Passage to India - Bethesda

4.4
557 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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 13 hours ago
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

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KR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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

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DV
Washington DC
106 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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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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L
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food for I always come meet up my friends for dinner or lunch here and never disappointed w food presentation and service !

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HS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Passage to India has an excellent menu, organized by regions of India, of exquisitely prepared foods. The white-tablecloth, quiet ambiance makes it a great choice for a comfortable meal at which conversation is possible without shouting, while at the same time not being stuffy. The service is quite good, the staff efficient and friendly.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiters and staff were very helpful in providing suggestions. Clearly proud of their food, our waiter took to time to explain dishes that appealed to our group. The food, of course, was excellent.

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RB
Washington DC
639 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Passage to India is one of the most attractive restaurants in Montgomery County. It is also one of the quietest. It is rare to hear the conversation at a nearby table. I am always calm and relaxed when I leave the restaurant The food is consistently very good. When I want a light lunch, I choose two appetizers such as the scallops and the crab masala--two of the best dishes on the extensive menu. The list of wines by the glass is short, but well chosen and reasonably priced at $8.25 a glass. The service is attentive, but not intrusive. Why no five stars? I only give those to truly exceptional restaurants--of which there are none in Montgomery County and very few In DC.

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H
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upon walking into the restaurant, the aromas let you know what an excellent dining experience awaits you!

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BN
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was good but not amazing. Service was ok but waiters came by too often & were too eager to get us out. We felt rushed !

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d
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really fresh food. Nicely spiced- not too Spicey. Casual dress but you could wear a tie and fit in fine. Nice staff. Really liked this place and will go again

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B
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The meal came suspiciously quickly suggesting that everything was pre-cooked.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall the food was delicious, but not quite as good as some of the other Indian restaurants we have tried. Black lentil Dahl was fantastic. A flickering overhead light was annoying.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Presentation was nice and wait staff were friendly. Service was slow despite the restaurant being fairly empty and quiet. The food was interesting yet tastefully seasoned.

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BB
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great evening , tasty food , nice setting, very pleasant evening
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DL
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat here fairly regularly. We enjoy the slow pace and quiet competence. Great food

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food and ambiance were very nice. It is very convenient to park close by, too.

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NI
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly enjoyed the various choices in food and quality, as well as attentive service.

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

Excellent service and delicious food as usual! Our family has been going to Passage to India since it opened. Hands down the best Indian restaurant in Bethesda.

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l
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Indian Food in the BCC area. Been eating there for years, the food is always good as is the service.

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CA
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily the best Indian restaurant in Bethesda, MD.

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E
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They go out of their way to make you feel special and the food is wonderful!

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RK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The ambiance is quite special for a neighborhood restaurant. It's my go-to for Indian food.

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C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. Ambiance is okay.

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OT
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was excellent. Service efficient and atmosphere conductive to lingering and talking. One of Bethesda's best.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food but is always lukewarm or cold
consistently. Very good service.

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L
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and served beautifully and professionally, plus you could hear and speak with dinner companions without yelling.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food

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M
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s our neighborhood jewel. We love Indian cuisine and this restaurant is just perfect in every way.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went for brunch on a Sunday. For brunch they offer a prix fixe menu in addition to the full menu. At $15 the prix fixe was a bargain. It’s a very filling meal that doesn’t skimp on quality. We intend to return for dinner soon. It’s excellent Indian cuisine.

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Caribbean
162 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent vegetarian meal. Great service.

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RB
Washington DC
639 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have not been to any restaurants in Montgomery County that I would award five stars in any category. My favorite area restaurants are those that offer flavorful food in a very attractive and quiet setting; attentive, but not intrusive service; and good value for the money. Passage to India is one of the few that consistently scores solid four stars in all categories. I recommend it highly.

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JJ
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It is a joy to have a neighborhood restaurant which is really quiet, comfortable and has very well spiced Indian food. Lunch is beyond reasonable, and parking is easily available. There is no "settling" for convenience; it is good!

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KS
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Indian food and ambiance - definitely one of the best ethnic restaurants in Bethesda. The service is also impeccable, I keep coming back to this restaurant again and again, and my friends and I are always pleased with our overall experience.

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RB
Washington DC
639 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I highly recommend Passage to India. The decor is refined; the service is attentive, but not intrusive; the food is flavorful, but not excessively spicy; and the absence of a buffet table keeps the decibel level well below that of most restaurants in Bethesda.

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l
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite Indian restaurant in the DC metro area! More affordable than the Downtown bastion or nouveau Indian offerings. Nice regional diversity in selections, attentive but friendly service. This is our family’s favorite place, and we are made to feel at home. You will thoroughly enjoy yourself and be treated to a delicious, authentic and varied menu.

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TL
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food from all over India — north, west, east, and south. Enjoyed a family birthday celebration here. Wonderful service in a beautiful space. Definitely will come back.

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C
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The wait staff were very attentive. Food was offered from different regions of India. Overall tasty!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Even though we ordered multiple appetizers, every individual ordered an entree, and we ordered a bottle of wine for the table, we were hustled out of the restaurant as if we were unworthy of taking up space. I don’t know whether it was ageism (we’re 20/30-somethings), but our bill was certainly big enough to justify us being there for the hour and a half that we were, we weren’t rude or loud or unruly, yet the waitress was aggressively taking our plates and glasses away before we were even done. (She actually snorted dismissively when my friend tried to finish his glass of wine.) The food was good as always, but the service definitely left a sour note in my mouth.

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s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was Ok but I have had better Indian food, the butter chicken dish was the best. The rice was not good, did not test like god basmati rice.

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