Il Canale

4.7
3039 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.

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 3039 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Kayd
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Our server did her best, but the bar took forever to get our drinks out (they came when we were almost done eating) and the food was so over cooked it was hard to eat. Pizza was solid, pasta was tasty but overcooked, but the lamb chops were hard to cut and eat and the veg with them had a huge pool of oil that leaked off my plate (because our outdoor table was that crooked). I think they are trying to cover their entire outdoor seating and indoor seating AND their takeout business all at once and are overwhelmed. Felt like it was a good restaurant just stretched way beyond what it could handle well on a very busy Tuesday night. Again, our server was positive and helped the experience.

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vipGahualli
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service, a bit noisy but a great experience!

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vipBeth
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Our dinner was very good, we started with cocktails which were fine and POLPETTE AL SUGO (meatballs) which were yummy, and then the
SCIALATIELLI ALLO SCOGLIO for 2. The dish was delicious, fresh pasta and lots of clams, mussels and shrimp. The one negative was that the portion was small for 2. We were both hungry and filled up on bread after.

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HenryP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Still excellent food, but way understaffed on a Friday night. The lack of service made the experience a poor one. While I might come back here, I definitely wouldn't do so at a busy time.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food! Everything was good!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible! Food was so delicious and Besmir was wonderful taking care of us. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipBeachBum
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s been several years since we’ve eaten there.

Excellent food and ambience. Food and service never disappoints.

Quality Italian food

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and getting the pasta for two was a great choice!

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vipTeamB
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent everything!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for a birthday dinner and had a lovely time!

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ClaudioC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente todo!!!! Fue ameno y cálido.. comida excelente y lo justo se disfruto mucho el almuerzo.

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SheilaD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food great as always. Today’s service was atypical - it was slow after meal came and hard to get refills. Also, it was very noisy and typically is - some work on acoustics would be good. However, in general, good service and great food. Would still recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good food. Service was okay. My server offered me the appetizer special with my focaccia. I asked her what it was and decided to try it… little did I know that it was an additional $20, which I found out when she dropped the check. I feel that she should have made that clear when it was offered. Other than that, I had a good dining experience.

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vipBrannts
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome pizza and delicious food

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best traditional margherita pizza in dc.

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vipCrimson71477
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. The food is some of the best I have had in a while. The service was great and the atmosphere was wonderful.

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CathyS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good.Before making my reservation I checked ill Canale’s website and saw that they were serving from the lunch menu. When the server brought a dinner menu I was surprised a d asked about the lunch menu. She said that they only serve from the dinner menu on weekends. This

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

They always deliver! But they PACK their dining room- the tables are VERY close together and they try to seat as many people as possible, this has been true pre and post pandemic

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MauriceH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s birthday

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vipMrBanks
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food.

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MrGD
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely pleasant experience, from the friendly waiter and staff to the ambiance and cleanness. Food was amazing and I will definitely be coming back soon.

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Ferenc
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good, friendly service, great food, the ambiance beyond compare.

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AnilM
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service by Benny excellent love the ambience; will follow through with next visit sometime in the future.

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vipLTVB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience here! Delicious!

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Mannomom
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was very sweet and helpful. My husband loved the cantaloupe appetizer. My lobster ravioli was wonderful. Nice ending to our July 4th.

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KimberlyP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Georgetown spot! Amazing Italian food & lots of outdoor seating options. We will return! :)

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vipGoodFood
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Canale never disappoints. It has great authentic Italian food, quick service, and a friendly atmosphere. Their pizza is the best thing this side of the Atlantic. It’s not complicated… eat, drink, and have fun. …Georgetown at its best.

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PickyOne
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with excellent food and great service. We sat outside. The table was a tad small for 5 people but other than that no complaints. The Branzino was a stand out. The pasta had that fresh made texture. Service was attentive and friendly. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The pizza was excellent! Nice brick oven style pizza. The lamb chops were delicious. The Restuarant is located in a great area to walk around after and see Georgetown. Parking garage directly across the street is a nice bonus.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

From what we read it seemed this would be a class establishment (went from my husband's description though). The food was fine, but the atmosphere was mor for rarities and casual dates then a romantic dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is a very popular place. Turns out a lot of wood fired pizza. We both had pasta - delicious. Many sidewalk tables but as I said very popular need a reservation

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good for any occasion, food was delicious and service on point. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good Italian food. Loved the grilled vegetables

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always amazing!!

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Tessak
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This restaurant has outstanding service, great food, and an amazing ambiance. I would suggest you make a reservation first.

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DanielCola
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, service and atmosphere at Il Canale! We always visit here when in Washington, DC.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

great, lasagna was so so, but service and ambiance was great

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AmyM
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place, we often visit multiple times when in Georgetown…true Italian pizza!

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RSK69
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, authentic food, lovely atmosphere!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Il Canale using the Order Online button. Il Canale also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Il Canale also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 337-4444.

Il Canale is rated 4.7 stars by 3039 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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