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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RB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Helmand is consistently of the highest quatlity. The Pumpkin appetizer and many of the other dishes on the menu are outstanding. If you are in Baltimore on a visit, don't miss it. If you r live here and just haven't gotten around to having dinner at Helmand, you are denying yourself a real pleasure.

SK
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We have been fans of The Helmand for years. The food is extraordinary and the service is usually excellent. This night was a rare occasion when we did not enjoy our dining experience as much as have in the past. Despite a reservation and available tables, we were seated in a corner next to a large table of extremely boisterous (quite inconsiderate, actually) diners. They were so disruptive that at our table of four (4), we could not hear one another during most parts of our meal. The same server was assigned to our table as theirs and spent so much time running back and forth to bar filling and refilling their bar orders, that he rarely came to our table to refill water or inquire on our meal. We had to flag him down just to get a refill of water, see a dessert menu, and, ultimately, obtain the bill. Had this been our first experience, we would certainly not have returned.

W
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is consistently delicious. I had the Kaddo Borwani as an appetizer and it was outstanding. Hubby had the Aushak which he loved. My entree was the vegetable mantwo and it was crazy good. My friend had the mantwo as well but hers had beef and she said it was delicious. Hubby had the Kabuli as an entree and said it was wonderful. Friend's hubby had the special of the day with fish and he enjoyed his too. You just can't go wrong eating here. We never eat here that we don't go home happy and with full tummies.

ET
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food at the Helmand is delicious. My wife and I each ordered different lamb entrees and each was well prepared. Time from order to delivery of our meal was very quick. We love the cardemin infused ice cream. We get it every time we dine here. It is a fantastic end to a very nice dining experience.

KB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful flavors, many options make The Helmand an exciting visit.

OT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a great meal

c
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just fantastic food and service . Hadn’t been here for a while I’d forgotten how delicious everything was. Great restaurant for vegetarians but also has great comfort food and desserts as well as cocktails. Fabulous polite service. Have already scheduled my next meal there!

OT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always great food! The noise level was a little high and they took a little while to get us to a table because they were so busy.

TR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

For only the second time in my life, I gave the server(s) at The Helmand a small tip to make a statement. In addition, I also made a written statement on the check, so they knew that the tip (@ 9%) was deliberate, and why. The first server approached our table and asked if we would like something to drink besides water...maybe 10 seconds after we had sat down. I explained that we had just sat down, and asked him to give us a few minutes. That was the only time we saw that server. The next server did the following during our stay: told my date, who has a common aversion to cilantro, that she could not taste the cilantro if it was cooked in the dish, as opposed to being fresh cilantro used as a topping. Huh? In fact, a little uncomfortable argument ensued between the two of them. After we had finished our entrees, a long period of abandonment ensued, perhaps 20-25 minutes. Finally, I asked a busser to clear our table and bring us the check, even though we had not ordered the dessert that came with our New Years Eve fixed-price menu. Our server then reappeared and took our dessert orders. I love The Helmand, In fact, it is one of my favorite restaurants and ironically is my date's absolutely favorite restaurant. Service is always rushed and has never been the star of this show. In this case, it was abysmal. This one bad experience will not deter me, however, and I will definitely return again. One final note: to add insult to injury, The Helmand reported me as a no-show for my reservation, resulting in OpenTable unnecessarily sending me an email carrying a very stern scolding/reprimand for my "missed" reservation. And good times were had by all...

LW
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, well seasoned. Service a bit slow.

MM
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, good service, conveniently located, strongly recommended

D
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

One does not go to The Helmand for its ambience, although the lighting is quiet and the rooms are well situated, but a few more carpets might lower the noise levels. The service is very good and just as courteous and efficient. All these are welcoming, and that is important because goes to The Helmand to eat. The food ranges from outstanding to sublime. The chef is a genius at combining and releasing flavors. It’s heavenly work.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Christmas Eve

RB
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always, always reliable for a fine, interesting meal in a very pleasant space. This was Christmas Eve and crowded as expected. Service and quality didn’t suffer at all. Really enjoyed.

