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The Helmand

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Middle Eastern, Afghan, Afghani
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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

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  • 140
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  • 96
    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
I agree with most reviews, good spot...heavy on meat

Finally made it here and wasn't disappointed. I had what I think was the only shrimp dish available, which was pretty good. My friend had a steak dish and said it was real good. I wasn't blown away here, but I recognize that it's known for lamb mostly, which I don't eat. There were some good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Opinionsareus
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Boston, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
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273 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
337 reviews 337 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Finally made it here and wasn't disappointed. I had what I think was the only shrimp dish available, which was pretty good. My friend had a steak dish and said it was real good. I wasn't blown away here, but I recognize that it's known for lamb mostly, which I don't eat. There were some good breads/dipping sauces brought over... More 

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Seattle, WA
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75 reviews 75 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

My adult son and I went on a "date" and came here. He and his wife had been here twice in the past few years. I really enjoyed it. We had reservations for 8 p.m. on a Saturday night and it was very crowded. (We were able to park on the street but it took a while to find a... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

If you didn't know yet, this is an Afghani restaurant. At the time we were there (dinner May 2015) there was a lot of lamb on the menu. Almost all dishes are served with two types of rice-one is fairly plain and the other is very spiced. The "very spiced" one was perfect for me. I tried two types of... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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63 reviews 63 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

A meat lovers delight with an abundance of red meat offerings. Limited choice for a chicken/fish family like ours. Both their chicken dishes were very nice. Trout was OK. Veg really very nice. A lot of North Indian food has its parentage in the middle east, so if you like Indian food, then you will love this place.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

This is a warm and enchanting restaurant in the heart of East Cambridge in between Lechmere and Kendall Square T stations. Food and service is excellent.

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Helmand is a great place to go for a relaxed atmosphere, delicious food, and some really unusual tastes. Good for vegetarians, as well — plenty of choices!

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Yangon
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33 reviews 33 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 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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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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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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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, Afghan, Afghani

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?