Il Canale

4.6
3130 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 3130 people are saying
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vipFrank
Miami
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good service was excellent

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KathyL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We spoke to the owner Joe to express how much we enjoyed his restaurant and our meals. He said that’s what makes him the happiest to know.

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None
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Very noisy & crowded. Long wait for appetizers & meal came out first.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The place was so busy they were trying to rotate people in and out as fast as they could. We were encouraged to order apps and dinner at the same time because the waitress said they were slammed. They all came out at the same time and the pizza was under cooked. We were in and out in less than an hour- I waited longer for the table. Not what is call a dinner experience but a rush to get customers in/out.

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MP13Chitown
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everyone was more than satisfied with their meal. Excellent waiter. He recommended a Pinot Grigio that wasn’t yet in the menu & it was an excellent suggestion! A bit noisy but we will go back!

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ChrisC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! It was very busy but the service staff was attentive. I would definitely dine here again. Reservations are a must.

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vipDavidM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family visiting

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DanD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The taste was great! We had pizza. Wish the crust had been crispy. It was soggy. But, again, the taste was great! Would go back. Ask for crispy crust.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This post COViD and we realize that. The pizza was soggy pasta portion small. We were hoping for more given the reviews.

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vipPhil
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

6pm reservation so we could catch a 7:30p movie down the block. After asking multiple times our entrees finally got to table at 7:14pm. Both orders of ravioli were cold, not remotely warm. Sent back, remade (probably the same ones just reheated) but at that point we had to leave. So we left hungry and still were charged for everything. Pretty lousy experience all around especially the apathy from the server. There are much better Italian spots in Georgetown.

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vipDrew
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very busy place but needs more wait staff. Food was good.

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FarhadA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Despite having reservations the check-in was a disaster. Took us 30 minutes to be seated and it seemed nobody at the restaurant knew what was going on. One maitre’d was completely dumbfounded it seemed and unable to do anything and another person seating guests brushed us off, walking by us and being dismissive until my wife demanded a table. Server was pretty good though and I liked the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Waited over an hour to be seated despite having a reservation. Service was horrible.

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kelsey
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very crowded restaurant, took a while for them to seat us even though we had a reservation. The staff looked very stressed and were running around trying to get everyones orders. Food was very good nonetheless!

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vipMcme
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good and the staff was helpful and nice. This was our third visit.

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vipVanitaS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

This was disappointing. Been here a few times over the years, but after Saturday’s experience, I’m not sure we will be back.

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vipMissyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appreciated that they honored our reservation despite the fact that we were late arriving after the movies

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2022
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous and delicious meal to celebrate our anniversary. The prosciutto and Buffalo mozzarella was the best I have ever had! The atmosphere is vibrant at il Canale. To top off our meal, we had cannoli with pistachios on a lovely decorated plate! We highly recommend il Canale!

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vipJeremyB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, great food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service and ambiance were excellent. The wait staff were friendly and attentive. However for the price the food wasn’t great. The gnocchi were over cooked and the penne al salmone was very salty. The wine portion was a bit skimpy too. I’ve been to Italy so I’m very picky about Italian food. Otherwise it was a pleasant dining experience.

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Mike
St. Louis
28 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent table service. The salmon and sea bass were delicious. The ravioli was fresh and light. The flat iron steak was very tender. The house salads lacked pizzazz. Deserts were absolutely delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

I went for my birthday, the food was great but the service was poor, waiting for 15 mins to take drink orders then the drinks finally arrived half way through eating the starters. Seeing tables around us being better looked after then having to flag the waiter down to order more drinks and then waiting another 15 mins for a box after the entrees really did it for me and it was time to leave. The experience did put a downer on the end of a good day and I won’t be going back in a hurry.

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vipTraci
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!!!

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vipJohnP
Pittsburgh
59 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Il Canale was a great host for my wife’s birthday dinner. They provided great service and a special desert treat. Food was very good. Unfortunately they were out of the lobster ravioli last night which is awesome. We recommend this place. They also have great pizza and a nice take out service too..

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vipLCDiamond
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service is always and consistent- the drinks are a little skimpy.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Pizza was delicious, service was good. It was a busy night so I do understand wait staff was a bit overwhelmed.

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vipNancyB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Food was mediocre and served warm not hot.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was great. Server was slow in the beginning to come over, then tried to rush as we ate by taking our plates before we were done, and forgot our drinks on several occasions.

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vipLivingVA
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great as ever. Really is a gem for classic, real Italian pizza!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall1food3service5ambience1

Pizza at Il Canale is phenomenal. Don’t get the pasta - it’s flavorless.

The noise level was the absolute worst I have ever experienced in my life. No joke - I thought my ears were going to bleed. Ok, that is somewhat hyperbolic, but I am not kidding when I say it was blood curdling loud.

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ChristineR
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

The service was great. We enjoyed the pizza and various desserts, but the vegetable antipasti plate was very bland, and the cannelloni and raviolis were not special.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parents weekend & Birthday-Great Food lots of fun. Very noisy but it was a very busy weekend so that was to be expected. Great service.

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vipKris
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really enjoyed my birthday dinner here. Service was slow but good and let us enjoy our meal. Pizzas were huge and so yummy.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a return visit to Il Canale. Great gluten-free offerings. Everyone enjoyed their meal.

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WandaE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

People watching on point, very busy, good service, food was good..tiramisu was great.

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vipJim13
Cleveland
22 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

BL very disappointing. This was a must do every time I come into Georgetown. Hate having to take it off the list.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

It was great !!

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vipYosh
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service. Fresh ingredients. Great wine pairing recommendations.

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vipPeecee
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food & attentive service.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Il Canale using the Order Online button. Il Canale also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Il Canale also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 337-4444.

Il Canale is rated 4.6 stars by 3130 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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