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The Helmand

143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
+1 617-492-4646
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“rice” (43 reviews)
“eggplant” (28 reviews)
“lamb dishes” (12 reviews)
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Afghani, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Helmand offer a good variety of original Afghan food without giving up to the local taste. Dishes are generous. I loved the ravioli like fish server with yogurt source. Dessert are also Afghan original. Great value for money especially if you are hungry.

Thank Amos M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of my favorite restaurants in Cambridge. Have been eating here for almost two decades and the quality of food has remained extremely high. they make an assortment of ethnic dishes but are famous for their lamb dishes. My favorite are the Qabalee (rice pillow...More

Thank nazcooper
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is pretty good, but last night was not so great. I think it's hit or miss, both the service and the food. I thought the service was a bit ridiculous last night, from the greeting lacking all warmth to the server who delivered the...More

Thank Myra L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice Afghan specialities, with a spice mix that is quite unique and different. Lamb and beef were well made and very tasty without being too spicy. Ambiance was the low part, in a poorly lit and old style dining area. Service OK, not more, but...More

Thank jmgGVA
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I lived a block away from this place, and we took every chance we had to go. Now I have to make a trip out there, but it's worth it every time. It's a friendly place with good service, but what really is great is...More

Thank IppTak
Reviewed 11 July 2017

The Helmand is one of the finest Middle eastern restaurants I ever been to. The food is always beautifully prepared and very tasty. Everything is excellent, so try as many dishes as possible. I suggest making reservations early as it is sometimes hard to be...More

Thank lesmad
Reviewed 22 June 2017

I used to live within 2 blocks and would eat here at least once a month. I was visiting after 10 years. Nothing has changed. The dishes are as original and bursting with flavors as always. The oven is as wood fire raging as ever...More

1  Thank ZenHealer7
Reviewed 17 June 2017

I ordered a vegetarian meal with eggplant, spinach and pumpkin. Very tasty. Pleasant atmosphere. Excellent server. Will go back.

Thank MarCanar
Reviewed 8 June 2017

I have been to the Helmand THREE amazing times! This recent visit did not disappoint! This restaurant opens at 5 pm .. your best beat is to arrive at 4:50 pm and be ready when the doors open! We arrived at 5:00 pm and were...More

Thank cdjones
Reviewed 1 June 2017

If you want to feel yourself in the Middle East being in New England, the place is for you! Real Afghani national food, full of a color of the ancient civilization! Nice shorva (national soup made of lamb), mantwo (steamed lamb pirogie), kebabs are yummy!...More

Thank DOL999
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Yuan G
25 June 2016|
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Response from majida1 | Reviewed this property |
Meat kebabs, rice pullao..
joel t
15 February 2016|
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Response from Jeremy S | Reviewed this property |
I generally walk to the restaurant but can offer the following suggestions. Generally parking on the street doesn't seem that difficult. There is also a lot across the street but I am not sure if that is for the restaurant... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-492-4646
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