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The Helmand

143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
617-492-4646
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Ranked #25 of 541 Restaurants in Cambridge
Price range: $21 - $30
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Cuisines: Afghan, Middle Eastern
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

I have been a fan of the Helmand from its opening. I could rate it more highly in any way. The food is exotic and tasty, especially the lamb dishes, and the bread, which is baked on the premises. The service is first-rate. Everything is reasonably priced, in particular the wine list. It is therefore not surprising that the Helmand... More

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waterboro
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I didn't know what I wanted to eat for dinner and boy am I glad that I decided to try something different while visiting Cambridge. This Afghan restaurant serves freshly made wood fired bread for starters that is served with three delicious spiced sauces. The meals my wife and I had were a beef kabob meal and a leg of... More

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New London, Connecticut, United States
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115 reviews 115 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My wife and I had dinner at The Helmand on August 10, 2014. This is an Afghan/Middle Eastern restaurant, which has been given several good reviews. For this reason, my wife and I wanted to give it a try. We arrived around 8:30 PM, and the restaurant was at half capacity. We were promptly seated and given a menu. The... More

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Newton, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This is an Afgani restaurant where my favorite dishes are Kabuli pallow (afghan-style rice) baked with chunks of lamb tenderloin, raisins and glazed julienne of carrots for $16.50. I like this with a lot of the grated carrots. Even when you pay for more there are just a few. The side dish I really love is Kaddo Bourani/ Pumpkin with... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I got to eat here on the company dime once, and that was the best money I didn't have to spend! The options for vegetarians were wonderful. I have never had pumpkin in so many different ways before and I was in love with the spices and presentations. The food was excellent, the service was excellent, and the wine was... More

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Dublin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I had an absolutely fantastic meal at Helmand Restaurant. Great service - discreet but attentive. Would highly recommend - one of the best meals I've had in a long time.

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New York City, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I was disappointed, especially after reading all the glorious reviews. The food was a bit bland. The bread was OK, but I don't think I got it fresh out of the oven like other customers, as it was cold and a bit stale. The dips that came with it, while touted as something special/home made, tasted exactly like what I... More

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boston
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66 reviews 66 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

My companions and I ate here in July 2014. It was my first visit, although my husband and our friend had each been there several time. The atmosphere was comfortable, authentically Afghani. Each of our dishes was pronounced fantastic. Prices are reasonable. Parking is available in a lot across the street. Be sure to get a pass to put in... More

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Ontario
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I first ate at the Helmand in SF 25 years ago. Ever since it has been one of my favorite restaurants. I also visited the Cambridge location twice during the past ten years. While the menu has not changed over the years and the creativity of the dishes no longer a surprise for me - the food remained simply excellent.... More

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New Hampshire
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163 reviews 163 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I ate here in June 2014 and I will definitely return. I had a pumpkin and eggplant dish that was excellent. Also, the bread that they give you is very good as well. The service was efficient, but lacked personality. While I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others, this Is more of a "midweek" restaurant that you would go... More

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