Nearby points of interest
Nearby points of interest
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.
Washington, DC 20007
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11;30 am - 10:30 pm; Friday & Saturday: 11 am - 11 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 10 pm
M Street NW
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Street Parking. Public garage parking directly across from il Canale on 31st Street NW.
Closest metro subway entrance is Foggy Bottom. Public buses run on M Street.
Cabs readily available on M Street.
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
Send a Gift Card
Buy now and send it instantly by email, or print a card to give in person.
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
My husband and I were supposed to go here for our first wedding anniversary. It turned out to be a disaster. We arrived before our reservation time, and the line was out of the door. It took 15 minutes to just approach the hostess station, and then we were rudely told that "everyone will get seated" - while noticing that walk ups were being seated. We waited another 10 minutes before being shoved to a table. I understand that the restaurant was packed, but we did not enjoy the chaos from the staff or the noise level. The ambiance was terrible so we left immediately and went somewhere else. I am sure the food would have been good, but we were so annoyed with getting to our table that everything else was ruined. Maybe the description should be updated to casual dining not meant for special occasions.
Bruno was amazing and incredibly personable. I recommend making a reservation because there were people waiting consistently (clearly because il Canale is so delicious)! The restaurant handles people incredibly well. It was packed when we went, but it didn't seem crowded or too loud. The food is delicious and doesn't disappoint. Bruno's recommendation of the tiramisu was a winner for sure!
Stuck to pizzas, as per other reviews, and it was excellent! Hard to do a thin crust so well. We are originally from NY...need I say more! Service was very good and chef came out for some genuine feed back. Wish we had tried something else, sonwe could give more. We did have salads, and they were not very notable, either way.
After reading reviews, was excited to try Il Canale. The food was ok to good, not great. I decided on a pizza, then queried the server on the one with spicy salami. I asked specifically, "is the salami sliced into round disks or shredded into strips and then globbed onto the pizza?" She told me no, just into long thin strips and not globbed on. Against my better judgement, I said ok, I'll try it. What did I get? shredded pepperoni globbed onto the pizza. Yuck. Also, and while not the restaurant's fault, we were seated outside, a guy eating by himself gabbed an entire business call into his cell phone the whole time we were eating. It would have been nice had the manager or someone come over and asked him to end his call in the interest of other diners. But nothing. Mr. rude/gabber kinda ruined the meal for us.
The food was delicious and the pizza especially. Would have liked to try the other options but could not eat any more. They did forget to bring our caprese but apologized and offered free cannolis. It was not quiet and at times was difficult to even hear across the table. Would still recommend for any occasion if in town because the food was exceptional.
I never got to Il Canale, due to not booking it in the first place....Open Table did that without even being asked too, and as the restaurant is in Washington, DC and I'm here in SCOTLAND.....I found transport a bit problematic.....no reflection on the probably, very fine eating place at all.😞
Service was slow. Server was respectful but seemed overworked. He told us the bar was overloaded and delayed. 1 of the 3 pastas was cold, as was the meat sauce on it.
It seems the restaurant is trying to serve too many customer for the size of kitchen, bar and wait staff.
This is a good spot for a super casual weekday date night or for a couple of families that want to get together after a soccer game or casual event. The staff is very friendly, and the food is good...but not particularly special. If you are going to choose an entree (such as the fish, chicken or steak) you are better served going elsewhere. But for "fancy pizza" with good apps it is probably a great place.
Wonderful atmosphere overall ~ we were disappointed that they gave us a noisy section near the path of staff and people, so it was noisier and crowed feeling. We had 2 kids with us so felt as though we were place at more unfavorable seating, so we did not get the full ambiance of the main room.
Great pizza, very tasty, but the calamari and house salad were disappointing. We were sitted at the back of the restaurant and the waitress was hovering over the table. Would definitely recommend the pizza at this place, but next time I might just get it to go!!!
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.