Il Canale

4.6
3172 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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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
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Family birthday

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived almost an hour early for our reservation at a busy time but were seated right away. Service was prompt, efficient and friendly, portions large and high quality.

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vipluv2dine
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Great service

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AndresO
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! The food, the service, the atmosphere

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vipYuiH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a wonderful time! Service was very fast and attentive. Food was amazing

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MarkF
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely amazing!!! Pasta was delicious, the crust on the calzone was so light and yummy. We shared 2 appetizers, 3 dishes, desert and coffee and they all were amazing!

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LadyLazarus
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Arrived at 8:15 for our reservation and there was a large crowd outside the restaurant waiting to be seated. We waited 20 minutes until the hosts called our name. Once seated, the food and drinks came out very quickly. We tried the bruschetta, two pizzas, and the Torta Siciliana. Would go back - but keep in mind that it’s very loud/busy on a Saturday night.

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Visitor
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Very poor lighting so we could barely see the food. Service was rushed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good food and very attentive server. The only issue is seating. We had a reservation for 7, but we’re not seated until much later. There were many people with reservations waiting on the sidewalk.

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vipLittleJen
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was really great. The time it took to get seated was frustrating, but the food was delicious.

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MarciaS
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

We had reservations

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vipSMRoth
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza in DC. The crust, toppings and sauce are outstanding -- all the time. I have eaten here 10-12 times over the years, and always look forward to returning. I am already thinking about which salad and which pizza I will have for my next visit. Reservations highly recommended to avoid long wait for table.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bruno, youre the man!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was nothing special. The ravioli tasted undercooked on the sides, didn’t taste freshly made. Won’t be going back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a complaint !

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Monkey
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Disappointed with poor service. Entrees are excellent. Everything else average.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food was very good but we had an issue with the wait time for our table. We had a reservation and arrived only minutes after our reservation time and did not get seated until almost 40 minutes after late. When asking the host multiple times when we might be seated they kept saying “it’ll only be a few more moments” when it really wasn’t. It seemed like they were just sitting people on a first come first serve basis, not taking into consideration reservation times at all. The other people in line had the same experience as us. The host told everyone I’d be only “a few moment” when that wasn’t the case at all. If the host would of been more honest about how long we would have to wait to be seated even with a reservation then we could of made the decision ourselves about whether or not we wanted to wait the 40 minutes for our table versus being lied too about when we might be seated. But once we finally did sit down the food was delicious. I recommend this place for the food, but be prepared to wait a while for your table if you go on a busy night like a Saturday, even if you have a reservation!

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vipSaraH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really exceptional Italian classics, with the modern twist of gluten-free pasta choices. Food is always delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Party of 4, one of us had dined here before and loved it. I was still full from a heavy lunch, so I opted for a salad. When I asked the server to add chicken (which was listed in the menu as an option for +$7), she informed me the chicken can only be added to the house salad. I was disappointed but ordered it anyway. The entree salad came out and was the same size as my friend’s half salad. It had no flavor and was served on a hot plate. There were 2 olives and 2 tomato halves. Very, very lightly dressed. Clearly, I should have ordered the pizza. My server seemed distracted, or under the influence of something the entire time. She couldn’t answer any questions. When asked for recommendations, she said “it’s all good”.

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Hasan
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Canale is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in DC area, food is always very delicious, and the service is excellent.

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Chloe
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The pizza was INCREDIBLE, but the rest of the food we ordered ranged from average to mediocre. Skip the chicken dish, side order of spinach, and meatballs.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

An altogether a wonderful experience. This chic and cozy Italian restaurant offers food reminiscent of Tuscany and Sorrento, with creamy ricotta filling every bite. The dessert was heaven. The only issue was the wait we had to get seated and the length of time between speaking to our server.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Gluten free pizza was Amazing we had the Diavola!

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Cindy
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience and experience, it was! Enjoyed the ambiance, the food and the vibe of Georgetown!

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vipKristanB
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

We picked Il Canale for dinner this week after having walked by people enjoying their incredible pizzas dozens of times. We had to get a pizza which was amazing! Also enjoyed a very fresh salad-I highly recommend the lemon dressing. Lamb chops and a side of spinach rounded out our meal. All portions are large enough to share; we left happily full. The service was friendly and attentive. We will definitely go back!

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NKR77
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent family dinner.

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vipDebE
Washington DC
127 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Giovanni did a great job. Salad - fresh! Enough to share. Fried calamari was fabulous. Pizza margareta was delicious. affogato and cannoli desserts were yummy! Great wine too.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED eating here! The food was delish and our waiter was fab 14/10

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bruno is the best!!! I swear your pizza tastes better every time I go. Grazie amici

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MeganW
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and even better food. One of our favorite Italian places to go to!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quick to seat guests. Child friendly. Our waiter was exceptional. He was very friendly and interacts well with everyone on the table. Food was delicious. We come to Il Canale from Maryland because of that

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Bruno made our night! Not to mention the authentic Napolitano pizza! Yum!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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Langacre
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We ate outside on the upper terrace. I had not realized that this existed. Il Canale is actually a much bigger restaurant than you would imagine from the street. The terrace was quite pleasant, and when we passed through the restaurant on the way out, I was struck by the noise. I was glad we had not been inside, because conversation would have been difficult. The food itself was unexceptional. Not bad, not great. They mixed up my wife's order and brought her a salad with salmon rather than chicken. I was under the impression that il Canale was the best of the three Italian restaurants in this block of 31st Street, but I actually think they are all rather similar. In terms of wine, the Prunicce Tuscan red blend was excellent.

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DebbieP
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Glad we made a reservation for our Friday evening dinner, because it was crowded and there was a line waiting to get in! Our server, Giavanni was very friendly and efficient!! Will definitely come back for the Neapolitan pizza!! We got the margarita and diablo…delicious!! The calamari appetizer and seafood pasta entree were also very good! It was our first time, and we will definitely be back!!

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Yogi
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

They weren’t willing to modify their menu to toss in a few stir fried veggies instead of the meat to make it vegetarian friendly. We ordered a stir fried veggie platter, and it was served chilled!! 🙄. When asked, they said that’s how it’s served, chilled. Refused to hear it up.

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charlesm
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

big problem is they brought the pizza at the same time as the appetizers-thus making a big mess Pizza is good but there are problems with other stuff

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catheryn
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food but a little expensive. If you eat outside, get ready to gear honking a lot.

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AdamS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food, good service and very freindly staff. Seems best to have a reservation, was busy on a Tuesday, which must mean great place!

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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 3172 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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