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The Helmand Restaurant

4.7
279 Reviews
$31 to $50
Middle Eastern
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
What 279 people are saying
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LaurenT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service1ambience5

The food was amazing, the pumpkin appetizer I could not get enough of. However, the service was awful, we kept having to wave someone over. Food more than made up for it though

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McKeanT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous. The server gave us great recommendations. The appetizers are so flavorful and amazing.

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JohnS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

With bread coming from the large, traditional oven in the corner, the ambience is great. The food is very good as is the wine list. A very nice place for a romantic evening or a business dinner.

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vipWilliam
New England
33 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Quiet, Afghani restaurant with great food located in East Cambridge.

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SamiM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went back here for a second time in 2 months. Very nice food, service, and ambiance. Parking easy to find for Sunday dinner.

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pamc
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The vegetarian offerings are wonderful in presentation, ingredients, and flavors. My only concern ia that they do not include enough protein.

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RickyM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice place-we went with a rather large group of 11 friends and get good food and service. Will go again. Good choice of wine but would like to see more choices in single malts and bourbons. Nice family owned restaurant.

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Wally
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. Colorful and interesting decor. Loved it!

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MatthiasJ
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Awesome experience, as always. Meals are prepared at class with fantastic ingredients. Only a minor thing happened this time, the waiter forgot about a drink order - no big deal. I really like Helmand and come back soon.

JT
vipJimT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went in knowing absolutely nothing about Afghani cuisine and I can’t imagine a better introduction.

Every single bite of every single dish was absolutely delicious!

You may have preconceived notions and if so, allow me to say;

It’s not like Indian food (which I also love)

It’s not spicy

It’s not complicated

It is however, uniquely its own thing and it’s fantastic.

We were waited on by the owner and he was perfect. Proud of his food and made us feel like we were guests in his home.

Atmosphere, cuisine, value and service were all on point and we can’t wait to go back.

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MaryD
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The way they flavor/spice the food is amazing. We have had several meals—always cooked perfectly. Great service. Highly recommend it.

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DChaudhuri
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and friendly service. Surprisingly quite a spacious dining area.

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Chantal
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, love the new design on the menus. The food is as wonderful and flavorful as ever, and portions were large— we took leftovers home. The server was kind and attentive. High quality and a good value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my friend had a great dinning experience last time we visited so I came back the second again to try out other dishes! Their rack of lamb is AMAZING! Meat is cook to perfection — tender, juicy and well-seasoned. Enjoyed everything we ordered!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is consistently excellent and the staff is great! I go out of my way to have dinner here when I am in Boston.

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NatalieB
New England
55 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing lamb dishes. Loved the pumpkin appetizer.

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LizL
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, great service, wonderful ambience

FH
FarazH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've been here 3 times in my life, twice 20 years ago and now in 2021. Each time I've absolutely loved the food and service. This place is one of Boston's best for all kinds of good reasons.

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Jane
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful find in Cambridge! Very authentic, and they are proud of their service and food ! I would recommend it to friends and family !

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LauraBora
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recently visited with a friend for a celebration dinner and we absolutely loved the flavors and unique dishes at Helmand. I would love to come back with a large group so that I can try more dishes from the menu. The servers had good recommendations and were extremely kind and friendly. The homemade ice cream and cardamon pineapple cake were incredible! We'll be back for sure.

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vipClairDeLune
18 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and tasty food as usual!

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FrancescaL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. Well worth a try, and the price is excellent.

JB
JoyB
New England
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly great value for excellent food. Definitely recommend it.

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vipRandyW
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was phenomenal! Still thinking about it. Very fun evening!!

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JB29
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food both for meat eaters and veggies. Very friendly service.

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vipLuckyPierre
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food love the bread made in oven in the main dining area. It was unexpectedly very busy (4th of July) so service was slower then usual and it was noisier then usual. I guess word is out that this is a great find!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, extremely thoughtful service staff. Love this place and the overall experience.

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happyeater
New England
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy the food, the outstanding service, and the friendly environment at Helmand. It's like stepping into another world - gracious, authentic, sincere, and welcoming.

MP
vipMauiPunter
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. The food is really really tasty and so different from the usual fare. It may be hard for some people to imagine what Afghani food is like, but, give it a try, you will be a fan.

I highly recommend the Kaddo (veg or meat) appetizer and the Qabelee for dinner. You will not be disappointed.

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ShyamalR
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We are from San Francisco, where there are many Afghan Restaurants. We thought this was at par with the best. Loved the food and the ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible food, not fresh, service was slow and over all experience from 1-10… 1! I wouldn’t recommend or go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! Delicious food and a great atmosphere. I definitely reccomend it!

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MarnieB
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were recommended this restaurant by a friend that is from this area and I’m so glad we came! My son and I really enjoyed the entire experience. Fresh and delicious with perfect spices.

MK
MatthewK
New England
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fast and friendly service, outdoor dining available! A little on the pricey side, but worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food always outstanding at this restaurant. Great ambiance. Great service.

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Nenesix
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Helmand is completely charming in all ways. We all had different lamb offerings, and they were all beautifully cooked, tender, and delicious. This place is a treasure.

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Catarina
New England
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious with generous servings. The service was terrific.

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viplizzie
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It had years since we went and we were so thrilled to get reservations. The food is incredible - amazing flavors. We love trying food you can’t get anywhere else. The only reason I couldn’t give it 5 years was the service, but they were understaffed just coming back from the pandemic, so easily forgivable. A perfect night out!

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vipCMART
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really authentic Afghan food - everything was very tasty including the Afghan bread! One of my favorite places in Cambridge!

FAQs

The Helmand Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. The Helmand Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 492-4646.

The Helmand Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 279 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.