Helmand

★★★★☆
Afghan fare with deft execution.
  • 806 N Charles St

    Baltimore, MD 21201

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  • 410-752-0311

About Helmand

Hours
Sun 4-9:30 pm; Mon-Thu 5-10 pm; Fri-Sat 5-11 pm
4.25 20
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I've been here several times -- this is a good place. Good food, reasonable prices, polite service -- basically everything that makes a restaurant fun to go to. I'm a fan of the pumpkin appetizer.

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★★★★★

I've been here several times -- this is a good place. Good food, reasonable prices, polite service -- basically everything that makes a restaurant fun to go to. I'm a fan of the pumpkin appetizer.

Pros: good food, nice service

Cons: can't really think of any

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I have been going here for years. The atmosphere is wonderful. The food is healthy and very, very tasty. My favorite is the garlic pumpkin appetizer. I have been trying to kiss up to the cook for that recipe. It is often difficult to get a seat because it is so popular so I would recommend reservations.

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★★★★★

I have been going here for years. The atmosphere is wonderful. The food is healthy and very, very tasty. My favorite is the garlic pumpkin appetizer. I have been trying to kiss up to the cook for that recipe. It is often difficult to get a seat because it is so popular so I would recommend reservations.

Pros: pumpkin appetizer MMMgood :)

Cons: very popular restaurant so difficult to get a table

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The food is always the same. Great! Affordable!
So is the service. Off the charts great!

2
★★★★★

The food is always the same. Great! Affordable!
So is the service. Off the charts great!

Pros: Service and food!

Cons: always crowded!

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The Helmand restaurant is one of my favorite places in Baltimore. The decor, service, food, and atmosphere is exceptional. The prices are also reasonable.

5
★★★★★

The Helmand restaurant is one of my favorite places in Baltimore. The decor, service, food, and atmosphere is exceptional. The prices are also reasonable.

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The bread is a must-get here. My bf and I always bring it home and make sandwiches from it the next morning. Vegetarian versions of their appetizer are fabulous....and if you're looking for a place to take a first date...this is a warm, inviting, sweet spot. Very relaxing, very fulfilling. It does get busy though so reservations are a must unless you don't mind waiting by the bar. the funniest thing about the menu though is the understated name for thier best desert. They call it special ice-cream but truly this is one the most delicately flavored, fresh date, fig and mango combination that money can buy. Two thumbs up to my favorite neighborhood kitchen! btw, cazbar is also great at least for pides (and cheap too).

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★★★★★

The bread is a must-get here. My bf and I always bring it home and make sandwiches from it the next morning. Vegetarian versions of their appetizer are fabulous....and if you're looking for a place to take a first date...this is a warm, inviting, sweet spot. Very relaxing, very fulfilling. It does get busy though so reservations are a must unless you don't mind waiting by the bar. the funniest thing about the menu though is the understated name for thier best desert. They call it special ice-cream but truly this is one the most delicately flavored, fresh date, fig and mango combination that money can buy. Two thumbs up to my favorite neighborhood kitchen! btw, cazbar is also great at least for pides (and cheap too).

Pros: exotic interior, warm ambience, great service

Cons: small space fills up quickly

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We were ignored for the first five minutes upon entering the restaurant. After speaking with someone, twice, we were unceremoniously shown a table at which time we decided to leave. Will never find out if the food is better than the reception.

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★☆☆☆☆

We were ignored for the first five minutes upon entering the restaurant. After speaking with someone, twice, we were unceremoniously shown a table at which time we decided to leave. Will never find out if the food is better than the reception.

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Great restaurant! The food is amazing, prepared very well and quite unique. The restaurant atmosphere is relaxed and the service is excellent. Dress up or down, this restaurant has both.

5
★★★★★

Great restaurant! The food is amazing, prepared very well and quite unique. The restaurant atmosphere is relaxed and the service is excellent. Dress up or down, this restaurant has both.

