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Passage to India - Bethesda, Bethesda, MD

Passage to India - Bethesda

4.8
4.8
785 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian
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 on Cordell Ave, just 3 blocks from the Bethesda metro (Red Line).

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Indian, Vegan
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon, Wed–Sun 11:30 am–2:15 pm Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:15 pm
  • Phone number
    (301) 656-3373
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual

What 785 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

785 Reviews
  1. helend

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazingly good Indian food. Convenient location, friendly staff, yummy desserts.

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  2. TanmoyK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service and ambience. A must visit if you love Indian food

    1 person found this helpful

  3. WarrenS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding Indian restaurant with cuisine from the four corners of India. One of the very top Indian restaurants in Washington DC!

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  4. DonnaV

    Washington DC

    165 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    165 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quietly classy. We've never been disappointed with the food here. I love the geographic menu, allowing you to mix and match different regional styles. Service was attentive. Tables well-spaced, white tablecloths. The bar is small, so if you want a cocktail, keep it simple.

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  5. AnnC

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely love this restaurant. Food is sublime and service excellent.

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  6. MomtazW

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience, great food and great service. Highly recommend the fish and the sampler.

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  7. FranT

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a delicious meal -- everything from appetizers to desserts was wonderful. The menu includes some less-common Indian dishes and we thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the evening. The staff were cordial and helpful and the owner visited our table and others and was delightful. We look forward to going back!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service, amazing food and great prices. We were seated immediately and they made us feel valued as a customer.

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  9. foodie1

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food in a attractive setting Always pleasant, knowledgeable servers

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  10. EddyH

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely Indian restaurant in Bethesda; I will be returning. Prices are good and plenty of options, good service as well.

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  11. keno

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always delicious with great service! Love this place for many reasons. Been going for 15-20 years!

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  12. Valentine

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Friendly service, good food. A bit loud and easy to overhear all conversations

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  13. AllisonT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal food and ambience. I went for my birthday and it was so quiet I could hear everyone at my table. Service was prompt and presentation was as good as it tasted. Recommended!

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  14. AnnisaT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It's not our first time. POI is a very nice family oriented Indian restaurant with great selection of food from all sections in India

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  15. pamela

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Great lunchen selections and prices.

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  16. schenniesq

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    2.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was cold and they literally pushed us out the door, advising that they were closing the restaurant at 9 pm, this piece of information coming about 8:50 pm. We were informed by Open Table at the time of our reservation that we could be there for 2 hours. We were there for one and a half hours. Perhaps this is due to Covid and we should be forgiving, but no explanation was offered at the time. For shame. I don't think we will be rushing to return.

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  17. keno

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The whole Team is Excellent! Mhggjhvjhfvjgfhhfhvnjhfyhjj

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place that I have gone to for years is a delight! The food is great and the service alert but not intrusive. The menu is extensive. And the prices are quite reasonable. I had Mulligatawny soup, Chicken Tikka Masala, and Masala tea, which were all excellent, for less than $20. I highly recommend it! Carole of Chevy Chase

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  19. Bill

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We live in DC and getting there was a hassle. But it was worth it.

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  20. McLean

    Washington DC

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed the brunch—food was delicious and staff allowed us to have a nice, leisurely Sunday visit with little interruption.

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  21. Savortheflavor

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the ambience and atmosphere as soon as we walked into the door. The Passage to India had a historic presence from the decor to the menu presentation. After looking over the numerous selections we decided the get both chef specials, chicken and lamb plus vegetarian. In addition we also had the octopus appetizer which was delicious and not fried. The main course was awesome especially with the naan bread.

