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2424 Van Ness St
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Helmand Palace Details
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM
Friday & Saturday: 5:30PM - 11:00PM.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Wine
We are located on Van Ness between Union and Green. There is ample street parking in the area.
A word from Helmand Palace
The name Helmand comes from one of the most beautiful states in Afghanistan. It is best known by it"s river "Helmand River" which flows through the desert region, providing water diverted for irrigation.
Helmand Palace is owned and operated independently where you can taste Afghan's most famous and delicious dishes, soups, and vegetables. Our popular entrees include char-broiled leg of Lamb marinated in puree of onion, sun-dried baby grapes and garlic, served with sauteed eggplant and pallow rice or homemade pastry shells filled with onions and beef, served on yogurt and topped with carrots, yellow split-peas and beef sauce.
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Haven't eaten there in a while and
Helmand hasn't aged well. The bar at the front is used for storage, not a great sight. There was also an off odor as we came in the door. The decor overall has seen better days. The food was ok, but nothing special."
Dined on 3/1/2014
As visitors to San Francisco, we
enjoyed a LONG and uphill walk from the Union Square area to Helmand. We experienced great neighborhood ambience ... and better yet, every step was worth it. We ordered vegetarian and this food was a treat! I'll be recommending this place."
Dined on 2/14/2014
The food was very good at this
restaurant. It was my 2nd time there. Good vegetarian options as well."
Dined on 2/9/2014
This is the second time I ate
here. This time we had a group of 6. The wait staff were attentive. The food was really good - especially the pumpkin with meat sauce. We ate here because one of our group loves lamb and with all the different ways that it is prepared here - no one was disappointed. The other thing that stood out was the cucumber yogurt salad - yum!"
Dined on 2/15/2014
The service was excellent, the
food was great and the manager was very attentive making sure our experience was great."
Dined on 2/14/2014
It's such a treat to bring my
friends, one by one, to Helmand Palace. Everyone loves the place, as I do, and Tuesday's dinner was no exception. The food is flavorful but neither over-salted nor greasy; the portions are generous; the price is fair; and the service is superb, attentive but not "hovering"."
Dined on 1/28/2014
Food was lacking. Service not
terrible but not that good. My friends don't want to go back."
Dined on 1/18/2014
I was excited to try Afghan food
and I was not disappointed - I think I can safely say that the food was out of this world and I wish I lived in San Fran so I could go back again and again :)"
Dined on 1/19/2014
Second time we have visited this
restaurant. Exceptional every time. The kaddo!! best dish ever!"
Dined on 1/10/2014
This was my first time having
Afghan cuisine and this place surpassed my expectations. Not only was the food unique and delicious (I can't wait to have more of the pumpkin), but it was affordable, the service was great, and ambience was very relaxing. I can't wait to come back!"
Dined on 12/13/2013
a delicious variety of truly
unusual food you won't get anywhere else!"
Dined on 12/9/2013
Very friendly staff, excellent
service. The restaurant is not "stuffy", we felt comfortable and welcome there. The food was incredible! We weren't sure what to expect but loved everything we tried. The pumpkin appetizer (we had it with the beef, which was great. It comes without beef too) lived up to it's much talked about reputation. I split an order but next time I'll get one myself. So many wonderful choices on the menu - the meatballs were flavorful, the pumpkin was so delicious, the lamb was perfectly cooked. And the portion sizes were very generous. We shared 3 of the 4 desserts on the menu. Everything was delicious. Our server was friendly and very helpful, providing recommendations when we asked. We will definitely come back here!"
Dined on 11/25/2013
We found this place because it was
highly rated and it didn't fail to disappoint. We ordered 3 entrees plus an appetizer (I can't remember the names but one was lamb, one chicken, one eggplant) and all three were absolutely fantastic. We will be going back again and I would recommend to anyone."
Dined on 11/23/2013
Really well prepared and presented
food, lovely ambience, superb authentic service - a restaurant that will become a favorite after the first visit."
Dined on 11/22/2013
We had dinner at Helmand on a
quiet Monday evening at the end of a Holiday Weekend. Everything was wonderful starting with the ambience and warm welcome we received on arrival and the very attentive service throughout. Ambience was lovely and dinner was delicious. Being vegetarians it was terrific to find such an array of vegetarian items on the menu. We ordered soup, appetizers, entrees and dessert and everything was well prepared and very visually pleasing. Can't wait to return."
