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The Helmand

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Mount Vernon
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806 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201-5308 (Monument)
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Evanston, Illinois
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205 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Three of us got three different lamb dishes. All lovely. Rice accompaniment good, and the other vegetables. Don't accept the nan (bread) they suggest, though--chewy-tough, not much flavor, and not worth the $4.50 charge; kind of an insult to the diner and meal. Very prompt service. Nice environment, but extremely noisy when we came.

Thank jaz79h
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have never been disappointed at the Helmand. The food is Delicious! Could eat there once a week - why not? We have celebrated birthdays, anniversaries and reunions there. WE have had all kind of dishes and always including the pumpkin appetizer. The service is gracious and on time. The atmosphere is charming - a mini visit abroad! and the... More 

Thank Xayadawn
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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240 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This restaurant has been a staple of Baltimore's ethnic cuisine diversity for many years. The Karzai brothers have many successful restaurants, this was the first. The quality of their food is still wonderful giving people a taste of the complex flavors of the silk road - cinnamon, ginger, garlic, apricots, mint cilantro, pomegranate, turmeric, raisin, etc. I had the Dwoplaza,... More 

Thank daanddo
New York
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59 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place gets very crowded as the food is very good and the prices are very reasonable. If you've never had Afghan food try it, it's not too adventurous a cusine (chicken and lamb predominate and yogurt is used in a lot of sauces). Wine list is surprisingly good and without the very high mark ups other places charge.

Thank abulafia
Vancouver, Canada
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Make a reservation for this place or you'll be waiting hours. We were seated promptly, drinks were given quickly, and no sooner had we ordered an appetizer than it was on the table! We had the eggplant started which was incredible. The yogurt garlic sauce is just so good. We ordered mains, both one of the lamb dishes and again,... More 

Thank st1776
Tallahassee, Florida
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My youngest daughter and her fiance took us out to dinner at The Helmand Restaurant during our visit to Baltimore . I had never had cuisine from Afghanistan before and was looking forward to it. We both had a dish called Chopendez and we're certainly not disappointed. This consisted of grilled beef tenderloin and challow (seasoned rice) as well as... More 

Thank Dewitt M
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320 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had never tried Afghan food. The food was very interesting and delicious. II thought it had elements of Indian, Iranian/Middle east food without being too spicy. The most interesting part was the combination of ingredients and flavors that are not normally seen in Western Food. The restaurant is very popular, so booking is essential. Also, the service was acceptable... More 

Thank rbravo
Charlotte, North Carolina
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33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went with two other couples, none of us having any experience with this cuisine. Our server was excellent and they suggested a family style meal that offers samples of a wide variety of dishes. We did this and they were happy to customize for our gluten free diner and our carb free diners too. It was interesting experience. Personally... More 

Thank KimberlyKub
Charlotte, North Carolina
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23 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went with a party of 6, and this was everyones first time eating Afghani. Since we had a large party, they recommended we all get the deal where you basically get a little bit of many items from the menu. This was great for newbies because we all got to try a little bit of everything. It was more than... More 

Thank kkandkk
Baltimore, Maryland
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50 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This lovely place offers an interesting variety of unusual food. Everything is always well prepared and delicious! One of our favorites.

Thank mamacancook

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Middle Eastern, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly, Balti, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 806 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201-5308
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Baltimore>  > Mount Vernon
  • Neighborhood: Mount Vernon
  • Phone Number: 410-752-0311
Providing Baltimore with fine Afghan cuisine for over 23 years.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?