The Helmand Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Afghan

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Good Vegetarian Options
Providing fine Afghan cuisine for 30 years in Baltimore
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OT
1 review
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Mother and son dinner

S
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A really delightful evening with delicious food. The Helmand is an upscale place with new spices and flavor combinations. The lamb stew with apricot. The coriander yogurt chutney. The fresh Afghan naan, more bread-like and thicker than Indian naan. The desserts were great. The Helmand’s logo shows the ancient Qala Bist arch—it made us want to learn more about Afghanistan’s rich history. Thanks.

B
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. I have been eating there for 25 + years and never had a disappointing meal. Wonderful consistency.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

The people at another table were so noisy that they made the overall experience very unpleasant - they ruined the night for us. The restaurant staff did nothing to try to quite them

They ruined our evening!

S
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I made a reservation a month ahead of time and when my croup arrived we had to wait 15-20 minutes for our table. Food was really good but the server could have been friendlier. Overall my group enjoyed the restaurant. The dessert menu could definitely use some updating, the options were subpar.

K
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVED our waiter! It was my boyfriend's birthday and we had AMAZING food!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The menu options were plentiful and the food was delicious. The flavors, textures and appearance exceeded my expectation and I found everything I ate incredibly tasty! I would have given the overall experience 5 stars except that our waiter disappeared with our beverage glasses to be refilled 2/3 through enjoying our entrees, not to appear again until we were done. It was a busy Saturday evening, but our request was very basic. The noise level is pretty high as there are few acoustic buffers, but the food quality far outweighs that issue. I’m already looking forward to a return trip!

CB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The flavors, presentation, and value are amazing. We have been eating The Helmand for decades but had lost touch. It's nice to know that a top rated restaurant still makes the A grade.

RV
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places when I visit Baltimore. Always great!

WL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great variety of food in a lovely setting. They’re even better now than they were 30 years ago when they opened.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect setting

WP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. I highly recommend the pumpkin appetizer. Service was good. I needed to ask for my points to be given on Open Table.

OT
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fantastic, and the service was amiable and helpful. I was happy to introduce my guest to the sublime Kaddo Borwani appetizer, and our lamb entrees were spicy and tender. We enjoyed the evening!

LW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such friendly people! Food is fabulous and the staff is ready to describe ingredients and allergens. Highly recommended for any occasion!

P
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

B
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and flavorful food, lowlight and soft atmosphere

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious food and great service.

e
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good as always. I left my sunglasses behind and a waiter ran down the block to return them to me. That's good service

s
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m a vegetarian and they have wonderful options. It was absolutely delicious and such a great value. You’re not breaking the bank when you go out to eat at the Helmand

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was awesome.

R
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was crowded with eager customers waiting to be seated. The food was worth waiting for - - - so delicious and served unusually quickly after ordering. This is a wonderful restaurant in which to have a most enjoyable eating experience.

KL
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would absolutely recommend the Helmand to a friend. I can hardly wait to return there myself. The food was excellent, as was our server.

SH
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So glad we made a reservations via Trip Advisor and Open Table as the restaurant was mobbed even on a Thursday night. The waiter was calm amidst the "energetic" ambiance and made good suggestions as it was our first experience with Afghan food. The meal was wonderful, quickly served, fragrant and abundant. Folks around us were enjoying heaped platters of wonderfully presented and just as wonderfully smelling meals. Will plan to go again for sure if ever in Baltimore!

l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We love The Helmand for their always excellent food & service. I could live on the kaddo bowrani! Congratulations on 30 wonderful years of delighting diners.

MM
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I made reservation several days in advance for table of 5, but our table wasn't ready when we showed up. Also, they put us in a noisy location, right at the entrance. Disappointing.

A
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Took family who were in town and we were not disappointed.

SZ
Baltimore
47 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious vegetarian selections. Best value in town. Sometimes rushed

f
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, the waiter was excellent. Was very conscious of allergies that we mentioned at the start of the meal. Gave us a taste of his very special olive oil too :-)

GD
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time at The Helmand. We loved it! The food was wonderful and plentiful. Alice, our server, was very nice. Was there to celebrate son's engagement. He had been there before. We will definitely go again!

B
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, the food was wonderful. And they had very good $20 bottles of wine. We especially liked the pumpkin and shornakhod appetizers and the lamb and spices and turnips dish. They have excellent coffee (both real and decaf) as well as great deserts. Our favorite restaurant in Baltimore.

OT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. An excellent alternative to Indian food. Less spicy alternative. Very family friendly. Excellent grilled meats.

HT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Group of eight; treated wonderfully and food selected for family style by restaurant was perfect.

LA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Baltimore! Really great and unique food and outstanding service.

Y
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience! The setting, the staff, the service, the food - all fantastic. I would recommend The Helmand for date night, special occasion or an event.

L
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been here several times and the food has always been good. This time, we took several out of town guests to The Helmand for dinner and everyone enjoyed what they ordered. The service was quick and good. We had a nice evening.

M
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went here for Restaurant Week and had an excellent dinner!

t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Try the pumpkin appetizer. Amazing. Our waitress was nice but forgot we were there a couple of times. Everyone enjoyed their selections. Mine was the beef tenderloin, which while delicious, was the least of the three main dishes we ordered. What I'm trying to say is that the meal ranged from great to greater. We will always come back when we come to Baltimore.

U
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still one of my faves even after 30 years! Great food, wonderful flavors.

SK
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful my first time there and I did t know what to order. Our waiter,Sadiq, made the perfect recommendations. Loved it and will be back the next time we are in Baltimore.

OT
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service where worth the walk! So many different tastes - truly a unique dining experience for me. I got one of the “30 yr anniversary” specials.

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