Nearby points of interest
Nearby points of interest
About The Helmand Restaurant
Providing fine Afghan cuisine for more than 25 years in Baltimore
Baltimore, MD 21201
Afghan, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Plenty of on street parking or paid lot immediately next door
Purple Line -Charm City
4 blocks from Penn Station
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Helmand Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.