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Passage to India - Bethesda, Bethesda, MD

Passage to India - Bethesda

4.6
4.6
760 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 Bethesda's restaurant row, just 3 blocks from the Bethesda metro (Red Line).

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Bethesda / Chevy Chase

  • Cross street

    Old Georgetown Road (Route 187)

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Beer, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 760 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Healthy

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Healthy

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. AI

    AnandI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  2. VH

    VincentH

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, warm environment, friendly staff, timeless Indian food classic
  3. RS

    RandyS

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Restaurant closing hours were early (9:15 pm), especially for a Friday night.
  4. EM

    EstherM

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was exquisite. Service was very good although it was difficult to get wait staff attention. Highly recommend this place.
  5. LP

    LouiseP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to this restaurant for many years and will look forward to going, again.
  6. D

    Daveysmom

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    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.
  7. JL

    JimL

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious and service was efficient & friendly!
  8. s

    smallplatesgirl

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  9. MC

    MCfood

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant, delicious food. I recommend the Malai Chingri - shrimp in coconut sauce.
  10. NT

    NinaT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We ordered the sample/tasting menu. The three appetizers were underwhelming, but the three or four samples of main entrees were very good.
  11. CE

    CarlE

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Food was excellent as always. Service was a little clunky, but no one can hire enough donuts the new normal.
  12. J

    Jackie

    Richmond

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant with high-quality food and attentive service. Always good year after year
  13. J

    Jessica

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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.
  14. A

    Alex

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The menu looked amazing due to the selection of regional dishes typicality nut found at other Indian restaurants. Unfortunately the food was very bland to say the least. We were asked if we liked spice and we said yes. The food served had NO spice.
  15. SN

    SoumyaN

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and lovely decor. Customer service was excellent and we enjoyed our visit.
  16. S

    Susannetta

    Washington DC

    73 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    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!
  17. VS

    VanessaS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience1
    This is a great space to go for authentic Indian cuisine! Passage to India has an extensive menu, even for plant-based customers. The space is charming and has ornate detail. Service was great, staff was attentive and friendly. Will definitely go back for dinner.
  18. RD

    RosannaD

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Indian food ever!
  19. E

    Eatoutalot

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food is delicious
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great ambiance, and great service!
  22. JD

    JohnD

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Atmosphere quiet, comfortable and very tasteful. Food is just superb. Each of the four loved every dish. Can't wait to return.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Food was decent, not great. The wait staff rushed us way too much. Clearly wanted to flip the table. After only 1 hour they were making attempts to get us to pay up and leave.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, super service
  25. t

    tobes

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful time at this restaurant, a real neighborhood gem!
  26. DS

    DavidS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful experience - great food and service.
  27. DD

    DebraD

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As a professional chef, I do my research before I visit a place. There were nice reviews, but I mostly loved the menu. To offer food from various parts of India, not just one, was what appealed to me. Went for lunch, was very blown away by how spot on fabulous it was. I had the pleasure of meeting the owner, who gave us great suggestions,,,,and she was spot on. You must check out the beautifully designed interior, decorated with love from their heartland. You can tell the family puts their heart and soul into this business, and it shows in the preparation of the food!
  28. AD

    AmitD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an awesome gem in Bethesda. From outside, it was not impressive but once we entered inside it was really artistic and lived up to its name "Passage to India" !!! The food was great too...
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time coming to Passage to India. First, the decor was outstanding, from the tracings of cities and locations in India, to the beautiful screens and brass panels on the doors. The food was delicious; we tried new dishes from regions in India and we were not disappointed. We had wine which was also very good. The servers were pleasant, and overall, it was a lovely dinner.
  30. S

    Susan

    Washington DC

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My favorite restaurant in Bethesda. Food, service and the restaurant is very pretty and spacious
  31. 2

    2old2playgames

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The restaurant seems tired. We had not been in quite some time. Some items were much more tasty than others, understanding that items vary as to the amount of spice. The prices seemed reasonable, but the portions were modest. The waiter who took our order didn't know much about the menu. Other servers were much more efficient and knowledgeable. The hostess and others were very polite. The restaurant needs a boost. It was OK but I didn't the food was very interesting and the portions were only adequate.
  32. RD

    RDeol

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Loved it! Chicken Tikka and Seekh Kabob appetizers A++ Makai Saag remains the most unique and best veggie entree option Lamb Vindaloo and Chicken Tikka Masala as good as any I have ever had. Highly recommend!!
  33. k

    keno

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday Party, perfect!
  34. PF

    PhilFellini

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is always great for wonderful Indian food! My personal favorites are Borghi Murghi, Tikka Masala, Fish Vendiam Curry, & Salli Boti Jardaloo. You won’t go wrong with any of these. Also staff is really nice
  35. SC

    ShirleyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Good food. Very nice atmosphere. Love it!
  36. VM

    VeeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was fabulous. Try the calamari, and the tandoori was great as well. Really loved the ambience, and the vibe was very intimate. 10 out of 10!
  37. JP

    JeanneP

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had the Lamb Vindaloo and the Fish Curry, plus a Chaat appetizer. The lamb and the fish were tender, cooked just right, and the spice level was just right for us. A diner can ask for a dish to be more or less spicy - a winning point for me.
  38. E

    Eatoutalot

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food.
  39. G

    friendofGus

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Having lived in India for many years, we thoroughly enjoyed our re-visit to the tastes of India at this beautifully decorated restaurant. We asked for medium level Indian spices and the results were perfect!
  40. SL

    SharonL

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, ambience, and service, we always enjoy coming here. One of the best Indian restaurants in the area

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Passage to India - Bethesda is rated 4.6 stars by 760 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

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Google Map for Passage to India - Bethesda

4931 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Old Georgetown Road (Route 187)

  • Neighborhood

    Bethesda / Chevy Chase

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon, Wed–Sun 11:30 am–2:15 pm Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:15 pm

  • 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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