Il Canale

4.8
2954 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 2954 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was exquisite! I had the Georgetown pizza and expected and received nothing less than authentic taste! I would definitely go back!

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NoahO
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love this place. The food is great and you should try something new every time you go in!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Italian food

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AdzuaA
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick dinner outside. My friend and I loved the food and friendly, attentive service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the Napoli pizza and lobster ravioli. I kid you not, the pizza was the best I've ever eaten.

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AliH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was super busy and noisy, but beautiful a Saturday night with everyone getting out again, so I guess that was to be expected. Everyone we encountered who worked there was just lovely and the food was delicious! I will return when it is a little less crowded, but still glad I went, had a great night!

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MaureenH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a special dinner it was at Il Canale. We were seated on the rooftop, and our server, Benedetto, was attentive, warm, and welcoming, even in the midst of a very busy dinner service. Il Canale has been consistently great to my guests and me over the past year of outdoor dining requests. I recommend the melon with prosciutto (app), and the branzino entree. This restaurant really is a neighborhood gem--highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Staff was great, food was extremely hot and tasty and we were seated quickly even though we arrived late - overall great time. Price was $$$$

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NatalieF
Columbus
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was amazing!! I shared the pizza and lasagna with my mom and it was fantastic! The only complaint is that it was very dark in the restaurant and hard to read the menu.

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vipMTMlr
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go-to date night restaurant in the neighborhood. Love Il Canale.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love Il Canale for authentic Italian style cuisine. If you know anything about Italian cooking, you know that quality ingredients is essential and Il Canale delivers just that! Everyone in our family picks it to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions. The ambiance also makes for a great date-night.

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KenM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

our waiter was great! food was ok, it wasn't bad, just ok though. I thought the price was high.

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MarkM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Wine was excellent. Our server Erik was fantastic. His service was friendly and prompt and I appreciate that he spoke up considering it was a bit noisy (it was Mother's Day after all) and he was wearing a mask. Our reservation was for 630 but we were taken in at 600.

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quill
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Organized staff, pleasant & knowledgeable waiter and clean facility. Food was great as always.

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Alec
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Authentic Neopolitan pizza

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ElizabethP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Il Canale was running behind, we were left standing outside for over 20 minutes despite having a reservation. The calzone was a giant mess of dough and cheese. The server was very nice, but overall we were disappointed in our experience.

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MarieM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for pasta & pizza with family and friends! Celebrated Mother's Day brunch here and it was such a great experience. I had lobster ravioli and my husband had margherita pizza - both were delicious!

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GMDDC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was amazing, it turned out he was from Puglia, the same as my dad’s family. He was energetic and attentive and made the night even better. The food was absolutely amazing, especially the burrata.

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vipMonica
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Host was very polite. Food was amazing. Ravioli the best! I liked the outside table with heat warmers - cosy.

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vipHappyDining
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved my pizza. Delicious authentic Italian food.

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RustyEH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had a superb meal at Il Canale in Washington. We ate outside along the charming sidewalk near the canal. Our waiter was attentive, and highly informed about the wine list - offering us an excellent bottle at a reasonable price. We had THE BEST pizza Napoli pizza we have EVER had. Truly, it was a fine dining experience at a fine price.

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vipStevenL
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Micaela was a great server, he was very attentive and funny.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my boyfriend’s birthday. 10/10 would go again. It was my first indoor dining experience since covid and I felt very safe. The food was delicious and the service was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff and foos

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Benedetto ha una grande personalità e il cibo era incredibile!!! Grazie mille!

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geckovip
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always!!

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GeorgetownMary
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly place makes you feel you are in Italy & the food is the best Italian in
Washington DC. They make their own pasta ! We shared a pizza...best lightweight dough with fabulous sauce, ravioli stuffed with porcini mushrooms, fried Mozzarella, arugula salad with fresh Buffalo mozzarella & balsamic . Will go back to this restaurant again

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vipElissaR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always. Outdoor dining with tents was really nice with the nice weather. They have many gluten free options which I appreciate.

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vipmrwrite
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Il Canale has always been our 'go to' for casual Italian fare. Still is! and for good reason - they never disappoint.

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DanielleS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! The service, the food, the ambience, their location (easy to get to, and a nice place to walk around after dinner).
I had the chicken roll up with mushrooms and cream sauce, and caponata. We ordered a dessert for the table and when the waiter saw that we weren't impressed, he offered to replace it with their delicious cannolis.

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vipMelissaS
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great, especially the gnocchi. This is one of our go-to restaurants in the Georgetown area. The service was good too.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

The pesto (penne) sucked! Overcooked and they offered ‘shake on’ stale parmigian cheese much like you’d get at a Pizza Hut..... definitely not the food quality you’d expect at this price point and Georgetown location....

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything inside was great. Outside host and staff were very pushy and rude, telling people with reservations who were waiting to move down the block and that “everyone is waiting.” Not very hospitable.

Waiter and food was excellent.

Noise level was very loud, caused largely by a party who saw another party they know and were aloud to mingle, standing in the dining room without masks.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much food for your money! I have leftover for days! thinking the waiter had a fake italian accent but pizza was covered with perfect amount of toppings and great place to stop for an app or meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice place for a date. The vibe was great, enjoyed the food, the bread was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

This is one of my favorite restaurants. We love Bruno and Miguel. But Friday night is not the time to go. We had reservations and waited 45 mins to get a table for 4. Twos get seated faster. If we had had Miguel as a waiter it would have been better. White pizza w arugula is so delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome pizza, wine and dessert! Service was impeccable!

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ArthurL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A very pleasant Italian restaurant in a nice setting in Georgetown. The food was quite good and not too heavy or greasy. There was outdoor seating with nearby heating units, and the service was really excellent. Menu not especially diverse, but the fish dishes were creatively prepared.

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policywonkDC1
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I had a business dinner outside. Because of the weather, heaters were employed outside to partial effect. The salads were mediocre, albeit large. Service was terrific. In the retrospect, if it is cold, it is probably preferable to sit inside, provided you are vaccinated. With so many restaurants in DC still closed, this was an agreeable option but not much more than that.

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vipMarkL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, ambiance and service were all exceptional. Love the authentic Neapolitan pizza. Always the best.

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Il Canale is rated 4.8 stars by 2954 OpenTable diners.

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