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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
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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

Good Vegetarian Options (70)
Authentic (67)
Good for a Date (58)
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Special Occasion (51)
Neighborhood Gem (45)
Fit for Foodies (43)
Creative Cuisine (42)
Cozy (39)
Pre/post Theatre (39)
Romantic (38)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Worth the Drive (26)
Casual (26)
Good for Groups (21)
Comfort Food (20)
Healthy (20)
Spicy (17)
Vegan (17)
Fun (15)
Business Meals (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Hot Spot (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Kid-friendly (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent, they need more room, and turn the heat down, loud but doable. Highly recommend, in spite of these factors. Authenticity and fast service.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

I want to rave but I can’t. Food was good but we rushed from the time we arrived. We had a reservation for 5:45 and they sat us right away. Waitress asked for drink orders and took my husbands appetizer order and walked away without taking mine. His appetizer arrived within 2 minutes. She took my order and I got mine immediately. Waitress kept coming asking what we wanted for dinner . Never told us list of specials was in menu. When we ordered our dinner was served almost immediately. No time to breath. I felt rushed. We ordered tea at the end of the meal and I could see the maitre d looking at our table and our neighbors as if to get us moving. I use to live the Helmand but this was not a good experience. Too bad because the food was good

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Our group all enjoy Afghan food and were pleased with our meals. Service was very quick, indicating that we had all ordered pre-prepared dishes. Food doesn't appear to be cooked to order. That said, everything was tasty. I had chicken, which was all white meat and a bit overcooked but covered with a delicious sauce. Servings are large. Good wine list with more variety than I expected. One of our group is a professional foodie and was very pleased with everything.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 4 days ago

As always, wonderful

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·Dined 5 days ago

ORDER LAMB. AVOID THE FISH. Great place for lamb - 3 of 4 of us ordered it. However, 1 in our party ordered fish - BIG MISTAKE! Tasted horrific. Sadly we didn't mention it till the end of the meal. Waitress offered an additional meal, but we were ready to leave. A professional restaurant response would have been to comp the meal. Didn't happen. A reasonably good wine selection, at a fair price. Restaurant was packed for Valentines Day. Surprised by the good acoustics; had no problem conversing at our table.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Baltimore's Best Ethnic Restaurant - Superb, As Usual!!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food! Great service! EVERYONE is nice & engaging.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Love this restaurant and the food is consistently good with many options for vegetarians. We go here often before the theater because the food comes quickly and often with a reservation you are seated upon arrival. My one suggestion to the restaurant which is a recurring issue is to hire a bar back for the bartender. The bar is very slow with the cocktails and last night the bartender was off so a waitress was tending bar and waiting tables. She did a great job juggling both but if the drinks came more quickly, they would make more money off the drinks. Sometimes we order a drink at the bar while waiting for our table and it arrives after we've been seated. The whole idea is to have a drink before dinner. Besides this small issue, Helmand is a favorite spot to go.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Haven't eaten at the Helmand in several years. The food is still excellent but I'd forgotten how loud it is.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Good place for change of pace cuisine and a nice date or family dinner. A bit dark, the lighting could use some work. Waiter was prompt but kind of abrupt in his attitude, could have been a bit more friendly.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

My first experience was about 6 months ago. I have been back 3 times since then and each time the food, appetizers, and desserts never disappoint. The service is spot on . I will continue sharing this restaurant with my family and friends.

Tags: Vegan, Romantic, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food is decent, but nothing amazing. It’s exceedingly average and not really worth the price.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 7, 2018

All eight diners were very happy with the food. Rave reviews especially the pumpkin and eggplant appetizers.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent food, super nice wait staff. They are consistent!!

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Overall, we we're disappointed in the meal. The quality of the meals were not as they have been in the past. The Mediterranean dessert was downright awful. They should be embarrassed to have served it. We'll be in no hurry to return.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 31, 2018

It's my go to place in Baltimore! Excellent service and the staff are very considerate of food allergies and constraints. Highly recommended!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Our dinner was incredible! The blending of flavors was so unique and mouthwatering. Our server was excellent and the cost was so reasonable. I plan to go back soon!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 31, 2018

I've been to the Helmand countless times. I have a favorite dish I get most times I'm there. On this visit, that dish was very disappointing. I've never had a bad experience with the food until now. I told my server and she quickly offered to get me something different. It took much longer than usual for the food to come out and by the time it did, I wasn't really hungry anymore.
I'm not sure what the cause of the lower quality was and truly hope it was just an off night. It was very busy but I've been there on busy nights before and still had delicious food.

