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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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Sun 12:00 - 14:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
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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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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68 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 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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61 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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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110 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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
North Bethesda, Maryland
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

You will like the food here as long as you like Indian food as they cook everything that we tried real well. My friends ordered a lamb appetizer which they raved about. Anything chicken here was as tender as can be. So quite simply the price is right for the higher quality. I thought that their appetizers were generous but... More 

Thank Gregory George H
Washington, DC
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214 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

First time here, loved it!! Great staff, nice dining room, terrific food - a true geographic "walk" around India. Can't wait to go back. Every dish looked fantastic. We chose the sampler dishes which were perfect for us - plenty of selection and good for one, not too worry!

Thank donc880
Bethesda, Maryland
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70 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

We've been to this restaurant several times over the years but not recently. As before the atmosphere was pleasant, the service perfectly good but the dishes were bland, blander that we remember them being. Being English we've had many Indian meals and here lies the secret. We discussed the lack of spice with the management and they said that in... More 

Thank gillraynut

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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, Business meetings, Child-friendly, 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?