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The Helmand

143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
+1 617-492-4646
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“lamb dish” (28 reviews)
“rice” (53 reviews)
“eggplant” (31 reviews)
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Middle Eastern, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Halal
$$ - $$$
143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Superb food offering fine ingredients in unexpected combinations. It took awhile for us to decide on our orders as everything on the menu is enticing! We finally agreed to order two appetizers and two main dishes between four of us so that we could satisfy...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Arabella786
Reviewed December 14, 2018

This is a wonderful place. Great vegetarian food that is not the same old stuff. They have a wood fired oven that they cook an amazing flatbread in. The lamb is awesome. I have been going here for over 20 years and they still put...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 653gregoryw
Reviewed November 21, 2018 via mobile

After a long trip in the US we were so in need for fresh, juicy and healthy food. Here we found all, thanks!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Voyager34
Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile

Started with a sampler of the kaddo, eggplant, and okra - excellent! Moved on to a variety of entrees with chicken or lamb - also delicious, accompanied by various types of rice (challow and pallow) and sauces. Had a nice Chianti (Vignamaggio) for the table...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank fred200099
Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

This place is just plain, darn good. The mix of flavors is balanced and delicate. The vegetarian selections are extensive. I enjoyed every bite! There is something for everyone on this menu. Be adventurous. It is well worth it here.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank KBcommuter
Reviewed October 6, 2018

Was in the area and decided to have a late dinner at The Helmand. It was less than an hour before the restaurant was closing, but it was full of people. I was seated and quickly served with water and hot bread. Per suggestion of...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank edge46
Reviewed October 5, 2018

We did not have a reservation and we were VERY casually dressed (hey, we're from Omaha. We only dress up for weddings (if it's ours) and funerals (if we're the guest of honor).) But we were greeted with typical Middle Eastern hospitality (seriously, when they...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank huskerderailed
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

Thai is the fourth time I am visiting this restaurant. Whenever I come to Boston I make it a point to enjoy dinner with my family and friends. Every time I bring in new friends, they just love this restaurant and swear to come back...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank avrao123
Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

Trip advisor advised this as being halal but the owner was honest enough to inform us that it is NOT halal. This is prime reason for poor score. They need to get the listing revised. People get there to find it’s not halal and end...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Masoud M
Reviewed September 23, 2018

Helmand has become one of my go-to spots in Cambridge! The Afghani food served here has a lot of similarities to North Indian, and particular Kashmiri, cuisine. Lamb-and-rice dishes dominate the menu, but there are plenty of good vegetarian options as well. The food isn't...More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Yuan G
June 24, 2016|
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Response from majida1 | Reviewed this property |
Meat kebabs, rice pullao..
joel t
February 14, 2016|
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Response from Jessica T | Reviewed this property |
I walked from my hotel and it was easily-walkable. The street parking seems pretty plentiful.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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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