Passage to India - Bethesda

4.6
682 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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vipKlaus
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I happened across Passage about 6 years ago and I've been going back regularly ever since. It's one of the old line restaurants in Bethesda but consistently excellent. I've never had a single item on the menu (and I've cut a fairly wide swath through the menu) that was anything less than very good. Just about everything has been excellent. The atmosphere is more on the formal side and the dining room quiet. While the wine list is on the short side, there are a number of choices that go well with Indian food. And the choices for vegetarians are very well represented.

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vipJeff
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Maybe it’s covid, but we waited about 20 minutes to place an order. And then it took another 45 minutes for the food to arrive. Never was asked for a drink order. The food was ok but not special. Disappointing

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PeterS
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this restaurant! The best food and beautiful setting!!!!

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WilliamM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a delicious dinner and will be a new tradition. Ambience, food, service and value are all A+. Where else can you get such a variety of Indian cuisines??

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CatherineB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful meal at Passages of India--everything we chose was prepared expertly and tasted good. The service was outstanding but not intrusive. Any questions we had about specific dishes were patiently answered. I couldn't resist the tandoori lamb chops!

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vipMarvinF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service in a beautiful, authentic setting.

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Ranjan
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The ambience was very good. The place is nicely decorated, and quiet. The service was great. We loved it.
The food was good and tasty. The cuisine is traditional North Indian; not innovative. One entree is good for two people. However, the salad served with entrees could be better. Thickly diced carrots should be replaced with cucumber and sliced cherry tomatoes; they don't jive well with tender lettuce.

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Brian
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Passage to India is a great restaurant, whether for lunch or dinner. Attentive staff offer a wide variety of generous portions in a quiet, cozy, and well-decorated setting.

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The single most civilized restaurant in the entire DC-Maryland-Virginia region. Quiet enough to hear one's table-mates; exquisite decor; the best Indian cuisine outside of India; perfect service.

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vipsharsal
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful variety of food. Delicious, reasonably-priced, brunch of three courses for $14.95.

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CarlH
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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Nancy3s
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food. A real treat to enjoy this long time, authentic restaurant in the neighborhood.

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vipBusinessLunch
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Passage to India was one of my favorite places. I am not sure if the pandemic caused the slide or what. But it took more than 90 mins for us to get our entrees served after ordering. A vegetarian dish was supposed to be a mix of veggies and turned out to be all potato and peas. The lamb dish was served with either overcooked or just tough pieces of lamb. Hugely disappointing. I could see they were much more concerned with the take out orders than with the people dining in. The table across from us was overheard to say that their food took 2 hours. I would have walked out by then.

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vipRationalMind
London
18 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, great service, easy parking. Highly recommended!

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vipRichardB
Washington DC
660 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Passage is one of only three restaurants in the area to which I go regularly. It is consistently very good in all respects. The ambiance is the best in Montgomery County. The only changes I would offer would be a better list of wines by the glass and the availability of espresso.

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vipHappyDining
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious Indian food.
Great service.
Can highly recommend it!

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vipdm65
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant with excellent food. I highly recommend Passage to India.

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vipkeno
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and staff wonderful!! Food tasty and served hot, couldn't be better!

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vipSherbear
San Francisco
129 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Spicy, spicy, spicy, but oh so delicious. Pleasant restaurant serving yummy Indian food. Lamb Vindaloo, Tandoori shrimp, eggplant, chicken in mint sauce….all spicy yummy. Rice helps cool the palate. I’m sure you could ask for the spicyness to be toned down…..or have a nice cool dessert. We opted for ice cream.

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thibird
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great dishes. We loved everything by we got. The okra was excellent! Rogan Josh also very good. Had a little kick! Very kind service staff. A little pricey but a lovely meal.

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vipLPG1
Washington DC
267 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable dinner. Best chicken tikka ever. Well-paced service.

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HamiltonH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I try to get to this restaurant once per year, and they are great. Always a nice quiet experience with good food.

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vipEatoutalot
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family get together

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GustavoC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must visit place. Delicious food and great ambience.

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GlutenFreeFoodie
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Passage to India. The food was absolutely superb with beautiful presentation. Our server was most pleasant and very attentive to our needs. We are looking forward to our next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Sunday brunches I’ve had in a very long time. Really an impressively peaceful, delicious, and well priced meal.

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TeriD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. It’s a small intimate setting. They have a mostly older loyal crowd who come there for the food and quiet. I think we were a bit lively for the others. But no one seemed to mind too much. We had a great time with our friends.

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vipDcfootdoc
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Quiet and staff was amazing! Will be back!

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vipDebbieT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was terrific !!!!

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vipFiji9
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It is a very pleasant restaurant. However, note that they close at 9:30. We arrived at 6:30 mid-week and the restaurant was already pretty busy. So, I guess others knew. Our waitress was wonderful and gave us a nice break between courses but then we and others were asked to leave. The menu is interesting. Unfortunately, nothing we ordered was outstanding. I would go again and order other items.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food quiet setting with friend

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vipMartialFoodie
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exemplary fine Indian cuisine with truly distinctive flavors, nuances, and character with the assertive spiciness (upon request) to amplify the experience. The signature Goat Curry is lively with tomato, clove, black cardamom, and cinnamon as well as a spectrum of textures, while the Tandoori Chicken is smoky, juicy, and savory (even better specially tailor-made spicy)! Their Pulao (Rice) is standout as is the Dal Makhani (Black Lentil)! Their exceptional service matches the elegance and class of the beautiful ambiance. Passage to India is easily one of the best restaurants regardless of cuisine style, certainly the best in Bethesda!

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vipSusan
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Bethesda. I'm so glad it made it through covid

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vipccdiner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, representing the 4 geographical parts of India, is excellent. We were just there for my wife's birthday, since it is her favorite restaurant in the DC area.

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vipDanielK
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, amazing food and the most gracious service.

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vipBethesdaveteran
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always great quality indian food.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! Lovely ambiance and place, just delicious! Been several times and always recommend!

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vipPamelaS
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Passage to India was just as we remembered from the last time we ate there, just prior to the pandemic closure. The elegant dining room and capable service were a welcome change from eating take-out. My tandoori salmon was perfectly done, and my husband's vindaloo authentically spicy. The menu is divided among the culinary traditions of India's regions, as well as specialties from the tandoor, so there is something for everyone.

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LeslieL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is very well made and delicious! I especially LOVE the decoration. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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Passage to India - Bethesda is rated 4.6 stars by 682 OpenTable diners.

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