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“One of the Best Authentic Indian Food I've had” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Passage to India Restaurant

Passage to India Restaurant
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Ranked #44 of 347 Restaurants in Bethesda
Price range: $13 - $23
Cuisines: Indian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Old Georgetown Road (Route 187)
Description: 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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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“One of the Best Authentic Indian Food I've had”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

Went to Passage for the 3rd time, food is always good and consistent, staff are nice and attentive..We didn't have our reservation so we had to wait for at least 25 mins. But it's all worth the wait :) Lesson learned esp on a Saturday night...Highly recommended :)

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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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193 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Limited Menu - Flavors Just Okay”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

We visited this restaurant to celebrate a birthday and were disappointed with the pretty limited menu and the flavors of the food we ordered. The portions were a bit small, too. I understand the desire to have regional cuisine from the four quadrants of India, but the lack of depth in the menu and the seeming repetitive flavors in the four dishes we ordered left me disappointed with the restaurant.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
“Very good Indian food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

Interesting menu - broken down by cuisines of different regions of India. Fun to know. The crab dish I ordered was exquisite. Since I was dining alone, I ordered off the appetizer menu - a nice way to sample more than one dish. The apple and yam dish was a little too strongly spiced for my tastes (but I ate it anyway). I think it's a matter of preference. The music was very subtle and not overpowering or loud, which I appreciated. I'd like to go again just to try out some of those other enticing menu items.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham, AL
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178 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Unusual and authentic Indian food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2012

This is a very nice Indian restaurant with some unusual dishes in addition to the more typical North Indian tandoori and curries. Their menu is divided into North, East, South and West Indian courses. Unlike a lot of Indian restaurants, their dishes have a lot of texture to them. The goat curry and the baigan (egg plant curry) were both very good, albeit a little on the bland side for my palate. It's not the cheapest Indian you can get, but overall it's well worth a visit. I will probably go again next time I'm in the Bethesda area.

Visited March 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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92 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Sample the regional cuisines of India in Bethesda”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 29, 2012

This is a really nice Indian restaurant with a lot of dishes that I have not seen elsewhere. The chutney ni murgi - chicken in spicy cilantro sauce - is highly recommended. Dinner is quite pricey, but the lunch menu is very reasonably priced.

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