Il Canale

4.7
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.3
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dominiquer
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food is so fresh and worth finding parking for.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Micaele, our server, made the meal perfection. Absolutely request him on your next visit. The food is beyond amazing- very authentic Italian, not American-ized.

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EllenC
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fresh pasta, salads, lamb chops & wine were terrific! We had a wonderful night celebrating a birthday.

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TockM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was delicious and service was friendly. Only negative aspects were things that were realistically outside the restaurants control.
Cons included outdoor seating that was on a closed street near construction site (due to COVID restrictions) and initially they were unable to find the reservation I made through Open Table. This was an “inconvenience” (their words) which they awkwardly attempted to make up for by delaying the return of our bill at the end so they could present us with complimentary dessert (which was delicious). Also one of the wine glasses came out in a glass that still had lipstick residue on it. The staff promptly remedied this. (I don’t count this against the restaurant as the issue was promptly fixed and I know lipstick doesn’t always come off in commercial dishwashers used by restaurants)
TLDR: Great restaurant, great food, good service. Minor “inconveniences” outside of restaurants control were quickly addressed. 10/10 would recommend.

JC
vipJaniceC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food and ambiance was outstanding. Thank you Alfonso for exceptional customer service!

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EmmaRL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian food - delicious. It has not been Americanised at all - thank goodness.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Excellent service, and excellent food. Thank you!

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vipbrad76
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening out with friends. Ordered 3 pizzas and sea food pasta, cannolis for dessert. Our server was super attentive. The place has seen its share of celebrities. Outdoor seating was available as well but it was too chilly.
Will definitely be back.

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Marb
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating at Il Canale is a must when we visit from Houston! Great food and service!

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vipluvfood
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Stopped for an early outdoor lunch with my daughter. This strip of 31st street looks like a small street in Italy with 3 Italian restaurants with outdoor dining. Quite charming despite some ongoing construction at the end of the street. The food was quite good. Cleaned my plate of yummy ravioli with cheese, porcini mushrooms and truffle sauce. Also stole several of the delicious fries that came with my daughter's sandwich. Service was very pleasant. A very nice mid-day escape.

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viplucac
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Pizza is amazing, very Italian and we are Italian! Aldo our waiter was really nice and took exceptional care of us including bringing us some extra cannoli. He is really good!

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Dinnerfriends
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely night for outdoor dining. All the food was good. Pizza, chicken. Salads and deserts. Staff helpful and nice. Would definitely recommend.

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Patrick
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service all around and delicious pizza. Thank you for a great experience!

RH
ReneH
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian restaurant in Georgetown. Great service! We always pick Dee. She is the best!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

GJ
vipGJD1
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Homeless person screamed at table and broke glass on it

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vipMARK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! The food was amazing, great ambiance and good vibes. Perfect for a date or special occasion.

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vipRich
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice food and wine. Very friendly. Enjoyed ourselves.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter an I enjoyed an amazing dinner at I’ll Canale. We found it on open table and decided to give it a try. They offer a large outdoor dining area but on a Saturday you definitely want reservations. Bottom line our dinner and service were fantastic!! From the minute we were greeted to the minute we left we were treated like we were special guests. Micaele was our server - so so friendly and attentive. All the staff were Italian and mixed in a few Italian words as they spoke. Everyone who worked there seemed genuinely happy to be there!! The food was delicious - all homemade and fresh. Ample portions. Prices aren’t cheap- but definitely reasonable. I would go back in a heartbeat!!

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vipDCBill
Washington DC
118 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you have not eaten at Il Canale in Georgetown you have not eaten the best pizza in DC. Imported ingredients and chemistry goes into making the best pizza. Other items on the short menu are first rate.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Canale is a neighborhood gem. The food is great, the staff are warm and efficient, and the ambiance is casual and very welcoming.

When you visit Il Canale, you feel like you're in Italy. And that's a wonderful feeling.

LV
vipLivingVA
Austin
29 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way!! Proper, authentic Neopolitan pizza!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for our anniversary yesterday - the food was absolutely out of this world! Very nice service as well. Our waiter was wonderful. We had an amazing time and already are talking about returning.

MC
MinnieC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place Food and the staff are great. Only negative was although our server was amazing- the restaurant was very understaffed therefore causing delays in getting items

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Shelby
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal, awesome service, great location in the heart of Georgetown. You MUST have the pizza.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently fabulous!

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SueT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Very nice people who run it and food is relishes and beyond but they need MORE HELP. Too many tables for each Waiter and he can’t keep up with what needs to be done. He tried super hard but spread too thin. It was annoying h to have to keep looking for him for water, napkin, cheese etc. I ate my whole ravioli dinner without cheese because I couldn’t find him.

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vipAlonzoW
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable meal and so glad we got a table away from the canal. Great service. This is a place we always enjoy returning to and were frequent customers pre Coronaverse.

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Rory
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great birthday dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing place. The staff was so welcoming and friendly. The food was incredible and the service was wonderful. I’ll definitely be a regular here.

MM
MichelleM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Friendly staff. Tables are kept apart to comply with social distancing

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We went for an early dinner on a Saturday, I had an amazing gluten free pizza. I’m being GF for almost 10 years and this pizza tasted like a real pizza. I didn’t get sick.

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AmyD
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Loved sitting outdoors. Had fast and friendly service. The wine and food was delicious. No complaints. Highly recommend!!

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dominiquer
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on a Sunday night celebrating our 2nd Anniversary, such a great spot for simple but great Italian food.

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Shelby
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been dining here for years. Always an outstanding experience. The staff goes out of the way to make everyone happy and the food is unbelievable. From apps to coffee/desert, it's perfection. The dishes are so fresh and authentic, you will feel like you are dining in Naples.

KM
vipKarenM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! The Gnocchi Bolognese was delicious! I give it a 10 out of 10!

AH
vipAlexH
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. Favorite place to visit when we are in DC.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, perfect ambience! And really nice service.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Italian restaurant in DC! A perfect date

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Il Canale does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. Il Canale also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 337-4444.

Il Canale is rated 4.7 stars by 2812 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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