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About The Helmand Restaurant

Providing fine Afghan cuisine for more than 25 years in Baltimore

806 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21201
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Afghan, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian / Vegan

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Monument

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 752-0311

Website:
http://www.helmand.com/

Parking Details:
Plenty of on street parking or paid lot immediately next door

Public Transit:
Purple Line -Charm City
4 blocks from Penn Station

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Helmand Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (56)
Good Vegetarian Options (56)
Neighborhood Gem (49)
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Fit for Foodies (46)
Good for a Date (44)
Special Occasion (40)
Creative Cuisine (38)
Pre/post Theatre (37)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Casual (34)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Cozy (28)
Good for Groups (27)
Romantic (25)
Comfort Food (23)
Worth the Drive (23)
Business Meals (22)
Healthy (22)
Spicy (16)
Vegan (15)
Fun (13)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Bar Seating (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined a day ago

Great food and service. Cozy environment!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

We always enjoy Helmand. This time we brought our really good friends from South Carolina

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Always have had great dishes, service, and comfortable atmosphere. I enjoy my time at The Helmand and it is an easy trip from DC.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 7 days ago

Solid restaurant with authentic Afghani food. Everything was tasty. They have one of the best Turkish coffees I have ever had. Will definitely come again when I am in Baltimore.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Authentic
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great food, very fast service , waiter very informative and friendly

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

All the food came out on time with no wait between appetizers and entree. The food was very tasty and flavorful. The meat (lamb and chicken) were cooked to perfection. Overall, amazing food and good service. Definitely a top restaurant in Baltimore!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Very tasty. Afghani food with punchy flavors. Grilled eggplant appetizer was a hit. The Chopendez is marinated and grilled steak. Very tender and flavorful. It is served with challow rice, which is addictive, and and eggplant side. A stew of beef and spinach was fall apart tender with a hint of cinnamon was downright alluring. A member of my party refused to share her dish of chaftalau, a chicken dish, because it was so good. The bread is another item one must order. All in all, a festive atmosphere with delicious food. An iconic Baltimore restaurant everyone must frequent. And extremely affordable with good sized portions. You won't be disappointed.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 9, 2017

After several year, we finally managed to try this restaurant. We had a great time and the food was delicious! We started with a couple of appetizers: the Aushak, Afghan ravioli, had a very interesting mint flavor that accompanied the leeks extremely well, the Mantwo, homemade pastry shells filled with beef, had some very aromatic spices in the beef sauce. As entrees we ordered the Zardalu Challow, sweet and spicy lamb, and Chopendez, marinated tenderloin with grilled vegetables, spinach, and rice. Everything was very flavorful, but not spicy hot. We had the Afghan pudding for dessert, similar to panna cotta with fresh fruit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was amazing, but the service was horrible. I believe part of that was because I look young. I’m 28 and the waiter wasn’t around long enough to let me order a glass of wine.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Excellent all the way around! I highly recommend this restaurant. Enjoy.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Table next to us loud. Great food as always!!!!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Awesome. Loved everything. Will be back soon!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We ordered the family style meal for a group of 7 and it was fantastic. They just kept bringing us more and more food and everything was delicious. Highly recommend. Great way to try a large variety of menu items.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 3, 2017

As always loved having dinner here!
They made a special fuss for my birthday guest which was nice.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing food! Consistent everytime! One of my most favorite restaurants in Baltimore! Vegetarian Platter and Mushroom Lawand are my two favorites!

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Authentic, Spicy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Vegan, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

I took my boyfriend here for the first time for his birthday. I have been here before and loved it so much I wanted to have him try it out. He also thought the food was delicious . We both can't wait to go back.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 29, 2017

First time we have tried Afghan food -- we both loved it. Good size portions, great flavors, and excellent service

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

One of my top 3 places to eat in Bmore. Very good food, reasonably priced, and good location. Be sure to try the pumpkin appetizer. It’s a very popular place so you’ll need a reservation especially on the weekends.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We hadn't been to the Helmand for many years and welcomed the opportunity to revisit it. It completely met our expectations! We shared a couple of appetizers (though they're really individual portions) and were completely wowed by the famed pumpkin dish. Entrees were delicious, with very generous portions--grilled lamb chops meant three chops on each plate; the lamb lawand was similarly generous. Only the dwopiaza was a bit too spicy for our granddaughter's taste (though the adults at the table had no complaints about it). Try to save room for dessert, because it's worth it; we tried the chocolate hazelnut cake, special ice cream, and an Afghan pudding with berries, and enjoyed them all immensely. Other reviewers had complained about the service being either rushed or too slow, so I wasn't sure what to expect; it was a bit on the slow side for us, but well within reasonable limits for a casual Saturday evening dinner. The ambiance is pleasantly busy, with dark wood decor, great lighting (not too bright or too dark), and very comfortable seats. (Do make a reservation, though, especially on weekends--it gets pretty busy.) And, the prices can't be beat for downtown dining. I'm pretty sure we won't wait as long before going back the next time!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Always enjoy the pumpkingappetizer, chorpendez, and dates and mango ice cream. You always get a full glass of wine at Helmand, as well!

