Passage to India - Bethesda

4.7
593 reviews
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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).
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KG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been coming to Passage to India for years and are never disappointed. It's consistently excellent.

T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was great and served by very helpful staff. We were the only party there and made us feel like the staff were waiting for us to finish quickly so that they could close up and go home.

A
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary. - Our family loves the restaurant, which has gourmet choices for every preference at reasonable prices. The waiters remember us, give us personal favorites that are not on the menu, and never fail to be gracious, polite, prompt, and thoughtful.

VP
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service very good deliciously seasoned selections lovely atmosphere

N
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb and delicately flavored food and superb service as well. Plus the noise level is low and the ambience excellent!

HS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food is the norm at Passage. You can always count on quality. I would love it if they were open a little later. Also, it is getting more and more difficult to find a restaurant where you can have a conversation without having to yell over unnecessarily loud music. This is one of them.

j
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The scallops and crab appetizers are great. Advice from the server on dish selection was most helpful but not pushy. This is one of our standard no surprise restaurants.

R
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food never disappoints!!

DJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was excellent. Quiet on a Monday, which was fine for us.

A
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love Passage to India. Never disappoints. Wonderful service, great food, civilized atmosphere!

SB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We each ordered 2 of the 3 Sampler choices, which came with an appetizer and dessert, and everything was really delicious! We went for lunch on the weekend and had no trouble getting a reservation.

JM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous and offerings from different regions of India made this a restaurant to return to

GC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, good service, and a pleasant atmosphere. The best Indian restaurant in Bethesda.

EB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was very good.

NO
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The staff and ambiance is pleasant. The food though is mediocre. I guess it’s good for the “foreign” diners. A little more flavor, the least of which was proper salting, would have helped.

P
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding Indian food, served in a quiet comfortable dining room with excellent service. One of our favorite restaurants in all of Bethesda.

SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed dining at Passage to India a number of times, and since being introduced to the weekend brunch special, we have been back several times. It is an excellent value, with a good variety of dishes included, and the portions are large enough that we invariably have enough to take some home for the next day. It is also delightfully easy to hear your dinner companions speak, even when relatively full. This is a big plus for us!

E
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good. The proof of the pudding was in the eating.

SL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Passage to India is consistently excellent. The food is delicious, the service is excellent, and the ambiance is very nice.

BG
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, with impressive regional variety. Service prompt and unobtrusive, loved how quiet it was.

P
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We find Spice Xing food better and tastier. The salad with the main dish was a mismatch per Indian food standard and pairing. Tilapia fish cooked in coconut milk was somewhat ok - not worth the price. The girl who served us is very nice and helpful. On our reservation, we indicated it was our anniversary, but the restaurant folks didn't pay attention when we mentioned we had a reservation, even when presented their coupon which said "Happy Anniversary."
Not planning to go back.

MB
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent- service is attentive and quite good. Ambiance is a bit tired. We really enjoyed the food, seafood curries are good - naan is excellent.

KS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Passage to India is not only the most interesting and varied Indian food in the area; it is also amongst the best. We are never disappointed. The prices are right, the staff are friendly and the food is delicious.

n
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service and atmosphere couldn’t be better.

BC
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was sufficient and involved a variety of delicious flavors. We tried Shrimp, Scallop and Lamb and all were cooked perfectly. Service was prompt and pleasant.

JJ
Sacramento
42 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice place. Good food. Large menu. Staff hard to read their mood and attitude. Seems popular with locals. Not a destination place but one of the best in the neighborhood. Fair value. Good beer selection, which is essential for Indian food IMO.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Indian food. Honestly my favorite Indian restaurant in the DC area. Excellent service and cuisine from many different regions of India. Exquisite flavors.

AE
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third time to Passage to India. Each time is, in a word, excellent! We both tried new dishes, and the excellence continues!

AM
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Passage to india delivers every time. Food is consistently good, ambience great, it is not noisy - you can have a good conversation. I recently went to another indian restaurant in DC that is rated one of the best, and i realized that passage to india exceeds that restaurant by a great margin. I recommend passage heartily.

EA
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love going here. The service is great, food is delicious and the portions are large.

PB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food and ambience was excellent. It was marred by a relatively unfriendly waiter.

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, as it always is and the service was very gracious. This is one of our favorites.

KE
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I love this restaurant! The ambiance is very good, and the staff is attentive and friendly. The food is good, and the prices are comparable to other local Indian restaurants. I wish they gave more rice with the meals!

BM
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We ate at Passage to India 2x for dinner on our recent visit to Bethesda. We first had samplers, and as expected, liked some dishes better than others, but all were good. Spice level wasn't too hot for us (wimps). We especially like Indian vegetable treatments, so on our 2nd visit we chose Chicken Korma and a couple of vegetable dishes. All were served with rice. Bharta was very good. Long beans with dumplings turned out to be not so much to our taste because of the dumplings, but the spicing and sauce was quite nice.
We really enjoyed the quiet atmosphere, and the service was most attentive. We wanted to bring it all home with us.

L
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. I've been here twice now. The first time was crowded, the second time was the opposite (but first time was over the weekend, second time was on a Tuesday). Not cheap, but the food is really good so still worth it.

RB
Washington DC
646 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love this restaurant. It is a calm oasis where I like to have lunch alone with a book or in quiet conversation with a good friend. The ambiance, food, and service are all very good, and there is very good value for the money. The menu covers the four major regional cuisines of India. The entrees are filling, so I often choose two appetizers for lunch. The scallops appetizer is the best I have had anywhere in Montgomery County and the Seekh (lamb) kabob is flavorful. Another very good appetizer is the crabcake.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed lunch with my boyfriend. On his Birthday. And it was our first time coming here. The server was so helpful and recommended us some items. And it was amazing!!! Def coming back here. Love the atmosphere

KR
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef Sudhir Seth is a genius whose range at the restaurant is great and uniformly excellent. Each dish is individually spiced and reflects the regional differences.
He has done amazing special menus of specific South asian cuisines like those of Travancore and Sri Lanka. James Beard, would =have loved him

DV
Washington DC
114 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had not been to this location in years, and not at all in its current form. The food is very good. We were especially impressed with the organization of the menu into four regions of India, and with the many vegetarian/vegan dishes (several in each region). In addition to north, south, east and west, there are sections for appetizers and tandoori dishes. The samosa is a lovely presentation. We also had "fritter platter" (pakoras), tandoori salmon, an unusual plantain dumpling entree, assorted pickle, and garlic naan. The portions are not large but the prices are moderate; you can happily order a number of dishes and sides. The room is intimate so it doesn't get too noisy. The decor, including the printed menu, is interesting and attractive. Despite a warning about handcrafted dishes taking time, the service was prompt and well-paced. Note that they don't appear to make reservations past 7:30.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Overall good Indian food. Very authentic. Great value. Service was very slow and food was not timed well. As the main course came out as we were still having appetizers. Overall though it was very good food, good portions with the chefs combination platter.

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