Emmy Squared Shaw DC

4.5
71 Reviews
$30 and under
Pizzeria

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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 & 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
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 71 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Disappointment… for the 4th time. My family has enjoyed Emmy in nyc so much and we’ve tried the Shaw, Navy Yard, and Alexandria locations all which have been a massive let downs. I will not be coming back to another Emmy squared again. My burger was barely cooked!! The staff didn’t seem to care that it wasn’t cooked at all. Whoever is managing or running the ships over there is terrible. Either close the doors or sharpen up. Shameful.

Emmy Squared Shaw DC
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for being our guest and for your feedback. This is in no way what you should expect from a visit to Emmy Squared - Shaw, and we are very sorry to have disappointed. We do hope you will choose to visit us again.

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vipJessven
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A great casual Friday night spot. We enjoyed our food and the service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

The ordering service was very confusing. We could order food via the QR code but had to order drinks through the server. But then you could not make modifications to food orders on the QR code. We had one persons food order arrive 10 minutes before another persons food arrive. And then the final two peoples food arrived 10 minutes after that. Additionally the drinks all came with the last persons food so the first two people finished their food before they got drinks. We like the food so will come back to give another chance, but service was bad

Emmy Squared Shaw DC
Responded on August 16, 2021

We’re sorry to hear that we weren’t able to provide you with the best experience possible. Hope you’ll give us another chance in the future.

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vipAdamD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a really great experience, my order was wrong but the pizza was still really good. My server was attentive and it was surprisingly very quiet for a Sunday afternoon. Probably the best Detroit style pizza in DC.

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vipDoubleAATL
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Detroit style pizza in a comfortable, stylish environment. Definitely worth a try.

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vipJordanB
New England
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The pizza was great but, the sandwiches very pretty salty. Additionally, the service was not very attentive and made drinks incorrectly.

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vipJenJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff, great atmosphere, AMAZING food!

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vipHeidi
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

go earlier on in the evening - if you go at 8:30 when we did every interaction was that the kitchen was closing, last call for the bar and then pushing you along. it would have been more relaxing for take away and the pizza was good but was only warm anyway eating there

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PamelaR
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do yourself a favor and get the Nashville pizza!!!! It is so good.

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vipBest
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best pizza in the area. Ingredients are high quality and fresh. Menu isn't too large so they can focus on doing a few things really well. Carry out is good and the pizza is easily reheated in the oven. Love coming here and will be back.

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MikeH
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall good experience. Shaw is hard to get to, but the vodka pizza was solid. We were are party of two in an empty dining area so there was no need for them to sit us at a tight table. Good decor.

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StevieV
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit — as good as the first. Consider me a regular now.

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YupGirl
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I simply love this pizza spot!! ITS THE CHEESE ON THE PIZZA FOR ME!! The kale salad is BOMB!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was great. Our food took a while to get to us, but it looked like they maybe lost our order- other folks seemed to have gotten their order in a timely manner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Turn down the lights!! It’s like an operation room in the restaurant

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vipJillianL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

The atmosphere inside was more bleak and 'lonely' feeling then before the pandemic. I understand seating restrictions, but there was no bartender, boxes piled up at the tables, and no background music. The restaurant could use an interior ambiance facelift.

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Vinny
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything tasted incredible and the service was great. I cannot recommend this place highly enough. Six of us ordered drinks and then split garlic sticks, a double order of zia fries, and three incredible pizzas. We left full and happy. We’ll definitely be back to eat in and take out!

As a side note, we are all vaccinated and this was our first time in a restaurant in over a year. We were a bit nervous, but it all felt very safe. We really appreciated that the staff and customers were respectful and courteous with social distancing and wearing masks while not eating.

Emmy Squared Shaw DC
Responded on May 3, 2021

Hi Vinny, At Emmy Squared, we strive to satisfy every guest with amazing dishes, a comfortable atmosphere, and exemplary service. We were gratified to hear that we had met these expectations when you were our guest. Your kind comments are truly appreciated, and we look forward to having you as our guest again. Sincerely, Emmy Squared- Shaw Team.

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vipJoshJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Did a good job with pandemic capacity. Burger is better than pizza!

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vipRyan
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended.

I loved the pizza and the burger.

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darrynb
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love the pizza and burgers. Fantastic food. what a great edition to Shaw DC
Straight from New York City

Emmy Squared Shaw DC
Responded on February 10, 2021

Hey Darryn, Your amazing review made our hearts so happy! Thank you so much for taking the time to review Emmy Squared, we very much appreciate it. We hope to see you soon! Kindly, Emmy Squared- Shaw Team

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vipGustavo
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Not my type of good. Greasy and unsophisticated. Pizza look like too much dough full of carbs.

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Mom2browngirls
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend Emmy Squared because the ambiance and food was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very welcoming place with wonderful food! This is one of my new go to places in the neighborhood!

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vipSalN
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

We were a group of 6 and ordered 3 pizzas and a loaded fries to share. Loved it all! The fries in particular were extremely delicious, with the bacon being particularly flavorful. We loved the style of the pizza and the crust texture (that crispy cheese is hard to top). The price point is also great. We all ordered a cocktail and our meal came out to under $25/person with tax and tip. A true rarity in DC!

Our only complaint was noise level - we were at a booth with three people on each side and the people on the ends had a very difficult time hearing each other. I would probably stick to a smaller group if I were to go back.

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vipAlice
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great burger, pizza, wine.

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vipJulia
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and reasonably priced! Really enjoyed and definitely will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed an appetizer, two pizzas, and a drink and the total was still only 55$. The server was attentive without being pushy. Overall a great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and bottomless mimosas. Our server, Whitney, was fabulous and added to the overall exceptional experience. Will recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience from beginning to end! Sexy atmosphere, extremely good pizza and stellar service! This will be a staple in my “go to” restaurants!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most delicious pizza! The staff was amazing

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Abhi
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Pizza was tasty, so were the waffle fries! I want to come back to try the burger and other sandwiches. Service was wonderful! It was SO loud, I couldn't really hear my any of my friends. We communicated via meaningful glances and hand gestures.

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Marie
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great pizza, fair prices, beautiful space. We enjoyed our dinner here - and having happy hour drinks at our table. Only con was that the tables against the far wall (where half is booth, half are chairs) are super super close together. So close you can’t get to the booth side without pushing the table back (and I’m a small person). I would suggest removing one of these tables to make things more comfortable. Or request to sit in a different area.

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vipchefdiningout
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

From Detroit. .. not Detroit style pizza

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MonicaS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I just wished my pizza and wings were hot which ruined my experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Pizza and wedge salad were amazing!!! Burger was oily. Service was kind of spotty but otherwise fine. Weird they don’t sell coffee! Will definitely go back.

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vipyeslek30
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two words: So. Good.

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vipShaneS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

This location does not quite deliver compared to the original. We were excited to try and have in the neighborhood, however, the garlic sticks were mushy and the pizza (which we were most excited to have again) wasn't much better than your DiGiorno deep dish. The crust was crustless and that bite we've experienced in the past was lacking. Hopefully, they improve over time but would be hesitant to go back To Emmy Squared unless in Brooklyn.

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vipVicC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Ambience great. Pizza was terrible. Soft and mushy like thick white bread. Only good part was a little bit of cheesy crust on a small part of the corners.

FAQs

Emmy Squared Shaw DC offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 921-3669.

Emmy Squared Shaw DC is rated 4.5 stars by 71 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.