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The Helmand

143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
+1 617-492-4646
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“lamb dish” (27 reviews)
“rice” (51 reviews)
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Middle Eastern, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
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Reviewed 5 days ago 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.

Thank Kristen B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank edge46
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank huskerderailed
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank avrao123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Masoud M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

2  Thank ashwathnm
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The best authentic Afghani food I have ever had with an excellent service specially with our super nice waiter, Habib. I highly recommend this place and definitely will come back again.

Thank Salah T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The atmosphere was subdued, if a bit warm from the brick oven. Service very friendly. Baked pumpkin appetizer was the bomb-diggity.

Thank William T
Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

Another great evening in the Helmand. I always go to there when I’m in Boston. One of the best Afghan restaurants I’ve been to. Always great food, I simply love eating there. Everybody with a favor for Afghan food should definitely go there and enjoy...More

Thank apschulz72
Reviewed August 10, 2018

The food we got there reminds me of the food I got from Uyghur restaurants in Beijing, which is pretty authentic Halal food. The portion was decent and the price was moderate according to Boston standard. We ordered Qabelee and Chapendaz, which are both pretty...More

Thank Ming O
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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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
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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