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The Helmand Restaurant

4.8
234 reviews
$31 to $50
Middle Eastern
Helmand Restaurant offers Afghani dishes with a wood-burning oven where the famous flatbread is cooked on one side of the room and an intimate fireplace is on the other side. Appetizers include aushak, mantwo, kaddo and several soups such as aush and mushawa. Several vegetarian appetizer items are also available.

Helmand Restaurant entrées include tasty choices like qabelee, which is pallow rice baked with chunks of lamb tenderloin, raisins and glazed carrots or mantwo, a homemade pasta shell filled with beef and onions. If you like spicy dishes, try the koufta challow, consisting of beef meatballs with Afghan seasoning sautéed with sun-dried tomato, hot peppers and green peas in a fresh tomato sauce. Several vegetarian entrées are also available such as the kaddo and banjan challow, which is pan fried and baked pumpkin and eggplant served with challow rice and yogurt garlic sauce.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
What 234 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.6
Value
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jay22
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Helmand for the first time in a few years. Everything we ordered was amazing. The service was also accurate and attentive. We went Saturday night at 7 and it wasn't too crowded. But by 8:00 it was full, so make a reservation.

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DRTMJ
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ordered some vegetarian items and everything was delicious

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AjayP
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

As vegetarians , the Hellmand has great food! Quality has not changed over the last 15 or so years when we first visited.

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Alibaba
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

It took more than an hour from our arrival to get food. Customers who came before us got served before us. It seemed the wait staff were untrained and confused. You could tell by the temperature that the food was sitting on a plate in the kitchen before it was brought to us. This used be a good restaurant some 15 years ago but obviously it’s on the steady decline. They did take off a $20 entree from our tab after we complained about the service.

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vipZander
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, plus the maître d' is a very welcoming guy.

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NotKim
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was impeccable! The bread, the lamb, the pastry and the homemade cake was so delicious. Everyone was attentive and make sure we were happy!

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MingO
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful restaurant with delicious food. It was not crowded during our weekday visit. People are well spaced due to COVID (we were seated indoor)

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Mdkanch
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

wonderful restaurant ; food never disappoints. Service was great. Now with full bar available.

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vipMmarlington
New England
15 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an outdoor table, excellent service, and delicious food and wine. Helmand is an absolute treat - not to be missed.

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ErinC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this gem of a place! The staff is so attentive and kind. Our food was amazing and hot. Love this place and recommend it for all sorts of occasions.

KG
KGRUS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous timeless place. Food is always great as in the service and ambiance.

KB
KristaB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We can't wait to go back and try all the other entrees!

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StephanieK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Baltimore. Delicious food and good value. Beautiful decor and great service. What more can one ask for?

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hidden Jewel in Cambridge! My new favorite place in Boston. Staff is amazing, food is extraordinary in quality and value and the ambiance was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very nice food and experience.

PS
vipProfessorShorthair
New England
86 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always start with an order of Kaddo! There is a vegetarian version as well although it is not as good as the original version.

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vipPinzimonio
New England
15 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the good is always amazing. the value is umbeatable. the manager and the staff are very nice and attentive: we were there just this past Saturday after many months and this place is going back on our frequent diner list!

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Sunny
New England
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall excellent food and service during these COVID times.

EC
ElizabethC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been to the Helmand several times, each time the food is wonderful, the waiters are friendly, and the experience is great. It is one of our favorites!

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JOEseph
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I've been going to Helmand since they opened about 25 years ago. The quality is always outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Some of the best food I’ve ever tasted. It was flavorful without having over powering flavors. It was different and unique. Do yourself the favor and get the 2 popular lamb dishes. You will not regret it!

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HollyC
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first time at The Helmand, and it won't be our last. The dining room is beautifully decorated and the service is prompt and friendly. Best of all, the food is all cooked to order, with fresh ingredients and so many interesting spices--really a taste treat!

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OwusuaaA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great! Service even better

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DeAndraF
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing. The staff was more than welcoming. I can't wait to go again

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BradG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My girlfriend and I celebrated Valentines Day here and enjoyed a wonderful meal near the warm brick oven. Both of our meals were delicious; they cooked the lamb superbly and our desserts were a splendid finish to the meal.

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vipMITprof
New England
45 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great and very different food

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mandmp
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and waiter was very attentive.

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vipraidersix2002
New England
137 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this quiet place. Exceptional vegetarian offerings too!

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vipraidersix2002
New England
137 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptionally good food and attentive service - many goof vegetarian offerings and a good wine list as well.

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CambridgeFoodie
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was well prepared and delicious. Service was quite friendly. We very much enjoyed our visit as a family.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Afghan food. The kabab is soft and juicy. The service exceptional!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Haven’t been to Helmunds in years but the food was as good as we remember it. We went early on a Sunday night and had the place to ourselves - the new normal with Covid challenges. The wait staff were friendly and helpful. They offered fresh baked bread which was good but not as good as what they bake in the open oven - we were told it’s only used on Friday and Saturday’s. A number of customers came and picked up take out. A nice evening out!

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AnnKO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of our favorite Boston area restaurants. Excellent food and reasonably priced. Try the Kaddo appetizer- outstanding. And even if you’re not a vegetarian, the Vegetarian Special is highly recommended..wonderful plate of perfectly seasoned vegetables.

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ClairDeLune
16 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great staff, delicious food. Beautiful decoration. Love this place!

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vipraidersix2002
New England
137 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Delicious food and a very nice setting that is distinctly middle eastern behind inauspicious doors. Food was wonderful especially the vegetarian meals. the venue is very comfortable and quiet. service was attentive.

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VinnyR
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were first here years ago and loved the food but never made time to come back. Even after all the years that went by the food is still excellent. The service is attentive and top notch. We felt safe eating here during the pandemic, so don't let that scare you.

The Kaddo is divine. I don't know how they get the pumpkin so tender and sweet. It's like eating custard.

Their pallow rice is exquisite. Light and fluffy and just the right amount of spice. It's subtle but you never forget it's there.

Try the Our Cake for dessert. It's an original dessert highlighting and complimenting all the flavors of the menu.

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MohamedU
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food, service and experience. One of my favorite restaurants in Boston.

RB
RyanB
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food / service/ ambiance. Great taste in every bite.

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Pato
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

It was the first time that we had Afghan food and we loved it. The waiter was extremely friendly. We are definitely going back.

JM
vipJeffM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience and friendly staff . Highly recommend for all.

FAQs

The Helmand Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. The Helmand Restaurant also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 492-4646.

The Helmand Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 234 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.