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About Il Canale

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.

1065 31st NW
Washington, DC 20007
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11;30 am - 10:30 pm; Friday & Saturday: 11 am - 11 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 10 pm

Cross Street:
M Street NW

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 337-4444

Website:
http://www.ilcanale.com/

Parking Details:
Street Parking. Public garage parking directly across from il Canale on 31st Street NW.

Public Transit:
Closest metro subway entrance is Foggy Bottom. Public buses run on M Street.
Cabs readily available on M Street.

Executive Chef:
Antonio Biglietto

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

Hold Your Next Party at Our Authentic Italian Restaurant. Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, il Canale can accommodate all your special event needs.

Il Canale Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (55)
Neighborhood Gem (51)
Authentic (45)
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Good for a Date (37)
Good for Groups (37)
Fun (30)
Comfort Food (29)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Great for Lunch (24)
Special Occasion (22)
Kid-friendly (21)
Gluten Free Options (17)
Hot Spot (17)
Cozy (17)
Good Vegetarian Options (17)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Quick Bite (16)
Romantic (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
People Watching (14)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Late-night Find (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Business Meals (9)
Bar Seating (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Healthy (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Waterfront (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Great Beer (3)
Organic (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vegan (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Sports (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 2 days ago

This was our first date together. I made our reservation on the app and then called ahead to make sure my special request could be honored. It was! When we arrived we were greeted with a smile and taken to our out of the way table where we could continue talking and get to enjoy our dinner. It did get a little noisy but that could be expected for a Saturday night. Service was awesome and our waiter was so attentive. Will definitely be returning for future dates and or outings.

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·Dined 3 days ago

From OZ - last night in DC. Really enjoyed the restaurant, its staff and food

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Went with a couple who recommended Il Canale. Food was excellent, especially spaghetti carbonara and meat lovers pizza. Service was friendly and prompt. Felt a little rushed at outset, but when our very nice server realized our table would not turn over instantly, she left us alone. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We were seated towards the back and it felt like the waitress was rushing us. We sat down, within 30 seconds she came and asked if we were ready to order. Then when we ordered appetizers, after 5 mins she asked if we were done. She did this with our main course as well. We were in by 5:45 since we got there early and out by 6:15 PM. One of the worst date locations if you want to take your time with your significant other.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The food was good but not special. Good place when you look for a quick and efficient dinner. The price / value ratio is a bit off.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

A terrific restaurant for authentic Neapolitan pizzas and excellent pastas and salads, with attentive service in a warm and inviting (if busy and bustling at peak hours) atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The best pizza in town!! Loved it! You will not go wrong ordering any of the pizzas in the menu.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great Italian food, great pizza, super service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Il Canale is a little place located right on the tow path of C&O canal locks in the heart of the Georgetown neighborhood in Washington, DC. It serves a full range of Italian starters, entres and desserts with a specialty in Niapolitan-style wood-oven pizzas. The food is quite good and the front of the house is friendly and very well run. Service is excellent by everyone on the team. The atmosphere is casual and yet it attracts prominent Hollywood and New York finance types for lunch and dinner. It is accessible but recommend a reservation on weekend nights if you do not want to wait. It is popular with Georgetown and folks from surrounding universities.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Il Canale has been completely remodeled - menu and space- and the results are remarkable. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

I will start out by saying we asked the waitress for a coffee and she said there was no coffee but yet the table behind us ordered coffee and the other waitress said, “no problem” so do you or don’t you have coffee? Next the lobster ravioli was way over priced for what I got. There were only five ravioli with little sauce... I was not impressed because it tasted lovely. The only saving grace was the seafood pasta was incredible.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

The Pizza in this place is excellent. It came fairly quickly. I just wished they had a larger side. The waiters were very attentive. Had the Canneloni as well, but although it looked good. The noodles were too soft and pretty tasteless.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I love the service, from the greeters and hosts to the wait staff. They are truly professional and efficient. And the food is of superior quality for casual Italian dining.

The noise level is pretty high, so it's not a good place for a quiet conversation, at least not on a Saturday night.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Best Italian food in DC metro area. Outstanding gluten-free options. General manager very hospitable and warm. Highly recommend .

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We only come here for the pizza. The pizza is pretty good even though a bit overpriced.
😉

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great carbonara! Excellent service!
A little too bright.
Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Best Pizza I’ve ever had. Seated us in a timely fashion.

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food and service was great.
Pizza was amazing. Expected different ambiance after visiting website. Close to movie theater which was great for us.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Italian for italians is what I read and it’s what I ate. Good wine, good pizza, good pasta; won’t die for it though...

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Best pizza in DC

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Thanks for a great evening. Good food and service for a reasonable price and a nice setting. Pizza was especially good.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great meal after a day in DC with the family.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great Pizza and Cannoli. We had a great time and our waiter Sami was entertaining and did a great job.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Best gourmet pizza - always the best fresh ingredients and crust - worth a trip

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

I ordered the home made gnocchi was so amazing that I ended up having to order another because everyone at the table finished it off. Aldo was our amazing waiter, water was always full and wine was never pushed but always there when I looked up.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

We had to wait longer then we would have liked but were seated at a comfortable table. The food was great and the service was excellent. We will definitely return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wonderful Italian food; excellent service. We can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Authentic, Waterfront
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The food was excellent and the service was great. Very solid casual Italian place.

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Very good pizza

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Really good pizza with fresh, high quality toppings and the crust made me remember our trip to Florence. Friendly service and gracious hosts.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Made a reservation a week in advance for a Monday and was still seated near the door/waiting area. Waiter was very inattentive and then rude. Too many other good choices in the area.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Fun and festive holiday meal in Georgetown. Lots of people waiting for tables. Reservation was for 7:30 and we arrived on time. After checking in, we waited at the bar for about 5-10 minutes tops. Our waiter was great, timed our selections and service perfectly. Very busy Maitre'd thanked us on our way out.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Seemed very family friendly but very noisy..food was good but not great for the price.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Few places in DC with better pizza and pasta. The atmosphere is loud but fun, and it feels like a little trip to Italy

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Nice pizza but it wasn't as 1year ago and it is very busy at the point you fell like rushed

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Everything about Il Canale was great except the noise level. This is not the place to go for if you want to talk to your dinner partner.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Although crowded and busy, service here was impeccable. The food was outstanding! We will be eating there again! Yum!

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Aldo took great care of us, very informative and fun, attentive to every need. Wonderful food. We will be back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Mediocre at best. The fried buffalo mozzarella was cold in the center. The eggplant was soggy. The gnocchi was nothing to write home about and neither were the meatballs. The ambiance was not the cozy brick-walled date-friendly atmosphere described in reviews. Won’t be returning

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We were lucky to have a cozy table in the corner. The restaurant is crowded but the service is excellent and the food is good even though my seafood pasta was drowned in sauce with too few clams and mussels, it was tasty an my Husband enjoyed his pizza immensely. We will return to this restaurant

Tags: Waterfront, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Authentic, Cozy
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