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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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4.6

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 (71)
Authentic (66)
Good for a Date (50)
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Special Occasion (49)
Neighborhood Gem (48)
Fit for Foodies (48)
Creative Cuisine (42)
Pre/post Theatre (39)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Romantic (35)
Cozy (35)
Casual (34)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Good for Groups (30)
Worth the Drive (26)
Comfort Food (22)
Healthy (20)
Spicy (18)
Business Meals (17)
Fun (16)
Vegan (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Bar Seating (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Seasonal (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Organic (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

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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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

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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service2
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·Dined 4 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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food5
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

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food4
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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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food5
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Yeah Helmand still great!

Only thing I would change is the food comes a little too fast. We felt rushed, even though our emphasized “take your time”. Could have ordered 2 rounds of apps or just apps to pace out.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve dinner

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Have previously visited the Helmand; however, when I went for New Years Eve, the service was exceptionally poor. We went at 6 PM, and the resturant did not seem to be overtly busy; however, that didn't stop the server from taking 10 minutes after giving our drinks to even return to take our order. The food came out in a reasonably timely manner, but after a bus boy took our empty plates, we were left sitting with literally nothing (except a to-go box) in front of us for at least 15 minutes--this was unacceptable. We ended up having to ask the bus boy for a dessert menu--we were looking forward to the hazelnut cake in advance; otherwise, we would not have ordered a dessert due to the poor quality of service (and frankly, the fear that it would add 45 minutes to our already too-long dinner). When we placed our dessert order, we also asked for the check--something that the server forgot to bring, and we had to remind him for when we finally glimpsed him 10 minutes later.
Hopefully this was a fluke, and we really enjoy the food that the Helmand serves, but this may put some doubt in our mind when we consider returning.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Healthy, Romantic
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food is delicious, the wait staff was attentive, and our food came very quickly. We would go more often but usually find it too noisy to be able to talk with others while eating.
However, we went very early and were able to have a lovely dinner without too much backgroup noise.
I strongly recommend it!

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Restaurant is highly overrated. The food tastes like badly-cooked Indian food. This may not be a reflection on the restaurant but rather the cuisine.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Had another fantastic evening out. Everything was perfect. Food - simply delicious. Service - perfect. Always one of the best places to go in Baltimore.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The service was really great for the most part but then they got slammed and seemed to forget about a portion of the restaurant for a little while. It wasn't a problem for us but that is the only reason I didn't put a 5/outstanding.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great food, great value. Friendly, professional, and attentive service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 25, 2017

As always, the food was excellent. Unfortunately we had a waitress that seemed to be having a rough night. She forgot our order and we either got what we did not order or received nothing at all. She was unable to define the menu and even got our check wrong. When we asked for things such as a box or a cup of tea, she ignored us. Thank goodness for the busboys.

We love the Helmand and will go back, but they need to ensure that their waiters are better trained. A bad waiter can ruin the entire dining experience.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Having dined here over the decades very sporadically and always for a special occasion, the Helmand is consistently satisfying in every way. We were a group of 6 on Christmas Eve, seated promptly for our 7 pm reservation. Our server recommended the family style meal, an excellent wine and it was just right - a full 4 course meal for all and with leftovers. We look forward to going back more often than once a decade!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Spicy, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Service is sometimes a bit confused. A bit cramped. Food is simply outstanding. Our favorite restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

This is one of the best restaurants in Baltimore. I have been going there for over 20 years and enjoy every meal. It is a bit tight, but it is also friendly.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The food was delicious and the service was impeccable, as always. I would be disappointed if the high bar they set wasn’t met, and I have NEVER been disappointed!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 22, 2017

One word: pumpkin.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We were seated at our favorite round table on the side where noise level is a lot less. We ordered their very good Hinojosa Malbec & everyone including our non-wine drinkers enjoyed it. The appetizer banjan borwani was great with its delicious yogurt garlic sauce. The entrees from the vegetarian to the aushak and the lamb lawand pleased the crowd. And since 2 of the six dinershad a birthday that week , we were served delicious custard & fruit desserts along with a candle in each. Service was excellent as usual.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Seated right on time. Very friendly staff. Didn't care for the Grouper. Everything else was delicious.

Tags: Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I had several family members in town and needed a place for a decent sized group with varying food preferences. I'd been to The Helmand before and thought it would be ideal. It was also close to Penn Station and some family members were catching a train later that night so it was convenient. The appetizers were delicious and the food came out very quickly! We were able to have good conversation and our server, Alice, was wonderful.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Elegant Afghan food with diner like freindleness if you make the opening. Reasonable priced elegant dining.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The Helmand is a treasure my husband and I cannot get enough of. The food is always delicious, and the service is always warm and impeccable. We've brought many friends and family here over the years, and even the least adventurous, most skeptical eaters have been won over. If you're on the fence about choosing this restaurant, do yourself a favor: just go for it and order a selection of appetizers. Wait to order an entree until after you've tried the appetizers and you'll be more comfortable exploring the entrees. My favorite dish is the Shaftalu Challow (always tender chicken breast with organic dried peach, honey, fresh ginger, turmeric, fresh tomato served with Afghan chopped salad and challow.) I feel so lucky to live within walking distance to this place!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food and service. Cozy environment!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Best appetizers in town. Loved the main courses. Staff very attentive.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Very tasty Mediterranean / Middle Eastern cuisine. Moderately priced, good value. Delicious pumpkin appetizer and loved the ice cream for desert.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Our family was in town ~ Wonderful!

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·Dined on December 13, 2017

A group of friends and I went together and had a great experience. We ordered a series of appetizers to share and our entrees we're delicious, too!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Excellent!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We always enjoy Helmand. This time we brought our really good friends from South Carolina

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Always have had great dishes, service, and comfortable atmosphere. I enjoy my time at The Helmand and it is an easy trip from DC.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Solid restaurant with authentic Afghani food. Everything was tasty. They have one of the best Turkish coffees I have ever had. Will definitely come again when I am in Baltimore.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Authentic
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great food, very fast service , waiter very informative and friendly

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

All the food came out on time with no wait between appetizers and entree. The food was very tasty and flavorful. The meat (lamb and chicken) were cooked to perfection. Overall, amazing food and good service. Definitely a top restaurant in Baltimore!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was amazing, but the service was horrible. I believe part of that was because I look young. I’m 28 and the waiter wasn’t around long enough to let me order a glass of wine.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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