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Il Canale

4.6
4.6
3557 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

7:30 PM


Booked 74 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 3,557 people are saying

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

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

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  1. JS

    JosephS

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Don't be fooled by the informal surroundings of this restaurant. I have had pizza in Naples and this pizza is authentic! The tomatoes are without the acid of cheap brands that are frequently used in pizzerias, and the taste is as good as in some of the more formal Italian places in/around DC. Kudos to the management for not settling and providing a great product! It gets busy and they have a hard time keeping up sometimes. but be patient -- it is worth the wait!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great good and wine. Highly recommend their margarita pizza!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It was all ok, except the “ house wine” in my opinion could be better
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Good food. One guest did not receive his food when every other person had been served and had to wait for a longish time. The restaurant was VERY noisy!
  5. KW

    KennethW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We had a party of 6. The food and service were excellent. The wait staff were friendly and efficient, the food was good, especially the lobster ravioli, and the ambience was friendly and festive.
  6. RD

    RobertD

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fantastic dinner with a buddy Good and wine selection very good but the actual taste of the food the real deal. Great find for me
  7. JH

    JonathanH

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian restaurant in DC! Delicious pizzas and outstanding service.
  8. T

    Terpfan2300

    Baltimore

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Overall good. We felt a bit rushed and the food was good, not great. Caesar salad and lasagna.
  9. C

    amazingCook

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Been many times and had their amazing pizza always. This time I ordered the grilled salmon entree . It was disappointing: no seasoning on salmon - had to ask for salt. Sides were unappealing. Should’ve stuck with pizza as my order.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Pizza davvero buona. Gli antipasti sono imperdibili (caponata e arancini)
  11. DR

    DanR

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A very fun evening out with friends. Delicious food and a fun atmosphere for a casual, post-Thanksgiving dinner.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Authentic Italian cuisine and everyone loved their meals.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    $50 for truffles added to pizza? Ridiculous, and I couldn’t even taste them.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    anniversary
  15. Y

    Yrisheq

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    A cute place located in Georgetown. Our experience was not the best, and this place is great for tourists as it has a DC feel. We had reservations at 7:45 and were seated at 8:00, which was not bad..We ordered appetizers calamari was tasteless, tough, and cold, and the bruschetta was soggy. It obviously was ready to serve and in the refrigerator. I ordered bronzini, which was a good quality fish but no seasoning, served cold on the outside and hot in the middle, pasta with seafood which was dry and crunchy, probably overdone from sitting under the heat lamp, and the top was warm but the bottom owas cold. We ordered coffee and dessert, and they forgot the dessert. The pizza was good and served hot. Probably a good pizza stop, but not worth the money for the mediocre food.
  16. SC

    SpartacoC

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    I have been to the restaurant several times, yet in this occasion I was basically “rushed out” Like we were given the check as I was still finishing eating….not sure why
  17. L

    Louie

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Busy Italian in the middle of Georgetown. Good service and good food. Met with friends yesterday for dinner (reservations highly recommended) and ordered the Bresaola to start (excellent) and then the grilled lamb chops, accompanied with a good bottle of Valpolicella. Can’t go wrong with Il Canale.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    They were very accommodating for families
  19. LR

    LisaR

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent meal and great service at Il Canale. I ordered the Branzino with peppers prepared in a parchment pouch which made the sea bass flaky, tender and delicious. My husband ordered the sliced ribeye over arugula with sun dried tomatoes and he also enjoyed his meal very much. Both were outstanding! We started with Aranchini as an appetizer which was good but not as much of a stand out as our meals. Service was excellent!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We had a rezzy and still had to wait 15 minutes. We were seated at a table right in front of the front door with the crowd who was waiting to be seated hovering. Awkaward table. No waitstaff even acknowledged for another 10 minutes until the manager noticed and nudged the waiter. Service was painfully absent, my order was wrong and did not arrive until my colleagues were almost done with their meal. Pasta was fresh, canolis were good, but I will not be back.
  21. J

