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The Helmand

143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
+1 617-492-4646
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lamb” (65 reviews)
“rice” (45 reviews)
“eggplant” (29 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 23:00All hours
Middle Eastern, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
143 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1205
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Start with warm, fresh, brick oven bread w/3 dipping sauces and sweet butter. Move on to an appetizer to share w/roasted pumpkin. Then indulge in a lamb entree with Persian spices. Bask in the attentive service of an experienced staff, quiet in the background, but...More

Thank nehistory_buffs
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was apprehensive about eating Afghanistan food. I just could not believe how good the food was. All of it. We had 3 different entree’s, dessert and appetizers. The pumpkin appetizer is a must have. The lamb dish I had was superb. The vegetarian dish...More

Thank 790christopheru
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food - lamb is perfect. Friendly efficient service. Nice to see bread being baked in a wood fire oven. Whole heartedly recommended.

Thank JMHGlobetrotter
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were seated in a new small room that was just opened, giving the place a cosy atmosphere. Our server, who is Polish, was very pleasant and spoke a few words of greeting in our language making us feel even more at home. A number...More

Thank elaine3Southport
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a family get-together in Boston and the eight of us wanted a place to be together, with great food. We chose the perfect place. Our server Mustafa gave us great suggestions for food and wine choices and everyone at the restaurant was absolutely...More

Thank LuvTaTrek
Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

This was my favorite restaurant find of 2017. The food was amazing, get the lamb. The service was caring, thoughtful, and well done. I was sad when we didn’t eat here the next night. I couldn’t stop thinks no about our dinner.

Thank artf00die
Reviewed 10 December 2017

The staff at this restaurant are very friendly and were welcoming to my young boys. The fresh-baked bread is a treat for all, and the food wonderfully spiced. A very responsible meal at ~$100 for 4 with wine for the adults.

Thank travelalotParis
Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

I love coming to this outstanding restaurant because the food is delicious, the service is superb, and the prices are so reasonable. My son and I shared the Kaddo ( pumpkin ) appetizer. Next I had the trout with spinach and rice; my son had...More

Thank Steven A
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

I had the mantwo, which is a ravioli-type dish with beef and scallions, with a sauce mixed with carrots, lentils, garbanzos, tomatoes, yogurt, and more. I started with the complimentary naan and dipping sauces; it was delicious. The mantwo was generously sized, savory, and bursting...More

Thank swartzdeborah
Reviewed 19 October 2017

We've never had Afghan food, but we love the food of it's neighbor India, and we wanted to give Helmand a try. The food was spectacular, truly delicious. Again, since we personally have not been to Afghanistan nor have we ever before been to an...More

Thank lexmiller
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Yuan G
24 June 2016|
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Response from majida1 | Reviewed this property |
Meat kebabs, rice pullao..
joel t
14 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
US$21 - US$30
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
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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