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The Helmand

143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
+1 617-492-4646
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Overview
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lamb” (67 reviews)
“rice” (51 reviews)
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CUISINES
Middle Eastern, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Halal
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
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1 - 10 of 396 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I have eaten here a few times now and tried many different things. We are never disappointed. Everything is really high quality and very tasty from the bread and dips they provide at the start to the appetizers (the pastries with leeks...More

Thank Ameera S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Several vegetarian appetizers and entrees available. We had two vegetarian entrees, Kourma Challow and Aushak, both new to us and both delicious. Staff was very friendly and helpful and the meat eater was very pleased with the lamb as well. We will definitely be happy...More

Thank jeremym566
Reviewed May 11, 2018 via mobile

I had higher expectations form this place. The food was OK, the rice excellent, yet the lamb rack was so so.

Thank Shai K
Reviewed May 1, 2018 via mobile

This was a fantastic experience. The food was absolutely great. The service is good the staff is fun and this restaurant is a must go to when in Boston. You will not be sorry you tried this great place.

Thank BrendaLong
Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

Very busy place that is clearly popular. Unique taste required for this cuisine. Generally what we ordered was delicious, all rice dishes were good. Lamb chops and grilled chicken was tasty. I personally enjoyed the eggplant appetizer though my colleagues did not Service was down...More

Thank Mohammed A
Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

Excellent marinated lamb dish with aubergine. Ravioli and hummus also very tasty. Have always thought Afghan cuisine deserves to be more widely known.

Thank Freddy041
Reviewed March 19, 2018

I have not had Afghan food for years and so was delighted to stumble across this restaurant behind Cambridgeside, one bock off Land Blvd. Decor was inviting, music was exotic and not too loud, the service was excellent and the food beautifully presented and absolutely...More

Thank Leonard S
Reviewed March 13, 2018

We've been to the Helmand a number of times over the years and have always had a great experience. We've even been to the brother's place in Baltimore which is equally fine. My wife and I shared an app, a salad, and we each had...More

Thank pcyork
Reviewed February 5, 2018

Start with warm, fresh, brick oven bread w/3 dipping sauces and sweet butter. Move on to an appetizer to share w/roasted pumpkin. Then indulge in a lamb entree with Persian spices. Bask in the attentive service of an experienced staff, quiet in the background, but...More

Thank nehistory_buffs
Reviewed February 5, 2018 via mobile

I was apprehensive about eating Afghanistan food. I just could not believe how good the food was. All of it. We had 3 different entree’s, dessert and appetizers. The pumpkin appetizer is a must have. The lamb dish I had was superb. The vegetarian dish...More

Thank 790christopheru
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Yuan G
June 24, 2016|
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Response from majida1 | Reviewed this property |
Meat kebabs, rice pullao..
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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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Monday
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday
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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