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Passage to India Restaurant

4931 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2508
+1 301-656-3373
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good39%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Open Now
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM Hours
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4931 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2508
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Authentic Indian food in a refined atmosphere. The noise level is low, so you can have a nice conversation with friends while enjoying dishes to share. The menu includes dishes from several regions of India, so there is something for everyone.

Thank Ted G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I dined at Passage to India with my husband after noticing the restaurant a few weeks ago when I was driving around the area. We were very intrigued because the menu highlights different regional dishes from India. Shortly after being seated we were given a...More

Thank BroadwayK
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Another reviewer had written that they learned that this restaurant purposeful tones down the spices to appease the American palate. That you should ask for Indian Spice when ordering if you want to actually taste it. Is this true? Because I was really excited about...More

Thank JSinDC
Reviewed June 25, 2018 via mobile

The dinner was fantastic. All the dishes we ordered were savory and tasty. Fortunately the dishes were not too spicy and it accommodated everyone in the family. The Nhan breads were also excellent. Take note that delivery requires between 60 to 90 minutes

Thank Yves-Louis P
Reviewed April 22, 2018

I love Indian food and this restaurant has some of the best I have had since leaving London. They offer food from four different culinary regions of India and choosing what to have is a struggle, because they all sound so delicious. So I had...More

Thank Deborah H
Reviewed April 3, 2018

Wonderful evening with excellent good quality and authentic food. We were delighted. For starters, we had tomato soup, mix vegetable bhaji and chicken tikka. For the main course, we had bharta, anjeer kofta, achari chicken and kaali daal with rice and naan. Anjeer kofta was...More

Thank traveldoc147
Reviewed February 10, 2018

Bethesda has a number of Indian restaurants, but Passage to India has been the star of the crown since it opened around the turn of the century. The range of dishes is exceptional and you’ll find menu options you won’t see in other restaurants. The...More

Thank Bob T
Reviewed January 28, 2018

This is a small, wonderful restaurant with dishes you don't always see and typical Indian restaurants. The service is excellent and so its everything on the menu. The samosa was excellent with a fantastic yoghurt sauce;; the vegan fritter platter was delicious. There are some...More

Thank Jerome B
Reviewed December 21, 2017 via mobile

Hey fancy Decour makes you feel special. The lentil soup is to die for. Every dish I’ve had has been delicious.

Thank Kathi K
Reviewed December 11, 2017

Excellent Service and Food --- I am glad that I chose Passage to India =it's small, clean and the service was outstanding and the food was delicious. I am veg. and I recommended it highly. AW

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$13 - $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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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.
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