Il Canale

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$30 and under
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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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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vipTXGAm
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Visiting from out of town, and we wanted to dine in Georgetown! Our food was wonderful! We did have a waiter that was very friendly and kind, but mis ordered our salad after we corrected him! They were wonderful in correcting the mistake! We had a wonderful dinner and thoroughly enjoyed the food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, waiter was fast and everything came out delicious! Wish there hadn’t been a wait once we got there.

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vipCharlieL
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still the best Neapolitan pizza outside of Naples. After living in Naples for 12 years, this place is a touch of home,
Plus, the cannoli are fantastic.

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katieM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went here for the first time with two friends for dinner Saturday evening. I wish we lived in the area and could go regularly! Awesome food at fairly reasonable prices. Lobster ravioli, eggplant parm and lasagna were what we had and nothing was leftover. The Ceasar salad could use a more flavorful dressing. Service was excellent and entertaining and the place was packed so that shows how attentive Bruno was. Definitely recommend a reservation though because we walked right in but there was a 45 minute and up wait at 6:00pm.

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vipNikkiSta
Atlanta
51 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Delicious pizza and beer. The best pizza DC has which makes it worth the cost. The server didn’t tell us there was a charge of $4 for 2 small sides of pizza sauce. It would have been nice to know there was a charge and we asked for 1 but he brought 2. Sigh lost in translation I guess. Other than that the restaurant was nice inside and not too loud. Good for groups and families. Beware of additional undisclosed costs.

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LUKE
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best pizza in DC. Period.

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Maggie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and awesome food, my favorite place to eat in Georgetown.

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BPNs
London
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Il Canale’s pizza!! Their Margherita is my favorite in DC. Service has been great every time I’ve visited. Evenings seem to be particularly busy, so you’ll need a reservation, but lunch had plenty open spots.

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vipkathew
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly service, delicious (and very big) calzone.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Terrible and I mean terrible food . Incredibly high priced . Go any where but here . Complete waste of a ton of money

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LisaB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Definitely need a reservation. Packed. Tables too close to each other.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was a horrible experience from the start, we reserved a table for 7 PM and walked out at 7:30 when nobody had addressed us. We had checked in and asked the manager what the situation wise call no avail.

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dinam
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for a group of 7. Staff very friendly, food was delicious and service was fast. Would definitely go back.

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vipRobertN
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was great. Prices are a little steep but it’s Georgetown so that’s to be expected. We were seated upstairs where there is really no atmosphere. If you go, try to get a seat downstairs.

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WillS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Host did not keep our name on the list and we were past over numerous times despite having a reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza in DC! Delicious food, prompt and attentive service. Will definitely be back!

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vipGertIkonomi
Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Italian Tradition, Sunday late lunch/dinner family date. Been several times and always very good food and service. The pizza stand out, other food is ok too. Service very attentive, most of the staff speaks italian. Great place for people watching, diverse international crowd. Our go to place when in Georgetown area.

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vipWineGuy1970
New England
18 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this restaurant which is why it is like the 7th time. Service is so friendly and authentic and also the food is delicious (some of my favorite pizza). bookers should know they are loose on precision or reservations, but it is a fun and lively wait list.

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vipJonathanH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in DC! Especially good service last Saturday night.

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DanaC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

The noise level was ridiculously loud upstairs. It was impossible to carry on a conversation with anyone at our small table of four. I will not return because of this.

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vipAmyT
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was so noisy we couldn’t carry on a conversation

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pizza crust was wet and soggy good
Branzino was good
Ambiance active!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and our waiter Aldo was amazing!

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stevep
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service.
I especially enjoyed the pizza made in a wood fired oven. The wood make a big difference.

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vipVivian
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I have been to Il Canale every weekend for 5 weeks.
Food varies more than expected.
Like the place, but I value consistency. Thanks

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vipBobB
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I think our server name was Eugenia and she was fabulous on a very busy night too...

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WilliamK
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The food was great, but service was just not present. Aside from waiting for drinks.. We ended up eating our whole meal off side plates as main course plates never showed up when the family style serving plates came to the table.

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CNeatinout
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Host was great. Pizza phenom

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vipRodrigoR
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

We booked through OT and the restaurant dis not honor our reservation time. Had to wait 40 minutes to be seated. Host asked the annoying question of “are you all here?” And promised to sit us in 5 to 10 min. He had no control over sitting orders. Another guy was in charged of it and seemed to care little for the people with reservations. Not a good experience.
The night, however, was saved by our server, Aldo, short for Romualdo, a very attentive and courteous person, who made everything possible for us to feel welcomed and comfortable.
The food was good, and worthwhile.
So, if you come to Il Canale, be ready for a long wait even if you have a reservation.
There are three other Italian restaurants on the same block, so need to wait like we did.