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2424 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-1826 (Union)
+1 415-362-0641
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17:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

San Francisco is a favorite city of ours. Walking the entire length & eating our way through is absolutely fantastic... great neighborhoods, views & cuisine. Among our top San Francisco gems is Helmand Palace. We always order the aush soup which is just wonderful with tender noodles & delicious meat sauce. My husband orders the kebab while I absolutely LOVE... More 

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Thank Sarah M
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

One of our party of 9 is vegetarian so in an attempt to find some decent food she found this place recommended on the internet. We walked the mile or so down Van Ness as it was a pleasant evening and it isn't to steep for SF. From arriving at the restaurant the whole experience was great. The waiter was... More 

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Thank red101
San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

My husband and I have been coming here for years. The restaurant used to be in North Beach. It had to relocate due to mudslide. The business did not miss a beat. The food is wonderful. I love the lamb dishes. My husband loves the koufta challow. The Aisha's is fabulous. Hubby gets it as an appetizer. I get it... More 

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Thank Betty M
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Quite an unassuming place, however the food menu was very extensive, lots of suitable options for starters and mains like the daal, spinach, okra. For mains they have a range of dishes from kofta, chicken to lamb. I enjoyed, however one of our party members had a lamb dish and felt very ill afterwards. So maybe stay away from that.... More 

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Thank Jordann H
San Francisco, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Started coming when they were on Broadway, and the flavored are still excellent. An interesting blend of mogul, Indian & Persian flavors, this cuisine delights in it's depth and breadth, rich, deep, spicy and so good. Enjoy!

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Thank William M
Miami Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Having not had Afghani food before, we were very excited and wanted to share a bunch of items. The service was great and brought us two plates each course so the two of us to share. We started with the Afghani salad, daal and beef mantwo. Very yummy. We then ordered the Morgh Kabab (grilled chicken) and the Salmon Kabab.... More 

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Thank Laura D
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

helmand palace serves deliciously flavored food. this simple restaurant certainly offers value for money.

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Thank Sonny V
Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

We THINK Helmand Palace is one of several restaurants -- one in Cambridge Mass, one in Baltimore, and others -- owned by members of the Kharzai family. This one seems a bit lower in price an the others we've gone to, but they haven't cut back on taste: we split Kadoo, Aushak and cauliflower appetizers and then each got an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

Their delicious and creative dishes and good service made me wish I had been staying longer in San Francisco to further explore the menu!

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Thank hikerboyNM
Scottsdale, AZ
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117 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

I love this place. It's my second visit. Mantwo...very satisfying, love the tang and spice. Kaddo, OMG, pumpkin? Stayed vegetarian so I could enjoy more dishes. Eggplant, Okra, spinach and challow rice. Look forward to a lamb dish on next visit. The restaurant is comfortable and service is good. I recommend to everyone. Come with a group and share.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 100
Cuisine
Middle Eastern, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 22:00
Monday
17:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
17:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 22:00
Thursday
17:30 - 22:00
Friday
17:30 - 22:00
Saturday
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2424 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-1826
    (Union)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Russian Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Russian Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-362-0641

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Russian Hill

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Russian Hill
Russian Hill has evolved into a chic residential neighborhood with outstanding views from every corner. Combined with several great cafes, restaurants, antique shops and boutiques, it’s easy to see why any visitor would gladly leave their heart in San Francisco. Cars line up day after day to drive down Lombard Street, the “crookedest” street in the world, and make the slow creep downhill past charming period homes. Polk Street is the main drag in this neighborhood, where you will find trendy bars, cafes and shops populated with locals, but for one of the most charming rides in the city, grab a cable car heading up and down Hyde Street.
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