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Passage to India Restaurant

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4931 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2508 (Old Georgetown Road (Route 187))
+1 301-656-3373
11:30 - 14:00
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Mon - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
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Bethesda, Maryland
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I dine at Passage to India several times a year. The service is extremely attentive, and the food is always excellent. In particular, I recommend the Samosa Chaat, and the spicy Goan fish.

Thank Elisabeth G
Bethesda, Maryland
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189 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I don't know why I don't come here more often. Stopped for lunch and had the shrimp curry. I could drink a gallon of the creamy tomato curry sauce. The black lentils are delicious and the naan was nice and warm - perfect to sop up the lentils and curry. Their rice pudding is amazing too - I especially love... More 

Thank RAR1126
Bethesda, Maryland
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421 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Among the many Indian restaurants that have cropped up in the region, this place is the most formal in ambiance, with special decorative features, most likely imported from India. Just the front door itself is quite unique. The food is also better than average. Dinner begins with a serving of thin wafers served with three small pots of dip. I... More 

Thank Margaret C
Bolton, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We went as a family ( 4 of us) to try this restaurant. Our son who lives in Bethesda had been before and recommended it. We all had different food and each meal was excellent. There were different meats, different levels of spice in each meal and all the food was very tasty and well cooked. We will certainly be... More 

Thank GaryWS2013
Gingins, Switzerland
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22 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Had a great feed here. There were 6 folk, a business meeting. There was a diverse menu - plenty of vegetarian options - good service. We had a bottle of red which wasn't too bad. Prices seemed OK, not cheap but not bad. Overall a good experience. Quiet so easy to speak. The Indian music they did have wasn't intrusive.

Thank scottpoynton
Bethesda, MD
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71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

As locals, we keep coming back here because we know that we can expect good service and management. We like to explore different Indian cuisines, and this place allows us to travel east, north, south or west. We've lived in Bangladesh, and can vouch for the east cuisine here as authentic. We've traveled to Northern India and feel that the... More 

Thank winxalot
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

We ordered the garlic naan, the salmon and shalgam goat.. The goat was bone-in so the flavor was extremely fragrant. The salmon was crunchy on the outside and soft well cooked on the inside.. Better than what I could have done at home infused with flavors.. The garlic naan was as good as I remember.. The service was excellent.. A... More 

Thank Rolly H
Spring, Texas, United States
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62 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

We have been to several Indian restaurants in the Bethesda area. For a sit down dining experience, this was our fave. The ambiance was nice. We took our 3 small kids under the age of 10. They did pretty well. A little loud for the environment. Service was prompt. We were well watered and looked after. My kids loved the... More 

Thank Jennifer Z
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11 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Restaurant offers food from different regions of India for diners looking for more than the usual Punjabi dishes available in most Indian restaurants. Pleasant ambience, surprisingly off hand service at dinner. Would go back to explore the variety of regional dishes offered.

Thank idli
Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
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21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

this is a particularly good value for lunch but is an elegant dinner destination as well. the service is excellent, as are the breads. the environment is appropriate to the cuisine.

Thank Stephen R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 13 - US$ 23
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4931 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2508
    (Old Georgetown Road (Route 187))
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: +1 301-656-3373
Passage to India brings the so far unheard of regional Indian specialties to this city. Passage to India is beyond just an Indian restaurant - the dishes you eat are traditional recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation in kitchens - both, royal and domestic. The kitchen prepares all food to order thereby preserving the aromas of freshly ground spices and herbs. Having worked professionally for world class hotels in India, Chef Sudhir Seth brings a rich knowledge of dishes and recipes to fore.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?