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Service was a little bit slow but the food was worth the wait! Every bite was tastier than the previous one! This will be one of my top restaurant picks in Baltimore.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

I have never had anything but a fabulous experience at The Helmand, dating back many years. The food is consistently superb and the service friendly, quick and attentive. I have never heard anyone complain about any aspect about The Helmand. A role model for all restaurants.

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Lovely restaurant! I had the vegetarian platter and my husband had a lamb entree. The veggies were all delicious, especially the eggplant and the okra dishes, and my husband loved his meal as well.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Spicy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Simply delicious! We met another couple for dinner, and all four of us remarked how good the service is at this restaurant. The dining room is a little loud for conversation, but the food is outstanding

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We have eaten here before but the NOISE absolutely prevents conversation. The service was perfunctory with the distinct impression that we were being rushed (presumably so that they could sit someone else). The level of "spicy" was quite high (and lingering). The speed with which the dishes arrived implied that everything was ready at a moment's notice. The likelihood that the "sirloin" on my plate came from that part of the animal is quite low.
A BIG disappointment. No need to return.

Tags: Spicy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Helmand is one of my favorite restaurants in Baltimore. The pumpkin appetizer is always a must, and comes out hot and delicious. A lot of the featured entrees have vegetarian alternatives and if you have a mixed group there are plenty of options. The lamb dishes are all fantastic and the prices are not too expensive for the portion. The waitstaff all know the menu well and have been there for years. I try to make it there a few times a year.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Still excellent. It hasn’t changed in 20 years. We could live on the appetizers.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The service was fast, fast, fast. We received our meals in less time than the average McDonald's. We had not been to the Helmand in a while so we had forgotten that although tasty to a degree, the food lacks any sort of presentation.
The wait staff might also need to be reminded that some diners can understand their Spanish when talking to each other.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The tables are packed in to a small space - hardly room to move around. The service was terrible - waiter had no sense of hospitality or enthusiasm about the menu. We felt rushed to eat and rushed to have plates swept away. The food was interesting but there are many other interesting welcoming spots in Baltimore where the food is even better.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The Helmand isn't what it used to be. My latest visit might be my last. The Helmand, apparently in an effort to accommodate as many eager diners as they can, has squeezed the place full of tables. You feel like you're on top of other diners, and it is very loud and noisy. While they have added many tables, they apparently have not added staffing in proportion. My poor server was too busy, distracted, and just provided bad service. It was so bad that one of my dining partners actually got the wrong food - because the server wrote down the wrong order. Service was hurried and inattentive. This was not the higher-end dining experience I had hoped for and expected.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food and service were superb. My only complain was its seating is close. Very hard to manuver through, but again food was excellent and so was the service.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food and service reliably very good. Casual atmosphere,

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fun, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Delightful evening. Delicious food. Lots of ambiance and very nice decor.

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Vegan
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Made an Open Table reservation on 11/9 at the request of the restaurant. We arrived on 11/10 and our reservation was not evident. I showed my email reservation. The host took my phone and scrutinized my information. Finally he said I had an email confirmation so I must have a reservation. He apologized and took us to a table. The wait staff seemed to be running a marathon in a frenetic atmosphere. The wait staff and particularly our server incessantly bumped my chair. I pulled my chair in an awkward position to avoid being bumped. Our server asked if everything was alright. I explained my disgust and the server required the manager to address my issue after apologizing. The manager pulled the adjacent table to give me more room. I had consumed half of me dinner when I asked to have the meal removed. I simply ceased to enjoy the experience.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Brought some friends who were visiting from out of town. We ordered several appetizers and entrees and shared them family style. It was fantastic!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Everything was delicious and our server Alice was amazing!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Eight of us walked up from our hotel, after 4 recommendations. Enthusiastic is our appreciation of this Baltimore standard. This is mild Afghan food, everything well prepared, everything reasonably priced, and .... it just kept coming! All was interesting. All was very good. We ordered the tasting menu, served family style.

The owner/manager and wait staff were delightful. The place was packed on a Wednesday night. And for good reason.

Two of us are foodies and we had a great time, even without the foo-foo that our kind typically require. : --- )

Quality is excellent. Prices are great. Ambience delightful. Enjoy!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual, Fun, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Fantastic food and service at a reasonable price. Highly recommend!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

A true gem. Creative , delicious food, all reasonably priced and ambience like crazy. An all-time favorite restaurant in Baltimore.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Authentic, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

great, once again. Helmand is a perfect date spot.

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