Passage to India - Bethesda
4931 Cordell Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814Neighborhood:
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
IndianPrice: $30 and under
Passage to India - Bethesda
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://passagetoindia.info/
- Phone: 3016563373
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
Dinner: 5:30pm - 9.30pm (Sunday through Thursday)
5:30pm - 10.30pm (Friday & Saturday)
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Indian, Vegan
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
A word from Passage to India - Bethesda
Passage to India serves a great selection of Indian food in an elegant decor, reminiscent of the dining rooms of the Maharajahs. Chef Sudhir Seth introduced the concept of Regional Cuisines of the Indian subcontinent and showcases food from all over India with local ingredients and home blended spices. The restaurant is located Bethesda's restaurant row, just 3 blocks from the Bethesda metro (Red Line).Continued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerIndian
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Passage to India - Bethesda reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since June 25, 2014
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neighborhood gem (30)fit for foodies (30)special occasion (18)good for groups (12)romantic (12)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
- OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 10/18/2014Delicious food , nice atmosphere but felt a little rushedSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Highly recommendedOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/17/2014If you like Indian food you won't be disappointed here. The menu is diverse & offers a wide variety of options, including many vegetarian choices. The service is warm & helpful. This is good food offered at reasonable prices.Special Features:
- Really great experienceGratzVIPDined on 10/12/2014First time to Passage to India... one of the best Indian restaurants we've visited. The food was excellent (had the chicken and lamb chef's choice), the dining experience was great, ambience was nice, and the service was attentive while not hovering. We'll definitely be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Outstanding in every respectSatisfiedDinerDined on 10/12/2014From delicious food to professional and courteous wait staff, Passage to India is as good as it gets for a dining experience in the Washington area. A creative menu with multiple appealing choices, one even better than the next, and an ambiance and decor that make you feel right at home in India add to the experience. High end quality at extremely reasonable prices.Special Features:
- Awesome foodawesomekidDined on 10/12/2014There's no doubt that this restaurant will make your day. Awesome food, awesome service, awesome everything. Definitely going back soon!Special Features:
- Chef's night off?GuidoVIPDined on 10/5/2014We know the restaurant very well and like it a lot. Hence the disappointment on Oct. 6, when the food was bland, just like so many run of the mill Indians restaurants in American where the spices are not fresh or distinctive, as they are in India. Hopefully it wasn't a sign of decline.
- Annoying waiterNirzDined on 10/2/2014Everything was really good except for our waiter. Even though the restaurant was relatively empty and it was not near closing time, I felt harassed by the waiter; within a 5 min period he asked for our orders 3 times, tried to clear plates before we were done. Because of the service I likely will never return.
- A culinary experienceKristaDined on 9/28/2014As usual, the food at Passage to India was extraordinary. I love the concept of a journey through the different regions of India. This time I tried a spicy fish dish from the southern region, and my husband had delicious scallops. We will return for another culinary journey!Special Features:
- Pleasant dinner and atmosphereLuv2travelDined on 9/26/2014Menu has wide choice of dishes from various parts of India. Helpful service. Food very tasty. Nice decor. Reasonable prices. Public garage across the street or $5 valet parking. What's not to like?Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always a treatGroucho1313Dined on 9/23/2014Love every experience at Passage to India. Terrific ambiance with delicious food prepared exquisitely. Staff and kitchen happy to to make things not on the menu. What a treat!Special Features:
- IvarDined on 9/21/2014Excellent food and service. I would, however, recommend not to rush the food service. Indeed, it's not pleasant to have the main dish served while you are still eating the appetizers!. No hurry please.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/11/2014Went here on a week night after work. We were sat right away. The sever was very nice , and the food was great. We will go back for more.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 9/10/2014Entree eggplant dish was disappointing-too soupy, not substantial enough to be an entree, and more spicy than I anticipated. Chicken dish recommended by waiter was delicious though, lamb okay but not fabulous. Would have liked to see more vegetable side dishes. Whole wheat bread with mint bland-have had better elsewhere in the area.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Refined Indian cuisine and ambianceRWoodBVIPDined on 9/10/2014I have tried almost every dish on the extensive menu and have been pleased with all of them except the fish dishes that include tilapia, a fish that does not work well with the herbs and spices. The list of wines by the glass is brief, but well chosen and reasonably priced. The ambiance sets the restaurant apart from the other Indian restaurants in Montgomery County. The service is attentive, but not intrusive.Special Features:
