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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%
Travellers talk about
“lamb dish” (9 reviews)
“kebab” (9 reviews)
“rice” (15 reviews)
Open Now
17:30 - 22:00 Hours
Afghani, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal
€€ - €€€
2424 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-1826
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

3 lovely sauce (chillie, yogurt, chutney) and real hot bread, best i have ever tasted! Excellent food. A must go.

Thank ALSingapore
Reviewed 26 March 2018

The food was very good. Everything was prepared on site and tasted wonderful. The pumpkin appetizer is very special and popular with my family. The side dish with the okra (which I can not remember the name of) was excellent! It is a quaint establishment,...More

Thank IdaIsAlive
Reviewed 23 January 2018

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 P_-_N_-_Travel
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
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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
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, 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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