Passage to India - Bethesda

4.7
657 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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vipDebbieT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was terrific !!!!

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vipFiji9
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food quiet setting with friend

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vipMartialFoodie
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on 30 May 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 28 May 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 20 May 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
13 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, amazing food and the most gracious service.

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vipBethesdaveteran
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always great quality indian food.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 25 April 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
32 reviews
Dined on 17 April 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 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MellieMel
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, attentive service and the food was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service! Food was delicious and came out quickly.

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NasseA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Passage to India was a wonderful dining experience.

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vipRichardB
Washington DC
659 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Passage to India is an attractive and quiet place to dine alone or s a couple who want to converse over an unhurried meal. The decor is attractive and the staff is friendly, but not intrusive. What brings me back again and again is the menu, which is extensive and reflects the great variety of India's regional cuisines I usually do not have an appetizer when I have lunch, but the appetizers at Passage to India are so outstanding that I almost always have one. The scallop appetizer is particularly flavorful. As to parking, I have never had a problem finding a space in the county garage across the street.

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vipEdwardL
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Passage to India is our favorate Indian restaurant because the quality of the food and it’s preparation are excellent. We would recommend it to anybody wanting great food and subtle use of spices.

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vipCanta
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend & I were the only ones in the restaurant during lunch. During this time of COVID, I don’t know how they are surviving, altho I’m sure they have a thriving take-out business.. The food — chicken tikka masala, palak paneer, lentil stew & garlic naan — was spectacular & out of this world delicious! We highly recommend this restaurant!

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HopeA
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Play some soft music in the background. It would greatly help with the vibe.

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vipWallace
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious meal.

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vipWallace
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best food. Glad to be back at the restaurant.

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vipWallace
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad it's open again and good to be back at the restaurant...always delicious...

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vipPamelaS
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Passage to India is a serene place to enjoy a broad range of Indian specialties. The decor is soothing and the service attentive but not hovering.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Buena experiencia

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HowardS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This among our favorite restaurants. The food is always excellent, the service very attentive, and the atmosphere is welcoming, comfortable and conducive to conversation.

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DanielS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The food was great.

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vipTomaszM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not the largest portions compared to other Indian restaurants but the variety and quality now then make up for their size. Wonderful food, highly recommend.

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BuddhaP
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Menu item names are fancy but actual preparation are far from real. We are living in US for almost 50 years, ate in more than 100 Indian restaurants. Two of us originally from East India and two from North. So, we are very familiar with most types of Indian food. We ordered one item from east, one from down south and one from north. Ironically, all have the same gravy, have nothing to do with the region. Even tandur chicken was burnt. I wish they change the fancy names.

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vipLogicGal
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best choice to go here for Valentine’s dinner! The food and service were excellent, the ambience was nice, and the restaurant was not crowded :)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambience for Valentine’s Day lunch at our favorite Indian restaurant. Delicious food, wonderful service, and setting. We will be back.

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Bossbuddy1
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious especially the lamb. The wine is reasonably priced and the wait staff were very friendly and courteous. Overall, a very nice dining experience.

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vipStephenL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Passage to India is consistently excellent. The food is delicious, the ambiance is very nice, and the service is excellent.

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vipLPG1
Washington DC
258 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner though some dishes fell short of wonderful. We loved the chicken tikka, but the fish curry had very little flavor. We will definitely return.

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nancyc
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent variety of Indian food from various regions in India. Reasonable prices although it is not cheap. Very high quality of preparation and excellent service in an attractive restaurant, combined with a quiet ambiance.

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vipDonnaV
Washington DC
123 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This place is notable for the menu arranged by region. They have dishes you are not likely to see elsewhere, with varied choices of meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan from different areas of India, along with general sections of appetizers and breads. The food is excellent and the prices attractive.It took a while for the server to take our order, but once that happened, our drinks and meal came promptly. The room is small, so despite the high ceiling, you hear your neighbors even when it's not full, but it's not distressingly loud.

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Petunia
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Indian food and wine.

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nina
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely incredible experience. The food was fantastic and the service was great. They were very helpful in helping us select dishes from their menu. We ended up trying the chef's selection which came with preselected appetizers and small sizes of the entree portions which was great to try many things! Would definitely come again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, great service

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vipPradeepS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with excellent service 👍

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Flamingogal
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious variety of Indian food. Beautiful ambience. Great service and value.

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