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Il Canale

4.5
1807 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
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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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 1807 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Not impressed. The pizza was soggy and the Branzino was overcooked. Should have tried the routine Italian dishes. Great gluten-free options.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Bruno our waiter was tremendous. Chef was accommodating to add calamata olives and anchovies to a pomodoro sauce but was charged $4.00 extra. A bit of nickel dime. Sauce was great though.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Delicicious food! The pizza, lasagna, and chicken dishes were outstanding! So was the service!!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

My wife and I discovered Il Canale a few years ago while walking around DC. Whenever we're in the city, we make a point to stop by, even if it's just for a snack. Great food and very friendly staff.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

You lack a bit of this Italian antipasti touch. Little small things to up tour taste when tou sit down. Work on it. Then we will come.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Super- great buzz - very enjoyable .

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

As always, we received a warm welcome! Service and food excellent. Our son loves the place & the staff is genuine and friendly with our family. Highly recommend for family, date night or a relaxing night with friends. Food is always amazing. Great wine selection!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We where greeted at the door and taken to a table immediately. There was always service but it wasn’t annoying and they weren’t butting into the conversations to try and take our order, they seen a lull in the conversation and they came in. The food was well made but weren’t waiting forever for it, I had margarita pizza, she had the same but with prosciutto. The servings were plenty but it wasn’t overboard just enough for one person. The restaurant wasn’t too loud mostly just other people have their conversations nothing they could control, but the restaurant was nice, it was formal but still relaxed. Over all it was a good experience and I would go back if given the chance!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Went out with family as we were in town

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

This restaurant was packed on a Thursday night with families, couples, and folks of all ages. The food was delicious, and reasonably priced. The wait staff was stellar. Menu has pizza, which looked like a popular choice, but also many pasta dishes and other mostly Italian entrees. Great choice in Georgetown.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Granddaughter of Italian immigrants, thumbs up!!

One recommendation- find a new bread vendor!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great time. Good service. Good food.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Unbelievably loud and mediocre service. All of our dishes (appetizers and pizza) came at the same time, after a long wait. Not everything would fit on the table, so we had to dump our salads awkwardly onto small plates while the pizza got cold. Pizza is pretty good, but not worth listening to 50 people shouting to be heard.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We had an amazing experience! Our server was super friendly and we received exceptional service. We both ordered pizza and it was definitely the best pizza we have ever had!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We should perhaps not be so visible with our glowing review -- we are local to Il Canale and try to get over to it as often as we can, so advertising just how great it is might spoil it for us ;-). Here's our thing: Pick a nice evening when one can sit outside, and if it is a highly active GTown evening (like a Saturday), you can get the great food and service, and be totally entertained by the people watching. Of course, the Margherita (sauce, mozzarella, and basil) is always the true test and it never disappoints. So many other great choices as well -- basically there is nothing on the menu that is not wonderful.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The restaurant is cramped and the noise level very high.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I relied on Il Canali twice in the last couple of weeks for special family dinners with discerning attendees from out of town. It did not disappoint. Every entree was superb, and the salads some of the freshest and creatively composed I have had recently. The host was especially warm and welcoming, and Aldo, our waiter, was helpful in making cuisine selections, vibrant in his descriptions, responsive to our every demand, especially astute in the wine selection, and clever in his repartee with two former waitresses. Without question we would request his fine services again. All in all, it was a fine evening.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I'd been to llCanale before, which have been great, always good food and fun. Went along to this one with some family friends, to celebrate a birthday. The place had a buzzing atmosphere and busy, probbably what you'd expect from a Friday night.
The food was perfect, modest portions and speedy service which always makes for a better evening.All 6 of us had 3 courses and were very impressed, will definitely be going again.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The food was great! The one thing they need to fix is the outdoor seating. The tables are cheap metal tables and the seats are extremely uncomfortable. The waiter we had was great though

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Amazing pizza and service for a great price. We were greeted at the door with great pizza too!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Love this place. Very authentic great owners staff, excellent Napoli style pizza!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great food. Authentic Italian food. Great service. Casual ambiance. Great place to have a meal with friends, colleges, business lunch.

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Some interesting dishes, well-priced wine, but the pizza is not fabulous.

Pleasant attentive speedy service on all my visits.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We're from Ohio and upon our arrival to DC we asked quite a few people about places to eat. Everyone suggested Il Canale! The authentic Neapolitan pizza was delicious...thin in the middle with a thicker crust, prepared with fresh ingredients. We ordered a bottle of Piegaia Chianti based on a recommendation from our server and it was good to the last drop!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The food here is AMAZING!!! The lasagna and the gnocci where the best we had ever had - anywhere!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This food is outstanding. The pasta is delicious. I highly recommend the lasagna and the gnocchi . It's also very reasonably priced.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This restaurant was very crowded, thank god we had reservations but even so the tables were very close together and cramped. I am from NY where pizza is king, I thought the tomato sauce was one of the best I have tried but unfortunately the pizza was far from it. The crust on the edges was good and crispy but the middle was soggy and hard to eat.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I picked this restaurant because of its gluten free options for a family member that was visiting, but was pleasantly surprised to find their food was actually really good in general. The waitress was attentive once we sat down but my only complaint is that there was a hectic bottle neck when checking in with a lot of frustrated people, all with reservations. There was only one guy helping everyone and he also needed to take phone calls, but finally another guy stepped in to help. I almost wanted to leave, but I’m glad we waited, and the wait wasn’t very long.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

It was very packed when we first got there. Extremely loud. We almost couldn’t get through the door to the host stand. But they’re extremely efficient. Even though we were early, they still accommodated us. We didn’t wait long for food or drinks. I think the service only suffered bc of how busy they are. The food was great though.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The service and the food was very good. I loved the hustle and the vibe. It was a great experience. I will be back.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was pretty good but it is noisy with big family tables.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food. Spotty service. Still totally worth it.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Pizza. Pasta. Wine . Perfecto 👌🏻

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Aldo is a wonderful person and server and everything we ordered was delicious - pizza incredible!!!

Long lines outside but they saw our open table res and seated us immediately !

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Amazingly friendly staff..HUGE calzone - delicious. Meat lovers pizza was great. Wife had a taste salmon salad as well.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Good food choices, not rushed. Good parking right across the street! Reminded me of being in Rome.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Il Canale consistently delivers fantastic food, service, and experience.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Our hotel recommended we go to Il Canale for authentic Italian food. We were definitely not disappointed and happy we took their word for it. Everything we had was delicious. Our servers were very friendly and the location was easy to get to.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Dined with 2 teenage boys after a strenuous day touristing. Server was totally on point, pizza was fabulous and it ticked long like the well run machine it obviously is. Making reservations rather than just walking in was incredibly helpful.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Unbelievable pizza!!

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