Il Canale

4.7
2833 Reviews
$30 and under
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 3-6 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2833 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipKiki
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Where do I begin. Not only did we have the kindest server (Michele), but he made us feel like we were dining in Italy. From speaking Italian, to checking in often, and the complimentary connoli. In addition we had the special pizza with white truffle. The truffle was walked over to the table and grated directly onto our pizza (wow). My boyfriend is from Florence and expressed that this was the best pizza he has had in the United States. Must try!

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viplegalcounsel
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The service was horrible!! We were literally asking for water 15x and no one gave us water until after dinner!!! No discount or anything offered! Horrible mgmt

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vipfoodie1
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great.

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vipJeenie
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a regular but I came this time to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. The service is always exceptional but they went above and beyond for us with a surprise dessert! Friendly staff, great wine list, authentic food, this place never disappoints.

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ReneH
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a dining experience with the best waitress, Dee. The white truffle was so delicious on the pasta we ordered more on pizza. A true delicacy.

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NathanaelC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. The rooftop is gorgeous, the pizza is unbelievable, and the service is top notch. Highly, highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always outstanding; service excellent; love that they have heaters to accommodate outdoor dining

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vipGreggZ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food!! The service personnel were very professional!

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vipJonathanH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in Washington, DC. Great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best pasta I’ve ever had EVER. Fresh shaved truffle on top of our pasta and great service from Aldo. They also have my favorite wine, a Chianti. Will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was probably the best meal I’ve had in DC! We loved everything from our Italian server to the food. We had truffle pasta and they weighed it at our table. The wine was perfect and the service was excellent. Cannot wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Micaele was an amazing waiter and overall great experience! Will definitely return!

JC
vipJenCB
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pizza here is always amazing, and the prosciutto with burrata was fantastic too. Server was Italian and charming :-)

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vipNCBLUM
Raleigh
74 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fantastic. I had the mushroom and truffle Ravioli and highly recommend it.

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vipIreneD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding and truly authentic Italian restaurant. Very unique place with true Italian dishes, impeccable service and enjoyable ambiance. I absolutely highly recommend this place. Your experience of Italian cousin will not be complete without visiting Il Canale!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, wine was great and the service was amazing!

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vipPaul
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appreciated Goran's service. Food was great as always. Restaurant was quite lively in these times of trouble for restaurants, which was nice

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GarretT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our server was spirited and engaging, which made the entire experience incredibly enjoyable. Per usual, the food was delicious and the cocktails were sublime.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, amazing food and outstanding service. I would go back again to celebrate a special occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing, as always. Great atmosphere and even better food !

JH
vipJonathanH
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in DC! Great service and delicious pizzas.

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dominiquer
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
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 on October 16, 2020
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 on October 15, 2020
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
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
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
12 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
4 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
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Homeless person screamed at table and broke glass on it

MA
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
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice food and wine. Very friendly. Enjoyed ourselves.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Il Canale using the Order Online button. Il Canale also offers 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 2833 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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