- Great foodCristinaVIPDined on 9/6/2014It is a place you do not want to miss if you like to enjoy good food.Special Features:
- Yum!JeanneDined on 8/31/2014We went to Passage to India on a whim, and it was well worth it. The food was very good, and the service good as well. They have a variety of things on the menu from all over India, and our server was very helpful in helping us determine what to order. I would recommend this restaurant to others.Special Features:
- Pretty darn goodChawnieVIPDined on 8/29/2014Very fine Pan Indian food at a reasonable price. Great decor. A keeper.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A wee bit disappointingPickydocDined on 8/9/2014Despite having a reservation for two, we were squeezed into a tiny corner table so close to the next that conversation couldn't be private. Service was good. My house cabernet was not the best; poor quality for a restaurant of this calibre. My wife's Shiraz was a little better. My wife and I, who are both Indian Food enthusiasts, tend to judge Indian restaurants by the quality of the Samoosa's, and these were nothing to write home about. Oversized but packed with potatoes and peas, with no meat alternatives, and soaked with the mint and tamarind sauces, which in most other reataurants are "on the side. Disappointing. The entrees were OK. Enjoyed my lamb Biryani but wished it could have been a little spicier. Overall a little disappointing.Special Features:
- Still an excellent restaurantFansofFabioDined on 8/9/2014We have dined at Passage to India many times in years past, but haven't been there in quite a while. We had a lovely dinner there Saturday night. The appetizers were delicious, the main courses from three different areas of India were excellent as well. The service and ambiance is first rate. And the prices are reasonable This is an above-average Indian restaurant and is well worth a visit.Special Features:
- Refined IndianRWoodBVIPDined on 8/2/2014The menu offers a wide variety of dishes from the four geographic regions of India. Most of them rise well above those found in the scores of Indian restaurants in the metro area. Particularly outstanding are the eggplant, okra, and lamb dishes. The wine list is well chosen and very reasonably priced. The servers are professional and the ambiance is calming.Special Features:
- Special Bethesda restaurantkmhpDined on 7/30/2014The service is personal and unobtrusive - the waiter rescued me from eating the entire green pods in my shrimp curry -only the inside is edible! The decor is wonderful - 19th century India - beautiful tiled doors and pictures from different states. There are a lot of tables in a small space but at 6:30 pm there were only a handful taken so no feeling of being crushed. Loved the food - difficult to choose from a very wide menu. It's more expensive than my normal range - dinner with everything except alcohol was $80 with tip. Well worth it - it was a memorable experience. Now I'm thinking I should downplay how good this restaurant is or I won't be able to get a reservation next time!Special Features:
- Wonderful as alwaysfoodie1VIPDined on 7/30/2014Passage to India is always a perfect place for delicious food in a lovely setting. The servers always provide perfect service and are knowledgeable and friendly. ...and it's a treat to be able to have a conversation without shouting. We're always pleased to return here.
- Always an enjoyable mealShenandoeyVIPDined on 7/28/2014Dined at Passage to India again this week and found it wonderful, as always. Consistently excellent Indian food, professional service, and a lovely dining environment. On my short-list of go-to Bethesda restaurants. Never disappoints.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- really good foodOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 7/26/2014thoroughly enjoyed our meal here - excellent tastes and we will come back again.Special Features:
- Cuisine from Across IndiaFoodie4FunVIPDined on 7/19/2014My wife and I dined at Passage to India, and were delighted with the experience. The ambiance and service was very well managed, and the food was outstanding. This restaurant is a level above most of the other Indian restaurants in the area. We'll be back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Restaurant gemJackDined on 7/13/2014The ambiance, service and food were all excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a unique, memorable dining experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 146 reviews are from the Passage to India - Bethesda reviews archive.
- Excellent Indian foodstudaddyVIPDined on 6/24/2014We went on a weeknight with another couple. Food was great, service excellent, and the room was elegant. Not a trendy place, but perfect for a quiet dinner with friendsI would recommend this to a friend.
