We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Passage to India Restaurant

$$
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
4931 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2508 (Old Georgetown Road (Route 187))
301-656-3373
Today
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 37 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 13
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A gem in every way

Although this Indian restaurant does not get the buzz that others do it has it all - a menu that is a virtual tour of India - excellent preparations - interesting decor - good service - and fair prices. Why go elsewhere

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 30, 2015
DavidWashingtonDC
,
Washingotn DC
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Reservations
Add Photo Write a Review

37 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Washingotn DC
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Although this Indian restaurant does not get the buzz that others do it has it all - a menu that is a virtual tour of India - excellent preparations - interesting decor - good service - and fair prices. Why go elsewhere

Was this review helpful? Yes
Silver Spring, Maryland
Top Contributor
329 reviews 329 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We had a hankering for Indian food and settled down to lunch at Passage to India surrounded by lovely portraits of pre-Colonial era royalty and scenes of ancient battle. Unlike at any Indian restaurant I've been to before, the menu was organized by not only North and South Indian, but also by East and West...which made for some unusual dishes... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We decided to stay home on New Year's Eve and try something different. Having moved from NY, where we enjoy good Indian food, we decided to give Passage to India a try, with modest expectations. We were very pleasantly surprised! Three out of four dishes presented flavor profiles better than we had in NY. Our only critique (?) is that... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Marco Island, Florida
Top Contributor
152 reviews 152 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Four of us for dinner, plus an infant. They found us a perfect booth sort of off to ourselves so as to avoid the baby possibly bothering anyone. We shared two appetizers and four different entrees. All delicious and perfectly prepared. No duds. But one real stand out:the chicken tikka masala. Absolutely the best I have ever eaten anywhere. Topped... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Okay, I'll admit up front that I'm not a fan of dishes with curry, or cumin really. So why am I dining at an Indian restaurant? To humor my newly wedded daughter and her husband who rave about this particular restaurant. Must say that in the end I'm the humored one. The staff here obviously aim to please, preparing my... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bethesda
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Silver Spring, Maryland
Top Contributor
624 reviews 624 reviews
299 restaurant reviews
258 helpful votes 258 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
West Palm Beach, Florida
Senior Reviewer
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pittsburgh, PA
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Passage to India Restaurant also viewed

 

Been to Passage to India Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

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: 301-656-3373

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 23
  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Passage to India Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?