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The Helmand Restaurant

4.8
244 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 244 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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Nenesix
New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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viplizzie
New England
2 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!

CM
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!

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LaurenH
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating indoors since the pandemic began. Such a great experience! Diners were very spread out, which was also great since we could hear each other at the table without having to shout as you have to do in many restaurants.

The food was absolutely delicious (recommend the Aushak, Mantwo, and especially the Chowpan which is one of the pricier dishes but worth it). We were really excited to eat there because we have also often eaten at another Helmand restaurant in San Francisco. Turns out the two used to be owned by the same people, so the menu was very similar and I was so happy to eat my old favorites again.

The wait staff were very attentive considering how short-staffed they (and all restaurants during the pandemic) seem to be. They were working hard — please be sure to thank them!

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Ravenclaw
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and ambiance were excellent. Can't go wrong with any of the lamb dishes. Always delicious.

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Kris
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marvelous food. Exceptional service. Lovely atmosphere.

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HansongLi
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a scholar of Vedic Afghanistan, the Seleucid Empire, and the Silk Road, I highly recommend Helmand!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

This place was completely empty and the server placed my wife and I all the way in the back against a wall, the server even pulled our chairs out to face the wall.

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jay22
New England
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Helmand for the first time in a few years. Everything we ordered was amazing. The service was also accurate and attentive. We went Saturday night at 7 and it wasn't too crowded. But by 8:00 it was full, so make a reservation.

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DRTMJ
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered some vegetarian items and everything was delicious

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AjayP
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As vegetarians , the Hellmand has great food! Quality has not changed over the last 15 or so years when we first visited.

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Alibaba
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

It took more than an hour from our arrival to get food. Customers who came before us got served before us. It seemed the wait staff were untrained and confused. You could tell by the temperature that the food was sitting on a plate in the kitchen before it was brought to us. This used be a good restaurant some 15 years ago but obviously it’s on the steady decline. They did take off a $20 entree from our tab after we complained about the service.

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vipZander
New England
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, plus the maître d' is a very welcoming guy.

NK
vipNotKim
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was impeccable! The bread, the lamb, the pastry and the homemade cake was so delicious. Everyone was attentive and make sure we were happy!

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MingO
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant with delicious food. It was not crowded during our weekday visit. People are well spaced due to COVID (we were seated indoor)

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Mdkanch
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful restaurant ; food never disappoints. Service was great. Now with full bar available.

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vipMmarlington
New England
15 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outdoor table, excellent service, and delicious food and wine. Helmand is an absolute treat - not to be missed.

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ErinC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this gem of a place! The staff is so attentive and kind. Our food was amazing and hot. Love this place and recommend it for all sorts of occasions.

KG
KGRUS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous timeless place. Food is always great as in the service and ambiance.

KB
KristaB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We can't wait to go back and try all the other entrees!

SK
StephanieK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Baltimore. Delicious food and good value. Beautiful decor and great service. What more can one ask for?

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden Jewel in Cambridge! My new favorite place in Boston. Staff is amazing, food is extraordinary in quality and value and the ambiance was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice food and experience.

PS
vipProfessorShorthair
New England
86 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always start with an order of Kaddo! There is a vegetarian version as well although it is not as good as the original version.

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vipPinzimonio
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the good is always amazing. the value is umbeatable. the manager and the staff are very nice and attentive: we were there just this past Saturday after many months and this place is going back on our frequent diner list!

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Sunny
New England
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall excellent food and service during these COVID times.

EC
ElizabethC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to the Helmand several times, each time the food is wonderful, the waiters are friendly, and the experience is great. It is one of our favorites!

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JOEseph
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going to Helmand since they opened about 25 years ago. The quality is always outstanding!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food I’ve ever tasted. It was flavorful without having over powering flavors. It was different and unique. Do yourself the favor and get the 2 popular lamb dishes. You will not regret it!

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HollyC
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at The Helmand, and it won't be our last. The dining room is beautifully decorated and the service is prompt and friendly. Best of all, the food is all cooked to order, with fresh ingredients and so many interesting spices--really a taste treat!

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OwusuaaA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Service even better

DA
DeAndraF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The staff was more than welcoming. I can't wait to go again

BG
BradG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I celebrated Valentines Day here and enjoyed a wonderful meal near the warm brick oven. Both of our meals were delicious; they cooked the lamb superbly and our desserts were a splendid finish to the meal.

MI
vipMITprof
New England
48 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great and very different food

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mandmp
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and waiter was very attentive.

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vipraidersix2002
New England
138 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this quiet place. Exceptional vegetarian offerings too!

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vipraidersix2002
New England
138 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptionally good food and attentive service - many goof vegetarian offerings and a good wine list as well.

CF
CambridgeFoodie
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was well prepared and delicious. Service was quite friendly. We very much enjoyed our visit as a family.

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 4.8 stars by 244 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.