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Passage to India Restaurant

4931 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2508
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Ranked #65 of 296 restaurants in Bethesda
Price range: $11 - $23
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Old Georgetown Road (Route 187)
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75% Recommend
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English first
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61 reviews 61 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

There are many Indian restaurants in this area, and there can be a "sameness" to their offerings. The food in these different restaurants is generally good but often it tastes as if it all could have been made in the same kitchen or using the same recipe. We had not been back to Passage to India in a long time;... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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570 reviews 570 reviews
271 restaurant reviews
219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Passage to India has an excellent concept, a menu organized by regions of India. The restaurant is decorated in eclectic Indian style with elegant white table ambiance. Service is attentive and helpful. We really appreciated the variety of flavors in our foods, superior to any Indian restaurant we been at in the Washington, DC area, including certain highly praised downtown... More

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I am Indian and I don't usually eat at Indian restaurants as I find them pretty generic. Passage to India offers dishes from four quadrants of India. For those who are not familiar to Indian cooking besides chicken tikka masala, this is the best place to try different cuisines of India. Bohri Murgi was the best chicken I ever had... More

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Pittsburgh, PA
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76 reviews 76 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Grew up eating Indian food, moved around the U.S. always hoping to find good Indian restaurants and have been successful. However, this was not a good experience at all. The decor is interesting, the staff attentive and the food was dreadful. The chicken chunks in my Coorgi Murg were not quite rock hard but dense and extremely chewy. I felt... More

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Bethesda, Maryland, United States
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87 reviews 87 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We love this place. The decor is authentic. The food is really well prepared and served. The menu has food from all areas of India which makes it most interesting.

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Washington DC
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101 reviews 101 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

My parents and I went to Passage to India last week for the first time. We loved it! The menu offers a wide variety of appetizers, main dishes, sides, breads, etc. We got the crab appetizer to share, and then two of us had the chicken masala and one had the shrimp curry. We also had a lentil side, a... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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68 reviews 68 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

My wife and I visited Passage to India in February on a Living social voucher that gave us an extraordinary value. The decor of the restaurant was very appealing and unrushed. The availability of menu items from four regiions of India was appealing. On top of that, Tandoori options were offered. I hoped for seafood; unfortunately, except for shrimp, only... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We went to Passage to India to celebrate a birthday. The atmosphere was excellent! The music was not to our taste but it was tolerable. Food was very good. The yellow dal had a liquid consistency and the flavor wasn't as good as the black dal. The black one was excellent. The chicken makhani was excellent, flavored just right. The... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

Generally enjoyed the food on previous occasions. This time it looked and tasted as if the chef was in a hurry and tossed in a lot of undercooked onions and other garnish as filler. Lamb chops land chicken lacked flavor. Disappointed.

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Maryland USA
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

After reading a review in the Washington Post, my wife and I decided to try this restaurant. As lovers of Indian food (and frequent travellers to India), we are always looking for great local Indian restaurants. The food was excellent. The service was a little slow but the meal was a treat. Of greatest interest was the menu. It was... More

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