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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 Transport:
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

Il Canale Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.3

Service

4.3

Ambience

4.1

Value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (61)
Casual (58)
Neighbourhood Gem (52)
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Good for a Date (38)
Child Friendly (34)
Group Bookings (32)
Comfort Food (31)
Lunch (31)
Fun (30)
Outdoor Eating (28)
Special Occasions (25)
People Watching (21)
Gluten Free Options (21)
Romance (20)
Hot Spot (20)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Business Meals (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Quick Bite (15)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Happy Hour (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Cosy (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Waterfront (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Healthy (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Live Sports (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

We love this place! After several visits we know we’re going to make this one of our regular dinner spots. The service is amazing, and so fast! Even on a crowded and packed Friday night, we were seated quickly and before the wine was even opened our appetizer was there! Our sever, Aldo, was awesome! He recommended a wine from his native town in Italy, and it was delicious! The food is amazing, I’ve enjoyed the lobster ravioli multiple times and we’ve tried other items as well. Highly recommend the gluten free pasta as well if you are gluten free - can’t taste the difference! Wonderful place with great service and what a value on price as well! We will be coming here regularly for a long time!

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Food2
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

This place is extremely loud and it is difficult to hear the person seated next to you. The food is very average and overpriced. The service is fine, but not good enough to compensate for the other factors. This seems to be best suited for college students, although given the prices, college students with a decent budget.

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Food4
Ambience2
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined 2 days ago

Great local spot for authentic Italian fare. The pizza was delicious - best in the 'hood.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food
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Food3
Ambience4
Service5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Loved the atmosphere and the friendliness of the waitstaff. Food was good -- pizza very tasty as was the pasta -- and I can't say enough about the awesome service.

Tags: Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 October 2017

Always a good spot to go grab a good bite to eat

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 October 2017

My husband and I were supposed to go here for our first wedding anniversary. It turned out to be a disaster. We arrived before our reservation time, and the line was out of the door. It took 15 minutes to just approach the hostess station, and then we were rudely told that "everyone will get seated" - while noticing that walk ups were being seated. We waited another 10 minutes before being shoved to a table. I understand that the restaurant was packed, but we did not enjoy the chaos from the staff or the noise level. The ambiance was terrible so we left immediately and went somewhere else. I am sure the food would have been good, but we were so annoyed with getting to our table that everything else was ruined. Maybe the description should be updated to casual dining not meant for special occasions.

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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 14 October 2017

Bruno was amazing and incredibly personable. I recommend making a reservation because there were people waiting consistently (clearly because il Canale is so delicious)! The restaurant handles people incredibly well. It was packed when we went, but it didn't seem crowded or too loud. The food is delicious and doesn't disappoint. Bruno's recommendation of the tiramisu was a winner for sure!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on 13 October 2017

Best Italian restaurant in Georgetown

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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on 10 October 2017

Outstanding as always!

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Food5
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 (Charleston)·Dined on 7 October 2017

Best pizza I've ever had. Space was slightly crowded, and beer menu was limited. But did I already say the pizza was the best I've ever eaten? True Italian style.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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Food5
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·Dined on 7 October 2017

The best pizza in town - margherita is our favorite. Great ambience and rooftop area.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Fun, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Hot Spot
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Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 7 October 2017

Stuck to pizzas, as per other reviews, and it was excellent! Hard to do a thin crust so well. We are originally from NY...need I say more! Service was very good and chef came out for some genuine feed back. Wish we had tried something else, sonwe could give more. We did have salads, and they were not very notable, either way.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Lunch
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Food3
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Service2
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 6 October 2017

After reading reviews, was excited to try Il Canale. The food was ok to good, not great. I decided on a pizza, then queried the server on the one with spicy salami. I asked specifically, "is the salami sliced into round disks or shredded into strips and then globbed onto the pizza?" She told me no, just into long thin strips and not globbed on. Against my better judgement, I said ok, I'll try it. What did I get? shredded pepperoni globbed onto the pizza. Yuck. Also, and while not the restaurant's fault, we were seated outside, a guy eating by himself gabbed an entire business call into his cell phone the whole time we were eating. It would have been nice had the manager or someone come over and asked him to end his call in the interest of other diners. But nothing. Mr. rude/gabber kinda ruined the meal for us.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite
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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 4 October 2017

As always the meal was good. My go to Italian casual spit in DC.

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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 4 October 2017

Hands down the best Neapolitan pizza place in the DC area, perhaps the USA.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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Food4
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Value4

 
·Dined on 1 October 2017

The food and service were very good

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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 October 2017

Fantastic true Neapolitan pizza. Certified by Italian pizza authorities. Great service. Friendly staff.

