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Passage to India Restaurant

4931 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2508
+1 301-656-3373
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good43%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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4931 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2508
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Reviews (71)
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This restaurant has an extensive menu sourced from all corners of India but the chef also created from scratch a few of my favourites that were not available on the main menu. The food was excellent, very well presented and the staff were very accommodating...More

Thank P G
Reviewed 1 week ago

My brother and I brought my mother here for Mother's Day. The menu is actually divided by each region of India: North, South, East, and West. We had 3 amazing, vegetarian appetizers and chose a dish from each region to share! The portions were a...More

Thank Lori D
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Passage to India lived up to expectations after seeing it ranked in Washingtonian Magazine's Top 100 for for the past year. The dining area itself is not huge. Just the right size to offer a comfortable dining experience. There are old black and white photos...More

Thank Zell M
Reviewed 16 February 2017

The menu is divided into 4 parts, one for each region of India. I enjoyed dishes from 3 regions plus delicious desert! I was impressed by the service staff. He advised me NOT to get one more dish because it was a bit "too close"...More

Thank Nelson M
Reviewed 10 February 2017

From the moment you open the door your senses are on alert. The aroma of the delicious food, the authentic music and wonderful decor make for a lovely and relaxed evening. We were never rushed, service was excellent, do not miss dessert.

Thank Chloe B
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Delicious food...beautifully presented....upscale atmosphere. Menu is divided according to regions -- a plus for those who like or want to try the cuisine of a particular area. My daughter and I shared a samosa served on a bed of chickpeas. Both the presentation and the...More

Thank H6551XMsharon
Reviewed 5 January 2017

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
Reviewed 22 December 2016 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...More

Thank RAR1126
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...More

Thank Margaret C
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...More

Thank GaryWS2013
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 13 - US$ 23
Lunch, Dinner
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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4931 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2508
    (Old Georgetown Road (Route 187))
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Montgomery County  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: +1 301-656-3373
  • E-mail
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.