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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

5
4
3
2
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (57)
Neighborhood Gem (54)
Good Vegetarian Options (54)
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Good for a Date (48)
Fit for Foodies (44)
Special Occasion (42)
Creative Cuisine (42)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Pre/post Theatre (32)
Casual (31)
Romantic (30)
Cozy (28)
Good for Groups (26)
Worth the Drive (24)
Business Meals (23)
Comfort Food (22)
Healthy (21)
Spicy (17)
Fun (16)
Vegan (14)
Gluten Free Options (12)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Bar Seating (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Great for Lunch (4)
Quick Bite (4)
People Watching (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The Helmand's food is always consistent. Always cooked to perfection and flavorful. I had the Chopendez and a side of mushrooms. The steak was perfect and the sides so delicious. My friend had a chicken entrée with a fruit topping that he said was delicious. I am never disappointed in my meal here and it my wife's favorite restaurant in Baltimore. Even when I have been in the middle east, I compare the food to Helmand's. The ice cream with figs is rich and creamy but I love the ice cream with rose water the best. A real treat.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The food was good. The service was okay to a bit disappointing. We asked for our check and it took a very long time. The server was not really in a hurry even though we told her we had a show to catch.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We love the Helmand. It can be very lively at times but diners all seem to be having a good time and enjoying. The service is fast and friendly. The servings are reasonable and delicious. They have maintained a consistently high level of food preparation. Many vegetarian options too!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

We have eaten here several times and the food is consistently excellent as is the service and the ambiance. Reservations are needed. We love the pumpkin with yogurt appetizer. The Afghani decorations add to the exotic atmosphere without being overbearing. The beautiful rugs on the walls and floor soften the noise level in the restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Healthy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The Helmand has always been great. However prices have increased substantially over time. Still a great value. The size of our main courses were larger than I remembered. Service was great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I come to the Helmand frequently, mostly with colleagues when we take guests at work out to dinner. This time I came with a friend and most everything was up to the usual standard. The only thing that slightly disappointed this time was the aushak, which felt a little TOO al dente and its filling was not warm. Other than that, the service is friendly and the rest of the dishes were delicious. Thank you again!

Tags: Business Meals, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

It took the staff a very long time to seat us. There was no host at the door, so after waiting for a long time and catching the eyes of many restaurant employees, we finally had to stand in the middle of the restaurant and approach someone. After being seated, it took another exceptionally long time for a server to approach us, even though they visited neighboring tables multiple times as we were waiting. When the server did come to us, she was very curt and not friendly at all. The food came out quickly and was delicious, but we again faced long wait times when trying to pay the bill.

Overall a very disappointing experience. The food was so good and was so fast to come out, but I will be hesitant to take other people there because the service was the worst I have experienced in a long time.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 3, 2017

As usual we had a great time and a great meal! We love the food and the service. We always feel so welcome there. It is probably because we have been going there off and on since they opened.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Fun, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 3, 2017

I love this restaurant - great food and a warm, cozy atmosphere. The food is always wonderful. This time I ordered the kaddo borwani ( baby pumpkin in yogurt sauce) to start and it was delicious. Soft, sweet, warm, and flavorful. I ate aushak for my main meal and it was especially good - chocked full of fresh leeks and a wonderful meaty sauce. Helmand is a neighborhood treasure.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Never disappoints. We always have a great meal especially when Lauren is working.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The service and food were both excellent. It was a bit dark, which I had read about from other reviews. I was there for a business dinner. The main issue that made the experience unpleasant was not the fault of the restaurant, but rather customers at a neighboring table. They had a toddler who screamed very unhappily and VERY loudly at the top of his lungs for about 45min to an hour before someone finally took him outside (not exaggerating even a little about the volume or duration). Extremely annoying and had to shout to have a conversation. Ruined the first half of our dinner.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

as usual a great place for food and friends.
the food is always good and the service is always top fight.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 23, 2017

One of the best restaurants in the city, hands down! Super awesome service, excellent food at a steal of a price! You will not be disappointed!

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Good service. Good food. Great place to go for really good Afghan dishes.

Tags: Authentic, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The Helmand is my all time favorite restaurant in Baltimore and has been for 20 years. The food is outstanding, the service is quite friendly and professional and the atmosphere is perfect.

Assad and Sadiq are great men who bring warmth and happiness to the dining experience at the Helmand. It is a great place!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great meal! We had a large group and did the family meal. Delicious and so much yummy food.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 22, 2017

My wife and I have visited the Helmand on several occasions, and have always enjoyed the food and the ambience. My wife sticks to a vegetarian diet, and the Helmand has many vegetarian options. The flavors are interesting and flavorful.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 21, 2017

A fabulous meal, as always. Food tasted amazing, and good portion sizes (not too big but satisfying. Service was excellent, great location and atmosphere. Perfect!

