Il Canale

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Italian
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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Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly authentic Italian food. Amazing pizza and don't get too full - dessert was amazing too! we will be back!

SS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were unfortunately disappointed with Il Canale on Saturday night. Our reservation was for 8:15pm - as was far too many other people that were crowded in the forefront of the restaurant. The host was telling everyone that walked up to his stand it would only be "just a few minutes" for a table whether they had a reservation or not. We were actually sat a little after 9pm and were also extremely disappointed in both the pizza, whose toppings were all thrown in the middle of the soggy pie, as well as the lackluster Caeser salad which only consisted of lettuce and the slightest coating of dressing. Throw in two glasses of truly overpriced wine and this was a $75 dinner that wasn't worth more than a visit to one of the chain restaurants that serve a similar line up. We've heard good things from a couple that had been a few years back. That couple accompanied us on Saturday night and will also not likely be back. Thanks for asking our opinion!

a
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My only issue is that they do not keep their reservations well. Every time we go, we make a reservation, and we still have to wait.

BC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Business lunch. Service excellent. Food great. Very good value

TT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aldo was our top notch server again. This guy is always on time with everything. He makes us feel like we are back in Roma again. If possible ask for him or his section. You can thank me later.
PS: Thanks for the free cannoli yelp!!

DC
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Recommend any pizza and lasagna. Lobster ravioli disappointing

JB
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Food is great. Pizza, mains are probably the same quality as other fine Italian restaurants in DC. Althogh the food was great, I'm not sure why I'd need to go back with lots of other choices.

The biggest problem for us was that we were not seated in the main dining room. Rather, we were escorted to the annex dining room upstairs. It felt like an old hospital or something. Very plain walls (okay, yes some expensive photos from a renowned photographer). No, and I mean no architectural details. Just flat walls, no trim on the windows. Plain tables, hard chairs. I felt like we were at the kids table. Plus, all the hard wood and hard surfaces meant it was loud as heck up there. Plus the piped in music just added to the volume.

Again, not sure why I'd go back.

Flavio next time.

FO
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Loved the pizza! Also loved the fresh pasta and light marinara sauce.

M
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food is amazing and wine list incredible! you cannot go wrong with anything on the menu, but go on a week night, sat night was crowded.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I have been to il canale before and didn’t have a problem; however, this time was the worst restaurant experience I’ve ever had. I waited for 20 minutes to be seated and then once I was I waited another 20 minutes for a waiter to come over, which never happened. I ended up having to get up to fill my own water glasses and even after that and speaking to a manager, a waiter STILL NEVER SHOWED UP to wait on our table. After an hour and 15 minutes at the restaurant, we finally got up and left. We were never served and ended up having to go eat dinner elsewhere. Absolute disaster and very disappointing.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Loud, busy, not relaxing at all. Hard to hear conversation at table.

LA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food is fantastic and we’ve been several times. On the last visit the service was terrible. My husband had to get up twice with his water glass asking for a refill from the bar. The waiter tried several times to clear plates while we were still eating from that plate. Incredibly disappointing visit. .

B
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience1

Third time here. Finally had a great experience. Come in large parties so you can share.

CB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I live in the neighborhood and frequent il Canale often. The service and food are usually very good, but our experience this time was disappointing. Possibly it was because it was January 1, the day after New Years, but the servers did not seem to know what they were doing and were extremely inattentive. Possibly servers who don't usually work there were filling in for others who took the day off, but the experience was less than satisfactory. Our order was incorrect or not brought at all, and the server could not answer basic questions about the menu. Further, we had to consistently flag her down to get her attention/service, and we noticed other diners had to do the same. A group of servers congregated around the computer they use to order and were chatting amongst themselves most of the evening, oblivious to the needs of the customers around them. I will chalk this up to a one-time disappointing experience but if the same poor service is experienced again we will not return.

OT
Osaka
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

手作りのパスタがおいしかったです!
ピザも大きくて耳がもちもちで絶品でした!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

I made a reservation for NYE at 9:00PM. During the weekday, the restaurant usually closes at 10:30PM. When we got there, our waiter told us that if we want to eat we needed to order food immediately as they are closing the kitchen for the holiday. We ordered apps and meals after she said they wouldn’t be brought out at the same time. The food came out so quickly we barely got through the apps. We ended up moving tables as we didn’t have room for our main dishes. By the time we got to the main dishes, they were cool. There was no notification of early closure on Open Table or their website. We felt extremely rushed and uncomfortable. The staff had tables flipped and ready to close as we still ate. Our waitress was unfriendly and you could tell she wanted to scoot us out as we were one of her last customers. I love the food there and was extremely disappointed.

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The service was great. the area is under construction but easy to find.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Real, authentic Italian pizza. It was delicious - we had LA Regina. The gelato and affogato were amazing, just like the gelato I remember from Sicily. We also had the caprese appetizer, the mozzarella was to die for! Service was prompt. It was quiet with a nice ambience. We will definitely be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice to eat in a magnificently Italian restaurant. So professionals amazing costumer service and food

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Great food and service!

OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All ingredients were super fresh and were prepared perfectly! Pasta was to die for, Pizzas tasted fantastic and the cannoli were a perfect ending. Oh and the calamari...yum, yum,yum!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Good copy of Italian cuisine.

W
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fun vibe! Certified Napolitano pizza - YES

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KD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A nice find. We enjoyed our dinner that was spontaneously planned after going to the national zoo.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Unfortunately not the best service. Ask for bread couple times ask for water few times. Pizza was good, appetizers ok, pasta also ok.

BL
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Underdone pizza.

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OT
Washington DC
247 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Quick lunch. Pizza and salads were very good, but not outstanding. Service was very attentive. Thanks.

c
London
50 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Wait for seating even with reservation.

DJ
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! Great food and plenty of selections to choose from on the menu. Our waiter Aldo made was excellent!

M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff was great and we were seated and served with no problem even though the restaurant was packed. The food is good too.

BM
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian dinner, good menu that is equally classic and a bit updated. Can be as expensive or cheap as you need too. Would go back.

G
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Aldo was a consummate waiter who was attentive and fun. Dinner was delicious- the eggplant parmigiana appetizer was fantastic. All our dinners were great. Highly recommend an evening there. Only caveat - a lot of ice in our cocktails might be better to stick to wine or beer.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Typically this reat

FP
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best pizza in DC!

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N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always enjoy Il canale. The pizza is straight from Italy! All dishes are yummy. Great for family, friends, date night.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Place and people who work there... this is the only place that you can experience the real Napolitan's pizza and excellent real Italian cuisine

CS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server (forgot his name) gave wonderful recommendations. Both the salad and the pizza were absolutely fantastic. Closest pizza I have had to when I had it in Italy.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great place!

SO
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Pizza and salad- just amazing! The best wood fired pizza I’ve ever had - including Italy- so worth it

l
Greensboro
14 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and staff was very friendly

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