania
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State College, Pennsylvania
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74 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant is welcoming and decorated in style. Food was delicious and service vas good. I'll come back to try more dishes. As appetizer they bring to everybody home made bread with sauces. They have a complete list of wines.

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Thank Marco148
Woodstock, New York
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The people are gracious in this busy restaurant. The interior is lovely. The food is awesome. Parking is no problem. Need I say more? Yes - make a reservation! They have a pumpkin appetizer, Kaddo, that is truly tasty. We get one on every visit. The bread is out of the oven in front of your eyes. In many, many... More 

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Thank FGSwoodstock
Quincy, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tasty food. Very similar to my own culture food and thats why I like it. I went there twice in one month. Very helpful waitress, very knowledgable and fast serving. I heart the same music over the two times, I guess they have the same CD playing over and over. I saw the clients there were from all over the... More 

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Thank Kalin-Malin
NY State
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34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The reviews I read about this place speak the truth: everything is delicious! I honestly wish I lived closer so that I could come in every month now that I have found this place. Try the mantwo appetizer, so very tasty!

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Thank emsmandms
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was the first time we had Afghan food so we can't compare this dinner to any other but it was incredibly delicious, very original and exotic. It's like a wonderful mix of Arab and Indian food. The Afghan "pancakes" are fantastic. We were too full to try any desserts, wish we could have tried the baklava!!

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Thank Delphine B
Milan, Italy
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

This place is always a great experience, whether going there for a nice dinner or as a place to take visitors from out of town. A nice change from the ordinary, with great food and a nice ambiance.

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Thank Patrikgo
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

The Helmand is an excellent top tier restaurant that doesn't disappoint. I have been a few times - most recently with a friend but also on business. The food never disappoints - while the menu hasn't changed based on my experience, it also doesn't have to as the core items are fabulous. Restaurant of ethnic Afghan cuisine that seems to... More 

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Thank Jeremy S
Andover, United States
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

This restaurant is somewhere between cozy and elegant - fireplace and bread oven with high ceilings and wine wall. The service was divine. But the real attraction is the food. When we arrived (a party of 8) we were told that our bread was baking and would be out shortly. The flat afghan bread is not at all like a... More 

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Thank Lisa G
Nashville, Tennessee
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

The Helmand was recommended to me by the concierge at The Royal Sonesta. It was easily within walking distance of the hotel and I'm glad I had a bit of a walk to and from the restaurant--I completely ate my weight in Afghani food there. Our waitress was super lovely and did a great job recommending her favorite dishes...which we... More 

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Thank Jessica T
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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316 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

This is one of my favorite places to go as a couple! It is not super expensive and the food selection is superb! The taste is wonderful and the sizes of the plates are large, so you get plenty of food. Their list of wine is great! the ambient is cozy and charming, and some tables are very comfortable with... More 

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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: Middle Eastern, Afghani

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?