I'll go back but not sure that it will be soon.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Great place, I'd recommend! Something different and very reasonable

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 30, 2018

This was one of the most flavorful meals I’ve had. Pumpkin appetizer was simple but full of robust flavors.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Very welcoming and wonderful staff who were always very attentive. The food was great - so many wonderful flavors.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This place was packed! We showed up with an extra person and without a blink, an extra place was set at the table and our reservation was honored. We ordered the three appetizers-pumpkin, eggplant and naan. They were all delicious. For entrees, we had a vegetarian entree, two chicken dishes and two lamb dishes. They were also great. A very nice dinner for all.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food is terrific. Service is prompt and polite. It is a bit crowded as you enter by a coat rack in a narrow hall- people coming and going, it's a general hubbub. But we only waited 5 minutes for reservation to be executed and food is worth the wait. I look forward to returning many times.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was wonderful. Always a great time

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Delicious, attentive service, nice table location.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Restaurant was busy so we ran about 15-20 minutes late for our reservation but enjoyed the food and service was prompt even with the crowd.

Stand out dishes were the lamb lawlad, the beef tenderloins, and the hazelnut cake (which was light and crunchy). Would skip the slowcooked lamb with apricots — it was tender but a bit sweet for my tastes.

Would definitely return!

Tags: Good for a Date, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Fantastic Afghan Food. Great Service and atmosphere.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Absolutely wonderful as always. Delicious and wonderful service. Would go again!

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

A Baltimore classic with a foreign twist. Excellent food at a reasonable price. The Cardamon ice cream was delightful.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Always superb. My only tiny complaint: I wish they'd give you just a bit more time with the appetizers before they bring out the entrees. Otherwise, perfection.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Vegan
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 19, 2018

A real gem! Great food and great value! So glad we finally gave it a try. We will go back!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 18, 2018

The service was attentive and professional even though, as usual , the restaurant was crowded. They want you to enjoy their wonderful food. It’s hard to leave room for the excellent desserts but try not to miss having one. Good menu for vegetarians and non dining together.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We loved our dining experience at The Helmand. The staff were attentive and friendly. The menu was diverse. The food was delicious and excellent quantity. We all enjoyed our experience.

Tags: Seasonal, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Fun, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Spicy, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I had no clue that it was Restaurant Week. I wanted to eat somewhere where my friend Mike and I could get our meat but our friend Beth had plenty of veggie options. I already have much love of Afghan meat from Mimi Kabab (and some of the other Pashtu places that are around D.C.) so I knew that I would like the fare. The appetizers were delicious. The meat was simply wonderful. I also enjoyed my dessert (though EVERYTHING is smothered in cardemum... not awful every once in awhile). My friend said it was the best birthday dinner he had in years so I was very very happy.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was outstanding as always. I loved the pumpkin and kabobs. The wait staff rushed us and were fairly impatient. I disdain feeling like a burden when at a restaurant, but at least the service was attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We had an ambivalent experience. The food was very good, but not spectacular. The noise level was deafening, to the point where the four of us really couldn't talk at all - this would have pretty much ruined our evening, even if everything else had been perfect. The service was spotty. The food came out very fast, but then, when we wanted to leave, it seemed like we waited forever to find our waiter to let him know. This was generally disappointing - I had visited the Helmand about ten years ago, and I had a much more positive experience back then.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Wonderful food, excellent service! This restaurant has been in operation for a long time and is always consistent on the food options and the great customer service. Love it!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The best ethnic restaurant in Baltimore!! Most dishes are based on family recipes. The spicing is very subtle, the grilled meats are superb and there are plently of vegetarian options plus pricing is very reasonable.

Tags: Spicy, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Good food, great service even on a packed New Year’s Eve night. Will come again.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Outstanding Afghani cuisine in a warm and intimate setting. 2nd visit and one of my favorite authentic spots in Baltimore.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Comfort Food
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