Il Canale

4.5
2442 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food! The experience was great all around, from the second we were greeted by the host and as we left the building. It felt like home and satisfied our Italian craving 200%!

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

Staff is very unpleasant. Quality of pizza much worse than it used to be. Very chewy. Noise is out of control, they need to fix the acoustic, could not hear clearly any friends at the same table.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Wonderful food in great Georgetown neighborhood!

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CS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was excellent!! Service was great too!

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New England
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Foods was not good at all ands the wine list was unsatisfactory as well. The salad was overdressed and not fresh and the pizza was soggy.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

The pizza was disappointing. Toppings lacked flavor, and the crust was spongy like injera. Pizza for three (with two indifferent side salads, two desserts and three drinks) should not cost $151. Very noisy place, too.

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AK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my absolute favorite restaurant!!!! Best of everything!

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L
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was amazing but bit pricey. Food was pretty good but service is what stands out most.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent pizza and calzones!!!!
Crust, sauce and topping are amazing!!

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DS
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

You can improve the behavior of your service staff!

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OT
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal and a very busy restaurant. High noise level due to everyone talking. Not any sound deadening material in the restaurant. Overall very good experience, just hard to talk with my party.

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L
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Marguerita pizza, yummy pasta carbonara

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JL
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff went above and beyond! We originally chose an outdoor table, and when a storm rolled in unexpectedly, they already had an indoor table ready for us to keep us from getting wet. They didn’t seem bothered at all by the fact that they had to move all of our food and drinks inside. They then allowed several people to seek shelter from the rain in the entry way and never seemed annoyed by the crowd. They also gave some customers the cloth napkins to dry their faces. The food was excellent, and they were very attentive. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!

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u
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our family each ordered entrees All were good. The pizza was so good that we ordered one for dessert.

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RD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I would recommend it to a friend with a gluten issue to try a non-gluten-free pizza. I can eat bread in most of Europe without an issue, so tried it here based upon the quality they advertised on their wheat. I was fine and it was tasty.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great except one of our Pizzas was soggy. The crust was too thin to support the toppings, cheese, and sauce.

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SC
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent services and good food!

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Restaurant was loud, food was very sub par for the price

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MS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brick oven pizza, fabulous parchment wrapped Bronzino!
Friendly servers, fun atmosphere! We loved it!

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KB
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Too noisy. Tables very cramped. Please don’t serve the entrees whilst your customers are in the middle of their appetisers.

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ND
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Neapolitan pizza you will find!! Staff is very friendly and attentive. Il Canale is truly a gem in the heart of Georgetown!

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JD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very solid, as usual. Meatball appetizer is very good, as are select pizzas.

Good service, as well.

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RS
New England
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food

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MS
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Canale offers the best, most authentic Neapolitan food that I've ever eaten, outside of Italy. Try the pizza Margherita - the crust is chewy and lightly blackened around the edges with piquant mozzarella de bufala and a light, balanced tomato sauce. The generous cappuccino is balanced and frothy - absolutely no need for sugar. I simply can't overstate the perfection of the food, waitstaff, ambiance and location. In fact, recalling my meal there has left me ravenous!

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AR
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was so bland and terrible. I'm not sure where this Restaurant got its good reviews. It tasted like someone defrosted their food and served it

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s
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It surprises me that Il Canale gets such high reviews. The food is fine but not special. The atmosphere is ok and the noise level is high. The service is good but overall the prices are not supported by the experience

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A
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic dining experience for the 4 of us--wonderful wines, amazing pizzas, lobster ravioli, delicious gnocci, and all of the desserts were a hit! Our server was attentive and friendly, but never pushy. The atmostphere was lively, but not too loud. The square table was a little small for the 4 of us, especially once the pizzas arrived, but that was the only thing I would change. Will definitely go again and highly recommend!

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KE
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I really wanted to love this place. It's cute and very Italian. The service was good and my husband really enjoyed his pizza. But...I was looking forward to the house made pasta I'd read so many reviews about. I worked hard looking for a great dinner for a special night. The menu was different than online and I had the carbonara- I love good carbonara! But, unfortunately it wasn't . It was imported spaghetti not homemade and instead of a smooth egg and parmesan sauce with pancetta, it was a Parmesan cream sauce that was lumpy. Either the egg scrambled or the parmesan didn't melt and it was topped with limp bacon. It's too bad because this place had so much going for it.

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B
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, pleasant lovely atmosphere

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GF
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the pizza. It’s authentic so eat it quickly.

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JC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This nice cozy restaurant outside DC was excellent. I had the a plate that was not on the menu and they made it taste great! Thank you guys for doing that. The scenery was awesome and the location is perfect since were in DC.

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JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! The pizza reminded me of Rome! Can’t wait to go back. Also our waitress was lovely.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good as always!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Authentic Italian pizza done right!

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B
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The quality and selection of dishes were fantastic. The calamari was not seasoned well, but the main dishes were phenomenal.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Greeter outside checking people in was a bit rude...put a damper on the whole evening!

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CD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful! My teenage son even commented that he cannot understand what makes the food so outstanding at Il Canale... he said it looks like other pizza and pasta he has eaten, but it tastes so much better!!

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KH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a delicious meal at Il Canale a few days ago. We made reservations and were seated shortly after arriving. We have been here before but this was the first time during the Thursday dinner rush, around 730-8pm. The dining area was very loud but we managed. The food was delicious, especially the pizza. The service was good even with a very busy dining time. Will definitely come again, maybe earlier or during a less busy time.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience and great food

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SM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

beautiful restaurant, our server Eugenia was amazing, very attentive. just wasn't wowed by the food.

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