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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.

1065 31st NW
Washington, DC 20007
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11;30 am - 10:30 pm; Friday & Saturday: 11 am - 11 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 10 pm

Cross Street:
M Street NW

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 337-4444

Website:
http://www.ilcanale.com/

Parking Details:
Street Parking. Public garage parking directly across from il Canale on 31st Street NW.

Public Transit:
Closest metro subway entrance is Foggy Bottom. Public buses run on M Street.
Cabs readily available on M Street.

Executive Chef:
Antonio Biglietto

Additional:
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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Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Private Dining

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

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (55)
Casual (53)
Neighborhood Gem (51)
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Good for a Date (41)
Good for Groups (37)
Fun (33)
Comfort Food (31)
Great for Lunch (28)
Kid-friendly (26)
Special Occasion (26)
Good for Birthdays (23)
People Watching (23)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Romantic (20)
Hot Spot (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Cozy (17)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Gluten Free Options (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Quick Bite (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Business Meals (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Worth the Drive (11)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Healthy (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Live Sports (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Great Beer (3)
Waterfront (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Organic (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

We were lucky to have a cozy table in the corner. The restaurant is crowded but the service is excellent and the food is good even though my seafood pasta was drowned in sauce with too few clams and mussels, it was tasty an my Husband enjoyed his pizza immensely. We will return to this restaurant

Tags: Waterfront, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Really delicious pizza and pasta. And wonderful service! Everyone was lovely. The place was a little loud and the space is nice, but not over the top nice, so I wouldn't go there for a really special occasion, but it was a wonderful find for really good food and attentive service. We loved our experience!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 7 days ago

Servers and the Italian personnel very kind and friendly!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great choice for a birthday dinner among girlfriends. Warm and wonderful service. Fantastic food, and gluten free options.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our favorite place in Georgetown for Italian food. They are famous for their Neapolitan pizza, but don't skip the "regular" menu items. The lobster ravioli is excellent and highly recommended! Other good choices are sea bass and chicken breast. The wine list has some good Italians at reasonable prices. (We opted for an Umbrian wine.) The staff is very friendly and accommodating. The noise level can be very high, depending on the time of day.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The food is just OK and the staff acts like they’re less than delighted to see you. (Mainly the hostess) From now on I’ll go next door or across the street.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

All staffs were very friendly. Pizza, bread, and pasta was also very tasty, not salty at all.

Tags: Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The food was pleasant comfort food Italian. The pasta was decent quality, and the fish on top of it was relatively fresh. There were no special bells and whistles and I spent $80 including top for myself and my kid. We had pasta, a glass of wine for myself, and two deserts. Decent food. Unremarkable but perfectly fine.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

I went for the first time last Saturday and I had to get back within a week. Excellent service and food

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

In addition to so-so food and service, the staff lost my wife’s beautiful black scarf .

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Amazing food! The pizza is a definite must and they are open to modifying it to your own taste. Really enjoyed the lasagna and the coffee was amazing. All in all, great restaurant.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was amazing but it was so crowded and so loud that we couldn’t talk to each other without yelling. The tables were cramped so close to each other that we literally could not get out and it was so loud that the tables around us didn’t even hear that we were trying to get by. The waitress was sweet but looked hurried. Would not go back on a weekend!

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great service from our server Nancy. The restaurant very hot. It was fine that it was loud, because we were a large group and loud ourselves. The food was good, could have been more flavorful. The Antipasti plate was the best! Grilled vegetables, huge balls of fresh mozzarella and nice cured meats.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was delicious! It was a very busy Saturday night, and it was crowded which made it a little uncomfortable since the restaurant is small. Despite the crowd, the service was still good. We did have to wait 15 or 20 minutes for a table to clear up for us even though we had made a reservation . Once we were seated the food was promptly served. This was my second visit, and I would come again.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

My date and I had a great time at this restaurant. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff and very authentic Italian dishes. The pizza was fantastic. The price was a little high for what I considered more medium yet delicious type food and ambiance. Great for families and big loud groups

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Casual, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Amazing food. Best we’ve had since returning from Italy. Very authentic Italian food. Owner and servers very friendly. Overall it was a terrific experience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Welcomed at the door with a lovely person with a smile handing out pieces of pizza. Seated right away. waitress was helpful and provided excellent service. We eat here often, great food and atmosphere

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 29, 2017

It was my intention to get some pasta, but I couldn't get past their pizza! That's what you go there for!