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Loved the Persian-style icecream with rosewater and Saffron. The food was not that great though. I'm Persian and thought I'd love Afghani food, but I found it really bland. I wonder if it's the Americanized version of it, because I love the food at Afghan Kabob on Lombard. Also, staff members were somewhat rude. Another thing worth noting....Tables were so close together, it was awkward. I've been here on three different occasion. One time I was on a first date and I felt so uncomfortable talking to my date about my personal life because this guy I know from work and his wife were sitting right next to us (literally). The second time, I was there with a friend. They sat us right by the door. I got a draft of freezing cold air hitting my butt every 5 minutes when someone walked in or walked out. Plus, people were hanging their coats right next to us and messing up my hair as they were hanging their jackets. Another ridiculous thing was that there was a line right next to where we were sitting. Kinda ridiculous.

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★★★☆☆

Loved the Persian-style icecream with rosewater and Saffron. The food was not that great though. I'm Persian and thought I'd love Afghani food, but I found it really bland. I wonder if it's the Americanized version of it, because I love the food at Afghan Kabob on Lombard. Also, staff members were somewhat rude. Another thing worth noting....Tables were so close together, it was awkward. I've been here on three different occasion. One time I was on a first date and I felt so uncomfortable talking to my date about my personal life because this guy I know from work and his wife were sitting right next to us (literally). The second time, I was there with a friend. They sat us right by the door. I got a draft of freezing cold air hitting my butt every 5 minutes when someone walked in or walked out. Plus, people were hanging their coats right next to us and messing up my hair as they were hanging their jackets. Another ridiculous thing was that there was a line right next to where we were sitting. Kinda ridiculous.

Pros: Pretty traditional Afghani decor, Persian icecream

Cons: Bland overpriced food, not enough room to feel comfortable, rude staff

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Visiting family on Maryland's Eastern Shore for the holidays I found myself in Baltimore for dinner and the theatre, more specifically at The Helmand. Having never experienced Afghan cuisine before I have nothing to compare this to but I found the food to be fresh with a nice balance of spices, not to hot and not to bland, the food plentyful and the prices resonable.
As the owner of a tea company, importing premium teas from around the world, I would consider myself as having a fairly accute palate. I really enjoyed the soup before dinner, it was hearty (I really should have stopped there until dessert) with a nicely flavored broth and full of a variety of beans, yum. It was too late for tea, I avoid caffeine at this time of day and will not drink decaffeinated, but my sister in law enjoyed a cup of black tea with cardamom. Dessert was a tasty treat with a bit of Afghan pastry and traditional Afghan ice cream, a combination of vanilla ice cream that had a strong cardamom and licorice taste wrapped around fresh dates and figs.
The prices were more than resonable, the portions were large and the food was good! It was a great first experience with Afghan food, one that I will repeat agian.

2
★★★★☆

Visiting family on Maryland's Eastern Shore for the holidays I found myself in Baltimore for dinner and the theatre, more specifically at The Helmand. Having never experienced Afghan cuisine before I have nothing to compare this to but I found the food to be fresh with a nice balance of spices, not to hot and not to bland, the food plentyful and the prices resonable.
As the owner of a tea company, importing premium teas from around the world, I would consider myself as having a fairly accute palate. I really enjoyed the soup before dinner, it was hearty (I really should have stopped there until dessert) with a nicely flavored broth and full of a variety of beans, yum. It was too late for tea, I avoid caffeine at this time of day and will not drink decaffeinated, but my sister in law enjoyed a cup of black tea with cardamom. Dessert was a tasty treat with a bit of Afghan pastry and traditional Afghan ice cream, a combination of vanilla ice cream that had a strong cardamom and licorice taste wrapped around fresh dates and figs.
The prices were more than resonable, the portions were large and the food was good! It was a great first experience with Afghan food, one that I will repeat agian.

Pros: Great food, great prices.

Cons: None

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Its something new, something different. Something delicious.

I recently moved to Baltimore and, was unanimously advised to try the Helmand. Almost every person I talked to raved about this place; and, for good reason. The staff is friendly, the ambience warm, the owner's brother the Prime Minister of Afghanistan. What more could you ask for in a Baltimore dining experience?

This dimly lit dining room was packed early on a Thursday night--always a good sign, especially when its raining outside. I much-appreciated the waiter's recommendation of a good glass of wine (and not just the most expensive, but something truly geared to my taste). Our food arrived quickly and together--and in the end, I wanted more.