Dined on 11/11/2013
Great Afghan food, nice and quiet.
We've eaten at other Afghan restaurants (Kabul's in San Carlos and Sunnyvale), and even though some of the dishes had the same ingredients, Helmand's had much better flavors and textures."
Dined on 11/9/2013
Absolutely wonderful place. Dishes
you will find nowhere else. The pumpkin kadoo is not too be missed, vegetarian and w/ meat are both fabulous. Our BD party of 8 could all converse together, and omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans were all happy. Highly recommend."
Dined on 10/21/2013
Appetizers were truly delicious;
the pumpkin a standout among them. Had we stuck with those, I would've given this restaurant four stars rather than three. Prices were quite reasonable, including the wine list. Recommended if you're in the neighborhood and want a filling dinner at a fairly modest price."
Dined on 10/13/2013
A wonderful introduction to Afghan
cuisine. Similar to Pakistani and Indian food but with different preparations and seasoning. Lots of lamb dishes. Pallow rice was great. Restaurant reasonably comfortable and clean. One of our group noted a smell of disinfectant cleanser. No cocktails; beer and wind wine only. Baklawa was killer!"
Dined on 9/8/2013
The Kaddo and Aushak...wow! My
friends and I all loved our dishes. We sometimes had to burn some calories to get the server's attention, but it wasn't horrible. I look forward to my next visit."
Dined on 9/8/2013
Another excellent meal at Helmand.
This is a pretty restaurant with white tablecloths, delicious and interestingly spiced food. The portions are large and the prices small. Order appetizers and take half your entree home. I don't understand why it isn't busier, except that it's not new and trendy. I often bring out of town visitors there, because the food is unlike what they can find at home, and it's quiet enough that we can talk."
Dined on 8/8/2013
A mostly empty space, looking a
bit tired - with quite good food. The prices are surprisingly low."
Dined on 7/27/2013
The food and service are superb.
You have have a conversation with friends because the noise level is quiet. Although it is on Van Ness, don't think this is a tourist trap. It has the feel of a wonderful, neighborhood restaurant with caring staff. Love the place and bring friends frequently."
Dined on 7/6/2013
Helmand has delicious food, a
romantic atmosphere, and is quiet enough so that you can hear your date without having to raise your voice!"
Dined on 6/29/2013
Helmand Palace used to be
excellent when it was on Broadway is SF. Unfortunately the food was too spicy and the flavors used in the meat and rice was dreadful."
Dined on 6/24/2013
I am a fan of Afghani food. The
food at Helamnd Palace was good, but not fabulous, if you have had Afghani food before. I recommend the Aushak. The vegetarian special plate was also very good. The Aush soup was disappointing, if you are having a craving. For folks new to Afghani food, this restaurant gives a good introduction and you won't be disappointed."
Dined on 6/9/2013
Helmand Palace is just a great
place to eat a great meal that is reasonably priced. The "chowpan" is just the best lamb rack I ate in a long time."
Dined on 6/3/2013
My wife and I loved the the old
location on Broadway, but the new location of Hellmand's. offers the same consistently wonderful and unusual dishes along with understated, friendly, and efficient service."
Dined on 5/31/2013
I dine here several times a year &
ALWAYS have great service & great food. And the best part is that they deliver:)"
Dined on 5/24/2013
This is a family place where the
worker's kids hang out while dad is on duty. There was a baby stroller in there and a fussy child, but that only brings your experience to a homey level. The menu is long but the descriptions are well written. So for a cuisine that you may not be familiar with, you still feel confident ordering. The rice was simply amazing. I never thought that my most vivid impression of a restaurant would be the rice, but it was. Soaked overnight, rinsed and baked. Simply spiced or very flavorful. The Kaddo (baked pumpkin with garlic yogurt sauce and ground beef sauce) is not to be missed. A combination that sounds strange but works. The wait staff was very kind and service was not rushed, but attentive."
Dined on 5/19/2013
I can't say enough positive
comments about the food at this restaurant. Everything we ordered was amazing."
Dined on 5/12/2013
The food was great. It was some of
the best lamb I had in the US."
Dined on 5/11/2013
Food is quite good. Nice soft
background music which makes it easy to have a conversation. Attentive and polite service."
Dined on 4/19/2013
Very good choice for low-key
dining and out of town guests who'd like to try something different. The food's tasty, prices very reasonable and the atmosphere is pretty. Also, it's quiet!"
Dined on 3/9/2013
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