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The Helmand

143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
+1 617-492-4646
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“lamb” (62 reviews)
“rice” (44 reviews)
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Middle Eastern, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
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Reviewed 5 days ago

First time to try Afghanistan food. Was blown away with the flavors in the Mantwo and Showla. Not a large restaurant but was seated promptly at 6:30. You do have to check your backpack if you bring one in. The service was o.k. Not great...More

Thank unobtanium
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was our first trip to Boston and I arranged to meet with a friend from grade school who I haven't seen since graduation day. She booked a table for us for dinner at Helmand. I admit I was doubtful at first as I have...More

Thank Jocelyn V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the restaurant in the month of Aug enjoyed the food even though we took vegetarian the tasty pump kin and egg plant with curd so yummy can not forget the taste . One must visit to enjoy the original afghani food

Thank neelam p
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I became a fan of cuisine from Afghanistan after my first visit to this restaurant some years ago. After moving away from New England I swore that given the circumstance of returning to Boston, I would return...and I did last month. The excellence of this...More

Thank Paul W
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Among the worst service we've experienced at a restaurant in a while. They did not have our reservation (no Open Table, so you have to call, but they still had no record). The maitre d' rather grudgingly seated us, despite there being plenty of tables....More

Thank Hudson8Northeast
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Reservations recommended on Saturday nights. We were seated by the kind and oh so considerate owner & host. I say this because we had an infant with us. We were assisted by staff to park the stroller off to the side within the foyer. Though...More

Thank VaporK8
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

Had dinner with my family this past weekend. I am not sure what exactly happened during our meals other than to say we were all swept away by the continual whirlwind of delectable foods and spices!We all were mmmming all during appetizers, dinner and dessert!...More

Thank Felix L
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Helmand offer a good variety of original Afghan food without giving up to the local taste. Dishes are generous. I loved the ravioli like fish server with yogurt source. Dessert are also Afghan original. Great value for money especially if you are hungry.

Thank Amos M
Reviewed 31 July 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in Cambridge. Have been eating here for almost two decades and the quality of food has remained extremely high. they make an assortment of ethnic dishes but are famous for their lamb dishes. My favorite are the Qabalee (rice pillow...More

Thank nazcooper
Reviewed 20 July 2017

This is pretty good, but last night was not so great. I think it's hit or miss, both the service and the food. I thought the service was a bit ridiculous last night, from the greeting lacking all warmth to the server who delivered the...More

Thank Myra L
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Yuan G
25 June 2016|
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Response from majida1 | Reviewed this property |
Meat kebabs, rice pullao..
joel t
15 February 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
USD 21 - USD 30
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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