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The Helmand

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143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
+1 617-492-4646
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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62 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was pure chance that I went to The Helmand for dinner . I was staying at a hotel nearby and the concierge asked me if I wanted to try something different . I walked in early with my dinner companion and the place looked somewhat empty but very welcoming . Our waiter was very helpful in selecting the food... More 

Thank Ali Z
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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223 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

This Afghan restaurant is near the mall and exceeded expectations. The service was very good. We asked for vegetarian food, and they had several on the menu. This was a surprise. The owner is very friendly and the whole experience was memorable.

Thank moksha51
Basel, Switzerland
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

I came expecting great things - I'd heard a lot about the place, I'd never had Afghani food before and I don't think I will again if this is a fair representation. That said I don't think it is, the food bears little or no resemblance to other northern Indian cuisines, not Pakistani nor Nepali nor Kashmiri .. It was... More 

Thank TroyDal
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46 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We visited Helmand on a Saturday night. Restaurant was busy and we were seated in the back smaller dining area. While not as atmoshperic, it was pleasant to be in a quiet area. Food is fresh and all came out hot and tasty. Started with the Bowlani; we expected potato and a leek/scallion per the menu so we were a... More 

Thank Kasu17
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

My colleagues took me to Helmand as they had heard great reviews about the food - and the reviews were not wrong, the vegetarian food was delicious. My meat lover friends were pretty disappointed with their entrees though. The orders were incorrect for the most part - the meat was either undercooked over overcooked and not as requested by the... More 

Thank Kimaya A
Boston, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Vegetarian with a strong pallet! Yes, not easy to please my family. But our experience was excellent from start to finish. Lots of vegetarian options in Appetizers and Entree. Kaddo was outstanding as an appetizer. Unfortunately I don't have pictures of that. Had ordered 4 entrees and all were outstanding. This was for a group of 8 hungry folks. Desserts...writing... More 

Thank travelerck
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

If you are in Boston visiting or live around, this is a must try. Great authentic food specially their lamb dishes. On the favorite list.

Thank Lahir9999
New York City, New York
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116 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Three of us went here for dinner. Two among us vegetarians. There are some good vegetarian options and all were tasty. I ordered chicken kebabs and were disappointed. Typical middle eastern kebabs are small pieces grilled over charcoal or gas to create a crispy outside with a moist inside. The way they made it here was large pieces with grill... More 

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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Our son-in-law introduced us to this restaurant several years ago and we went back in a smaller group. The Aushak comes with only a little of the spicy mint sauce, and the pumpkin kallow is so sweet it seems more like a dessert-- no balancing spicy bite. But it is friendly, cozy, and the bread is made right before you--!i'm... More 

Thank Cynthiared
Plainfield, Illinois
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101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

In town with some colleagues, we stayed at the nearby Fairfield Inn & Suites Boston (very nice hotel, BTW). On our first night in town, we assembled in the lobby to figure out where to eat. We walked the few short blocks over to the CambridgeSide Galleria, where we realized we were faced with mainly chain restaurants. We all wanted... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 21 - US$ 30
Middle Eastern, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?