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The Helmand

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143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
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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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank Kimaya A
Boston, Massachusetts
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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 

Thank travelerck
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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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.

Thank Lahir9999
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Three of us went here for dinner. Two among us vegetarians. There are some good vegetarian options and all were tasty. I ordered chicken kebabs and were disappointed. Typical middle eastern kebabs are small pieces grilled over charcoal or gas to create a crispy outside with a moist inside. The way they made it here was large pieces with grill... More 

Thank Mina50952
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Our son-in-law introduced us to this restaurant several years ago and we went back in a smaller group. The Aushak comes with only a little of the spicy mint sauce, and the pumpkin kallow is so sweet it seems more like a dessert-- no balancing spicy bite. But it is friendly, cozy, and the bread is made right before you--!i'm... More 

Thank Cynthiared
Plainfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

In town with some colleagues, we stayed at the nearby Fairfield Inn & Suites Boston (very nice hotel, BTW). On our first night in town, we assembled in the lobby to figure out where to eat. We walked the few short blocks over to the CambridgeSide Galleria, where we realized we were faced with mainly chain restaurants. We all wanted... More 

Thank V_B_Z
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

Went for my wife's birthday. Very friendly staff, attentive service. The food is a cross between Indian and Middle Eastern. Quite tasty and not too pricey. I shall return

Thank AranNathanson
Lawrence, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

I know very little about Afghan cuisine, but this restaurant serves food much more flavorful and interesting than I had imagined it would be. I go back to this place almost every year, never remember what I had the last time, but have always liked whatever I chose. And the restaurant has a good wine list. If you are staying... More 

Thank Tom W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Four of us dined at the Helmand on a Thursday evening. We called ahead and were seated promptly upon arrival. A tray of various dipping sauces, including a raita-like yogurt dip and a red chili condiment, was offered along with focaccia-like bread. (This is an Afghani restaurant and I don't know the names of the dishes in Afghani.) Upon recommendation... More 

Thank MistyAsh
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

My family and I visited this place purely due to good reviews on TripAdvisor. Fortunately, the reviews are all true. Really great service and both vegi and non-vegi food was very pleasing. I recommend asking for some plates and sharing the food if you are several people. It only makes the experience better.

Thank Jeppe M

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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
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings
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: 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?