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The Helmand Restaurant

1598 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
Providing fine Afghan cuisine for more than 25 years in Baltimore
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Afghan, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(410) 752-0311
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Cross street
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Parking details
Plenty of on street parking or paid lot immediately next door
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Public transit
Purple Line -Charm City
4 blocks from Penn Station
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1598 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TonyaS (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

The food is great and for a great price. This place is pretty popular with the locals and non-locals alike. While it is a white table cloth type of place, when it is crowded (and it is always crowded, reservations are a must) It can get pretty loud. My table of 4 definitely had to speak up to be heard.

vipKatie (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Dinner as always was absolutely fantastic! I would highly recommend this restaurant as it never disappoints and is always delicious

vipPianist (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

If you are in Baltimore, you’ve got to try this place. I would love to take it to Seattle!!!!

5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Wonderful food and interesting combinations. Nice ambiance. Good service too.

Peter (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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

Deedee (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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

vipFoodie (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

f8hd3 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The Helmand consistently delivers delicious food. It is a bit of a drive, but we visit a few times a year because of the fantastic food. The kids love Kaddo Borwani, Vegetarian Mantwo, and Naan. I almost always order Kabuli. The waitstaff is friendly, welcoming, and efficient. Highly recommend.

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

As always, wonderful

DrDB (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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

Brob (Baltimore)
4.0  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.

AnneJ (Baltimore)
4.0  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.

MyReview (Baltimore)
4.0  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.