Manoli Canoli

4.3
130 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Established in 2006, Manoli Canoli is a family owned and operated, full-service, dining and carry-out restaurant. The proud owner, Stavros Manolakos, along with his wife’s culinary expertise, has perfected the menu to offer the best homemade, mouthwatering, Italian and Greek dishes. Combining old-world charm with some modern-day culinary masterpieces it is a truly unique dining experience for the whole family! Our friendly, experienced staff, with our quality Italian and Greek food, including wonderful gourmet hand tossed New York style pizza pies, scrumptious, hand- made daily mozzarella, imported olive oil and olives from the owner’s orchard in Sparta, Greece, has made Manoli Canoli a popular dining neighborhood destination in the Chevy Chase area .
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4.3based on all time ratings
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4.4
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3.6
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice family owned place to eat

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good. Excellent service. Small family owned restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the pizza and the spanikopita!!! The olive oil is fabulous and I brought a bottle home with me!

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AlexanderB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it!

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AlexanderB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is our favorite place. We have never had a bad meal there. We go once a week.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food warm and friendly family restaurant. Good parking.

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vipMaxineL
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Just okay! Sometimes it better , we are frequent diners

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DeannaO
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always reliably good. Had the penne melanzane. Perfect for eggplant lovers. Delicious and flavorful. Pairs well with soup or salad, but you won't have room for dessert unless you share this dish with a friend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We frequent this restaurant, usually, very good, however this evening things were a bit off? Service was lacking, some food came out ice cold, glass of wine was ordered, but never made it to the table, had to ask to have it removed, from the bill. Just didn't hit the mark this evening!

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vipJacquidG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Manoli Canoli. It is our go-to neighborhood restaurant for family dining. The food is always good and the staff is always welcoming and attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Cute name, not such good food.

Very mediocre food. Chicken parmigiana should not be too difficult for an Italian restaurant but a frozen dinner would have been just as good. Small salad served at the same time as entrees makes no sense. Dessert (tortuffo) not made at restaurant but was the highlight of the meal.

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GustavoC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, big portions, good prices, and welcoming service

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BillM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We love Manoli Canoli. It is the perfect place for a great authentic meal in a neighborhood restaurant. We were especially pleased with the Spanakopitas which were just like our Aunt Kitty used to make so many years ago. As each person took their first bite of the wonderful spinach pies, they all said, "Oh my, that is so delicious!" The mushroom ravioli was also a star of the evening.
To top it off the wait staff was terrific.
Thank you for a great meal .

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vipBethesdaTwoTwo
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent local eatery! We need to come here more frequently!

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vipElizabethK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a hidden "hole in the wall" gem. There are no fancy furnishings or expensive lighting or music. This is just a plain and simple casual restaurant with fantastic food at great prices. They serve a mixture of Greek and Italian dishes and all are excellent! The spanikopita is the best in town!

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vipglenn66dc
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a great experience. The service was very attentive and the food came quickly (we had our toddler with us). The house Olive oil is delicious, we took a bottle home too! The restaurant is very casual and there were a lot of people coming in and out picking up take out. It was pretty loud and chaotic but we didn't feel rushed. We will go back.

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WomenSpendDC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Seating is very cramped, even for slender people. Second visit here, and will look for others. Convenient location, but ok food and just not comfortable at the 2-person tables.

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Mark
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is a great little place and the food was great!! They have Italian and Greek food. They also have a refrigerator with some prepared food that you can take home and heat up. There is parking on the side and in the back of the building. There are a few stairs to do if parking in the back. If you are lucky enough to park on the side, then you just walk right in the front door. I would definitely recommend this place. We made a reservation, but when we arrived there were plenty of tables. But I would always make a reservation.

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vipKarenC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and exceptional family-friendly wait staff.

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vipLKleininDC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were impressed with the food and the staff were especially friendly and helpful. We will plan to return again.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

They were packed full the day we went and were very flustered when we arrived despite a
Reservation.

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John
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I had a a good dining experience. The food was good and staff were friendly. They also were thoughtful and kind to give us a free dessert on Valentine's Day.

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Kyle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The only “knocks” on this place was the ceaser salad and occasionally the service was slow. The salad was thin strips of iceberg lettuce like you would find on a sandwich. Not the right cut for a salad. Otherwise I can not recommend this place enough. The food was outstanding and it is a relaxed family friendly atmosphere. And as you would expect.. the canolies were on point.