Selections at this fine chateau of a dining place include Afghani ravioli (to die for), cucumber-yogurt dishes, kabob meats, and other creative options. I love having options--if you do, too, this is the place.

Top off a scrumptious (and affordable) meal with a hot cup of cardomom tea. And bring friends--this place is fun, too. Truly a Baltimore hotspot.

2
★★★★★

Its something new, something different. Something delicious.

I recently moved to Baltimore and, was unanimously advised to try the Helmand. Almost every person I talked to raved about this place; and, for good reason. The staff is friendly, the ambience warm, the owner's brother the Prime Minister of Afghanistan. What more could you ask for in a Baltimore dining experience?

This dimly lit dining room was packed early on a Thursday night--always a good sign, especially when its raining outside. I much-appreciated the waiter's recommendation of a good glass of wine (and not just the most expensive, but something truly geared to my taste). Our food arrived quickly and together--and in the end, I wanted more.

Selections at this fine chateau of a dining place include Afghani ravioli (to die for), cucumber-yogurt dishes, kabob meats, and other creative options. I love having options--if you do, too, this is the place.

Top off a scrumptious (and affordable) meal with a hot cup of cardomom tea. And bring friends--this place is fun, too. Truly a Baltimore hotspot.

Pros: creative, delicious, ambience

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This is a great restaurant! I'm particularly impressed with their service. I went there for an early dinner this weekend, around 6PM, and was seated right away. The waiter was very attentive, polite and friendly. The food was overall very good - my dish was slightly more bland than I had hoped for, but it may just be my personal taste for spicy food in general. The wine was delicious, as was the dessert and appetizers. This place is a great value!!!

2
★★★★★

This is a great restaurant! I'm particularly impressed with their service. I went there for an early dinner this weekend, around 6PM, and was seated right away. The waiter was very attentive, polite and friendly. The food was overall very good - my dish was slightly more bland than I had hoped for, but it may just be my personal taste for spicy food in general. The wine was delicious, as was the dessert and appetizers. This place is a great value!!!

Pros: great value, decent food

Cons: none

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After happy hour down at Little Havanas we decided to catch a bite to eat at The Helmand. We did not have reservations (It was 8pm on a Wednesday) and we only had to wait 15 minutes. The bread they serve is excellent, I was left wanting more. We had one of the salads and the potato and leek pastries for our appetizers. They were both excellent. For the main course, I had one of the many daily specials, the beef tenderloin kabob served with grilled vegetables on pallow. Excellent. Decent wine selection although I wasn't looking for anything in particular. I am not sure if they have a reserve list or not. $10-$20 entrees...biggest problem was local parking. Lots will run you $5-$10. It also has a large vegetarian menu.

Overall, I highly recommend this restaurant. The service was good, the food was good, and the ambiance was good.

2
★★★★★

After happy hour down at Little Havanas we decided to catch a bite to eat at The Helmand. We did not have reservations (It was 8pm on a Wednesday) and we only had to wait 15 minutes. The bread they serve is excellent, I was left wanting more. We had one of the salads and the potato and leek pastries for our appetizers. They were both excellent. For the main course, I had one of the many daily specials, the beef tenderloin kabob served with grilled vegetables on pallow. Excellent. Decent wine selection although I wasn't looking for anything in particular. I am not sure if they have a reserve list or not. $10-$20 entrees...biggest problem was local parking. Lots will run you $5-$10. It also has a large vegetarian menu.

Overall, I highly recommend this restaurant. The service was good, the food was good, and the ambiance was good.

Pros: Interesting, Daily Specials

Cons: Expensive Parking

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I have been a loyal customer of Helmands for ten years in three cities. I called for a Saturday reservation and got a 5:30 reservation. I was told that we would need to be done by 7pm. Never has a restaurant openly told me that I had a specified period of time to eat and be gone. I told him that we would be 6 adults and one baby. He says to me: "If your baby is crying, will you please take your baby to the side or outside?" Never has a restaurant told me how I need to treat my child for their sake. Restaurants find all kinds of ways of turning away customers with babies. But explicitly on the phone?I am completely appalled and insulted by this experience and will never go to any Helmands, in any city, ever again. Its too bad. The food is good.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have been a loyal customer of Helmands for ten years in three cities. I called for a Saturday reservation and got a 5:30 reservation. I was told that we would need to be done by 7pm. Never has a restaurant openly told me that I had a specified period of time to eat and be gone. I told him that we would be 6 adults and one baby. He says to me: "If your baby is crying, will you please take your baby to the side or outside?" Never has a restaurant told me how I need to treat my child for their sake. Restaurants find all kinds of ways of turning away customers with babies. But explicitly on the phone?I am completely appalled and insulted by this experience and will never go to any Helmands, in any city, ever again. Its too bad. The food is good.

