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Helmand Palace

2424 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-1826
+1 415-362-0641
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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Middle Eastern, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal
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2424 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-1826
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When in town it is always nice to try new cuisines and restaurants. Helmand Palace had been flagged for a while. Restaurant setting and décor is lovely and quiet, Service was simply basic and nothing more than that. Food was pleasant and suitable for what...More

Thank Shudjan
Reviewed 18 January 2018

We came here while on a vacation several years ago, so this was the first stop on this vacation. Since I couldn't remember what I had last time, I asked the server to bring me something good, so he brought me lamb chops and a...More

Thank DJlivesandloves
Reviewed 21 November 2017

The Gulpi is exactly what I remembered from Afghanistan, spicy hot with tangy tomato and a hint of sweet. The flatbread was also everything I remembered. My wife and friends who accompanied me had never had Afghan food and thoroughly enjoyed it. Unlike most places...More

Thank Josiah H
Reviewed 2 October 2017

This was our first time visiting an Afghan restaurant, and we really enjoyed it. It was easy to pick dishes from the menu, which usually intimidates us with ethnic restaurants. Our group of 4 chose 4-5 dishes and shared the meal family style. The food...More

Thank Paul D
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

The restaurant atmosphere was beautiful and authentic. The food was so amazing that we ate until we could barely breathe. The food was cooked to perfection (we had the mixed grill). The salads were fresh and delicious (we had the Afghani salata and yogurt salad)....More

Thank Edith B
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Great food Great waiters And Clean place This is what you call a 10/10 restaurant Try their Mantow, Kable and dessert

Thank Khalid A
Reviewed 18 July 2017

For a country that is so often in our news, it's too bad that more Americans don't more about Afghanistan's unique and flavorful cuisine. Helmand Restaurant is a good place to try it. Since first experiencing it through a friend with many years in that...More

Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

This was our first time trying this style cuisine and we were amazed beyond belief! The pumpkin appetizer and vegetarian sampler was remarkable. My lamb chops were the best I've ever had anywhere. The food was hearty, fresh, and made me think of the soul...More

Thank Chygrl
Reviewed 1 July 2017

Specialities of the house are pumpkin dishes and a wide variety of lamb dishes. My friend had the fish of the day which was sea bass. Looked great. I had pumpkin and eggplant vegetarian dish. House white wine was good and inexpensive. Very luxurious setting...More

Thank joan0623
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

The food: I never tried Afghanistan cuisine before, but now it has me wanting more. I wish there was a restaurant close to home to visit. I ordered the salata with pomegranate dressing and it was heavenly. Not sure if they make in house due...More

Thank Kari M
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21 February 2017|
Response from Betty M | Reviewed this property |
We don't here because the manager keeps our favorite zin available (Opolo Mountain Zin). The wine list is not very large. However prices are reasonable. You could call them and ask about corkage fees. Enjoy this... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2424 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-1826
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Russian Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Russian Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-362-0641
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