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Helmand Palace

4.2
140 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Afghan
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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About

Helmand Palace in San Francisco offers Afghan cuisine that is both classic and modern using fresh ingredients for optimal flavor. Appetizers include such delicacies as banjan which is pan-fried eggplant and kaddo which is baby pumpkin. Follow with a soup such as the shorwa, which is lamb and fresh vegetables.

A popular salad option at Helmand Palace is the shornakhod which is potatoes and chickpeas on mixed greens. Lamb is a popular ingredient in Afghan cuisine and can be found in a number of recipes including dwopiaza with yellow split peas and lawand which is leg of lamb. With meat and vegetarian options Helmand Palace can please every appetite.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Afghan
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM
Friday & Saturday: 5:30PM - 11:00PM.
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Phone number
(415) 345-0072
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Union
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Parking details
We are located on Van Ness between Union and Green. There is ample street parking in the area.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.0
service
3.7
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 16, 2014

Lamb portions were small and food fair. I had enjoyed it years ago and didn't find the quality as in the past.

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vipdesiree (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 10, 2014

Good food and huge portions at reasonable prices. Only parking is a problem.

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vipmabesf (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 8, 2014

Really like the Helmund Place and my group of 6 was secretly happy that it wasn't crowded. The food is delicious for both vegetarians (eggplant, okra, pumpkin lovers would enjoy this place) and meat aficionados. It's a large space, so great for groups, and I plan to return soon.

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viptracys (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 19, 2014

of the several afghans i've tried in the US. I've tried Afghan in the afghan-prevalent Fremont city of Bay Area, the sister restaurant in DC (no longer connected), various afghans in Southern California--Helmand is a 10, the others are 7.

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vipJMinSF (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 3, 2014

As always, the food, service and ambience at Helmand Palace are first-rate. Five stars.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 21, 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!

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LF88 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 8, 2014

We really liked this place and will be back!

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vipPADiner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on March 1, 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.

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LuvtheLamb (Tahoe)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 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!

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Vicconnection (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

The service was excellent, the food was great and the manager was very attentive making sure our experience was great.

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Samdaman (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2014

Was a great place for a date. There wasn't anyone else in the restaurant but that's not a testament to the food which was good. At least we had the server all to ourselves. I'll be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2014

The food was very good at this restaurant. It was my 2nd time there. Good vegetarian options as well.

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vipJMinSF (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 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".

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Indystyle (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 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 :)

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