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The Helmand Restaurant
The Helmand Restaurant

The Helmand Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.helmand.com
  • Phone: (410) 752-0311
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Afghan, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Monument
  • Public Transit: Purple Line -Charm City
    4 blocks from Penn Station
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of on street parking or paid lot immediately next door
A word from The Helmand Restaurant
Providing fine Afghan cuisine for 25 years in Baltimore
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "The Helmand is easily one of the best restaurants in Baltimore. The food is reasonably priced and consistently delicious and service is always great. If someone is only in town for a day or two, this is usually on of my first recommendations."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "A large menu of very tasty afghan food that's appropriately priced. Lots of vegetarian options too!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This restaurant never disappoints. The service is always topnotch. The waiters go out of their way to make your dinner memorable. We keep coming back for the food from Afghanistan. My favorite dish is the pumpkin appetizer. You must try it."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Interesting and tasty Afghan food. Resembles middle-eastern food."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The shornakhod (salad) and kaddo borawni (pumpkin) appetizers were outstanding as usual. Restaurant is always great and service is very quick but not rushed."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We made an early reservation,showed up on time,however we were told we had to wait for 15-20 mts for a table in an inside room,which we would have preferred.But settled for a table right at the entrance.The food was good but the service felt almost uncomfortable.The portions were nothing but a ton of rice.Easy way out!!! Wish we had chosen a different restaurant for our visit to Baltimore."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Not bad on this occasion. Could have been the dishes ordered or something else,but it was not the outstanding experience we normally receive. Just a bit off night. We will return."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The food at Helmand was great and was vegetarian. As a vegan (eating with vegetarians) I was worried I wouldn't be able to find many options. There were at least 5 substantial options for vegans and the ones we ordered were great!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I had long awaited a trip to Helmand, having heard so much about it from friends and family. I wasn't disappointed. The only fly in the ointment was our server, who could not have been more disengaged. Almost as though he didn't even want to make eye contact. But, I suspect that if I were with my husband instead of another woman, it may have been different..just my take on it. Otherwise, the food, the choices, the aromas were all wonderful. I will be back."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Find this restaurant's food to be consistently high quality. Favorite is rack of lamb, which is just outstanding. Often bring out of visitors from out of town here and they have all enjoyed it. The food is flavorful with just the right amount of spices without being overbearing. Service also very good. Find it to be more noisy if have to sit in the front room. Two favorite appetizers are the pumpkin dish and the ashak (leek dish). Wine list is also quite good."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I've been twice and both times were phenomenal! The service was courteous, the food came out quickly and was absolutely delicious! I tried some of everyone's dinner and they were all really tasty!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This restaurant was very much a surprise.. The food was excellent, and the value was superb... I will certainly return the next time I am in Baltimore..."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The food is phenomenal. I have tried two different dishes there and loved both of them (Mourgh Challow and Sabzy Challow). Whatever you order, make sure you get the pumpkin appetizer (Kaddo Borwani) and the Afghan Ice Cream for dessert! Only downfalls are that it is crowded, loud and space is limited, so I felt like I was being squeezed into my table constantly so servers can pass by."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "A group of us went to the Helmand. It is terrific ethnic food, great service, and very reasonably priced. I will be sure to return to this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The acoustics in this restaurant are so bad that I probably won't return, despite the wonderful food."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Birthday dinner. My only mistake was not requesting seating in the front "hallway" dining room. The main dining room is so loud it is difficult to carry on a conversation and it was a bit warm. The other room was noticeably cooler and quieter! The food was amazing especially one of the specials, I don't remember the name, but it was a chicken stew with tomatoes, peaches and some dried fruit I think. It was a little sweet, a little savory and with a nice spicy zing... amazing flavors all together. I'd love to be able to recreate this dish at home. The chicken kebab is wonderful... very, very moist with lots of flavor. The other standout was the Afghan ice cream loaded with dried fruits and mango! Delish!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We went there on a Thursday night. We got seated right away and everything was good. The food, the service, the ambiance all very nice. Would definitely go back and bring out-of-town visitors."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "This restaurant is my absolute favorite. I especially love the green sauce. Lamb kabobs are to die for. Amazing appetizers. great prices. This place CANNOT be beat!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We've been going to the Helmand for years and it never disappoints. The food is consistently excellent and reasonably priced. the service is always good. It's one of our favorite places to take out-of-town company."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I had been craving the Helmond so I visited two weeks in a row - having the same entre each time because it is so amazing. Make sure you have the pumpkin appetizer and the ravioli. I like the chopendez which is out of this world. The service is great."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Best Afghan we've ever had! Friendly staff, very reasonably priced and centrally located."