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vipCfamily
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Bethesda is lucky to have this unpretentious neighborhood place with fantastic food. Really good food. Every time we go, we love it. Never a disappointing meal. Thanks!!!

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WomenSpendDC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice, pleasant meal! A little cramped, but it is a small place.

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TJinDC1
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were a group of 6 who all enjoyed our food. The service was very good, and the place had a nice, casual vibe to it. Parking in the back made it very convenient. We would definitely go back.

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vipBobby
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good food, good service, warm and friendly local restaurant.

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vipAmandaE
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The location was perfect and couldn’t have been happier to not drive into downtown Bethesda! Between the service and the food we will definitely be back. Thanks to all for a great experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall, it was a great dining experience. The food was flavorful and the service was good. Only real issue was that a family w two screaming toddlers were running around the dining area. Ugh. The dining area is small so there was no escape but outside of that, I would definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great neighborhood Italian. Busy, lots of carryout.

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DeannaO
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food as usual. Always up to par as expected. Greek or Italian menu items are equally palatable and authentic.

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vipBobby
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Chicken parm was excellent. The “big” Greek salad had lots of pita bread but was a bit short of actual salad for a dinner salad.

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vipBobG
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time there in less than a week and we loved it. Very casual and friendly atmosphere where the owner again greeted us. Service and food were excellent. I had the special on both nights and they were very tasty. Prices are reasonable which makes a very easy choice. Try them.

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vipBobG
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manoli Canoli was a real surprise as we live nearby and didn't really know that it was there. Everything about our time there was excellent starting with the owner coming over and to take our drink order where he quickly offered a taste before I selected a bottle of wine. Their menu is very diversified. Our server was very cordial and professional and helpful in our menu selections.My order of the special, flounder was one of the best I've had in that it was perfectly cooked and my wife's sausage and spaghetti was very good. Their desserts were also extremely tasty. The owner came by again as we were leaving giving us a great feeling that they really cared for their customers. We recommend them highly and in fact are returning there tomorrow night to try their early bird specials and their pizzas.

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Averagejoe
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great little restaurant in the heart of Chevy Chase Maryland. The food was cooked to perfection and the service was beyond excellent. We will be back.

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vipLaMar
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I was in the mood for pizza and hadn't been to this place in years, so decided that was enough reason to go. Since I knew what I wanted, I didn't check out the menu too much, but enough to notice that despite the name, this is a combo Italian-Greek spot. Had spanakopita appetizer, it came as five individually filled triangles, instead of portion of a larger pie, with a small salad. They have thin crust & Chicago style pizza, I chose the thin, small size, and the server offered to cook it in the wood oven for crispy crust. The crust was indeed crispy but did not have that stretchy, glutenous quality that some may look for. Everything tasted just fine. Had tiramisu for dessert, above average compared to same dessert at other restaurants I've been to. Service was quick & friendly. They have some trays of prepared & frozen dishes available as well (e.g. lasagna, pastitsio). Very casual atmosphere, seems to get a lot of diners from surrounding neighborhoods (new people would enter and recognize already seated diners). Large window facing Connecticut Ave., with small patio between building and sidewalk. Given Purple Line development projects underway in the immediate area, it remains to be seen how long this restaurant and the building in which it is located will survive.

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Haoleboy96789
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience because Manoli Canoli's people care for their guests and make delicious authentic food. They have Greek and Italian beers.

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vipssnsailor
Richmond
71 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great find. We decided to look up, guess what, Italian Restaurants in Bethesda and low and behold this pops up. Give it a try, WOW. Great food, good wine choice, excellent presentation and spot on service. I would recommend this to anyone looking for fine food. It is unfortunate that the photos of the dishes are not uploadable here.

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kmhp
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good selection of delicious, well presented dishes. White pizza with grilled eggplant was perfect. Need a reservation for Saturday lunch- very busy. Layout is small tables in one open room with windows on one side so plenty of light - and not too noisy. Plenty of parking at the back. Service was fast and courteous. Has the buzz of people enjoying themselves.

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vipOpenTableVIP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried this restaurant for the first time last weekend based on the opentable reviews. What a great neighborhood restaurant. My wife had the chicken parmesan and the breaded chicken was the lightest we have ever had. The food is delicious and the service is great. The manager (owner?) actually thanked us for visiting and shook our hands. We will be back for sure.

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Manoli Canoli does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

Manoli Canoli is rated 4.3 stars by 130 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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