The Helmand Restaurant

4.6
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187 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
What 187 People Are Saying
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BBRO
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Very enjoyable meal, a great place for dinner, big or small.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

College graduation

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LorraineM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Overall the food was flavorful; however, our experience was very much jaded by our waiter. He got one of the drinks wrong and served us an entree that was not ordered. He said he mixed it up. Just to make it worse, he delivered us the wrong table's bill. Ugggh. 3 huge mistakes with just an apology and not trying to make up for it. We unfortunately, would not be able to return.

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MarkR
New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A bit dark (hard to see food), and it would be nice if it were a bit quieter.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food every time

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OwusuaaA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service and perfect ambience for a get together. Enjoyed all the meals we ordered. Cocktails would be a great perfect addition.

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Alicia
New England
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was impeccable. Servers were all very fun and kind

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MarijaW
New England
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful served by happy people. Delicious appetizers and lamb and rice dishes!

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Travelliz
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

This is a nice restaurant where I’ve dined before, but last night’s experience wasn’t great.

The table they gave us was awful. It was at the edge of the restaurant in a drafty area looking onto a waiter station and a bare concrete floor. We were right on top of other diners on one side and my arm banged into a wall on the other side.

The service seemed aimed to getting us in and out as quickly

The food was good and there are a lot of vegetarian options.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Generous portions. Attentive service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this spot. Chose a delicious vegetarian dinner. Must have pumpkin at this friendly savory spot.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

This is the first time I have not thought the food was excellent. My appetizer was watery, and my entree lacked it usual flavor. Disappointing, I’ve never had a bad meal there.

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margaretm
New England
18 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

lovely ethnic food, well priced, friendly atmosphere

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UmaS
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent. The waiter was very polite and helpful. But he was not available enough and we had to keep waiting for water, the next course etc. as he had tables in the front and back to tend. We were at the back so nice and quiet as we started dinner but a little tight as that section filled up too. They need more wait staff for the value.

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MingO
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my 3rd time visiting this restaurant. The quality has been very consistent (and very good). Highly recommended.

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Nick44
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We received a warm greeting upon arrival. Our server was at our table immediately, and the food was prepared as described.
We hadn't been there for at least 20 years and were pleased to see it remains just as pleasant a dining experience as it was all those years ago.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was good but nothing special.

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DanW
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible, service was outstanding - appetizers served within about 5 minutes of ordering! Everything was delicious - a perfect Valentine's Day dinner!

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JeffreyG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly service, will definitely eat here again. (Already picked out what we want next time.)

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vipSatisfied
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. I cannot wait to go back. The staff was very attentive and accommodating. The food was delicious and savory. I cannot wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I had a great dinner with our server Ahmed! I ordered three appetizers and they are all of them fantastic. They also serves a complimentary which made our dinner more interesting and rich. I wanted to have dessert but after ate all of them, I was stuffed and did not make it. Definitely, I'll come back and have dessert as well!

P.S. Music was boring, but it's a simple thing to just ignore it.

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CatherineT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is so amazing. I’ve never had better eggplant! Service was great and friendly. I’ve been here a number of times and will be back!

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JackieN
New England
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food. Bonus for me that there were plenty of non-spicy options. Staff are all very warm and helpful. Our actual server had us waiting a bit too long a couple times because he didn't understand what we were saying but he was otherwise an attentive and knowledgeable server. The pumpkin with sugar and meat sauce (who knew?) was excellent. So was everything else but that one stood out to me. The spinach side is too spicy if you're sensitive to spice. We had the custard and the cake desserts. Both were awesome and unlike anything you'll have elsewhere.

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JuliaD
New England
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere of The Helmand is cozy and easy to dine in. Food is excellent and the prices are unbeatable.

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Astan
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I asked for warm water to drink 4 times, and still came too late, in addition the restaurant was not that warm as well. But overall, the service is not impressive at all.

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LizT
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dining experience. We started with the pumpkin and eggplant appetizer. Delicious! Lamp chops for dinner were cooked to perfection. The spices used in the cooking was amazing. Lamb was served with challow rice and a sautéed eggplant. Definitely coming back.

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TomT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food, though good, is barely above median quality. Service is polite, but spacy.

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Brady1
New England
21 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

For over 20 years we have been dining and the Helmand and it has consistently offered wonderful food and good service.

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vipOutwithmysweetie
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Helmand every couple of years for a special occasion, or to treat out of town guests. It never disappoints!! Food, service, ambience are always absolutely fantastic, and this time was no exception. If only we lived closer, we’d come a lot more often!

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DonKris
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife here for our 26th wedding anniversary dinner. The food was so good that words can’t explain. I had the grilled Lamb chops and my wife had a beef tenderloin dinner with rice and veggies. The restaurant is so much better than all its hype. Come eat here. It’s out of this world

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely place, great service and food

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Donna
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No issues...have been here many times....

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MaeS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fantastic experience! I and some friends came here for my birthday on New Year's Eve and were seated after a short wait. All the waitstaff were very knowledgeable and helpful in telling us about the different dishes on the menu. The food was so delicious and portion sizes are excellent. Will definitely be coming back here!

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viplocalbuzz
New England
54 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always exceptional with a wide array of flavors. The service is friendly and the space is cozy.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was full and we had to wait a little longer than the reserved time. As my son put it “It was well worth the wait”. Enjoyed the friendly service and awesome food

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Panni
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We had a 7:45 reservation. We were seated promptly. The waiter took our order. One of the appetizers we ordered was unavailable because the according to him the oven was being rebuilt.
We waited for 45 min. without any of our order coming out. I called the waiter who for 45 min. never came to see if we got the order. He came back saying that they were cooking the appetizer fresh, then he apologized saying that the cook was new and learning then he refilled our wine and beer on the house. It took an other 10 min for the main dishes to come out.
The music was playing so loud that we had to scream to each other to be heard.
It used to be a very pleasant restaurant with good food. Not anymore.

The Helmand Restaurant
Responded on December 24, 2019

Hello Panni, Thank you for your feedback. I'm very sorry about your unpleasant experience with us. I can assure you that there was no new chef and that should not be any excuse for you order being late. The waiter should have paid more attention because that is their job to do so and I can assure you that we will have a talk with your waiter to improve this. I hope you will visit us another time because we are still the same restaurant you have visited before. Thank You, Manager of The Helmand

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HernandoO
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and place to eat! I would come back.

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DavidB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most tender lamb dishes in the city. Reasonable prices. Always enjoy eating at Helmand.

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DonaldS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and reasonable wine list. Will return again. Noise level is high, but less than the current trend toward deafening.

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vipLisaS
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely delicious dinner. Back room is very noisy (despite having requested weeks back a quiet table).
Great friendly service. Will definitely return but will only eat in the front room.