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For 2
Date
Sat, 2/24
Time
9:00 PM

The Helmand Restaurant

4.6
1599 reviews
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$30 and under
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Afghan
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  • Good Vegetarian Options (73)
  • Authentic (70)
  • Good for a Date (59)
Providing fine Afghan cuisine for more than 25 years in Baltimore
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Middle Eastern, Vegetarian / Vegan, Afghan
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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 1599 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Luis53 (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Excellent -- Service, food, price; love it, and is a MANDATORY stop every time I'm in Baltimore.

Thank You !

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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.

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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

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vipPianist (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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PeggyH 
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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

As always, wonderful

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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AngieC (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

My first experience was about 6 months ago. I have been back 3 times since then and each time the food, appetizers, and desserts never disappoint. The service is spot on . I will continue sharing this restaurant with my family and friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The food is decent, but nothing amazing. It’s exceedingly average and not really worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

All eight diners were very happy with the food. Rave reviews especially the pumpkin and eggplant appetizers.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent food, super nice wait staff. They are consistent!!

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vipDeanna (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Overall, we we're disappointed in the meal. The quality of the meals were not as they have been in the past. The Mediterranean dessert was downright awful. They should be embarrassed to have served it. We'll be in no hurry to return.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

It's my go to place in Baltimore! Excellent service and the staff are very considerate of food allergies and constraints. Highly recommended!

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mdeats (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Our dinner was incredible! The blending of flavors was so unique and mouthwatering. Our server was excellent and the cost was so reasonable. I plan to go back soon!

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
2.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

I've been to the Helmand countless times. I have a favorite dish I get most times I'm there. On this visit, that dish was very disappointing. I've never had a bad experience with the food until now. I told my server and she quickly offered to get me something different. It took much longer than usual for the food to come out and by the time it did, I wasn't really hungry anymore.
I'm not sure what the cause of the lower quality was and truly hope it was just an off night. It was very busy but I've been there on busy nights before and still had delicious food.

I'll go back but not sure that it will be soon.

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Rebs (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

This was one of the most flavorful meals I’ve had. Pumpkin appetizer was simple but full of robust flavors.

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katjoe (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Great place, I'd recommend! Something different and very reasonable

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Very welcoming and wonderful staff who were always very attentive. The food was great - so many wonderful flavors.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

This place was packed! We showed up with an extra person and without a blink, an extra place was set at the table and our reservation was honored. We ordered the three appetizers-pumpkin, eggplant and naan. They were all delicious. For entrees, we had a vegetarian entree, two chicken dishes and two lamb dishes. They were also great. A very nice dinner for all.

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Patricio (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Food is terrific. Service is prompt and polite. It is a bit crowded as you enter by a coat rack in a narrow hall- people coming and going, it's a general hubbub. But we only waited 5 minutes for reservation to be executed and food is worth the wait. I look forward to returning many times.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was wonderful. Always a great time

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