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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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Sunday, December 31, 2017

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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

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (63)
Casual (59)
Neighborhood Gem (55)
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Good for a Date (43)
Good for Groups (40)
Comfort Food (32)
Kid-friendly (31)
Fun (30)
Special Occasion (30)
Great for Lunch (27)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Romantic (22)
Gluten Free Options (21)
People Watching (19)
Worth the Drive (19)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Hot Spot (18)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Quick Bite (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Business Meals (14)
Cozy (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Late-night Find (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Healthy (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Waterfront (5)
Great Beer (4)
Live Sports (4)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Skip this place. Not sure if I️ dined at the same restaurant as other reviewers but this is a place to skip. The ribeye was overpriced and sinewy. The gnocchi was bland and underwhelming. It it was packed so then must be doing something right. Just not my cup of tea though.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent pizza and branzino! Very quiet lunch, was not crowded.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic & next best place to get Italian food (pizza) outside of Italy. Wakes your sixth sense! Raw organic ingredients imported from Italy, belonging to the association and preservation of neopolitan pizza. The walls are full of celebrity and famous people’s dining visits at the restaurant, from athletes, singers, actors, politicians, late night show hosts - Georgetown’s hidden gem!

Tags: Late-night Find, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Live Sports, Vegan, People Watching, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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·Dined 6 days ago

Everything was fantastic, except the bathrooms are the ground floor need to be upgraded, refurbished, etc.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Detroit)·Dined 7 days ago

Service, food, ambiance, coffee drinks - all excellent. A little pricey overall, but will return when looking for a good Italian meal.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Great food! Fast service! Awesome experience!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 7 days ago

Il Canale food is autentico!! That sounds a bit of posturing on my part, but the food is autentico.

Noise can be a big issue if you eat in the large room to the left as you enter, but there is a much quieter area in the original section of the building.

Service from Tatiana was first rate.

We're from Portland, Oregon and il Canale is one of our two destination restaurants in DC

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

a wonderful experience. very authentic

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Too loud, horrible

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on November 10, 2017

It was loud and cramped. It was pretty good food but not as good as I was expecting from reading other reviews. A friend I was with said her bolongnese did not have much flavor and added salt and basil to it.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Very, very pleased with this restaurant. The food was really good, the service spot on. It was a bit loud, but to be expected with the crowds. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Very very fast service, excellent food and gluten free options. Feels authentic; love that everyone spoke Italian.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great Food and wine!

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food was good but overpriced. The noise level was ridiculous.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The mussels and spaghetti carbonara were fantastic!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

El gerente personalmente se seguro que nuestra reserva de mesa estuviera a gusto con el lugar asignado muy bien detalle de su parte la comida muy natural y esa Pizza fuera de serie me encanto mi pasta al óleo

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Best Gluten Free pizza ever! Busy and loud restaurant, did not affect the service and food, great place for a Saturday night with friends.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food is not special but it is curiously satisfying and everyone crowded into the place is happy and having fun, so what’s not to like?

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The service and food is great. Especially if you have a big party, they will help and make it as easy as possible. Its one of two restaurants in DC that are certified to make authentic Italian pizza. Not an easy task.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Server was attentive, lasagna was amazing, gnocchi alla bolognese was so-so. Overall nice experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The pizza (vegetarian) and meatballs were delicious. Service was great too. I took it down a couple of stars, though, because the bathroom was in serious need of cleaning.

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Took our students who were visiting DC on a school trip from California to Il Canale and loved the food and service. Our server Bruno was great with our large group and made sure we had everything we needed to enjoy our dinner. The food was authentic and delicious, having just been to Italy I have to say the ambience and food reminded me of a real Italian restaurant. Highly recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

The review that got us there says "best pizza in DC". It is true!

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

I went for the first time on a Saturday night and it was one of the best, if not the best, Italian restaurants that I’ve been to! The food is authentic and delicious. The people were friendly, the service was excellent, and I felt like I was back in Italy!! I highly recommend Il Canale! I would definitely Uber because traffic is a problem in the area but it was one of my favorite dining experiences in the U.S.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Late-night Find, Authentic, People Watching
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We were seated in a relatively quiet area which was very comfortable. The speed of service was great and our server was very friendly. The food was plentiful and tasty. All in all a very enjoyable occasion.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

After living in Southern Italy this place was quite the find. Authentic Italian food!!! The waiter Aldo we have had twice and he is amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Groups, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great meal !

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Kitchen doesn’t have timing down we got all our food at once. Food is bland, pizza is soft not crisp so sauce runs off. Wouldn’t go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

There were four of us at dinner and we all love pizza. We got the Meat Lovers and the Margherita. Both were quite tasty. We also got a Caesar salad and an arugula salad to start.
With a bottle of wine, the cost for dinner was moderate for four people.
They have seating outside with heat lamps. We dined inside so we wouldn't have to wait and the inside was nice and clean.
I would go to Il Canale again next time I am visiting the DC area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Loved our first visit to Il Canale! Best pizza dough I think I’ve ever tasted! Wonderful service. Wine was overpriced, but hey, it’s Georgetown! Overall excellent experience. Great Calamri and Canoli- Have a feeling anything ordered is great!

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I had been hearing about how good the pizza was! I can concur. The pizza was excellent!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

The reasturant was ok. The food was mediocre. The service was ok but the food was not special. With all of the marketing they do they should put more into the food. Overated

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Exceptional pizza. The other dishes were also very good.

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

This dinner was disappointing. The food ranged from decent to pretty good and the service was just fine. The problem is the cattle car seating arrangements! It was my daughter’s 15th birthday and they stuck us in the back by the restrooms at a table where we all bumped elbows all night (party of 6). It was so uncomfortable and unfun that we decided to take the cannolis home with us and open the presents there, rather than stay any longer. Bummer because she likes the pizza. Famous birthday dinner will be somewhere else next year.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

From the moment we entered the restaurant and tasted the pizza at the door, I knew we were at the right place. Bruno took very good care of our table. The pasta faggoli was tasty as well as the house salad. Lasagna was creamy and the paninis very good. The spaghetti could have used a bit more sauce but the meatballs were delicious.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great experience!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Ruined! They have absolutely ruined this once-wonderful place by expanding it. It feels like a warehouse full of people now. Noisy and awful, no atmosphere, people sitting inches from one another. Service incredibly, incredibly slow. Why did they cram so many people in??? Not at all what it used to be... Yuck. Not at all enjoyable.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Go for the pizza and calzone, skip the rest. Meatballs served in a tomato broth, not even an attempt to garnish anything. Cramped, loud.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our experience was "fine." The restaurant was packed with people waiting outside (and our reservation was at 5:45 p.m.!) I didn't find anything particularly interesting about the decor or the food. Our server was very pleasant, but seemed to be rushing around (and rushing us.) Two of us had pasta, which was ok. My husband enjoyed his pizza. I wouldn't rush to go back there.

Tags: Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Casual, Authentic
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We love this place! After several visits we know we’re going to make this one of our regular dinner spots. The service is amazing, and so fast! Even on a crowded and packed Friday night, we were seated quickly and before the wine was even opened our appetizer was there! Our sever, Aldo, was awesome! He recommended a wine from his native town in Italy, and it was delicious! The food is amazing, I’ve enjoyed the lobster ravioli multiple times and we’ve tried other items as well. Highly recommend the gluten free pasta as well if you are gluten free - can’t taste the difference! Wonderful place with great service and what a value on price as well! We will be coming here regularly for a long time!

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