The House of William & Merry
The House of William & Merry

The House of William & Merry

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.williamandmerry.com/
  • Phone: 3022342255
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Saturday, Lunch and Dinner: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm; Sunday Dinner: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: William Hoffman
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Valley Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is valet parking on Friday and Saturday evenings.
A word from The House of William & Merry
The House of William and Merry serves contemporary American cuisine prepared from the freshest seasonal ingredients procured from local farms, providing casual fine dining at a reasonable price. Chef-owned by the husband and wife team, Merry Catanuto and William Hoffman, who live on the property, the restaurant is a remodeled farmhouse on the edge of central Hockessin. Dine in a comfortable home atmosphere in one of the two dining rooms, the porch, or the bar. When you arrive, you can see right into the all new, modern kitchen. Full bar service is available including wines by the glass, microbrews on tap, and specialty drinks. Or, take a walk around back to see the herb and vegetable gardens. Tuesday through Saturday we serve lunch and dinner. On Sunday, we serve brunch followed by a prix fix supper in the evening.
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The House of William & Merry reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (72)special occasion (57)neighborhood gem (53)romantic (37)great for outdoor dining (22)great for brunch (15)great for lunch (14)notable wine list (10)good for groups (4)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Outstanding Dinner
    RaymisjrVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Our first visit to The House of William and Merry will keep us coming back for more. The food and service was excellent and everyone enjoy the evening. Will be going back again and again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food for Dinner, ok for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Took my Mom here for her bday lunch because it was pouring rain and it was close by. The food is exceptional, the place is super clean and lots of ambiance. Lunch was just your average lunch menu, not spectacular but still by no means bad. Just a better dining experience if you are going for dinner - which by the way, always packed so make reservations early. Drinks are yummy too. Dani the bartender is awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best brunch
    brunchlovr
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great options for sweet and savory brunch items. Portions are generous and food is delicious. Dining on the veranda on a sunny day is the perfect brunch atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming Culinary Gem
    Veloman
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was our 4th visit to The House of William & Merry. From Merry's greeting through the final sip of cupaccino, we were delighted by the breadth and depth of the selections. Daniel was a wonderfully knowledgeable server. My 20 year old son's first time there ended with "the best meal I have ever eaten". We agree that William & Merry have a special touch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local foodie restaurant
    Brooke
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The experience was great from beginning to end. Loved the setting, quaint and romantic. Our reservation was just after opening at 5:00 PM so we had the entire upstairs space to ourselves. Service was outstanding, the entirety of the staff was knowledgeable, polite and pleasant. Food was amazing and experiential for someone new to fine dining. Drinks from the bar were excellent, and prices were fair for all of the above. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Excellent food with excellent service. Olivia was knowledgable, friendly, efficient and very helpful in making decisions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolute Delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My husband and I dined here and had a lovely time. Our waiter Dan was attentive but not overbearing. He was very knowledgeable and his recommendations were spot on for both food and wine. I enjoyed the soft shell crab appetizer while my husband had the tuna ceviche. For dinner my husband had the duck breast and I had Hawaiian Opah. This is a lovely spot and this husband and wife time are doing something quite special in Hockessin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, great food
    Stow
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Our waiter Dan, was extremely helpful with spot on recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great First Visit
    Robert
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My wife and I were delighted with our first visit to the House of William and Merry. The short "Sunday Supper" price fixed menu provided enough options to please. All dishes were artfully presented and a wonderfully tasty. Our server, Dan, was friendly and attentive - a plus that made the evening even more enjoyable. The wine list was varied with many affordable options as well as higher end selections. We thought the price to value ratio for the Sunday Supper experience was exceptional. Can't wait for our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We are lucky to have this place in Hockessin. The lamb and scallops were amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was very good. It was in the pricey range and small portions, but not out of range for the flavor and experience. It is a lovely atmosphere and interesting blends of ingredients.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly memorable food selections
    gottadance
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    ...the chef is a true artist! The food is beautifully plated but more importantly, he uses high quality ingredients and cooks them to perfection. He sources local but will obtain sublime filet of beef from a source in Oregon. The seasonal menus reflect availability of the freshest and most seasonal ingredients. A lovely space in a renovated Victorian house. This was our second anniversary celebration at this restaurant and was so memorable the first time, we brought our adult children this year. Absolutely a gem for Delaware dining.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Continues to hit the mark
    DickVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This is our fourth or fifth visit and the restaurant continues to provide great food and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    RobinoRealtor
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food and attention to detail in the ingredients was amazing and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just the way I like to enjoy a meal
    bsoist
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Excellent food, a wait staff that is attentive but not overbearing, and no rush to complete your meal. The waiter, when learning I was vegetarian informed me of a special "in the moment" dish they could put together, so I gave it a try. It was fantastic. We sat and **enjoyed** our meal for more than two hours ( and the table behind us had arrived before we had and were still drinking and enjoying themselves when we left ). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Awesome
    dindin
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We came for brunch- egg stack & poached eggs. Excellent! They always use fresh vegtables & other ingriedients in the preparation of the meals, and we can appreciate the fresh flavors in the meals. Love love love this place!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Dele ions duck sandwich, friendly efficient staff and very comfortable setting
