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Il Canale

4.6
4.6
3393 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 55 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 337-4444

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Antonio Biglietto

  • Private party facilities

    Hold Your Next Party at Our Authentic Italian Restaurant. Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, il Canale can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Alessandro Farruggio: (855) 548-0887

  • Neighborhood

    Georgetown

  • Cross street

    M Street NW

  • Parking details

    Street Parking. Public garage parking directly across from il Canale on 31st Street NW.

  • Public transit

    Closest metro subway entrance is Foggy Bottom. Public buses run on M Street. <br />Cabs readily available on M Street.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,393 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We ate here last year on July 4, and everything was superb. Very disappointed this time around. Food was just ok, needed seasoning and wasn’t as hot as it could have been.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The food is highly overrated - tastes mostly like your freezer burned Italian bolognese and Alfredo straight out the can. Server was nice and prompt but very misleading about size and quality of the food. Ultimately each bite led to more disappointment. With countless other Italian restaurants in the vicinity, I would steer clear 10 times out of 10.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stellar!! Amazing food and service!
  4. WB

    WilliamB

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was excellent. Pizza ,antipasto and dessert was top notch. The service was terrific as usual. Make sure you ask for Benedetto. He is very attentive and personable. A true professional and a major asset to the restaurant
  5. DA

    DAristotle

    Miami

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The ambiance and service was great , the place was clean and tidy the food could have been better , seafood shouldn’t be fishy so the freshness of the calamari and branzino was not up to my standards!
  6. KB

    KellyB

    New Orleans

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food came before the wine and the complimentary bread. Some might consider that a good thing. But not me.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Warm and friendly staff and the food was great. We had two pizzas and the house salad with salmon. Everything was really good.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Il Canale provided an amazing experience, both in exceptional service by Michele and the food was excellent. Will definitely be back!
  9. PD

    PeterD

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Solid choice. Good food…service was adequate, but I felt rushed several times by the waiter…
  10. A

    Arya

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was good, as always. But customer service was sub-par. Our server seemed annoyed with our party of four at every interaction and very impatient. When we asked why other tables around us who were seated at the same time got their food before us, she replied, “I put everything in at the same time.” No apology at all, no offer to check for us. We have dined here many times, but it seems like they lack competition so thus the “take it or leave it” attitude. I would think twice before sitting outside again, and probably won’t be back.
  11. f

    franny

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our server, Morella. Lovely, attentive and very helpful! She is an asset to your restaurant! Please pay her well!
  12. JD

    JasonD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We went to Il Canale for a small (2 people) birthday party and they really took care to make it a memorable occasion for us. We'll be back!
  13. DC

    DeirdreCrowley

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Il Canale! They are incredibly friendly, the service is great and the food is wonderful. We were also happily surprised when the bill came. The restaurant offers many options in terms of ambiance from sidewalk seating to a rooftop terrace to indoor dining - all of which are lovely. We’ve visited many times and will keep going back. This time we ordered a Margherita pizza (yum!) with the Il Canale salad to split (two of us). I would go back just for the salad alone - delicious! We made a reservation, which I’d recommend, and were seated right away. Thanks to Il Canale for making our first date night in months a great one!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Always a wonderful meal!
  15. C

    Cameron

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outside. Appetizers of prosciutto and fresh mozzarella were delicious and easily shared. Calamari and zucchini with shrimp was good, not my favorite though. Il canale salad with salmon was tasteful and fresh, lobster ravioli, rollo polle, were done well. Waiter was attentive but one order got missed but was brought out as soon as possible. Loved the experience of outdoor dining but wish the rooftop had been open it was a lovely night.
  16. JB

    JenniferB

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The food was ok and it took forever.
  17. DN

