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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.0

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (55)
Authentic (44)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
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Good for a Date (39)
Good for Groups (38)
Fun (28)
Great for Lunch (26)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Kid-friendly (25)
Comfort Food (25)
Special Occasion (24)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Romantic (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Gluten Free Options (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Cozy (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Hot Spot (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Business Meals (12)
People Watching (11)
Quick Bite (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Healthy (4)
Scenic View (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Great Beer (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Waterfront (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Live Sports (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined a day 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 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

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 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.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Carbonara was pretty weak

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

4th Valentine in a row

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 4 days ago

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

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·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 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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 (Baltimore)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 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.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 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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·Dined on February 11, 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 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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·Dined on February 10, 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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 (Miami)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Very good!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We loved our time there. We really enjoyed our pizza, and our server Aldo. Their pizza is really sized for one person, in hindsight I wish we would have ordered two rather than one to split.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great food, environment, and service!! We loved it and will go back next time we are in D.C.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The restaurant does a very brisk business, and certainly isn't lacking for patrons. However the experience my wife and I had there wasn't good. We ordered a salad to share, which was apparently forgotten by the busy waiter until I asked about it after the arrival of my pizza. As is my custom I asked for the pizza to be "crisp." It was served with ample toppings, but very wet . It could't be picked up. A fork needed to be used. My wife ordered what she said was a "forgettable lasagna."

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great little Italian restaurant. Home made pizza and pasta. Excellent service!

Tags: Happy Hour, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We loved both of our pizzas~ spicy salami and margarita! We had calamari for our appetizer I thought the sauce was a little blend. Service was exceptional ~ my server was refilling my water faster then I realized I had an empty glass. I also appreciated manager checked in to see how we were doing.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Pizza was very good. Seafood pasta was also good (hand made pasta was excellent) but portion was medium size (i.e. was left still a bit hungry at the end). Service was excellent - food came out quickly despite busy time and we were a group of 8. Good experience.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It was overall good. Not great, but good. It was very busy. Even with a reservation we waited for about 20 minutes. It was also very loud. I was with my husband, and we couldn't really have a conversation because of the noise level.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great service. Great food. Great experience. Our waiter Aldo was great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Best real authentic Italian Pizza this side of Italy.

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Better than I expected. Great thin crust pizza from a wood fired oven. Loved the pastas. Very reasonably prized for a city.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We love Il Canale! If you are looking for authentic Italian food, look no further!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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 on January 19, 2018

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2018

My wife and I came here for a date. We always love going to a particular pizza place in NYC because they have amazing pizza and it just so happens they have gluten-free options. Well, we no longer need to go to NYC to have a rare date night. Il Canale is now it. We had our own private seating (maybe just a fluke for the day/time we went)...literally an entire room for ourselves. Our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. Most importantly he actually loved, and knew intimately, the food he was telling us about. Well, okay maybe not most importantly because most importantly the food was superb. We will definitely be coming back here for years to come.

Tags: Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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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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