Tags: Fun, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

LOVE il Canale! Cannot recommend it enough! Food is always top notch, as is the service! I haven't heard a bad word about it since I moved here, so would definitely recommend!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

wonderful staff....great attitude....great food in a high energy atmosphere. Can always be counted on to be consistent.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

First visit, but will certainly visit again and bring friends. Service was friendly and waiter was knowledgeable about the wines, we had a wonderful Sicilian wine to go with the pizzas.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I thought that our meal and experience at Il Canale was mostly just ok. Given all the hype, I had really expected the visit to be better. First, the pacing was absolutely terrible. We had a 7:15 pm Saturday reservation (which they weren't sure they even could find in my name, but sat us anyways very promptly - but all the while the manager (or owner?) was barking rudely at the hostess, yikes!). The bigger issue however, was that everything came out immediately - it was like fast food! We had ordered first a round of cocktails, and barely had them in hand when the salads came out. We ordered a bottle of wine with dinner, which they brought out right away and poured even though everyone still had full cocktails. Just wasn't a well thought out or quality dining experience. We had all of our pizzas in under 30 minutes of sitting down at the table, which is great for fast food but absurd for a sit down restaurant where the pizza is the main course, and we began with cocktails and starters! Not relaxing or inviting, (although our server was pretty nice).

However, the biggest issue was the pizza! It was a SOGGY mess after just a short while on the table. The first slices where quite good, and we enjoyed the flavors and all the excellent cheeses and meats that were used. The topping combinations were great, too. But by the second and third slices, we were all amazed by how soggy the crust was. Total bummer. I should note that we ordered five different pizzas, and this was universally the issue. I'm not sure if they were underdone, of if the use of a metal tray would be better than ceramic - but all I know is the results weren't ideal. I would try this restaurant out again if I happened to be nearby and hungry at an off-peak time, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get here again. I would suggest Timber or 2 Amy's instead.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Ana was great

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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Ratings on other sites would lead you to believe that the experience here would be stellar. While the food was decent, it did not stick out as a top-notch memorable meal. Inside felt as much as a diner than a dinner restaurant. Perhaps I didn't investigate enough to realize this was essentially a pizza place with additional options so my expectations may have been out of line with the experience I had.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We went with family during Thanksgiving 2017. Liked it so much that ate there twice in 4 days. Interesting that next door Italian restaurant was half empty when Il Canale was packed both times we dined. Food was very good and served fast. Not for special occasion but very cozy and nice ambience. Few flaws: pasta arrived before we finished salad, if this is not a big deal for you otherwise it is great place while visiting Georgetown. Definitely coming back

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants in DC. Outstanding pizza, lovely pastas, excellent tiramisu. The staff knows what they are doing and have great suggestions for group size and flavor options. Every time I come into the city, I make it to Il Canale.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Best pizza ever! We enjoyed every minute. Will be back soon

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The good was awesome and atmosphere was energetic.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Neapolitan pizza done well. Lasagna is outstanding. Coffee, especially espresso drinks are quite good and worth ordering.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The flat iron steak was exquisite. Perfectly cooked and just the right amount. Lobster ravioli was flavorful but in my opinion the ravioli skin was just a tad hard. Overall great food at reasonable prices. Very noisy though, you’ll have to speak at the top of your voice.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Authentic
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

I consider this a moderately enjoyable Italian restaurant. The food quality was fine but cold.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

We had an early dinner after a matinee at Kennedy Center. The staff is extremely friendly and attentive, without over doing it. We had the lasagna and pizza and enjoyed every bite. The cozy, warm ambiance added to the positive experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Skip this place. Not sure if I️ dined at the same restaurant as other reviewers but this is a place to skip. The ribeye was overpriced and sinewy. The gnocchi was bland and underwhelming. It it was packed so then must be doing something right. Just not my cup of tea though.

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Pretty incredible. Guys beware of the waiter selling roses however. Be sure to bring a 20. Believe me, they don’t ask whether or not the lady wants one. They’ll just hand your date a rose and ask for cash. Besides that the rest was grear

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Excellent pizza and branzino! Very quiet lunch, was not crowded.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Fantastic & next best place to get Italian food (pizza) outside of Italy. Wakes your sixth sense! Raw organic ingredients imported from Italy, belonging to the association and preservation of neopolitan pizza. The walls are full of celebrity and famous people’s dining visits at the restaurant, from athletes, singers, actors, politicians, late night show hosts - Georgetown’s hidden gem!

Tags: Late-night Find, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Live Sports, Vegan, People Watching, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Everything was fantastic, except the bathrooms are the ground floor need to be upgraded, refurbished, etc.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Service, food, ambiance, coffee drinks - all excellent. A little pricey overall, but will return when looking for a good Italian meal.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food! Fast service! Awesome experience!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Il Canale food is autentico!! That sounds a bit of posturing on my part, but the food is autentico.

Noise can be a big issue if you eat in the large room to the left as you enter, but there is a much quieter area in the original section of the building.

Service from Tatiana was first rate.

We're from Portland, Oregon and il Canale is one of our two destination restaurants in DC

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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