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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.
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
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Il Canale Ratings and Reviews
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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