    Jane

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    It was ok. Tasted fine, but was very loud and prices didn’t seem to match value.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Steak was tasty but a little fatty. Could have had more asparagus. Would have like a non-dairy option for gluten free pasta like salmon, veggies, garlic, and oil with the pasta.
  23. c

    chapo

    Washington DC

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best!!
  24. MB

    MikeB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! Will definitely return.
  25. p

    phillyphoodie

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious pizza and gluten free options
  26. MM

    MMVTGuy

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Best pizza in the city but I don't understand why they would charge $8 extra for a meat lovers over a $15 Margherita. A 50%+ upcharge for a few scraps of meat (as good as it was) is ridiculous... Other than that the house salad and dressing in particular is a purist's dream. No fuss no muss just delicious.
  27. B

    Barbara

    Portland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We were on the terrace e and it was lovely and quiet. Service was great and our pizza and salad were very good. Just what we needed that evening.
  28. PG

    PaulaG

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great pizza, tua one of the best in DC.
  29. KL

    KarenLi

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    We made a reservation, and we arrived early, checked in, we were still waiting in a long outside with people who did not have reservations but just put their names down. Then we ended up waiting 25 minutes past my reservation time so in total we waited 45 minutes with a reservation. Their seating method made no sense. They made people wait in a line based on when they checked in/walked but they were calling out random parties from all places if they line.
  30. FC

    FabiolaC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Had to wait despite having a reservation. Place was full. Food came so fast we had not even gotten our drinks. It was tasty and the pizzas in the table next to us looked amazing but it was not very relaxing. Felt like they were trying to move us along as fast as possible.
  31. JW

    JulianneW

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was fantastic! It was a little loud for easy conversation though.
  32. SR

    StephanieR

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was so excited to mark another one of the restaurants from the Yelp Top 100 Places to Eat in the US in 2022 off my list! After the stress of making it to the restaurant in peak rush houe (our reservation was at 7pm on a Saturday), we needed a round of drinks immediately. My bestie and I ordered the Cucumbertini (vodka, triple sec, cucumber, mint, lime). It was delightfully fresh and not too sweet. My boyfriend also ordered a round of Limoncello for the table, which was definitely sweeter than my cocktail but I'm always a sucker for citrus. It definitely helped to take the edge off. I also enjoyed the shape of the glass that it was served in. Next we ordered two apps for the table to share and some salads. We got the Bruschetta con Caponata Siciliana and Bresaola. I enjoyed a different take on bruschetta that I'm unfamiliar with. Some in the group were unsure of the celery and olive inclusions, but the dish was still enjoyed overall. The Bresaola was very similar to carpaccio. As opposed to being raw, the beef was air-dried and cured. It was simple yet elegant in its pairing with arugula, Gran padano shavings, and a touch of olive oil, which goes to show that you don't need much to make high quality ingredients taste amazing. My boyfriend and I also shared a caesar salad. The crunchiness of the croutons stood out to me the most in an otherwise good salad. For our main dishes I ordered the Scialatielli allo Scoglio and my boyfriend ordered the Gnocchi alla Bolognese with 2 meatballs added. The fresh artisan pasta in my dish was cooked to al dente perfection. The white wine really brightened up the dish and complimented the seafood well. I also enjoyed the pillowy texture of my boyfriend's gnocchi. The meatballs were massive and entirely unnecessary, but they were so soft and delicious. We ended the meal with a digestif that our waiter helped us pick out. Overall it was a highly enjoyable experience with great friends and fantastic food.
  33. A

    Alex

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Delicious pizza!!! Be warned reservations are for indoor seating ONLY. Outdoor seating is on a first come first serve basis.
  34. m

    madridista

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Oumayma was great! Restaurant was busy but food came quickly, and Oumayma was constantly checking on us, refilling our waters and such. Getting good service and good food is almost impossible these days but il Canale delivered!
  35. LF

    LauF

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing pizza
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the only place I go to in Georgetown!!! Everything is great
  37. KB

    KooshyB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Il Canali has the best authentic Italian cuisine and Neapolitan pizza this side of the Atlantic! Having been to Italy a lot, this is the closest I have found in the states - highly recommend! Plus the service is great as well. Enjoy!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! They were super busy and we still got our food quickly. Highly recommend!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place and always make sure to dine here when innDC. Consistently good food, friendly service and a good vibe

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 3557 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 74 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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