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dineDE1VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great dinner and able to sit on the porch outside. Great food....chef does some amazing things - if you are looking for city dining but don't want to drive that far...this is the place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dinner
    Joan
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Having traveled throughout Europe on gourmet food trips, I am a foodie and was delighted with what I found to be such an amazing restaurant in Hockessin, DE. The meal I had was definitely in the top five of any meal I have had, be it in Paris, New York City, or Rome. The use of fresh herbs and vegetables as well as the expert sauces and reductions, and the combination if flavors, made for a wonderful dining experience. I recommend this to foodies everywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for Special Occasions
    Ruralrebel82
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Elegant menu and service, with a unique and tasteful entree selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    boston1952
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I took my family visiting from out of town for a Sunday dinner to celebrate my sister's birthday. It was my first time at William and Merry but it won't be my last. Matt, the general manager, had called to make sure we knew that the restaurant had a fixed price three course menu on Sunday. A nice customer service touch. When we arrived a little before the restaufrant opened, they let us in so that we didn't have to stand on the porch. Our waiter (Sam, I believe) was friendly and attentive. About the food, everything was spot on. My only small quibble is that for me there were a few too many shaved vegetables on the perfectly prepared fish dujour. And the strawberry panna cotta was heaven on a plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We have dinner out a lot and this restaurant was recommended to us. The experience was beyond our expectations. Food was excellent, would recommend the tasting board, our waiter dave was very good and paid attention to all the details. Would definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food, nice facility
    organicplease
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Went at lunchtime. Weather was nice, but we chose to sit inside because groundskeepers were working outside. Only one other couple, who were very quiet. The dining area was very nice. Could hear noise from kitchen/bar area very clearly, however. Food was very good. Would have given higher overall rating if it hadn't been so noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rehofoodie
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The menu was very innovative! Every dish sounded delicious and it was hard to make a choice. Our meal was fabulous, as well as our service. My husband and I wanted seafood that evening. We definitely will return to The House of William and Merry and highly recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rich
    Peggy
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Grilled ham and cheese was a little too heavy handed with the butter
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    TrojanrabbitVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The House William & Merry is most definitely a true neighborhood gem. It is in a quaint house in Hockessin Delaware. The food is spectacular from appetizers, to entrees, to desserts. The menu isn't huge but has a nice variety the should fit everyone's tastes. The service is also excellent. One note should you go. The restaurant contains limited seating so reservations are a must. Parking is also limited so you may have to park across the street. Other than that this place is superb. We highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Restaurant
    OldFolks
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food and service were excellent. The personnel helpful and friendly, there but not in your face. Recommended for a good meal but not as a quick fillup.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The server
    TTLC
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The server was friendly and very knowledgable about the menu and specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food
    YumYumFood
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Everything was wonderful. Complimentary valet service. Everyone who worked there was friendly and inviting. Server was helpful & knowledgeable about the food and pairings. Food was outstanding. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Food and service were excellent again.Everything we selected was delicious and very well prepared and presented. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    This was our second time at The House of William and Merry. The first was in January for dinner; this time in June for brunch. Both meals were terrific, with lots of interesting choices on the menu. Our server this time was excellent-knowledgable and pleasant without being overbearing. One thing to note-this is not a place to go when you're in a hurry. Both visits we had no plans, and didn't need to rush, so we were happy with the slower service which gave us a chance to talk to each other!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Lloyd
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The food is excellent - a great place to go for that special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I'll be back!
    Love2Dine
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Everything from the unique cocktails, reasonably priced wine list, beautiful and delicious dishes, decadent desserts. I enjoyed every aspect of W&M and highly recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Delicious food. Nice service but it can be slow at times.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best food in Delaware
    pwoodsideVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I am amazed each time I eat here at how delicious and perfect the food is. I truly believe that they have the best food in Delaware. Or anywhere in the surrounding area for that matter. The servers know everything about the menu, and are able to make excellent recommendations. The season menu is ever-changing and unique. During this visit, we were able to get the chef's tasting menu and it did not fail to impress - including impressing our very well-traveled foodie friends who were with us. The entire table has to participate, but it was well worth it. I choose not to get the wine pairing, but quickly wished I had. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch with friends
    DickVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The service was excellent. The meals were well prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary
    Robert
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Great food and a beautiful evening on the porch! Sunday Pre fix meal was just right!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Arleen
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Outstanding food and service. Went for the pre-fixed Sunday supper and definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Olivia was an excellent server and the food was innovative from apps thru dessert. Chef Bill and Merry got it going on!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved everything about it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We took my mother-in-law for her birthday and had Sunday Supper. Each of us loved every course and our drinks were wonderful, too. They also were very accommodating for our children and made them special, kid-friendly food even though they don't have kids meals on the menus. They seay families upstairs and parties with no children downstairs so everyone is happy with their setting. I would definitely recommend this for date nights and family nights alike!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate