The Helmand Restaurant

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138 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Middle Eastern

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Good Vegetarian Options
Helmand Restaurant offers Afghani dishes with a wood-burning oven where the famous flatbread is cooked on one side of the room and an intimate fireplace is on the other side. Appetizers include aushak, mantwo, kaddo and several soups such as aush and mushawa. Several vegetarian appetizer items are also available.

Helmand Restaurant entrées include tasty choices like qabelee, which is pallow rice baked with chunks of lamb tenderloin, raisins and glazed carrots or mantwo, a homemade pasta shell filled with beef and onions. If you like spicy dishes, try the koufta challow, consisting of beef meatballs with Afghan seasoning sautéed with sun-dried tomato, hot peppers and green peas in a fresh tomato sauce. Several vegetarian entrées are also available such as the kaddo and banjan challow, which is pan fried and baked pumpkin and eggplant served with challow rice and yogurt garlic sauce.
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New England
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Helmand is wonderful on so many levels. As long time patrons, I like the consistency , of the amazing food. I think over the years we have eaten our way through the menu. A couple was sitting next to us trying to decide what to order, I said close your eyes and point, it will be a fabulous meal. They thanked as we were leaving, saying I was correct. Our waiter Muhammad made sure we were well taken care of. If I could have given him more stars I would have.

J
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took my nephew, son and cousin out for a birthday dinner. Food, service and hospitality were impeccable!

GD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and our waiter was great. We got there after 6 pm There was plenty of parking on the street.

JR
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was here once before for dinner about three years ago and loved it. It was great to be back. The food is superb and it’s an elegant dining room. Service was great too.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food. Great service

YI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Very disappointing service this trip, but the food did not disappoint

l
New England
47 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place warm friendly with delicious food. Just about anything on the menu is extraordinary. The cake is absolutely delightful

DB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It’s places like Helmand that make you realize you have to get out to eat once in a while. You simply can’t make this food at home. And the choices are so many and varied and delicious the hardest part is deciding. You will not be disappointed whatever you choose. We will def be back. And we had to drive 30 miles to get there

SB
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

It was very good. Service was a bit slow but everyone in the party enjoyed themselves. They also have very good vegitarian selections

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have always been a fan. Miss the oven in the dining area which added great smells.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience. Will be back soon!

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous as usual, my only complaint was that the bread was over cooked and very hard.

CS
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We were sitting at the table for around 30 minutes until someone came to greet us. The original waiter would avoid eye contact when we tried to call him. After the manager or the host realized we had been there for an unacceptable amount of time, he sent over another waiter who was apologetic but not really nice either. The food took another long time to come. The food itself was not what we expected. It definitely did not live up to the great reviews we had read about this place.

M
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was excellent as always - great flavors. Service this time was blah. Although I made a reservation 2 weeks in advance, they put 6 of us on a table for 4 in a very tight place where the server could barely reach. They never replenished our water and didn’t remove used app plates nor unused wine glasses. Will always come back nevertheless because food is so good.

CC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, atmosphere and service.

SC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is delicious, and the menu is broad enough to please everyone. We were a mix of vegan, vegetarian, and meat-eaters, and no one was disappointed--to put it mildly! Great bread, and a large and affordabl wine list. Perfection!

A
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all aspects as usual

LM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service are always wonderful! However, the dim lighting made it hard to see both my menu and my food. Also the noise level made it difficult to hear us and the server made several mistakes because of that.

AO
New England
24 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was delicious - every dish was wonderful. Our server Mohammed was an ultimate professional. Te restaurant was very busy and he was cool as a cucumber.

KR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great place. a bit crowded but overall great food and service.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Celebrating new job

MP
New England
41 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent in delivering excellent food and service. The lamb dishes are fabulous and Mantwo is always a good place to start. For desert look no further than Buckleva and Turkish coffee

EW
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had never had Afghan food before. It was all delicious! If you have trouble hearing, you’ll want to reserve a table along a wall and not one of the ones in the center of the restaurant. All the staff were personable and gracious. I can’t wIt to go back!

C
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was a repeat visit for us to Helmand. The food was delicious and the service from our waiter Wais was exemplary. We did have one comment about the portions; for the price we thought the portions for our meals were a bit small and could have been more generous.

Overall, we enjoyed our evening with friends at Helmand and we would recommend this venue for a nice leisurely meal.

l
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a wonderful meal! This was our first experience with Afghan food and we absolutely loved every minute. The owner was so welcoming and our waiter Mohammed incredibly helpful with navigating the menu. The dumplings that we had for our appetizer were truly one of the best things I have ever eaten. The lamb and beef kebabs were perfectly seasoned and cooked and the “Our Cake” was quite tasty as well. Such a great experience! So glad to be in a city so welcoming and diverse with the opportunity to experience unique cultures and food. Would highly recommend the Helmand.

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

This restaurant is my favorite, I’ve been dinning here for over 20 years. I was nervous to hear it was under new ownership and worried the food would not be as good. But it is still wonderful!!!

FL
London
19 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience1

I have been coming to this restaurant since 2005. There is no doubt that it has lost its dynamism and taste of the authentic Afghan food.

BS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was even better. Our waiter knew the menu and all of his recommendations were spot on!

t
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very good choice for a date scenario. I ate here on Friday evening with my girlfriend and her father, and the whole experience was pretty flawless. The place was packed, and my girlfriend's father wanted to have some peace and quiet, so they found us a table in the back right away. The wait staff is friendly and attentive, and the food comes out fast. Moreover, the food is delicious and you don't feel shorted on volume.

B
New England
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't go often but whenever I do I have a wonderful meal. Having not been in a couple years, I ordered the two things I dream about from their menu: Kaddo and then Aushak as an entree. Amazing.

JS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ou family has enjoyed Helmand for many years. The food is always excellent, the service is perfect, the atmosphere is always happy. There is not too much noise. It is the perfecr place for a celebration, or a peaceful meal with friends.

l
New England
48 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite places. The food is delicious and authentic. The lamb is outstanding and the appetizers are unusual and tasty. I never leave without enjoying the dessert called “our cake” which is a delicate cake with eastern flavors of pineapple and cardamom!

J
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, staff were superb and welcoming, and overall a wonderful experience all around. We highly recommend it.

l
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been wanting to give this place a try and are reminded to every time we go for ice cream nearby. So we finally made a reservation and had a wonderful dinner last night. Our hostess gave us a warm welcome which was appreciated. I was able to stay keto friendly and I had the rack of lamb and just did not eat the rice or the bread. My husband and 8 year old son shared the qabelee. Our picky son devoured this dish where the tender pieces of lamb in the rice were complimented by raisins and carrots. We had lovely service from Mr. Habib. His smile was genuine, was attentive and made us feel like valued guests. We are looking forward to more visits! Thank you!

CC
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lamb Challow was delicious, the perfect amount of food. Only criticism was my friends and I went during a heat wave and the open fire oven made our dining experience extremely hot. Otherwise, great!

M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We love this place - but it was too noisy and not enough air conditioning.

E
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have dined here since time immemorial, excellent and nuanced.

EJ
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was good, but we went on a hot day and it was hot in the restaurant (probably due to the open oven near the dining room). The food also came out very quickly, so instead of having a nice, slow dinner my husband and I found ourselves with almost too much time to spare before the babysitter expected us back.

J
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The Helmand remains a charming restaurant; the service is excellent, the atmosphere is pleasant.
I've been going there for years. The quality of the food seems to have taken a downturn. Spicy meatballs that used to be spicy are not. The rice pudding has lost it's flavor. I hope this was just a 'bad night'.