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  22. Alan

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I went there for Valentine’s Day dinner. We loved the table at the window and the decor of the restaurant. The owner lady greeted us and thanked us for calling ahead to notify her about our arriving late. We enjoyed the food and the service. The only regret we had was for ordering two lamb dishes. We will definitely come back.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was poor as most servers did not speak English. The food lacked flavor. The experience was considerably lower than our last visit a year or so ago.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful ambience. Conversed with owner who appreciates customer satisfaction. Food was excellent. Will return. Have been looking for such an India restaurant serving various regions for long time

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been a patron for last 15 years or more It was my fav place to invite friends and family Food used to be delish Service fantastic But yesterday lunch I was very very disappointed w food prep The goat w spinach meat tasted dry and fatty spinach was tasteless In he bread that I love w meat had hardly any meat on it .. what happened I want to know ??? Even rice was watery !!!! I feel they lost the touch and don’t care I complained so it perhaps could alert them that they need to be more concerned and got a cold and unpleasant response w a shrug of the shoulders They couldn’t do anything about anything and I felt it was most like not worth mentioning and just not to come back .. here There are new Indian places that opened up near by in bethesda downtown and near by That are great ! My next trip to Indian restaurant be there !! Sorry it’s going down the hill :( I m very Sad. As it was my fav spot

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  26. AnandI

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience at Passage to India. Food was amazing and authentic North Indian cuisine. Lots of choices for lunch. We were able to order a couple of items from the dinner menu too. Fantastic.

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  27. VincentH

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, warm environment, friendly staff, timeless Indian food classic

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  28. RandyS

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Restaurant closing hours were early (9:15 pm), especially for a Friday night.

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  29. EstherM

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was exquisite. Service was very good although it was difficult to get wait staff attention. Highly recommend this place.

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  30. LouiseP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been to this restaurant for many years and will look forward to going, again.

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  31. Daveysmom

    Washington DC

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We enjoyed the food very much. I personally love kulcha with dried fruit and I enjoyed it there but I never had it with a layer of strawberry jam in the middle! My husband said it reminded him of a Poptart !! (I love Poptarts). The server who took our order was never to be seen again. The food runners and the staff members who kept our water glasses full were great. After we finished dinner we waited a very long time and our initial server never returned. I flagged over another server who brought us to go containers and the check. Good food, mediocre service.

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  32. JimL

    Atlanta Metro

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious and service was efficient & friendly!

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  33. smallplatesgirl

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Indian food in the region. Quiet, pretty room. Attentive staff. One quibble: our reservation was for 1pm lunch. We didn't realize the restaurant closes at 2:15, and they really meant it!

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  34. MCfood

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant, delicious food. I recommend the Malai Chingri - shrimp in coconut sauce.

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  35. NinaT

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We ordered the sample/tasting menu. The three appetizers were underwhelming, but the three or four samples of main entrees were very good.

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  36. CarlE

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent as always. Service was a little clunky, but no one can hire enough donuts the new normal.

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  37. Jackie

    Richmond

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant with high-quality food and attentive service. Always good year after year

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  38. Jessica

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Traditional Indian food from a variety of regions, made with care and tasting great. The restaurant is decorated elegantly, and you may find yourself sharing the space with a large Indian family celebrating. Even under those circumstances, where in some places the big party gets all the attention, our service was good and the food came out without a long delay. I particularly recommend the goat curry and the fish curry with cocoanut. But everything else we had was good too. Aces all around, I think.

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  39. SoumyaN

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and lovely decor. Customer service was excellent and we enjoyed our visit.

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  40. Susannetta

    Washington DC

    74 reviews

    3.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Although the restaurant, with numerous windows facing the street, was empty at 7 pm, Saturday, the waiter first showed us a nasty little table for two in a dark corner and then a squished table on the banquette. I refused, and chose a table for four although there were only two of us, and he did not object. What's the point of alienating a customer in hopes that a bigger party will show up? As it happened, the restaurant was far from full when we left at 8:30. The service was lackadaisical, but the food was good. Be assertive!

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FAQs

Passage to India - Bethesda does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats.

Passage to India - Bethesda is rated 4.8 stars by 785 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Passage to India - Bethesda

4931 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Old Georgetown Road (Route 187)
  • Neighborhood
    Bethesda
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon, Wed–Sun 11:30 am–2:15 pm Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:15 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Indian, Vegan
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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