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The Helmand
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Ranked #4 of 2,016 Restaurants in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Afghani
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Mount Vernon
Cross street: Monument
Description: Providing Baltimore with fine Afghan cuisine for over 23 years.
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

It had been 15-20 years since we had eaten at The Helmand and now I'm saying what a loss for us. We were 6 for dinner on Sunday, started out half empty and within a half hour it was packed! and we tasted why. the bread starter, appetizers and main meals were delicious and tasted home made... what a treat. My only gripe was that, probably because they were so crowded service tended to be slow and unattentive at times, but they made up for it by the food. Definitely will not be a long interval again before we return.

Thank soma90
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English first
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A Fun Night Out”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

The place is lively and fun, but a tad loud for our tastes, though it was a Saturday night. The pumpkin appetizer is a "must have," sweet and creamy, with just a touch of garlic to keep it from tasting like pie filling. The rest of our meal was very good, and the service was very fast. Turkish coffee.... really strong and very hot... quite good. If you are looking for something different but good, give this place a try!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Phroggue
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Be adventurous! You won't regret it.”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

The Helmand was recommended to me by a friend who used to live in Baltimore. Never having had Afghani food, I had to try it. Everything was delicious! We took the servers suggestions for the best appetizers and entrees. They were very knowledgable about the menu and the wine list as well. There was a tremendous selection of vegetarian options, which I appreciated. Dinner was so good, we even tried dessert. I would absolutely recommend The Helmand. Even if you aren't familiar with the food, try it!

Visited February 2013
Thank momonbusiness
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Northern Minnesota
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Very good experience”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

Would give it 4.4 stars. I've no idea whether the Helmand is authentic Afghan food or not, but the atmosphere in the restaurant is warm and welcoming and the food was wonderful. Very nice spicing, not terribly expensive, decent array of vegetarian as well as meat-based dishes. We talked to a couple of locals who were regulars and singing the restaurant's praises. Takeout was easy, and we returned a second time in our short stay because the first dinner was so flavorful.

Visited May 2012
Thank Sweetwater12
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Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, United States
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A Chef's Dream Come True”
Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

As a Chef of almost 30 years I am always seeking out great food. Wow did I ever find it here!

We were in town visiting a college with our daughter and kind of stumbled upon this gem. We each had three courses and were blown away by every dish. The flavors were simply outstanding. It was truly an amazing dining experience.

This was hands down one of the best meals of our lives!


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Thank Brett H
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