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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 October 2017

Great Food- Diavola Pizza, pasta dishes and gnocchi. Cannoli was very good as well.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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Food5
Ambience3
Service3
Value4

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on 30 September 2017

The food was delicious and the pizza especially. Would have liked to try the other options but could not eat any more. They did forget to bring our caprese but apologized and offered free cannolis. It was not quiet and at times was difficult to even hear across the table. Would still recommend for any occasion if in town because the food was exceptional.

Tags: Authentic
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Food3
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Service4
Value3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 30 September 2017

The pizza was phenomenal but the pasta was not good

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 30 September 2017

Really fun night out with the girls and it was entertaining to be in Georgetown's coolest area!

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Food5
Ambience4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 30 September 2017

Great casual dining. Neighborhood Italian taken to the highest level. Very tasty, reasonably priced and professional staff. We are regulars and love Il Canale.

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Food4
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Service4
Value4

vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on 29 September 2017

We chose this as a casual stop during a weekend celebration for my in-laws' anniversary. Food was excellent, the pasta was cooked al dente, had a great waiter who brought a free dessert for my in-laws. Gracious hospitality.

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly
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Food5
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·Dined on 26 September 2017

I never got to Il Canale, due to not booking it in the first place....Open Table did that without even being asked too, and as the restaurant is in Washington, DC and I'm here in SCOTLAND.....I found transport a bit problematic.....no reflection on the probably, very fine eating place at all.😞

Tags: Happy Hour
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Food2
Ambience4
Service2
Value2

 
 (Miami)·Dined on 23 September 2017

Service was slow. Server was respectful but seemed overworked. He told us the bar was overloaded and delayed. 1 of the 3 pastas was cold, as was the meat sauce on it.
It seems the restaurant is trying to serve too many customer for the size of kitchen, bar and wait staff.

Tags: Casual
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Food3
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on 23 September 2017

This is a good spot for a super casual weekday date night or for a couple of families that want to get together after a soccer game or casual event. The staff is very friendly, and the food is good...but not particularly special. If you are going to choose an entree (such as the fish, chicken or steak) you are better served going elsewhere. But for "fancy pizza" with good apps it is probably a great place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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Food5
Ambience4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 23 September 2017

Really great Pizza, have not had a neopolitan pizza (diavolo) like this since our last visit to Italy, very well done

Tags: Authentic
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Food4
Ambience3
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Value3

 
·Dined on 23 September 2017

Wonderful atmosphere overall ~ we were disappointed that they gave us a noisy section near the path of staff and people, so it was noisier and crowed feeling. We had 2 kids with us so felt as though we were place at more unfavorable seating, so we did not get the full ambiance of the main room.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly
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Food5
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Service4
Value5

 
 (Indiana)·Dined on 22 September 2017

The pizza was amazing! Lasagna was outstanding too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 18 September 2017

Il canale is one of my absolute favorite restaurants! The service is always amazing, as is the delicious meals I've shared here!

Tags: Business Meals, Live Sports, Special Occasion, Fun, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Quick Bite
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Food2
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Service3
Value1

 
·Dined on 17 September 2017

The food was unexciting, hugely over-priced and not the kind of thing that you'd want to experience on a night out.

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Food5
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Service5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 September 2017

Sami was the nicest waiter. The whole restaurant crew was so awesome and the made my birthday dinner so special.

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Food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on 13 September 2017

Great food, great service my favorite place in DC!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Live Sports, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite
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Food5
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·Dined on 12 September 2017

best pizza in town, if you ever have been to Naples in Italy, that's the taste.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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Food5
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on 11 September 2017

Great food and amazing patio atmosphere for a casual night out!

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Food5
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on 10 September 2017

Pizza was delicious. Rooftop deck was a great spot to sit with kids. Server was really friendly and attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Casual
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Food4
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·Dined on 10 September 2017

Arrived on time and were seated almost immediately although there were many people without reservations waiting!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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Food4
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Service3
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·Dined on 7 September 2017

Great Italian food and service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
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 (München)·Dined on 5 September 2017

I'm Italian, and find (finally) a real cousine from my country is something that I can't find so easily.
Real Italian pasta, fabulous pizza, great desserts.
And this restaurant is in the heart of Georgetown, so perfect for everything!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu
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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 4 September 2017

Great spot, reasonable prices and very good food! Lot of Italian places nearby, but this is my favorite

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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