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The Helmand

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143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
+1 617-492-4646
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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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've eaten here a number of times, and I almost always have the Chowpan (lamb chops). They are great, accompanied by sautéed eggplant and rice and the bread fresh from the brick oven in the room is fabulous. Extensive vegetarian menu as well (wasted on me, a carnivore).

Thank Ucannevertravel2much
Marlborough, Massachusetts
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73 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Authentic Afghan food so get ready to be exposed to things and tastes you won't get at the usual American restaurant. The staff is very knowledgeable and seems like they have been part of the family. Try at least one of the dishes from the wood fired hearth. This is where one of the single issues with this place is:... More 

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Glen Mills
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff is super friendly and helpful. The food is excellent. Its a great place to go with a large group.

Thank Patti A
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62 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016

It was pure chance that I went to The Helmand for dinner . I was staying at a hotel nearby and the concierge asked me if I wanted to try something different . I walked in early with my dinner companion and the place looked somewhat empty but very welcoming . Our waiter was very helpful in selecting the food... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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228 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

This Afghan restaurant is near the mall and exceeded expectations. The service was very good. We asked for vegetarian food, and they had several on the menu. This was a surprise. The owner is very friendly and the whole experience was memorable.

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Basel, Switzerland
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

I came expecting great things - I'd heard a lot about the place, I'd never had Afghani food before and I don't think I will again if this is a fair representation. That said I don't think it is, the food bears little or no resemblance to other northern Indian cuisines, not Pakistani nor Nepali nor Kashmiri .. It was... More 

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38 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

We visited Helmand on a Saturday night. Restaurant was busy and we were seated in the back smaller dining area. While not as atmoshperic, it was pleasant to be in a quiet area. Food is fresh and all came out hot and tasty. Started with the Bowlani; we expected potato and a leek/scallion per the menu so we were a... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

My colleagues took me to Helmand as they had heard great reviews about the food - and the reviews were not wrong, the vegetarian food was delicious. My meat lover friends were pretty disappointed with their entrees though. The orders were incorrect for the most part - the meat was either undercooked over overcooked and not as requested by the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Vegetarian with a strong pallet! Yes, not easy to please my family. But our experience was excellent from start to finish. Lots of vegetarian options in Appetizers and Entree. Kaddo was outstanding as an appetizer. Unfortunately I don't have pictures of that. Had ordered 4 entrees and all were outstanding. This was for a group of 8 hungry folks. Desserts...writing... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

If you are in Boston visiting or live around, this is a must try. Great authentic food specially their lamb dishes. On the favorite list.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $30
Middle Eastern, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions
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: 143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-492-4646

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