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The Helmand Restaurant

4.7
1673 reviews
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$30 and under
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Afghan
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Good Vegetarian Options
Providing fine Afghan cuisine for more than 25 years in Baltimore
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
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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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Monument
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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
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1673 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.6
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

At least our fourth visit to the Helmond. Always a pleasure.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Helmand delivers consistently delicious Afghan specialties. I had the Lamb Lawand this time with the pumpkin appetizer and some naan and rice. The lamb was moist and tender, nice blend of seasonings and yoghurt sauce and the pumpkin is so tasty that we never can bring ourselves to try the other appetizers.

Only complaint is that the food comes so quickly - a meal at Helmand should be savored.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

This is my favorite ethnic restaurant. The Zardalu shallow and koufta shallow are both excellent. The Zardalu shallow is the best item on the menu in my opinion.

The wine selection is good and table turnover is relatively quick.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Excellent, as usual. Great food, service, and prices.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Wonderful food, relaxed atmosphere, good service.
Did not like standing at front door without staff to greet you.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

We had 10 people in our party. The wait staff suggested we order the family style meal. They accommodated several people in our group who are either vegans or gluten intolerant. The food was wonderful!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Always wonderful food perfectly prepared. Never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Five of us enjoyed the family style pre-fixed offering... we had a great variety of appetizers, a fabulous chicken salad, meatballs, lamb, chicken and salmon entree Dad well as 2 large desserts! It was amazing!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The Helmand never disappoints! We gladly do the couple-hour drive to Baltimore from out of town at least once a month for the food and ambiance.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Still one of my favorite restaurants in Baltimore. Shoutout to David, Sadig and the rest of the amazing staff!

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Always excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Great food, great service. The Helmand would be perfect if it were quieter.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

good Afgan ambiance and menu. Quick service. good prices. I will return.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

The flavors the Helmand works into their dishes are so unique. If tried something new each time and enjoyed every bite of it.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Friends getting together

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great as always!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

This was our first visit to the Helmand. The food was outstanding. It was well spiced and the pumpkin appetizer was delicious! The service was excellent and the Special Ice Cream was a unique and tasty dessert.

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3.0Dined on April 26, 2018

My lamb tenderloin was at least half fat. Dirty dishes remained on the table. We had to ask for our waiter several times. I have been to Helmand before, and was in fact the one that recommended it to the two other couples. I was disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in Baltimore! We have never had anything but a great meal.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The food was terrific! Pumpkin appetizer and chick pea salad are a must have. We sampled five different entrees at our table and two side veggie side dishes and had plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day. Service was wonderful, as usual!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great selection and very delicious! The lamb with turnips was outstanding, as was the pumpkin appetizer.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

As always, the Helmand has truly magnificent Afghan food and spectacular service. Very lively atmosphere and always a great value!

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

We heard so many good things about the restaurant and really wanted to give it a try. We were not disappointment. Excellent food and big portions. We will definitely visit again when we go back to Baltimore!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Everyone says get the pumpkin and you should. Also the vegetarian aushak.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The pumpkin and the vegetarian aushak are always my favourites. Enjoy every time we go.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Service was great. Appetizers appeared almost immediately. Everything tasted good, was well seasoned and filling. Everyone in our party of four had a lamb dish (three different ones) and they were all good.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Have eaten here many times and usually love it. The appetizers are fabulous, but my entree and wife's entree were too spicy. We felt rushed too.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We had a very nice dinner Saturday night! Two of us had beef filet which was marinated and served with delicious cooked tomatoes. The lamb chops were very good too. The pumpkin appetizer was good but needed a lot more garlic sauce. The eggplant appetizer was good. The wines are always reasonable and are a good selection. We were seated in the drafty bar area instead of the nice dining room. Otherwise it was very nice!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

A Baltimore classic but still as good as ever, delicious food, professional service, great for date night.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great food and value. We will definitely go again!!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

My favorite restaurant in Baltimore normally gives attentive, excellent service. Our waiter was a bit flustered and rushed which, I understand, can happen. Food was excellent, but the lamb was overcooked. Not a five star night at the Helmand, but still we enjoyed ourselves.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

One of a kind restaurant. Atmosphere, food, and service cannot be beat. Consistently delightful for over 15 years since I started dining at The Helmand. Not a single dish I wouldn't get again.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great food and prompt service even on a busy Saturday.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The food was amazing, service great, a truly wonderful evening. I'll definitely be returning.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

I eat here every time I am in Baltimore. Always delicious. Get the pumpkin-you won't regret it.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

I had a great experience at the Helmand. The food was delicious (as always) and the service was great.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Serviced too rushed by server, and the dining guests to either side of us said the same thing.... there were 3 different servers so it seems to be the culture of the restaurant. Everything else super nice

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Outstanding food at affordable price. Every dish is excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great food and ambiance! The place was packed -- we had to wait 15 minutes past our reservation to be seated, but it was easy to grab a drink at the bar. The waitstaff seemed a little rushed, but very friendly and accommodating. Food came out quickly and tasted great, and there was enough to keep us full through to dinner tomorrow. Would definitely recommend for a date night. Most entrees were $13-18, most cocktails in the $8-10 range. Plan to spend $60-100 for a date night after tip! Our night was $92 for an appetizer, 2 entrees, 3 cocktails (total, not each), a coffee, and naan, including a 20% tip, just to give an idea.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food was good. Server was excellent. Will return. Been coming for years. They always forget to tell open table we were there.

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