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The Helmand

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143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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65 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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416 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 285 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice place with tasteful decor and welcoming atmosphere. Service was impeccable and swift. The meals were outstanding: ravioli, aubergines and lamb as starters, all with Afghan flavours and mains with wonderful lamb dishes. Wine selection is ok, nothing memorable though. The Helmand is a special place to go for any venue to taste great Afghan cuisine, being refreshingly different... More 

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Wilmington, MA
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Perfect place to get together with friends for a nice meal, and something different. A lovely and gracious setting, with exotic decor, music, and food. Nice ambiance, and quiet enough to be able to enjoy conversation. The homemade flatbread is fantastic -- I'd buy up a bunch to bring home if I could.

Thank Lisa M
Cologne, Germany
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

I came for a business dinner after a colleague had recommended the Helmand. Everything from hostess welcome over service during dinner until leaving the place was absolutely amazing. Very friendly people, always accommodating and the food just outstanding. I recommend to order the rack of lamb, which easily can be the best on the East Coast.

Thank Michael R
Boston, MA
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94 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

I went to this restaurant as recommended by friends and did not regret the decision. The food was delicious and the service was wonderful, The oven-baked bread was warm and tasty; it came with butter and three types of dipping source. I did not care too much about the appetizers. The entries we ordered all looked great and surely tasted... More 

Thank TP1234
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

We had eaten at the Helmand many years ago and had wonderful memories of plentiful, delicious, reasonably priced food. Although the new Helmand (better location, more professionally decorated) was good, before it had been terrific; a real find.

Thank sarafina01
San Francisco, California
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

Went in April with a large group (12 people) to celebrate a birthday. I called in advance and they were very nice on the phone. Food was delicious all around. We had vegetarians and non vegetarians in our group and all left highly satisfied. They accommodated us bringing our own cake (they charge a fee, which is typical for restaurants),... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
Vegetarian, Middle Eastern, Afghani, Gluten Free
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, 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: 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?