Il Canale

4.5
2501 reviews
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Located in the heart of Georgetown, il Canale offers the most authentic Neapolitan pizza in DC, thin-crust made by our Italian pizzaiolos cooked in a wood-fired oven imported from Italy. The kitchen offers a menu that brings our native country to your table with every selection—antipasti, pastas, seafood, meat, fresh bufala mozzarella from Italy, and much more. The attractive blue-lit, full bar specializes in select Italian wines. In warm weather, dine alfresco at the sidewalk tables or on the roof-top terrazza overlooking the Georgetown scene.
Be sure to check out our lunch menu, featuring delicious paninis made with our fresh bread baked instantly in our wood fire brick oven and four new pasta items. Our happy hour, from 4-7 pm Monday-Friday, features all drinks at 1/2 price! (Happy Hour restricted to bar area).
Coming down from M Street, il Canale is the 2nd restaurant on the left.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Calamari was fried perfect but sauce was watery and bland. Food overall was decent but could have been better Service was very good.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

What was once a great place to dine has become a tacky, tourist stop. The rude man at the front door handing out free pizza should have been the sign to run. Our waitress Maria was lovely, but the remaining staff was rude and unfriendly. I will not go back ever again. Food was not that great at all.

a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is great, authentic Italian made by people who know what they're doing with Italian food. In a place like DC, that's not as common as in a place like NYC. My only major critique of Il Canale is that it is not a place where they really let you linger too much. It's very noisy and chaotic due to the fact that there is always a line of people out the door, so it's hard to have a peaceful, relaxing meal here.

JN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The food was disappointing. The service was ok. I ordered the carbonara and It was plain. It did not have flavor. It came with two strips of bacon on top. It was barely seasoned or peppered. I paid $20+ for a plate of Carbonara. The Gnocchi alla bolognese was ok. The sauce was not very good at all.

m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The balcony was great on a summer pm.

DH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This restaurant was our second choice for our anniversary dinner. I made a reservation ahead of time, for Friday August 16 at 6PM. It wasn't very crowded yet, so it wasn't necessary.

When we got to the restaurant, they were giving samples of pizza for people to try. Unfortunately, the man waiting the entrance and the pizza was too invested in talking to a pretty woman who came over to try a sample to notice us standing there for almost a minute. When he finally noticed us, I said my name and the time of the reservation, and his co worker who appeared behind him when I was saying things recognized my reservation, not the guy who was manning the entrance...

I requested in my reservation to have a rose and a candle at our table if possible. I also specified it was our anniversary. Nothing I requested was done (except for the default candle at everyone's tables) but oh well.

The food was pretty amazing. We got pizzas. Very oily and my intestines did not thank me the next day, but it was worth it. Price didn't break the bank either.

Even though it wasn't too crowded yet, my husband and I had to repeat what we said to each other a few times. I also saw a fly or two around, and they liked to land in the parmesan cheese I sprinkled onto my pizza...maybe have a lid on it during the summer?

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was excellent

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and excellent service! Had a table outside and ordered the lasagna and gnocchi. Excellent!! Definitely will try the pizza next time! Highly recommend!!

EB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Went to a birthday dinner there on 8/14/19. I just think I picked a poor spot to have a celebration. I was disappointed in the whole thing. The server was very nice, but I had to ask where are drinks were after our appetizers came. Food was okay, but no one raved about any of our choices - lasagna, carbonara, pizza, gnocchi and seabass. Probably pizza was the best. I don't see a reason to return when there are other better choices.

L
Baltimore
42 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The pizza Was soggy and tasteless very disappointed and ingredients are not top quality and price is hi!
The service is awful... the only thing going for them is location and tourists ! Otherwise they should close the business

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Magic pizza. Mental buzz in the place.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bruschetta was amazing! I went with a friend on a busy Saturday night and our food came out very quickly. Great food, great service. It took about 10 minutes to get seated past our reservation time, but it was so busy that it was no problem.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! Definitely will return!

WH
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well, it’s been a wonderful day in DC. Temperatures in the mid 80’s, partly cloudy and a breeze!! So we chose to dine outside. The Italian-style charcuterie appetizer was wonderful (2-3 size was plenty for 4). Two guests ordered the lasagne and were pleased...not spicy and baked in its own dish, not too big. The seafood pasta was tasty for another and the lamb chops and potatoes were quite delicious to another. We’d definitely return!

