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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Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Authentic italian. The food was delicious.

OT
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastico. Pizza eccellente. Servizio ottimo. Locale molto tranquillo e curato.

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LK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As a visitor to DC, I wasn't expecting such a crowd. Tons of people were waiting for a table, however I was seated at my reservation time exactly. We got a nice table, near the back where it was quiet. The service was impeccable. Everything timed just right. And the food was exceptional. I can't wait to get back there!

DT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dinner.
Salads were excellent. Different meals at the table, pizza, bronzino, gnocchi and lasagna. Everyone thought it was excellent. Service was great - Aldo was awesome!

OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! Could not wait to eat with our boys after we tried it last year. Pizza was delicious, antipasti was beautiful. One of our favorite DC spots. Make a rezzie!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lobster ravioli was perfect. Great place to have a nice dinner.

JO
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food; terrific service. They NEVER disappoint!

SF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect location and service.
Excellent food and wines!!!

CR
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had great service and wine!

A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This restaurant is buzzing with energy. The service was excellent. The waitress was attentive and recommended an excellent bottle of wine. The pizza was very tasty and thin crust. We like it crispier on the bottom. I would go back and ask for the pizza to be well done.

AM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As advertised...great food, fun atmosphere and our server Patrick was exceptional.

PW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food! Delicious desserts! Would highly recommend.

SC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner! We made reservations for 6:15 and got there about 15 minutes early. They were able to take us on back and we had quick service. I ordered the Gnocchi with Bolognese (I also added meatballs, what can I say, I wanted them!) and a glass of wine. The meal was served hot and was excellent. The entire table was pleased with their meal and we enjoyed ourselves immensely.

NZ
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Canale is one of my favorite restaurants in DC. It is very affordable and I've never had a bad experience there. I recommend it to anyone who asks for a great Italian place.

SP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good experience..this was my first time dining here and it was great!

MP
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Pretty nice Italian restaurant, really good dishes, one thing is not good, that is kind of noisy

H
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent pizza, good atmosphere

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible fresh pasta with seafood, gnocchi ,pizza & lamb were awesome! The server was awesome and informative and fun!!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Safe gluten free pizza for those with celiac or gluten allergy.

T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Warm, friendly restaurant we wanted to love but the pizza fell short of our expectations. Ingredients were all good (vegetarian) but the pizza was limp not crispy. Some people may prefer a soft dough but we like ours with a crispy crunch!

AC
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Lively spot in George Town with excellent food and ok service.

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Ottima pizza e arancini veramente italiani in Washington

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience . Thanks for making our reunion especial.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food!!!

NJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The service seemed a bit off compared to the quality I've seen here before, but the food was great and we sat up on the lovely roof deck.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience1

Their pizza is always very good; salats are super fresh!
The feel of the restaurant is a problem. It is more of a quick bite noisy cafe style

JH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in Washington, DC with great pizza and friendly service.

m
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food! The pizza crust was amazing and the branzino was really good. Family friendly and good food for adults. We’ll go again next time we are in town.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful authentic Naples pizza.

LE
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary. Really fun and lively!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You really need to make a reservation or you may have to wait awhile, I had one and got right in but that was not the case for a lot of people, everything was great, I will definitely be going back next time I’m in Georgetown.

J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Eggplant Parm....we had been once before and LOVED it... They ran out which set a bad tone for dinner. We told server that the reason for us coming, she went to see if there was one more order left. No luck.

Wish they would have been more apologetic...not a whole lot of empathy for us. Totally understand running out of something- just wish they would have cared more.

MS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Didn’t feel our reservation was honored..dinner felt rushed, food fare

EK
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Our waiter was adorable but we all felt the food was overpriced and not great. It was also really loud! The pizza was good but not the best ever and the gnocchi was not good at all!

B
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Buffalo mozzarella was soooo good as was the gnocchi bolognese - would definitely eat here again

SD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious!!

AK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in the universe!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were supposed to dine here but they overbooked so we never got in. They did not honor our reservation and we left.

F
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Il Canale is our favorite place to eat in Georgetown when visiting our son. The food is authentic and the wait staff is exceptional. We really love the waiter we have had several times, Bruno! It’s a must when in Georgetown!!

EM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Even with a reservation at 7:00pm, we waited outside for 45 minutes before being seated. Once seated however. The food came quickly and the service was great.

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