KK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

One of the best! Food is amazing, atmosphere warm and inviting on a cold night.
Service this time was not as good. Server was distracted during the busy night.

DS
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner - great wait staff, delicious food, terrific experience

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Surprised such amazing place located in the heart in Bmore.

RS
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic food I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a fun night out

CF
Baltimore
75 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As usual, the food & service were the best.

Problem was noise level. We didn’t expect the level of noise on a Thursday.

B
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent appetizers and main course part of special #2. Other good dishes too.

LW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant!! Friendly staff and welcoming environment. Highly recommended to all!

T
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience! Special thanks to the bartender who made our welcome and wait so great!

TL
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We have lived in the city for over 15 years and still feel that The Helmand is a hidden gem. The food is amazing and the price can't be beat. A "for sure" appetizer is the Kaddo Borwani. The vegetarian options are super flavorful and filling. A wonderful restaurant that we keep going back to again and again.

LS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Helmand is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is delicious! Great ambience! Live this place.

A
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Mediocre service. Food was also quite poor quality, bland and insipid. Took 15 minutes to get waiter after being seated. Person checking in did not tag open table and I got an email about being no show! Never going back

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time! It was crowded due to events in the neighborhood, but once we ordered, food came out quick and was delicious as always.

KG
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always phenomenal.

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r
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The Helmand is a wonderful place. Interesting and delectable appetizers, great wine list, and the main courses are well spiced and filling.

M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food. This place is very popular for good reason. In addition, the staff are lovely and accommodating. Great for date night or a small group of friends!

s
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful restaurant for vegetarians. Many great plant-based options. Speedy service. Good prices

s
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Seated next to bar. Bar standing room packed. So loud we could not hear across small table. Constant bumping into two of our chairs by patrons and every waiter.
Food great. But just wanted out of there ASAP!!!
Probably better on less busy night.
Probably they should eliminate the table we had next to bar; absolutely unpleasant! Bet they are exceeding their approved seating capacity.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was my first time at the Helmand, and the food was truly phenomenal. The lamb and apricot dish was quite impressive, and a pumpkin dish blew me away with its fragrance and subtle sweetness. Desserts were equally delicious, with a rice pudding having a uniquely smooth texture. Service was extremely kind, but sometimes rushed and clunky. Overall, a great meal and I hope to return!

JO
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The occasion was to celebrate two birthdays. Most of us had not been there for a long time and were impressed that after 30 years in the same location the service and food are of the same high quality that we remembered. Some of us came looking forward to old favorites on the menu -- and they were still there and as satisfying as we remembered. Those who chose from the specials were equally happy with their choices. It was both cheering to have so many fellow diners all around us -- a sign that the Helmand is thriving. But the number of fellow diners did create a pretty high noise level -- but not to a point of discomfort. The wait staff were efficient and everyone was cordial. An all-around enjoyable dining experience.

r
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and interesting food in a great intimate environment. Always a winner!

MM
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, as always!

KT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience2

The first time I ate at The Helmand was a great experience! The food, service, and ambiance were all excellent. We returned this past weekend with a couple of friends visiting from out of town and had a much poorer experience. It was a busier time than the first time I went and it was noisy. My friend was bumped every time a diner or water/waitress passed by because the man at the table behind him had his chair pushed out a few feet from the table. No one addressed the man's chair sitting in the middle of the walking lane, they just continued to bump into my friend. The food was excellent as always, but the service was terrible. Our waitress was rude to us from the beginning; she barely spoke to us, and when she did it was in a rushed, pushy way. I would not eat there again with that waitress.

a
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Ben our server was amazing.

NG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I've been coming to The Helmand for years, and it always pleases. A real gem. I was able to take a good friend for his first time, and he seemed to really enjoy it as well.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful as always. We love The Helmand!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Great price