Il Canale

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2188 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, very nice waiter

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MS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

That's some excellent authentic pizza. Loved it. We'll be back this weekend.

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SM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is super friendly. Since I've booked the table there was no waiting time (maybe a Sunday night is not that full). The complete meal was great. The fried calamari starter was delicious and took less than 5 min. to get to the table after order (super fast service). The pasta was perfectly cooked – al dente – and the sauce was fresh. To end the meal I ordered the tiramisu with a generous amount of mascarpone and a espresso. I'll return next time I come to DC.

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D
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Canale is a longtime favorite Georgetown restaurant. What's not to like? The ambience is lively and fun, though you can also enjoy a private conversation; the food is terrific, with authentic Neapolitan thin-crust pizzas with delicious toppings (you can choose your own if you'd like) and great pastas and salads; there's a nice list of wines by the glass (or bottle) and beers or other drinks; and the service is professional yet also friendly. Certainly 5 stars and I can't wait to go there again!

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R
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love their food. It is always amazing. They are a little crazy at the host stand and entrance, but when we asked not to sit at the table right in the way of people there accommodated which was nice.

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JA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT PIZZA!!! Highly recommend! Make sure you make a reservation as it is packed on weekends!

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ED
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As an Italian, this is the best pizza I've had in the US

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KH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, server was very knowledgeable, with reservations was seated very quickly

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c
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous pizza -- the real deal. Feels like a bit of Italy. Pasta, meatballs, veggie antipasti, eggplant parm all excellent. The place is packed (book ahead!!) and noisy, but you can still enjoy a conversation and they really move the food out so there is not a lot of waiting. We loved it.

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CV
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding pizza and friendly service. A tad expensive but on par with other DC restaurants. Would absolutely go again.

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JB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Arrived on time for our booking. Waited 20 minutes, and still about 3 groups in front of us. Seating service was chaotic, restaurant very noisy. With no table in sight decided to go next door to Flavio where the food was great and atmosphere much better.

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c
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely but getting to crowded. We have been going since 2010 and it is loosing its appeal.

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O
Italy
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A reservation is a must. The food was amazing. The service excellent, considering the restaurant was so full, with people waiting at the door for a table. We did not feel rushed to leave. We tried gour kinds of pizza....all were amazing!

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

our server was a delight. she hustled and even though she misunderstood me she did not question the mistake and made us feel great.

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

Absolutely loved this place! Great atmosphere, incredibly friendly staff and great service! Food was amazing! I would absolutely go back!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good..

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CH
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely staff, authentic delicious food! We had a great time here! Definitely will be back.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was pretty great except they rushed all the food out to us. We got our main course halfway through our appetizers. I thought it may have just been bad luck but the same thing happened to the next table.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 3

Manager was rude, intimidating, mean. The wait staff and food were exceptional.

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J
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our first time at Il Canale. We had a very good meal, the kitchen even made egg plant parmesan for me even though it was not on the lunch menu.

All the staff was very friendly.

Service was very good. The restaurant was not full so the noise level was low, I don't know what it would be if more people were there.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server, pizzaiolo, food runners and all the staff they are really good.. and Bruno was like the cacio sui maccheroni... thank you guys will be back soon

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SP
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for us at Il Canale. It was awesome, and just what we needed- our Italian fix with authentic pizza and the right atmosphere.
On the expensive side, if I think about what I pay for pizza in Italy, but hey we are not in Italy and the pizza was worth it!! Every slice.

Service was also really good.

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delightful experience, starting with Crisp tender calamari and zucchine, served with a side of spicy marinara sauce, delicious IALATIELLI ALLO SCOGLIO
Fresh artisan pasta, mussels, shrimp, shallots, clams, spicy cherry tomato, white wine, garlic... the best Pizza MARGHERITA, & a simple fresh house salad ! All four of us enjoyed our evening!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is excellent and comes out fast. Our wait staff was near perfect. Only downside is that the front of the house is rude esp when they are swamped.

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J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent pizza, pasta, and wine recommendations. My brother said that the shrimp in his pasta dish was ‘money’ which is highest praise from him since most people cook shrimp until it’s rubbery.

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T
Pittsburgh
71 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place and good food! We like the warm Italian feel when we go there ! It’s always packed so it must be good!

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b
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Food was tasteless

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TS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I hadn't been to this restaurant before but decided to go because of the reviews online, and I would definitely also recommend it. One of the best upscale Italian places in DC with a boisterous atmosphere. Very young crowd, if that's your thing.

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JO
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pizza and entrees. Terrific service

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Decent Italian food for ok prices. Ambience is good and location great. Enough vegetarian options

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JB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! Everything tasted amazing... authentic Italian and amazing service!

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J
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Gluten free items were excellent.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We missed Bruno our favorite server/manager .. Bruno is like the parmigiano on a carbonara: works really well!!

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IC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I didn't think the food was worth the prices charged. $24 for a regular sized pasta with a few pieces of seafood. The pasta sauce was also on the watery side. Cocktail was also on the smaller side. To me, not comparable to the food from other Italian restaurants I've visited in the DC area. They also charged tips to a table of 4 on a Friday night and we weren't aware and paid additional tips on top of the bill.

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EW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Amazing Neopolitan-style pizza. Crispy thin crust, slightly chewy on the inside. One of the very best we've every had. Salads excellent as well. Service was excellent. Manager came over to greet us, check in with us and left us his card. Nice touch. Located in the heart of Georgetown. An amazing experience. We'll definitely be back.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Il Canale never disappoints! I take my family here at least once each month as the food and service is fantastic. It’s one of the few DC restaurants that has a real family run feel where the staff goes out of their way to say hello, and make you feel at home. Grazie mille!

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BG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Once we passed on the drink menu, it became clear that we were being rushed along. Main course arrived before the appetizer.

Perhaps it was an abnormally busy Friday night - people were lining up out the door when we left. I have had pleasant experiences here before, (and I would recommend the pizza) but likely won’t be returning soon.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service with a cozy ambience. Great Naples style pizza. Outstanding and fairly priced Montepulciano D’Abruzzo. Don’t look back and check it out.

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D
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in DC for the weekend and wound up at Il Canale by chance. How lucky were we! Great food, great service. We got there a little early and am glad we did; when we left, there was a line out the door!

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D
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around excellent!

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