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Named after the longest and most important river in Afghanistan, this restaurant is awesome! The food is delicious and the prices are very reasonable. Make reservations, it is popular. The service is quick, only minutes after ordering our appetizers appeared. So wait to order your dinner after you get the appetizers.
The only downfall is the noise level, it was rather loud for a Friday night. Overall we enjoyed ourselves.

PROS:
CONS: very loud

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★★★☆☆

Named after the longest and most important river in Afghanistan, this restaurant is awesome! The food is delicious and the prices are very reasonable. Make reservations, it is popular. The service is quick, only minutes after ordering our appetizers appeared. So wait to order your dinner after you get the appetizers.
The only downfall is the noise level, it was rather loud for a Friday night. Overall we enjoyed ourselves.

PROS:
CONS: very loud

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First, you have to try the pumpkin appetizer. It has a silky texture and tangy yogurt sauce. The atmosphere is classy but not imposing. The menu prices are suprisingly reasonable and the portions are very satisfying. To complete you meal, try the cardamon ice cream with dried fruits. you won't find that option in many restaurants.

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★★★★★

First, you have to try the pumpkin appetizer. It has a silky texture and tangy yogurt sauce. The atmosphere is classy but not imposing. The menu prices are suprisingly reasonable and the portions are very satisfying. To complete you meal, try the cardamon ice cream with dried fruits. you won't find that option in many restaurants.

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This is one of the best resurants in Baltimore! A must to anyone living in or visiting Baltimore.

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★★★★★

This is one of the best resurants in Baltimore! A must to anyone living in or visiting Baltimore.

Pros: inexpensive, great service, great food

Cons: none

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I love their lamb, it is so tender and flavorful. In one dish with rice flavored with cumin and raisins with grated carrot. It comes with a delicious sauce as well. Our favorite appetizer is the pumpkin filled dumplings with yogurt sauce, we had to start getting one each, as sharing wasn't an option. The service is friendly and efficient. Decor is pleasantly ethnic with a nice wine list to keep everyone happy.

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★★★★☆

I love their lamb, it is so tender and flavorful. In one dish with rice flavored with cumin and raisins with grated carrot. It comes with a delicious sauce as well. Our favorite appetizer is the pumpkin filled dumplings with yogurt sauce, we had to start getting one each, as sharing wasn't an option. The service is friendly and efficient. Decor is pleasantly ethnic with a nice wine list to keep everyone happy.

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The Helmand is a great place to dine. The food is GREAT, the staff is friendly, and there's a great atmoshpere there.

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★★★★★

The Helmand is a great place to dine. The food is GREAT, the staff is friendly, and there's a great atmoshpere there.

Pros: Inexpensive, Friendly staff

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My friend & went there on the spur of the moment, without reservations, in jeans & were able to get a table by promising to leave by a certain time. Excellent marinated meats and amazing creamed spinach! also, good decor and atmosphere.

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★★★★★

My friend & went there on the spur of the moment, without reservations, in jeans & were able to get a table by promising to leave by a certain time. Excellent marinated meats and amazing creamed spinach! also, good decor and atmosphere.

Pros: unique, ethnic

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I had the best lamb dish here: cubes of marinated, tender lamb, currants, carrots and rice. So good. Service was alway accomodating. And prices are reasonable.

2
★★★★☆

I had the best lamb dish here: cubes of marinated, tender lamb, currants, carrots and rice. So good. Service was alway accomodating. And prices are reasonable.

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Helmand is comfortable enough for every day, but not inappropriate for a special occasion. It is exotic in that this food is Afghani, yet not so challenging that your finickiest friends won't enjoy every bite. How does Helmand do it? And…

 

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