- Anniversary DinnerevankrichevskyDined on 6/22/2014We selected Passage to India based on having been very satisfied with our dining experiences at Spice Xing. There was a large selection of vegetarian/vegan menu options for one member of the party. Though we initially thought we didn't order enough food, we were full of good food and celebratory joy. The only disturbances to the dinner were the result of the cheering for two US World Cup goals that came from the outdoor bar across the street. Cannot fault Passage to India for that.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- RogerVIPDined on 6/21/2014reliably offers authentic Indian cuisine in a welcoming environment, served by a knowledgeable and well trained staff. prices are reasonable,Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Attentive ServicesmallplatesDined on 6/21/2014Restaurant is attractive and the staff attentive. The food is presented nicely and there are many, many choices. We found our some of our dishes to be over-sauced (lump crab appetizer) or not sauced at all (eggplant and apple appetizer). The entrees we chose were sauced deliciously but we found both lamb dishes lamb overcooked and tough. The staff was so pleasant, we hesitated to send our food back, but we were disappointed.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lunch before Roundhouse mantineeFoodofileFrankVIPDined on 6/14/2014We lunched in this almost empty, charming Indian restaurant a bit off the beaten path on Cordell Street in Bethesda. The menu is divided by geographic regions, highlighting local Indian cooking styles. The walls are adorned with photographs of historic Indian figures. The main dining room is done in bright colors. Our server was always there when needed. The food was excellent. I started with the mulligatawny soup, served with a lemon slice...perfectly balanced! For my entree, I selected the Kosha Mangsho (Lamb with coriander, ginger and garlic). Absolutely delightful. The entree was served with rice and a crisp little salad. The latter with a light vinaigrette, a perfect counterpoint to the lamb. Highly recommended!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best okra dishes anywhereRWoodBVIPDined on 6/4/2014I love okra, but most restaurants purchase okra that has grown too large and fibrous. I grow it and harvest it when it is no more than two inches in length. Passage has a source that has the same approach. Why do I have it at Passage when I can fix it at home? Passage simply does it better than I and any other restaurant I know. I particularly like the Bhindi do piaza. All of the other dishes from four major regions of India are also very good. The list of wines by the glass is short, but well chosen. My only disappointment is the weak coffee.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The food is amazing!Sigu4dineDined on 5/31/2014Great place, amazing food, low noise level, friendly waitres, great for a date or to celebrate with your family!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- food was greatlovetoeatVIPDined on 5/31/2014We asked the waiter for his recommendations and he did not disappoint. The food was very good and the atmosphere was very enjoyable.Special Features:
- Great VarietyGreatVarietyVIPDined on 5/19/2014Passage to India provides entree options from various parts of India. We sampled a few dishes that you don't typically see on indian restaurant menus and found them to be very tasty! There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options to choose from. We also took advantage of the NPR Restaurant card (get 1 entree free) which led us to try Passage to India. Glad we did as we will keep this in our rotation of Indian restaurants!Special Features:
- Wonderful experiencebim08Dined on 5/11/2014This was my first time at Passage to India. I was drawn to it for its wide vegan selection and very good rating. We went for Mother's Day lunch and ordered a selection of vegan and nonvegan entrees and 2 nonvegan appetizers. All of us found them delicious and served hot. The bread, made of chickpea and whole wheat flour was also vegan and wonderful. The service was solicitous without being cloying, the ambience was relaxed and warm and the restaurant was beautifully decorated with large windows. We had a great time there. I came out saying this was my new favorite restaurant and wanted to return right away.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointingOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 5/10/2014We took my wife here for Mother's Day - Indian food is one of her favorites. We felt rushed by the staff, especially the manager/owner, from start to finish. Shrimp dish was not good. Other dishes just weren't as tasty as we're used to in other Indian restaurants. We came with a "birthday" 25% off coupon that we forgot to include when they brought the bill but presented before we completed the credit card slip. The manager/owner claimed there was no way to add the coupon at that point (or void and rering the order with the coupon). Too many other good Indian food options in the area to see a reason to come back to this restaurant.
- Very good; potententially excellentRWoodBVIPDined on 5/4/2014One of the nice things about Passage to India is the division of the menu into four geographic regions. There are significant differences in both the ingredients and the preparation among the regions. On this occasion, I tried a dish from the south that combined baby eggplant and spicy peppers. I have now tried more than a score of dishes, and have never been disappointed. Unfortunately, the list of wines by the glass is very limited and not as appealing as the bottle list. On this occasion, I was disappointed that the host seated a party of seven with small, active children at a table next to mine rather than at one of the large round tables farther away from the three small tables that were occupied.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 4/14/2014Only Indian restaurant that has all India regional dishes. Would love to see a selection/silver platter from all regions on the menu. The silver platter special provides diverse sample of flavors, meat or vegetarian, and four course meal (starter, appetizer, entree, dessert). Comfortable and not rushed to have a quiet dinner.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always GoodBrinateDined on 4/11/2014We meet friends there about every six months as it is a mutually convenient distance for both of us. They love the place and so do we. The staff recognizes us and gives us excellent service every time. We love it. Indian food is a favorite and they have a fantastic variety. Their tandoori chicken and salmon are the best. Kudos to the chef.Special Features: