EMMY SQUARED – Old Town ALEXANRIA

4.3
49 reviews
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Emmy Squared Pizza, co-founded by Emily Hyland and executive chef Matthew Hyland, takes pride in choosing fresh high-quality ingredients and creating incredible flavor combinations for their elevation of Detroit-style pizza. The crispy, cheesy borders and light, airy dough of these square crusts have made passionate converts of pizza lovers far from Detroit. Emmy Squared is also famed for their award-winning double-stack burger, the Le Big Matt. The menu also highlights a selection of flavorful salads and sublime sandwiches.

The first Emmy Squared Pizza joined the neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2016. With a tide of critical acclaim and an ever-growing cult following, Emmy Squared has opened its doors in locations across several states and has plans to expand nationally. In each neighborhood, Emmy Squared Pizza is dedicated to contributing to its communities and practicing the company ethos of inclusivity and unparalleled hospitality.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 49 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
3.9
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
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vipleebles73
Washington DC
116 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The pizzas are delicious. We had one "red" (Margherita) and one "white" (Good Paulie). Both had balanced flavors, good toppings ratio and an amazing, crispy-edged crust. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. Our server was attentive, the manager also checked in on us. We will definitely return to try more items on the menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

When we arrived at the restaurant (for our prebooked reservation) the hostess was very rude about how THEY had overbooked themselves and therefore couldn’t sit me inside where I had booked and only had a table outside in the cold. Our waiters switched on us, it took extra prompting to get our drinks, and the waiter argued with us about what we wanted to order. All around it was a very unpleasant experience especially for somewhere right on king st where there is a lot of high quality restaurants with good service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

New server. Busy restaurant. Not a good combo.

EMMY SQUARED – Old Town ALEXANRIA
Responded 2 days ago

We truly strive to make every visit to Emmy Squared - Alexandria equally wonderful, and we are sorry that you left with an unfavorable impression. We do hope you will choose to visit us again.

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vipSharpandSound
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

I was excited for date night at the new Alexandria location. The host stand is in the most awkward position that when I came in the host ignored me because they thought I was walking into the restaurant to another table. I had to walk back out of the restaurant and come back in to be acknowledged. I like the sleek vibe of the restaurant (sort an upscale pizza place) and the bar is great. Our server provided great service however we had to wait nearly an hour for our main course (our pizzas) and we were told by our server that the kitchen was backed up. However it appeared as if pickup orders were given greater priority over seated guests.

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OldtownAlexandria
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience1

They forgot our food and the service was very unkind. They threw the check at us at the end of the night.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Booked a large table for my daughter’s birthday and the staff took excellent care of us!! The food is always delicious!

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Jason
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience3

Waiter was inattentive and food ordered was overcooked.

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vipClaireG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Pizza nirvana!

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Katrina
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

Extremely slow service. Took over 20 minutes for someone to come to table. Ordered everything at once. Don’t think it was ever submitted to the kitchen. 40 minutes later were asked what we ordered. Another 30 to finally get food. Food was good. But not sure we’ll be back to dine in.

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christopher
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience1

Food was good but service was inefficient and slow.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Waiter was great. Pizza awesome. Salad needs a bit of love.

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vipDrew
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a MUST EAT in Alexandria! The staff are welcoming and attentive, friendly and funny. The atmosphere is comfortable and warm. The food is absolutely incredible! The pizza is the best I have had in a very long time! The bites are good portions and the cocktails are fabulous. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a 5 star experience!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience3

The service is a cluster- you know what! We were seated and no one came to take our order or get us water. Finally, a guy came to us and apologized and said the waitress would be right over! Finally a waitress came. We ordered all our stuff at once, drinks, apps and food! The drinks came but the apps came with the food all at once. The waitstaff is really struggling and it doesn’t seem like any real leadership! Long waits and waiter comes by once. I know there is a shortage but this is the second time it’s happens to us! The food is good tho!

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Devin
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Soooo I'm totally coming back here. Late lunch for my husband and I. The garlic breadsticks are a must. Love the pomegranate margaritas. Shout out to Keith for helping out with our order. Pizza is delicious

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EricK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Long wait times with very little customers. Split order food to go and some to eat in house but they forgot to put the to-go portion in though I suggested they put it in right away. Asked for a medium rare burger, came out well done and asked for a runny egg and it was almost totally cooked yoke (like McDonalds yoke). Finally, when they brought the to-go food out they put it on the shelf near the exit rather than bring to us at the bar, I was watching for this since last time I waited 25 min and was never told my to-go food was ready at the door. Seems like general staff confusion every time I visit and the pizza came with toppings that weren't on the menu ("Good Paulie" had a large amount of undercooked parsley on it which wasn't on the menu). Overall, I have liked parts of the pizza (the crust) at this place but the overall effort it takes to order and get food there is a lot of work and time -- too much work for casual dining! I am likely to not go back for some time due to the "adventure" every time I visit, originally thought it was a pandemic issue since they opened under COVID and initial crowds were BIG... now there is no excuse for mediocre, slow service with small crowds and you get to "roll of the dice" for free to see if you get the food/pizza you really ordered!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Even though Emmy’s was short staffed, the bartender turned host turned waiter was FABULOUS!!! He set expectations early, came around often to check on us and made wonderful recommendations. Highly recommend the tia fries!

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JohnS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was good service was so-so.

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vipMitchZ
Cleveland
26 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time eating here. Next time I’m in town, I will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Everyone enjoyed the food although my youngest said the burger was just “normal,” however my oldest who had the same burger enjoyed hers.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our party included 4 kids…the staff and waiter were very accommodating! The food was also delicious—order the Colony pizza!

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DrewI
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Music a bit toooooo loud.
Other customers also noted that

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommend!! Tried it for the first time since it opened in Old Town and we had Keith (general manager) as our server. He was AMAZING!!! He gave great food recommendations and was so patient with our large group as we ordered. The food was also so good. The pizza, burger, appetizers, everything was delicious. Will definitely be coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service! Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great! Honestly some of the best pizza in old town

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vipLeonardoC
Washington DC
121 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

While we enjoyed the service, the pizza is/was not my favorite in DC area.

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vipWhirley09
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Went with friends to catch up. New restaurant and staff is still learning so service was uneven.

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vipMiaW
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was great, staff very friendly.

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Lucya
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

They were out of eggplant and that was what I wanted. (Said they ran out at 8:00 last night). Our server needs more practice. We ordered the yummy garlicky breadsticks and 2 entrees. It was a wait for the breadsticks. And after she came over and wanted to know if we wanted anything else (?!). Than she saw we had a hamburger ordered…but not my chicken parmigiana. She said did I want it? It would take about 10 min but the hamburger was coming right out. No! That’s ridiculous to eat separately! I have no idea why she didn’t get the order straight as we talked about it and she even commented on the chicken parmigiana was really good. That was unfortunate for a first visit.

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Bpoffenb1
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is the best pizza's I've had in years. Fred was a personable and attentive waiter, and the waffle fries were amazing. I do wish the restaurant wasn't so loud.

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TaylorH
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Have always been a fan of Emmy squared so was excited to see this new location come to Old Town! Like many new restaurants, service was not great the night we came in. The server messed up our order and we had to wait a while for our drinks when we first got there, but we didn’t want to complain or say anything because they were busy and we were just glad to be there. We will certainly be back and look forward to seeing them improve over time with their staff.

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Elizabeth23
New England
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

The food was good, but the service was strange. They had waiters but were really pushing a system in which you order from a QR code versus with your waiter. It made the experience confusing and not very relaxing.

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Mary
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful new addition to Old Town! Pizza was outstanding - crust & toppings. Service was friendly. We couldn’t wait for them to open and so excited they have!

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AmyE
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great addition to the Alx restaurant scene! Innovative flavors and combos ... good cocktails, not too sweet, and nice beer selection. Attentive and friendly staff!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! They’re still figuring things out and a few things were messed up with our order but they were very apologetic and compensated us.

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vipDinnerwithfriends
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Very doughy pizza with virtually no crust. Middle piece of slice was barely warm.

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vipalexisp
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Overall a great meal. Service could have been a lottle more attentive. I had been to the DC location where food and drinks came quicker to us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The crust on the pizza is flavorful but the cost for what you get is really ridiculous. I can’t think of a reason to purposely return. The bar is pretty though.

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K8tM
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience5

I really wanted to like Emmy squared. However all of the dishes we tasted left us disappointed. Notably the “fries for the table“ weren’t crispy and had a strange coating on them. Our salads we’re mostly green without many of the other veggies that were supposed to come with them. Granted, neither of us got a pizza (my sister took 2 home with her so maybe those were better) and perhaps that was our mistake.
In all if you go, stick with the pizza for your most tasty meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

We enjoyed our visit to EmmySquared in Old Town Alexandria. They seem to be still working out some of their kinks with their service, but this is to be expected with a new restaurant and with today’s challenges in hiring experienced waitstaff. For her part, our waitress was doing everything she could to provide excellent customer service. The food was excellent and totally worth the wait! I look forward to visiting again in the future.

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JLJ2013
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall3Food1Service2Ambience2

Host and hostess were friendly and welcoming, apologized for lack of menus and indicated if we had wanted a booth we should have reserved online (I didn’t see this option anywhere).

It took almost 10min to get a server to take drinks and appetizer order. Another 10+ to receive that. Had to flag and request to order food.

Food was not brought as requested (sauce on side of fries) but was removed from the bill. Pizza, the highlight was SO DISAPPOINTING. The main feature of Detroit pizza is the crust. It was CHARRED to a crisp, dried out and burned. We are a total of one piece each and didn’t bring it home, not that we were even asked. As a Detroit native I came here for the pizza, huge disappointment.

On the upside the place was very clean and had a ton of staff. Not sure if they all knew their roles but there were plenty of people, especially the bus staff clearing and cleaning tables.

For a $50 check it was not worth it and we won’t be back anytime soon. Sadly our pandemic pickup order from the Shaw DC location was much better.

FAQs

EMMY SQUARED – Old Town ALEXANRIA offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 719-8144.

EMMY SQUARED – Old Town ALEXANRIA is rated 4.3 stars by 49 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.