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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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“lamb” (21 reviews)
“rice” (15 reviews)
“kebab” (8 reviews)
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Middle Eastern, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal
€€ - €€€
2424 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109-1826
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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

Thank Larry L
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

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

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.

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

Thank SeaCat07
Reviewed 14 October 2014

This restaurant was recommended because they serve great lamb. The waitress and waiters were great. However, one of the dishes ordered had to be sent back to the kitchen because there was foreign object found. They offered to provide the birthday girl another plate of...More

Thank melaneee2014
Reviewed 11 October 2014

We saw this place listed as having great Veg food. So we tried one night for takeout. Food was very good -- we had a sample of soup and several veg entrees. All were quite good. Only complaint -- the order we placed included paper...More

Thank Shakespeare_fan
Reviewed 30 September 2014

I ordered Helmand Palace for delivery, and got their sabzi, cauliflower and pumpkin toppings - all vegan. They were all good, the pumpkin being the best. The prices were average. The rice was not enough, but they made up with it with their barbari bread....More

Thank Khash C
Reviewed 15 September 2014

The Afghanistan Food was very good. The service was great, the waiter explained some of the dishes to us. I had the Kourma Challow and substituted Pallow Rice instead. I also had the Sabzi Side Dish. Both were excellent. The inside of the restaurant is...More

Thank stevebrutus
Reviewed 21 August 2014

Every time my family and I go to San Francisco for vacation, we always plan a day to eat at this restaurant. It is spectacular. I'm 16 and I've been going to this restaurant ever since I was little. Everything from the appetizers to the...More

1  Thank Dahlia K
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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
Kids, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings
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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