MA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Canale is the perfect Italian Pizzeria with authentic Italian Pizza's Love their new Mortedella Pizza, the Italia is to live for. Enjoy the food and the service. This is a must stop on any trip to Georgetown.

LF
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, Nice little restaurant in Georgetown. Pizzas were very good as well as pasta dishes.

JG
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best napolitan pizza on Washington DC. Love thé place 😀

AA
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding! Authentic cuisine! Excellent wine selection and impeccable service!!!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good, good portions

K
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from Anna - there whenever we needed something. We added one to our table at the last minute and it was no problem to the host. For a Georgetown location, the prices were very reasonable. Sat in the rooftop seating area and it was comfortable with just enough city noise/ambiance without being distracting. The pizza(s) were excellent with the right balance of cheese/sauce/toppings and a good chewy crust with the perfect amount of flavor/salt. Plenty of parking in nearby garages (even on a Friday) for about 20-25 bucks. I'll definitely eat at Il Canale again.

HB
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fantastic service - would really recommend for anyone in Georgetown

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great just like always.

CM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The host seemed annoyed rather than pleased that our diverse group of 5 had made a reservation via OpenTable. We were seated about 10 mn after our reservation time and watched others walk up and appear to be seated directly. We were after a few minutes asked to wait inside. Unsure of the reasoning behind this but given the lack of welcome and the other factors I am left to make rather unpleasant assumptions. The food was excellent, as it was the last time I dined here. However it is quite doubtful I would subject another group of out of town friends to a similar experience.

MH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I've been to Il Canale many times and this was a really disappointing experience. I was seated upstairs with my significant other, where it was extremely loud - most tables had a lot of young children. Our appetizer (eggplant parm) was brought to us cold, and when we told our server, she took it back, but then didn't bring us new one until we followed up 20 minutes later (after our other food had already arrived). The server wasn't apologetic or friendly at all. Over the years, this restaurant has become a tourist trap and the quality of the food has definitely declined. I won't be coming back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Canale rarely disappoints. Food is great. There’s usually a lively crowd and the restaurant often is pretty full, but they seat you quickly and the food comes out fast.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

First off, the service here was good with attentive people trying to do right, but the problem is that the food was just plain poor.
The manager tried to fix things and replaced our “lobster” ravioli, which had an off texture, with a what unfortunately tasted like a previously frozen, old Branzino.
I’d say stick to the pizza here...at least the sample they had on the hostess table was tasty.

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for pizza. Will defo be back. Any uk visitors should head their ASAP!!

CV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loud inside, but quiet outside on the balcony. Great service!

k
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food & service! Ricardo was awesome! Outside table was fun on a nice summer night. Will be even better once the road construction is finished. We'll be back next time we're in town.

KS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing… And our server was super helpful and encouraging!

ML
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

There wasn't anything wrong with Il Canale. There just wasn't anything great. Our server was incredibly meh -- no engagement and seemingly no interest in being there. The food was average. We were put in the room farthest from the door so I don't know how that 'ranks' in the restaurant. We had our two daughters (17 and 9) and were put in the room with other families (two families with loud young kids). I get it: we have kids so we have to go where the kids go. But clearly that wasn't the room with much energy (assuming you don't count a kid's energy as lively, interesting Italian restaurant energy). Like I said: nothing wrong with the place but I won't go back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my boyfriends birthday I had made the reservation under my name I just forgot to put it’s his birthday so the waiters probably thought it was mine lol I’ll remember to write to the name next time. Thank you so much for making my boyfriends day special.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful . Boise was very low because we were sitting outside and the street was closed (no traffic because construction work). So this was a wonderful experience.

SK
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant! Great food and service. Too bad there aren't better acoustics. It is very noisy and makes it difficult to converse with other guests at your own table if the restaurant is full. Other than that, amazing!!

OI
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met with friends from out of the country. They were very happy. And the wait staff was very friendly.

DJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Two years ago, my husband and I took our teenaged niece to Il Canale for her birthday. This year she requested to go again.

Y
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pavle is an amazing host. He makes sure you are well taken care of. Rosa is on topof things.

m
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little pricy, but so delicious! The employees were all so nice and the whole atmosphere was enjoyable. Definitely a must when in the area.

JA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had reservations which are a must. Chicken was a bit chaotic but went quickly. Food is excellent . Hard to have conversation with the noise.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and atmosphere here!

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