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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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“eggplant” (28 reviews)
“rice” (42 reviews)
“lamb dishes” (11 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

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank MarCanar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

The food was tasty. However we were very rushed. The kitchen had us order drinks, appetizers and the dinner all at once. As a result it was brought to us all at once. No sooner than we took our last bit the check arrived. Unfortunately...More

Thank shelleysusan
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Traveling on business, got to Cambridge late on a rainy night, and asked the hotel clerk for good restaurant within walking distance. She directed us to The Helmand, what a great find! An incredible intimate restaurant, with a fantastic Afghan menu full of surprises. My...More

Thank GregLinnemanstons
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Came here for dinner on weekday and loved the food, small gem! Reconnected with food I ate as a kid in Kabul so great nostalgic experience. Great service, pleasant staff and very authentic food!

Thank usanda
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Lots of options with something for even the picky eaters. The 8 year old went with a soup for her entree as there is no kids menu. Trout was delicious and no complaints on a lamb dish. Awesome dessert similar to baklava to finish off...More

Thank Ivorykay
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

Had dinner today as I am staying nearby. The place is very popular as it is full at 7 on a Sunday. I liked the eggplant appetizer very much, which tasted like eggplant parmesan. The rack of lamb was quite burned, and it was cooked...More

Thank Leewho
Reviewed 4 March 2017

There is a really interesting selection of lamb dishes - it was hard to choose. The bread is delicious and as for the Cake dessert - outstanding! Service was good - the server was very friendly and helpful

Thank MS06
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Yuan G
What are the best dishes to order for a new customer?
25 June 2016|
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Response from majida1 | Reviewed this property |
Meat kebabs, rice pullao..
joel t
parking nearby?
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
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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