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The Helmand

Certificate of Excellence
Middle Eastern, Afghani
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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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Boston, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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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New York City, New York
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103 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 

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Plainfield, Illinois
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113 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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67 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars 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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452 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 303 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 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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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
Middle Eastern, Afghani
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, 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?