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Our waiter suggested family style for our group of 8 and it was perfect! Plenty of food for all. He also suggested fabulous wine that didn't overpower the food, but complimented nicely. The rice is just so delicious and a wonderful pumpkin dish was a surprise at the start. Chicken, Lamb, Salmon and Beef were impeccably prepared with a very nice green sauce (cilantro and something?) that brought out all flavors. Appetizers were raviolis and spinach in some sort of dough. delicious. Waitstaff knew we had to make a show, and hustled to make sure we were out on time. Intelligent, polite servers with good attitudes and knowledgeable about wine which really helped."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The Helmand stands out as a classy Afghan restaurant in Baltimore. There are plenty of places to get middle-eastern cuisine in the city, but The Helmand offers friendly servers, a wide selection of dishes, and reasonable prices. My date and I shared an appetizer, some naan, and each enjoyed an entree for under fifty dollars, plus tip. She got some lamb meatballs with a dark, aromatic sauce; the bite I had was savory, a little spicy, and succulent. I ordered seared salmon with a tomato-based sauce which included corn and peas and a side of boiled spinach; the fish was cooked very well and the sauce offered a sweetness that complimented the flavor of the salmon. Both of our entrees came with rice. It was overall a great experience!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Looking for something different, I stumbled upon Helmand. The menu was a great assortment of Afghan dishes. My server helped me wade through the menu in order to experience a great meal. The next time I am in Baltimore, I will not miss the opportunity to return."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "They have a lot of delicious lamb dishes prepared in different ways. Also, they have a good veggie menu. Good selection of wines with very good prices"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "we thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Helmand. We had a short wait at the bar in the back, the bartender was friendly and knowledgeable. When we sat at our table our server was prompt and took her time explaining/recommending dishes. Everything we ordered was good., our drinks were always full, and even though it was a busy evening for them, we were not rushed. I would absolutely return."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "No one can resist the pumpkin yogurt appetizer! After that we continue to work our way through the menu--the new "chicken special" is good, its accompanying salad delicious. With the quick service, it's easy to have a 6 p.m. dinner and walk to the Myerhoff for an 8 p.m. concert."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I have been coming to the Helmand since it opened. The food is always delicious and consistent. - created with love. My favorites are - pumpkin app, ravioli app, chickpea salad, the kabuli entree!, and don't forget the veggie sides especially spinach and okra. The vegetarian platter is awesome if you don't want meat. The ice cream dessert is fabulous. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "What a great restaurant.. you will find others that are fancier, but you will get the best value for your money at Helmand. It is my personal favorite"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I went here for the first time on a double date. The food was AMAZING. The pumpkin appetizer was incredible, and so was the Lamb Lawand. This is definitely a restaurant I would recommend and one I plan on returning to."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The menu was varied.The "New" special was terrific! The look of the restaurant was very nice yet it was crowded so the noise level was high. I would go there again."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Helmand has been around for a while, and it introduced us to Afghan food long ago. A somewhat refined, delicate and refreshing cousin to Indian food in some respects, also some similarities to Persian and Turkish cuisine. This place set high standards for itself long ago (as a not-snooty, down-to-earth, probably authentic and very pleasant dining experience), and never seems to fall short of those standards. Our strictly vegetarian daughter loves it, as do her somewhat carnivorous but vegetable-loving parents. The service was also very pleasant and helpful. We ended with an order of excellent pumpkin cake and the cardamom-scented vanilla ice cream with fruits. Yum."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "give your palate a change of pace-dependable and good value!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food here never fails. We were a group of four and we ordered 2 appetizers and 4 entrees to share. All six selections were unique and very tasty. One member of our party tried one of the special/nontraditional wines and it was also good. Two of us shared one of the ice creams for dessert - unique and delicious. The service was extremely fast; the appetizers arrived within 10 minutes of ordering and the entrees arrived just as we were finishing up the appetizers --- perfect timing. In addition, the wait staff were perfunctory in removing empty plates and supplying water refills and the like. We will definitely be back. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Helmand was busy when we visited because it was college graduation week. But food was great, even for my in-laws who are not exotic food fans. Service was very good despite the crowd and I had forgotten how reasonably priced are both the food and the wine. Would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants in Baltimore, by far. Amazing food at very reasonable prices - both of which are great things. What really makes this place is that on top of incredible food, The Helmand is known for excellent service and warmth shared by the owner, host and staff. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "This is the third time I've taken colleagues here from out of town. Every time good, this time outstanding. Very prompt service"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "This is the favorite restaurant of friends of ours who come from Baltimore & now live elsewhere. We met in Baltimore & it was a wonderful & delicious dinner. Nice atmosphere, good location & VERY good food."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My favorite restaurant in Baltimore. The most reasonably priced of the Top 10 best restaurants. Consistently fantastic food!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I cannot believe I have not eaten at The Helmand until now. I've heard great things about this place and always wanted to try it. Finally, one night after my Son's school performance at The Baltimore School for the Arts, we took the family for a post show dinner. The first word that comes to mind is WOW!!! The food was absolutely amazing. We tried several items off the menu and shared everything. Even my 11 year old daughter was in love with every bite. I would highly recommend The Helmand to anyone who loves a great ethnic treat."
    Dined on 5/10/2014