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143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
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Ranked #14 of 548 Restaurants in Cambridge
Price range: $21 - $30
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Afghan, Middle Eastern
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Acton, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Our last visit to the Helmand was six years ago and as soon as we took a bite of the warm flatbread we wondered how we could have been gone for so long! The bread is served with a trio of dips and we heartily ate all the bread in the basket! The menu hasn't changed and that is a... More

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Peabody, Massachusetts
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46 reviews 46 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This restaurant is such a treasure chest of dining delights. We started with the Kaddo, a pumpkin appetizer with garlic yogurt sauce and a ground beef sauce -- TO DIE FOR followed by Shorwa, a delicious lamb soup with fresh vegetables. My entree was very special -- Chappli Kabab -- two ground tenderloin patties -- tender, moist and accompanied by... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We went on recommendation of friends . The food was good but on Saturday night they clearly want to turn the tables over as quickly as possible . They had us in and out - 2 courses and drinks in 55 minutes . Tried to order the appetizer separately but this is not allowed and so we got the entree.just... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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56 reviews 56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

It was a double celebration: two family birthdays. The meat eaters were happy with dwopiaza; the vegetarian was happy with the veggie special. And the wine was delish and reasonably priced. Why not 5 stars? Because the service wasn't quite up to snuff. Specifically, while the evening was young (we arrived with a reservation before 6pm) and there were many... More

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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

My husband and I visited The Helmand this evening; we made a reservation as they do get busy. We were seated immediately, though, and service was prompt and friendly. The decor is pretty, warm, and cozy with white tablecloths, pleasant lighting, and a quiet buzz of conversation. One can smell the bread baking, as there is a brick oven right... More

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San Diego, California
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90 reviews 90 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This restaurant purports to produce excellent Afghan food and they are not spoofing. I've had many experiences with Afghan cuisine and this is one of the best outside of Afghanistan itself. The bread was perfect. The soups were exquisite. The lamb was perfect. I'd go back there again in a heartbeat.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 via mobile

gorgeous food. We had a starter and main course each, and it was far too much for us Europeans to eat. I guess it's portion sized for locals, but safe to say it was fantastic quality. It brought back great memories of the cooking my Afgani' friend Kas used to make us. Deeply flavoured rice, perfectly cooked lamb, interesting veg...... More

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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We enjoyed two meals within a week here recently. Admittedly there are not many options in this vicinity of Cambridge however we thought the food ,setting, and service surpassed many eateries across the river in Back Bay. Lamb is the predominant meat on the menu, with many vegetarian options as well. The setting is quietly elegant with a fireplace in... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We had a group of five people at the Helmand for dinner. The food was both interesting and tasty. Portions were large so when they brought our entree's having forgotten to bring our starters we were not too upset. Still, we were hoping to try some of their house specialty appetizers and missed out chance. I recommend this restaurant for... More

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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68 reviews 68 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere, if not THE favorite. I have been coming here for 15 years since my college days at MIT, so I've eaten here as a vegetarian and non-vegetarian and all the food is fantastic! My current favorites are the aush soup, kaddo, and the aushak. I also love the oven flatbread with assorted... More

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Additional Information about The Helmand

Address: 143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
Phone Number: 617-492-4646
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
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
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Afghan, Middle Eastern

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