PTI has consistently good food. That is why we return. Brought friends this time who had never been previously
Always delicious and interesting! Unusual food. Nice service tho a bit rushed.
Passage contributes to be my best restaurant to eat Indian vegetarian food 👍
Nice food freshly prepped .. white glove service ... white linen tablecloths!
Great place to get together for lunch w friends or coworkers
The chef-owner at Passage to India has a talent for creating unique dishes from not just one part of India, but from any part (north, south, east or west) that you desire. The walls are decorated with art from the Mughal period, with other paintings and sculpture from ancient India, and all of this makes you feel like you have been transported to a fine restaurant in Delhi or Mumbai. Passage to India has no equal in Montgomery County, and finer Indian restaurants in the District should be wary lest they be overtaken by this gem of Bethesda.
This is one of our favorite restaurants. It's food (Indian) is outstanding. the menu is organized by regions of India -- north, south, east, west -- and each section has about an equal number of meat and vegetarian dishes. The ambiance is quiet, sophisticated but relaxed. The service is attentive without being intrusive. We strongly recommend it for Indian food lovers and especially for vegetarians.
Passage to India was the perfect dinning experience for an out-of-towner. I was asked to select a restaurant with great food, quiet enough for conversation, great service, and comfortable. I immediately decided on Passage to India, particularly because my husband and I have always enjoy that restaurant. My guest was particularly enchanted. He convinced me that when he returns to DC, he will definitely dine there again.
We had the chefs entree samplers thali-one vegetarian and one with meat. It was good authentic Indian food.Nice ambience. A good place to spend the evening.
My family and I were very happy to find the Passage to India. The food was very good and the service was attentive and courteous. Well make it a regular for Indian food.
I love this restaurant, which has some of the best Indian food around. It's ambiance is elegant, everyone there is friendly and polite, and when my friend walked in for the first time (I've been there many times), she said Wow! This place is fantastic!
Delicious garlic naan, saag paneer, rice pudding for dessert. The people are so nice and the food is delicious. They have the best Indian food in the Bethesda area.
The restaurant is very tastefully decorated and noise levels are low. The service was okay, though one of the waiters tried to take food away before we were done. The menu is quite long and I like the concept of having food from different parts of India. The food was rather bland, even the dish I requested to be made spicy. Nice but very mild seekh kabab appetizer, the kosha mangsho ( lamb dish) was good. The onion kulcha was gOod too. The malvani vegetable curry was flavorless with lentils and a piece of carrot and potato— not authentic at all. At this price point, I expect better food.
While I have dined here previously, the flavors of my meal on this occasion seemed to be deeper and more complex without being overpoweringly spicy. I must confess to having eaten the sauce for my chicken tiki masala with a spoon. We also had a gluten free guest with us who was highly satisfied with both her options and her meal.
The best Indian restaurant in Washington! Will visit again!
The ubiquitous chicken tikka was exceptionally good as was the dal.
Passage to India is still enjoyable, but it is getting a little tired and lacks the sparkle it used to have. We were there at the end of a long holiday weekend, and the food seemed less freshly prepared than usual, as though it had been prepared earlier and then sat on a warming tray.
Excellent food and service. Will definitely be going back.
Nice choice for a special occasion, but we felt the services was not up to the prices. The menu offers a nice variety of Indian foods and there were many interesting selections. Everything we ordered was enjoyed. But, as an example, of the persons had no fork at his place setting and after being served had to catch the attention of someone, to ask for a fork. One of the servers spilled water and an ice cube when refilling the water glass, and we had to wait for our waitress to get her to put extra napkins under the area that was wet.
Great variety and tasty food. Planning to come back soon.
Passage to India is our favorite Indian restaurant in Bethesda, MD. We love the flavorful food and the wonderful service they provide for us.
Nice atmosphere, great “chef’s choice” 3-course meal with veggie options.
