Passage to India - Bethesda

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$30 and under
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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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Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I am not a fan of Indian food. In fact when I traveled to India I lost 8 pounds in a week! My 10 year old grandson, when given the choice of where to eat, chose Indian food. I wasn't thrilled but decided to be a good example by being a good sport. WOW...was I surprised. The food was great! The service spectacular! Prices were reasonable...all in all a really good experience. I will be back!

n
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Passage to India offers a wide variety of dishes from various regions in India. We've eaten here before and have always loved the variety, staff expertise in advising us on dishes and amounts to order so there's no overlap in flavors, and quantity and quality of food. The ambiance is quiet, tasteful, attractive. Yes, it's more expensive than your cheap asian restaurant, but the food is outstanding, the portions generous, service excellent, and peaceful.
An excellent dining experience.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my fiancé’s birthday dinner. She loves Indian and Passage to India never fails. Great service, excellent food and good atmosphere. Thank you for making a special even more special. And thank you for never failing.

KS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant- great food, wide variety and fine waiters. It is our favorite Indian restaurant in Bethesda.

T
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cuisine was amazing! The dishes were broken down by region so aside from an amazing mealy you got a little history lesson on what region each dish originated from. The entire staff was courteous, attentive and above board in all respects.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Indian Cuisine

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been enjoying their great food for years. It is not the most flashy restaurant in Bethesda but it has amazing food and great service. Always a hit!

PK
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Passage to India consistently serves great food from all the regions of India. They have great ambiance, well trained staff and it is probably the best Indian restaurant in the DMV area for an overall great experience.

k
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and highly attentive servers. We will come back.

M
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Indian restaurant with an exceptionally varied menu and superb flavors. Nice decor. Attentive service.

B
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice food much variety and excellent service would recommend highly

KG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
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 on August 22, 2019
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
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service very good deliciously seasoned selections lovely atmosphere

AS
Washington DC
13 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
23 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
32 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
2 reviews
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.

OT
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
7 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
16 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

BC
Washington DC
78 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
43 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.