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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 - 10:00 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Helmand was a refreshing change of routine. I like eating different cuisines, but do not have a lot of options where I currently live. Being at The Helmand reminded me of being in a restaurant in NYC. The main room is narrow and long, but has a quaint vibe. There is a small bar in the back where they... More 

Thank sharon_travels12
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114 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can not go wrong with a night out at the Helmand. The ambiance service and food are consistently top-notch and reasonably priced.

Thank MarylandTravelgirl
Evanston, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks 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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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks 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 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks 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 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
Middle Eastern, Afghani, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
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?