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Excellent service and very good food. The combination of flavors on the different dishes is extraordinary. On one of the dishes the lamb was a little tough but on another was amazingly tender. The pumpkin appetizer is a star with a succulent flavor with the sweetness of the pumpkin offset with a flavorful yogurt sauce.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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food4
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 20, 2017

One of my favorite places to eat in Baltimore. The food is delicious, the service is good, and the atmosphere is very cozy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 20, 2017

We have been Helmand fans for many years and have never once failed to enjoy the tasty meals, the excellent service and the overall aura of this exceptional restaurant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2017

A bit overrated and underwhelming. Pumpkin appetizer was good. The rest fell flat, particularly given the hype.

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food3
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great food, good service. Wonderful place for a friendly get together or for as special occassion

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 14, 2017

The Host was terrible. Awful customer service. Treated me like a street person who lost their way. Ignored my Open Table reservation. Had no appreciation for the fact that the highway to get us there was traffic at dead stop and I called from the car to apologize thinking I would be late. Instaed of appreciating the call well in advance nasty attitude but gave us til 6:45 to get there. We did make it by 6:40, still treated terribly and canceled reservation after I went to desk to make sure it was not canceled. It is one of my groups go to places but noone has been happy to hear how I was treated. I will not be back in the forseeable future. I do not go out to be treated poorly especially when our check was approx $75 for 2 people.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 12, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants. I really like Afghan food, and these guys are masters. I tried half of the menu over the years and there was no dish I didn't like.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We had dinner here before a concert. Wonderful meal. Great flavorful grilled beef dish. Everyone enjoyed themselves.

Tags: Healthy, Spicy, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Our party of 8 were warmly welcomed. We all elected to try the four course family style sampler. It was excellent in quality and variety. The kitchen and servers were in perfect sync, delivering perfectly timed courses with aplomb. Our server selected excellent wine for our pleasure. Even our less-intrepid diners were ecstatic with the meal and the Helmand experience.

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 2, 2017

As always the Helmand is a great place for good food, good value and a real gem for the city. We will be back!

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Delicious food and great value! Servings were great and generous too. Love it. That pumpkin appetiser was spectacular!

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·Dined on August 29, 2017

Took my out of town colleagues here for dinner and everyone couldn't stop raving about how delicious and interested everything was. We ordered two of the pumpkin appetizers because we loved it so much. The steak kabob dish was outstanding, as was the vegetarian platter.

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on August 29, 2017

Since our first visit 2 years ago, I have yet to have had anything less than great service and great food here. We make it a point to bring anyone that is visiting Baltimore for the first time here.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Whenever we are in town we try to eat dinner here. Great food full of unusual spices and flavors.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Always the best experience, and excellent service.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 15, 2017

We have been to The Helmand many times. This visit was excellent, as usual!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Every time I've eaten here there's a crowd and this time was not an exception. We had a very short wait to be seated although we had a reservation. For a Friday night reservation at 7:15 that's often to be expected. They have one of the best vegetarian options in Baltimore. The staff was helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. Our food was tasty and freshly made. I noticed quite a few people coming in to pick up carry out so if you want to give it a try that looks like an option.

Tags: Quick Bite, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Wowowow! Awesome dinning experience yet again. The Helmand knocks it out of the park in every way every time we come, which is several times per year for the last decade. Thanks agin for making our outing into the city as fabulous as it can be.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Fabulous Afghan food, authentic spices and delicious. The food comes out very fast. Good spot for a date or a small gathering. Service is friendly and efficient. Lots of vegetarian options as well as meats. Every dish I've had there is delicious. Romantic, dark setting. A little cramped but that's no big deal.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Spicy, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Cozy, Healthy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Even though we live in DC and enjoy many of its restaurants, the Helmand is one of our favorites. The flavors are what keep bringing us back. The service is great and you can have a conversation with whom ever your with.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 4, 2017

The pumpkin appetizer was amazing - definitely lived up to the hype. Also had a delicious lamb entree with an apricot sauce that was divine. The cardamom ice cream with mango and fig topped off the meal nicely. Extremely happy with the experience and plan on going back soon

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 3, 2017

It is hard for me to order anything other than the Seek kabob. The tender chunks of lamb are delicately seasoned and perfectly prepared. My mouth waters, just thinking about it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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