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Il Canale

4.5
1698 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Casual (55)
  • Authentic (46)
  • Neighborhood Gem (43)
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11;30 am - 10:30 pm; Friday & Saturday: 11 am - 11 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 10 pm
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Phone number
(202) 337-4444
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Antonio Biglietto
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
M Street NW
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Parking details
Street Parking. Public garage parking directly across from il Canale on 31st Street NW.
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Public transit
Closest metro subway entrance is Foggy Bottom. Public buses run on M Street.
Cabs readily available on M Street.
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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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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.

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What 1698 People Are Saying
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vipGreatPlaceCloseToHome (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined a day ago

Always fantastic.with beautiful spring weather today, nothing beats Il Canale in 32st in Georgetown.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Solid Italian fare in well located Georgetown spot. Gluten free options for pizza and pasta.

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vipGtown (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

My only complaint is that we had to wait 30 minutes past our reservation time. Otherwise, the service was wonderful once we were seated and the food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

The food was amazing and so was the service. Great place and would highly recommend this restaurant.

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ArielB 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We ran late for our reservation time so we called on the way and we're told not a problem. Once we arrived we were seated promptly. Our service was attentive and our service was great. The food was amazing as usual, everything we have tried has been authentic and wonderful. We we're also checked on by management and they we're very kind and warm. For our second visit it was every bit as good as the first and we will be back for many more great date nights.

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Bryjen (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Saturday at 7:15- the place was super-crowded but they took us right to our table. Definitely important to make a reservation! Food was great and the service was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Visiting Georgetown. We were seated between a group of about 15 teenage girls. We couldn’t even have a conversation with each other. We were in and out within 30 minutes. Disappointed we couldn’t enjoy a nice Saturday night and needless to say our date was ruined.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

Nice experience, fast service for a crowded Friday night in Georgetown. The pizza was flavorful, had good options.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

Setting was great, warm evening outside. Food was mediocre. Caprese salad had flavorless tomatoes, and way overpriced. Pizza nothing to write home about. Mushroom chicken was thrown together with what tasted like soup as a sauce. Frozen fries were okay.

Just not what I expected for $90 (including a few drinks). Probably won’t go back

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

I actually showed up a few minutes late, and asked to add a couple people to the reservation. Staff was very accommodating. My girlfriend and i shared the vegeteriana rossa pizza and the scialaitelli al frutti di mare. Everything was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Didn’t have to wait. Huge space. Great service. Recommendations (food and wine) from our server were on point! Great experience.

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vipGSCMJOE (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Splendid was the evening at Canale. I had a very authentic and tasty lentil soup to start. My date and I shared the tomato caprese. Two glasses of Sangiovese red wine prior to two fantastic entrees. I had the lobster stuffed ravioli and my date fettucine pasta in a light red sauce seasoned with mussels, baby clams and shrimp. Dessert was an Italian favorite cannoli and espresso. Bruno the waiter made it all happen and was knowledgeable, courteous and genuine Italian.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

Carbonara was pretty weak

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vipOpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

4th Valentine in a row

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The staff and owner are welcoming. The wines are great. And the pizza is dynamite.

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MerrittK (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Il Canale was delicious and wonderful as usual. Our waitress was extremely sweet and nice. This is the best pizza in DC and better than some pizza I've had in Italy. It's great casual Italian food, sophisticated without being stuffy. My only caveat is that it's a little pricey, but that's DC for you.

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vipbreakfastlover (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Dinner with friends. We ordered Gnocchi, lasagna and connelloni, and a caprese appetizer. Everything was terrific. There was a mix up with the appetizer, but they corrected it and took it off the check. Really an excellent spot for Italian and their pizza is some of the best.

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Kara (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

EXCELLENT service. Great outdoor dining and welcoming indoor dining experience. The pizza with the thinly shaved dried beef on it was to die for. We felt very welcomed here and the service was fantastic. Really nice location - a little private but still some good people watching.

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msmp (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We really like Il Canale, but last Friday was busier than normal. They seem to be booking very large parties and that affects their ability to seat regular reservations or plan accordingly. We were given a table on the 2nd floor which it is my least favorite location --- SO LOUD and unpleasant. The waitress was terrific but I could tell that the kitchen was behind and they just keep up. Not my favorite visit.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The restaurant didn’t honor the time of our reservation. We arrived at the time we reserved, 8:15, waited 30 minutes, and eventually ended up eating the bar. We never sat at a table - I don’t know why this restaurant accepts reservations in OpenTable. The couple next to us at the bar had a similar experience.

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JeremyM (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was fantastic but the waiter was trying to rush us to leave. Asked multiple times if we wanted a box and stopped filling water w/o us asking.

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BnMM (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great pasta, good portions, prime location in downtown Georgetown, perfect to go with friends and for pizza or out on a date. Good selection on menu and enough to come back to try agian.

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vipTina (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent!! Fun crowd , wonderful
Service and food amazing ;)

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The restaurant was very busy. We had a reservation for 8:30 and didn’t get seated until 8:40. In my opinion people who have reservations should sit first before walk-ins and that’s what happened to me I believe. A little difficult to understand the staff due to the noise and accents. The food came out fast. They forgot the grilled chicken on my salad and had to take it back. The waitress caught it before the plate hit the table and took it back right away. The bar staff is very nice.

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SarahY (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Reservation system is actually a joke. You come in and say you have a reservation and they put your name on a list...with all of the walk in people. And then you stand there waiting in a giant crowd of people for 15-20 minutes despite 1)being on time for your reservation and 2)a number of empty tables in the dining area. The food is very mediocre and too expensive for the poor quality. Would not return.

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Reception and seating was a mess.
The place feels like an oriental basar: crowded and noisy
Food: mee

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Il Canale is our neighborhood "go to" family restaurant in Georgetown. The food is always consistently good and there are gluten free pasta and pizza options which is important to a few of our family members. The service is always friendly and good. Il Canale offers value for the price.

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vipskozz (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Great pizza and fun location!! In a great part of Georgetown!

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vipSarah (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

It used to be spectacular however they took the best things off the menu (Paccheri, Pesto etc). Still good but not what it used to be

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FrancineM (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Very good!

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