Il Canale

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$30 and under
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Italian

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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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful authentic Naples pizza.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You really need to make a reservation or you may have to wait awhile, I had one and got right in but that was not the case for a lot of people, everything was great, I will definitely be going back next time I’m in Georgetown.

J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Eggplant Parm....we had been once before and LOVED it... They ran out which set a bad tone for dinner. We told server that the reason for us coming, she went to see if there was one more order left. No luck.

Wish they would have been more apologetic...not a whole lot of empathy for us. Totally understand running out of something- just wish they would have cared more.

MS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Didn’t feel our reservation was honored..dinner felt rushed, food fare

EK
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Our waiter was adorable but we all felt the food was overpriced and not great. It was also really loud! The pizza was good but not the best ever and the gnocchi was not good at all!

B
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Buffalo mozzarella was soooo good as was the gnocchi bolognese - would definitely eat here again

SD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious!!

AK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in the universe!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were supposed to dine here but they overbooked so we never got in. They did not honor our reservation and we left.

F
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Il Canale is our favorite place to eat in Georgetown when visiting our son. The food is authentic and the wait staff is exceptional. We really love the waiter we have had several times, Bruno! It’s a must when in Georgetown!!

EM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Even with a reservation at 7:00pm, we waited outside for 45 minutes before being seated. Once seated however. The food came quickly and the service was great.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pizza outside Italy! Always a fantastic meal. We never miss a visit to Il Canale when we visit DC.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place to bring friends or a date.

JS
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to finish a minor and dinner date!!

s
New England
24 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service! Visit you must!

LA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The pizza was soggy, the spaghetti bolognese was plain and the tomato sauce was very acidic and the lasagna was very cheesy but nothing special. The calamari was average. Great neighborhood but would try and find a different restaurant.

TT
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience - service, food, value - all exceptional! Busy place! 700 reservations on a Saturday night. Very noisy/loud but it fit the high energy ambiance. Highly recommended.

RR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was fabulous - just loud inside

LC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and excellent service.

C
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Great service. Pizza was good but not great. Center was soggy and topping were not spread across the pizza well. Salad was not as good as described. Calamari & zucchini were wonderful.

MT
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Canale is our favorite go-to date night dinner before a movie. Love the food and friendly staff!

k
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bruno was an extraordinarily great host and the best service ever from Tommy. Food exceeded expectations!

BF
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our best meals in DC. Our party (4) enjoyed everything. We will visit there again on our next trip. We had Lobster Ravioli, Lasagna, Gnocchi, Caesar and house salad. They have very good authentic sauces.

OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This place was busy and packed! Would definitely recommend reservations. Food was excellent. My only complaint was that we went especially for their gluten free pizza crust and they had run out by the time we ordered (around 8pm). Great spot for Italian in the Georgetown area!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Most authentic Italian Neapolitan pizza in the DC area. Great supplì/arancini and finish it off with a real espresso 🙂. Buonissimo!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great! Serviced was very good.Ambiance is only okay for a special occasion but great for a pizza place

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a really nice dinner. Food tasted really good and had a great night. Highly recommend going here!

JM
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant for Italian food. My meal was outstanding and my wife said hers was excellent also. Our waitress was very patient and explained the menu choices, as well as, the wine choices.
It was just quiet enough to have a pleasant conversation but not library-quiet.
We had a seat next to the windows and enjoyed the people watching.

IK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, and Angelica the waitress was excellent.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was subpar. I could have made a better house salad at my own home, gnocchi was over cooked, and pizza crust was soggy.

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were so good about us being our dog on date night. Got us a table and a bowl of water right away. Also the food and wine were fantastic.

KB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A little intimidating at arrival with so many people crowed around waiting for tables, with a line for check-in but once our whole party arrived we were seated quickly and the food was amazing!

NS
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best Italian restaurant I've ever eaten at!! My husband and I were visiting from Colorado. I had the lasagna. It was served in an individual bowl with a chewy top layer and gooey deliciousness underneath. My husband had spaghetti which he loved. We had the bruschetta for an appetizer. The bread was amazing and the fresh tomato and buffalo mozzarella cheese was divine! The bread that they brought before we ordered was served with olive oil infused with roasted garlic cloves! Amazing! We wish we lived in Georgetown so we could go often! This is 8 out of 5 stars!!!

OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Terrible steak

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CJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal!

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We sat outside and the constant flow of people walking by was very annoying. The food was great and fairly priced. Definitely will return but we will not be sitting outside.

DC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Il Canale and we can’t wait to go back! The atmosphere, the service, the food, the location, and the friendliness of the staff all combine to make this restaurant the perfect place for a date or a special occasion. BUT the value for the money means it’s also perfect for everyday dining.

CH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great guys at the front. Great service

W
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food served with attentive service; seated at a wonderful table...the pizza is some of the best I ever had...it’s truly as if you went to Italy. All my trips to DC will include going to Il Canale

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date night location, with incredible food!

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