Il Canale

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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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Miami
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time.

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LC
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The pizzas and service were good but it was very busy and noisy.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came in town to visit Georgetown and had to try the highly rated il Canale!

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best pizzas I have had in the US. Make sure to make a reservation to avoid long waits

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JP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and delicious food.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Service was poor, noise level was excessive and very difficult to have conversation, food was okay-not exceptional. Not sure what all the hype was about. We had a pretty average experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good thanks

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pizza. It tastes exactly like the pizza does in Italy. We come here every time we are in town. Absolutely love this place.

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CA
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Mediocre food. Host was great but server wasn’t friendly. Probably wouldn’t go back.

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BD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy eating here!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great place, great food and great gluten free options

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YA
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Standard restaurant.
Nothing special about the food.
Service was good and so was the ambience

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent seafood dish and lobster ravioli... cannolis excellent !Lasagna for 2 great.. def would recommend !

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dining experience. The gnocchi is perfectly dressed in buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes, great wine selection, and superb service. Will be returning! Highly recommend trying il canale for dinner

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SK
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

the pizza was really not as good as I remember it being- other thin crust places in DC are much better.

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1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Was in DC for a weekend and chose to try Canale for the thousands of positive reviews on yelp/google. We had high hopes given that when we arrived, people were queuing up outside to get in.

I can stress enough how average the food is at Canale. Which is fine, except for the fact that you are expecting a much different experience given the price.

The bread they brought to the table was stone cold, served with unseasoned oil. All but one pasta dish is made fresh in house and the pizza we had was raw, doughy and very unappetizing. The gnocchi was okay, but again not something you wouldn’t find better else.

Canale is average Italian food, for the price point, you can find much better elsewhere. I would heed skepticism if you are a used to eating authentic Italian.

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DA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a large group of 10 and the wait staff was great -
We made a reservation and they seated us on time
I would definitely recommend this restaurant to a friend.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

After reading lots of reviews it looked like a sweet little Italian restaurant with good food, until you walk in. The place was filled with college students and tourists, the hosts and wait staff were not friendly, despite arriving on time for our reservation. The food was ok, but we were served so quickly in such a noisy environment, you could tell the goal was to push people in and out, definitely lacking any sort of character or authentic experience. Just a tourist trap. I will definitely never return.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When in Georgetown we always love to eat at Il Canale! Food, service, ambience always outstanding. Would reccommend reservations.

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Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Pizza was fresh and great. Caesar salad was not fresh, with too much dressing. The price was much higher than written in the official HP. The restaurant should provide accurate information.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Energetic atmosphere, with fantastic pizza and service to match. Loved it!

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Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food options. Impressed with the host's ability to seat folks - it was a madhouse! He did great!

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Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was a Saturday night so they were extremely busy. We had a reservation and were seated pretty quickly although there were three different men all playing maitre'd and seemed to not be getting along. I felt rushed the entire time. They wanted to get you in and out because there was a line of people waiting outside. I had a chicken dish that was not what I expected and was a rolled piece of chicken that looked more like a sausage. My husband and son had the lasagna which they liked. Our waitress was pleasant and knowledgeable but the vibe in the restaurant was one of chaos.

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New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This is a very well managed restaurant. Georgetown was mobbed the night we went but our table was ready, the service was outstanding, and the food very good. We'll be back!

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our first experience dining at Il Canale. The ambience was what was expected: pleasant but very busy and very noisy - no real problem, we just had to add to the noise so we could hear each other!! Food was very good, but our Lobster Ravs were nearly cold when served, also on the "chewy" side, definitely not al dente! Wine excellent!! Next visit to DC, we will come back, for sure.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food is OK. Quality is compromised for fast turnover of tables. Waiters brush crumbs off the tables with their hands (instead of using a cloth to wipe down) before setting a new place setting. Unripe tomato and bread ends are served to customers instead of discarding them. This is a tourist attraction rather than quality food and a good dining experience.

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RD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Pizza & Prosciutto

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BD
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. Very crowded (on a Friday night) and the noise level was pretty loud... not necessarily a place for intimate conversation. They used every nook and cranny for tables, and it's cramped. Still - would recommend based on the food.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Guy at the front was very douchey and rude to people waiting beyond that the food was just barely ok.

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Miami
42 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Crazy trying to get in, s mob scene, no place to stand. Food was good, not great, service was excellent

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1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Il Canale aggressively overbooks their available reservation slots. If you make a reservation here at a popular time, expect to wait over an hour beyond your supposed reservation time.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a reservation and sat right away, despite the very busy night. Food was pretty good - pizza was excellent. Nice wine list, too. Only reason I’m rating this 4 stars was upon exiting, the line to be seated was massive - so much so, we couldn’t even exit the building. I’m not sure if they overbooked on reservations or if this was a special case, but it was quite chaotic.

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1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such delicious pizza, excellent service and great fun atmosphere.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food service 1ambience

The restaurant did not take reservations into account. My party and I had one but we did not get in because there was a line of people with reservations with a one-hour delay. We ended up dining in the restaurant next door. Truly dissapointing.

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London
43 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for family dinner

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K
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and service - true Neapolitan pizza!!

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LK
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was fresh and excellent tasting. Portions were perfect for lunch. Would definitely go back and try it for dinner.

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KJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for lunch after a long am of walking DC and Georgetown. Great staff and fast service. Pizza was really food! Salad was a little on the small underwhelming size for the prize but good for lunch portions! Fun street location!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

I always find it strange when a restaurant is almost empty and yet the host or hostess tries to sit me at the worst table in the place. That's what happened here...very strange. We walked in on time for our reservation, place was probably 75% empty and they guy walks us to the back of the restaurant to a table in the back corner. Why? Had them move our table, since practically everything was open. This really is off putting and doesn't make for a good start to the meal.

Food was solid, and service was very good once we got to an appropriate table.

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N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and even better food! The branzino was amazing, as was the Regina pizza. Aldo was our waiter and he was excellent!

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