Had an excellent birthday dinner. freezing out so barely anyone there. Food is very good, service attentive and friendly. Usually groupon or living social available.
Three of us ate here on New Years night. The staff was very accommodating, making suggestions for us, who are family with Indian food, as well as for other guests who were less so. The crowd was a mix of regulars and first timers. The food was excellent, complemented by the great service. Conveniently located near parking and not far from Metro.
We went for a friend's group New Year's Eve dinner. Were gracious in accepting and adjusting the reservation, which changed number a couple of times. Food is delicious and satisfied a broad spectrum of palates. Refined ambiance with low noise level allowed for conversation of group without necessity of shouting. Will return to this favorite.
We were so disappointed on Xmas Eve. We have been here before, but the quality and service have declined. We did not know who our waiter was, and both were brusque with us although it was not crowded. The appearance of the food was not appealing, and the rice was extremely dry. Even the spoonful of fennel seeds at the exit was stale and dry. We are so sorry. We know Passage has a long history in Bethesda but don't know if we will return
Very well prepared and wide-ranging Indian food. We liked that there were dishes for everyone--both spicy and not. The restaurant is very pretty with soft colors. Perhaps best of all--it is quiet enough to have a conversation without screaming at your dining partners.
Delicious Indian food from all regions of the country. Plenty of vegan options plus wonderful tandoori entrees as well. Garlic naan is very good, also enjoyed the Gulab Jamun for dessert.
I've been to Passage to India before and enjoyed my meal, so maybe they were having a bad night. Service was really off. When we arrived, we let the host know the name for our reservation. Rather than seating us, he answered the phone and proceeded to spend the next 10 minutes describing (to whoever was on the phone) the ingredients in several dishes. When we were seated, the wait staff took another 10 minutes to bring us menus, although the restaurant was at least half empty. The food was average - not bad, but not good enough to merit returning to this restaurant.
Great get together for lunch and service and food is consistently good
Service great; food very good, though the vegetarian dish I had needed a little more spice.
The food was not particularly good. And on a cold evening, they did not even have a coat rack for my woolen overcoat. It wound up on the floor.
Superb Indian food with a choice of regions. Excellent service. Lovely ambience. Best Indian restaurant in area.
Excellent restaurant. Not the stereotypical Indian Vegetarian restaurant, but great food from every area of India (chicken, lamb, etc.). I could eat there 3 times a week and never be bored.
We frequently dine at Passage to India because the food is excellentand authentic (with several Indian regions represented). Service is always attentive. Best of all, even when the restaurant is full, you can have a conversation with your tablemates without screaming.
As lovers of Indian food, we had been to Passage to India once almost two years ago and were underwhelmed, so we were surprised when another couple of friend of ours pushed for a double date there. We have never been so happy to be proved wrong!
We basically followed all of the suggestions of our waiter, ordered one entree from every region on the menu, and split everything. It was phenomenal. Flavorful, interesting, and oh-so-perfect for a cold winter evening. Even the garlic naan — something you'd expect to taste roughly the same at most Indian restaurants — was particularly excellent. We will definitely be back!
Food is brought too fast. You feel like you are being hurried through the meal even though no one was waiting for a table. We had not finished our appetizers and the main entrees were there. The servers whisked our appetizer plates away and instructed us to use the "big plates to finish the appetizer".
The food is hit or miss. Overall its decent food but not the best.
Great Indian food. Everything very good! I would go again for sure
Always wonderful service and great food
I love the fact that’s it’s good for conversation and get together for any occasion .. but mostly for quietly spending time w friends or business lunch ..
always esthetics of white glove service w white table cloth...& great food wins me and keeps me coming back !
My favorite Indian restaurant in Montgomery County - superb on all levels
Food was better last time. Not so much this time. There were four of us- we ordered four dishes, and two appetizers- plenty of food but most of it was just mediocre. We had been there before and had an excellent meal but not this time. There are so many good Indian restaurants and this was such a disappointment this time.