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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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4.5

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 (56)
Neighborhood Gem (51)
Good Vegetarian Options (51)
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Good for a Date (46)
Special Occasion (42)
Fit for Foodies (41)
Creative Cuisine (39)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Casual (32)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Pre/post Theatre (30)
Romantic (29)
Good for Groups (25)
Cozy (24)
Worth the Drive (24)
Business Meals (23)
Comfort Food (21)
Healthy (18)
Fun (16)
Spicy (16)
Vegan (13)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Tasting Menu (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Quick Bite (4)
People Watching (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Organic (1)
Seasonal (1)
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The Helmand continues to be one of the finest restaurants in Baltimore. My wife and I have eaten here many, many times over the last 10 years and I have brought many friends and out of town guests, it never fails to be a wonderful dining Experience. I highly recommend it, and if you have been many times, go again and try something new.. you will not be let down.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Spicy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fantastic food! Made a reservation for 6 and the table was ready for us right when we walked it. It was already very busy at this time, so I'd absolutely recommend making reservations. Amazing service! Appetizer and naan came out in what seemed like seconds after ordered it, and the meals came out in a similarly fast fashion. Extremely affordable and the value for the quality and quantity (large portions!!!) is spectacular. Will be a regular!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Comfort Food, Cozy, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Exotic food at great prices. Fun night

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food is excellent. Both vegetarians and carnivores can delight in the menu options. The Afghani tastes and spices are authentic. The Banjan Borwani and Aushak are a couple of favorites. The lamb was prepped perfectly. Service and notice - OK. Food trumps any downside.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Our first visit to the Helmand and we were all very pleased. Service was mostly attentive, it was very busy and noisy at first being a Friday night but quickly settled down. Food arrived quickly but we didn't feel rushed. The food was delicious, the lamb superb. Only glitch was my daughter's vegetarian platter was topped with yogurt, even though it was ordered vegan. We will be returning.

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

So many great menu options. The food was great. The overall experience was excellent.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Been going here for over 2 yrs, food is consistently flavorful, rich-NOT SPICY-some people get scared of that. Portion sizes are perfect-just enough, with few leftovers. Was packed at 7 pm on a Saturday-great sign. Staff attentive, informative. Only hiccup was the bottle of wine came halfway through our main courses, but this happens. Highly recommend

Tags: Special Occasion, Vegan, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent fast service. Enjoyed the meal and appreciated the server advice on out choices and related options.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I love Helmand. It's consistently good, and I go there every time I am in Baltimore. Their meat is so flavorful and their portions are good. Get the ice cream for dessert.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I try to come here every time In Baltimore. Great restaurant if you love lamb like I do. Started coming here in the early 90’s when living in Baltimore. Still love it!!

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great meal before the show. Very efficient service but we never felt rushed. Got there early but the room filled in nicely; real good ambiance. And you cannot beat the value! We had to do a pleasant double take when we got the check. We’ll be back soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Romantic, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

I love this place. This wasn't the first time I drove from DC to go here, amazing Afghan food and great service!!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great for vegetarians and vegans. Plenty of delicious vegetable entrees and sides. The Sweet/Sour Turnips, the Pumpkin, and the Eggplant dishes are favorites! Create cocktails too!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Interesting menu, great food and very good value.
Attentive staff

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was very good, and the service attentive. The baby pumpkin and yoghurt starter was delicious as always! However the noise was close to unbearable, making a civilized conversation nearly impossible for the early part of the evening. Our reservation was for 8pm, and by 9pm the restaurant was less busy and we could have a normal conversation. If potential diners are making a reservation, and would like to talk with their dining companions - as opposed to needing to nearly shout at them, or miss meaningful conversation all together - they may do well to book a table either early or late in the evening - thus avoiding the peak table occupancy and noise times. This strategy should ensure that all the fine offerings of this lovely restaurant can be full enjoyed, along with the good company of one's table companion(s).

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 20, 2017

As always, the Helmand delivers in every aspect of dining. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, while the food is spectacular.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great variety of authentic afghan food as well as plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Dinner and wine for 2 for under $100 is easily obtained and very tasty

Tags: Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Much too noisy, food mediocre, service staff grumpy--okay if you really love this type of food

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Amazing as always. Great food, kind staff and cool vibe! I highly recommend this place!!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Cozy, Vegan, Bar Seating, Casual, Healthy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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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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