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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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Afghani, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal, Gluten Free Options
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2424 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-1826
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Reviewed 10 May 2015 via mobile

Dinner was fantastic. Great service along with some wonderful insight into life today in Afghanistan. Although everything we ate was great the highlights were the dahl, scallion and leek raviolis and the baklava.

Thank Randy G
Reviewed 16 April 2015

is my go to restaurant whenever I dont want to jump on Yelp to search for something. The food was amazing. The one complaint was that the portion sizes were on the small side. Service, was a bit iffy. I asked for lemon and, despite...More

Date of visit: March 2015
Thank Jane D
Reviewed 24 March 2015

We used to go to this Helmand Palace restaurant with our family a lot. This is a nice place to have dinner with a family, friends and for couples. They have a nice slow music which not loud and helps you to relax. They have...More

Date of visit: March 2015
Thank nazlimo
Reviewed 9 March 2015

positives: outgoing and efficient staff calm and quiet venue delicious flavors nice variety of really interesting Afgan dishes antithesis of the typical SF geek/hipster place quaint and pleasant Negatives: location isn't near anywhere of interest to tourists or locals positive experience with friendly staff, nicely...More

Date of visit: March 2015
Thank NeroNewDelhi
Reviewed 20 February 2015

None of us had ever eaten before in an Afghan Restaurant but the vegetarian offering attracted us as one member of our party doesn't eat meat. All of us really enjoyed our meals which were well balanced but not so highly spiced as Indian food....More

Date of visit: February 2015
1  Thank stutch2014
Reviewed 13 February 2015

Helmand Palace is a very nice, small Afghan restaurant on Van Ness in San Francisco. When I arrived, I was the only one, but about half the tables were full when I left an hour later. service was friendly, and very attentive and quick. My...More

Date of visit: February 2015
Thank 795larryl
Reviewed 10 February 2015

I've been coming to some incarnation of Helmand (north beach, outpost in Phoenix and now on Van Ness) for the past 25 years. Spices and acid are so perfectly balanced it's addictive. Aushak, Banjan, Kaddo, and Koufta kabab are among my favorites....but you really can't...More

Date of visit: January 2015
Thank sbeerling
Reviewed 3 December 2014

We have an Afghani restaurant in NY that we absolutely love. So we were excited to dine at this one on our trip out west. It is an attractive place, but the food was no match. The Aush soup was watery and bland and the...More

Date of visit: December 2014
Thank ibfinetwo
Reviewed 16 November 2014

Although it doesn't look much from the outside, the good here was excellent and very reasonably priced, and the staff were very friendly.

Date of visit: November 2014
Thank Jill C
Reviewed 27 October 2014

You walk in to a quite enclave very tastefully decorated with white table cloths and cloth napkins. The waiter was extremely helpful in putting together the different dishes, and the service throughout the meal was the best I have experienced in quite some time. Exquisite...More

Date of visit: October 2014
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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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
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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