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Helmand Palace

4.2
4.2
132 Reviews
$31 to $50
Afghan
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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Afghan
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM Friday & Saturday: 5:30PM - 11:00PM.
  • Phone number
    (415) 345-0072
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Russian Hill
  • Cross street
    Union
  • 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

What 132 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.7Ambience

NoiseModerate

132 Reviews
  1. DABM

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food and huge portions at reasonable prices. Only parking is a problem.

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  2. mabesf

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    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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  3. tracys

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  4. JMinSF

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the food, service and ambience at Helmand Palace are first-rate. Five stars.

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  5. EricS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  6. LF88

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We really liked this place and will be back!

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  7. PADiner

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    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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  8. LuvtheLamb

    Tahoe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  9. Vicconnection

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent, the food was great and the manager was very attentive making sure our experience was great.

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Helmand Palace is rated 4.2 stars by 132 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Helmand Palace

2424 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Union
  • Neighborhood
    Russian Hill
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM Friday & Saturday: 5:30PM - 11:00PM.
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Afghan
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    We are located on Van Ness between Union and Green. There is ample street parking in the area.
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
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