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Helmand Palace
Helmand Palace

Helmand Palace Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.helmandpalacesf.com
  • Email: dzaheer1011@gmail.com
  • Phone: (415) 345-0072
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30PM - 11:00PM.
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Afghan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Union
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "As always, the food, service and ambience at Helmand Palace are first-rate. Five stars."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Excellent neighborhood gem with a quiet ambience due to I am guessing acoustical tiles in the ceiling and an extremely friendly staff. So, if you are tired of the typical loud trendy Polk or Union Street restaurants, try this for a nice quite change. The spices are also quite exquisite!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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 10/20/2013
  • "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 10/12/2013