    DianeN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely decor, friendly service, delicious options!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Il Canale was a great dining experience as always.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eat pizza!!!!
  20. p

    prissywino

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience all around
  21. S

    Steve

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Had lunch on Father's Day. Sat outside. Very busy but the waiter was very attentive and worked hard to make our visit pleasant.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience2
    extremely loud and hard to hv a conversation.Meal was not what menu explained it was going to b. meal was not appetizing to look at and had no taste with minute pieces of salmon stired into sauce. Eggplant was like rubberr and had no seasoning. Will say our server was excellent. manager ok to talk to but made excuses for meal and its presentation. He did the right thing in comping the meal. we left very disappointed.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely evening with 2 longtime friends and Il Canalé was the perfect setting.
  24. M

    Michael

    New England

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Excellent food. Excellent!! Fresh. Home made true Italian. Enjoyed
  25. A

    Adirondackcop3377

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    AMAZING FOOD !!!!
  26. TO

    ThomasO

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    My favorite pizza of all time. I live in Boston, but when In DC, I make the detour to Georgetown for Canale’s.
  27. SJ

    SJ97

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Made a reservation but then was added to the bottom of a list of parties at the hostess table for a seat outside. Came back to the restaurant 5 minutes before our actual reservation time and was told they gave the table away to a different group. Ended up sitting inside which was fine but was it even worth making a reservation? Probably not. Food was great and our server was as well. Just won’t make a reservation next time.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Got the gnocchi for 2, but I could have ate the whole thing by myself. Feels like I was gypped.
  29. K

    Karadise

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Mass produced food... not fresh, not seasoned, not creative. Tourist trap.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Good time and nice restaurant. Waiter staff was few and far between despite not being that busy. And felt slightly pushed out when we were leaving. Check was brought to us before we asked and hastily. However food and drinks were fantastic and would still go back.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting family in town and celebrating a birthday. We arrived very early and they seated us right away. Service was efficient and polite. Food was amazing!! They even brought the birthday girl a special cannoli with Happy Birthday written in chocolate. Highly recommend!
  32. TD

    TeresaD

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    II Canale is always a good choice for authentic Italian food. Crazy busy on a Sunday night, but worth the wait. Casey was very attentive while juggling so many tables. Our family group of 5 all enjoyed our fabulous drinks, meals and desserts!
  33. B

    Bill

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great good sauce pizza and apps
  34. S

    Star13

    Dublin

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was not our first time at Il Canale and we were not disappointed. Food and drinks were delicious ! Service was attentive! A little noisy inside. We had planned an outdoor dinner by rain was on the radar so we ended up eating inside. We’ll go back for sure!
  35. AL

    AmyL

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My family recently visited the Georgetown area, and I had made a reservation at Il Canale based on the good reviews. After a terrific first experience, we ended up eating another meal at Il Canale and were glad we made a repeat visit. Standout food items were the lobster ravioli, mushroom ravioli, and the pizzas. Noise level can be high on the second floor, but not unbearable. Reservation process went smoothly and we were seated quickly in both instances. Would definitely eat here again if we are in the area!
  36. A

    Aquaman

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    It wasn’t worth the price and the meat was over cook aslo
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to Il Canale a few times now, and we thoroughly enjoyed celebrating my husband’s birthday here! The staff are so nice and attentive, and the drinks and food are outstanding. Thank you! We will be back soon!
  38. H

    Hiba

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience4
    The pizza is always great at II Canale but our server was very slow and did not pay enough attention to the table
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience1
    Service was very slow and sporadic. Noise level was so high even without the screaming child
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    caesar salad good, vegetariana rossa pizza good, could’ve had more flavor, tomato sauce was slightly bland server very nice atmosphere inside was meh but cute outside

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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 4.6 stars by 3393 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 55 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Il Canale

1065 31st NW Washington, DC 20007

Additional information

  • Cross street

    M Street NW

  • Neighborhood

    Georgetown

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking. Public garage parking directly across from il Canale on 31st Street NW.

  • Public transit

    Closest metro subway entrance is Foggy Bottom. Public buses run on M Street. Cabs readily available on M Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Antonio Biglietto

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 337-4444

  • Private party facilities

    Hold Your Next Party at Our Authentic Italian Restaurant. Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, il Canale can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Alessandro Farruggio: (855) 548-0887

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