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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

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  • 150
    Excellent
  • 104
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 5
    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
Fabulous restaurant, poor service (this time)

The food in this restaurant is unbeatable. I am a fan of Afghan restaurants, but this one ranks among the best I've ever been to. I've been here several times and the food has always been phenomenal. Really one of my favorite restaurants. This time however, we came in a bit late, and the guy at the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
Enrico543
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

The food in this restaurant is unbeatable. I am a fan of Afghan restaurants, but this one ranks among the best I've ever been to. I've been here several times and the food has always been phenomenal. Really one of my favorite restaurants. This time however, we came in a bit late, and the guy at the oven had taken... More 

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Troy, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Quick service and great variety. The bread was incredible and the portions were just right. Party of 8 and got out for around $175 with 2 appetizers and a couple of drinks.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Helmand is AMAZING. The atmosphere is great, food is always fresh and tastes like homemade. It is reasonably priced and portions are generous. Their bread is delicious! My favorite dish is vegetarian Showla with spinach, beans and cheese filled pepper and tasty rice with beans. I also recommend trying their sweet pumpkin. Bon appetite!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We were on a road trip visiting Boston and came across to Cambridge to see MIT and Harvard. We were craving South Asian/Middle Eastern food and this afghani restaurant definitely fit the bill. We have never had afghani food before but now we are in love! Every dish was full of flavour, the rice was to die for and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This place is a gem!!!! i wish we had anything that is even close to it in NYC!! the food is authentic and sooooooo goooood!!!!

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Durham, North Carolina
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I was excited when a recent business dinner listed The Helmand as the venue. This excitement quickly faded upon arrival. It was a spectacular evening in Boston with cool temperatures, so our dinner group decided to walk to the restaurant. When we arrived, it was beyond stuffy - it was hot - to an unappetizing point. The place was crowded... More 

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Southbury, Connecticut, United States
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83 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We liked everything we tried, but service could have been better. We felt the server had too many tables to attend. So, even with good intentions, he just could not keep up. But if you are looking for good Afghan food, Helmand is the place for you. The Eggplant dish deserves special mention. It was quite simple yet very tasty.... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I've eaten here before and this time a group of us went. The service is quick but not forceful and they're more than happy to walk you through the menu. Quality is good and well executed plus it's good value for what you get. If you go here be adventurous. They're more than happy to put a variety of mains... More 

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Thornton, Colorado, USA
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

The atmosphere was wonderfully subdued, the service impeccable, and the food fantastic. Cannot wait to try their other restaurant in San Francisco next month.

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Boston, Mass
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

If you're bored with the standard fare served in most restaurants, even many of the good ones, try The Helmand. Each dish is unique in its interesting flavors. Lovely atmosphere and friendly staff. I would have preferred beer over wine with this type of cuisine, but you can't ask for everything.

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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: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Doing business
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?