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

The House of William & Merry Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.williamandmerry.com
  • Phone: (302) 234-2255
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Grilled ham and cheese was a little too heavy handed with the butter"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I had brunch here. The food is perfection on a plate. I appreciate attention to detail and beautiful presentation. But most of all the food is always delicious, no matter what you chose."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The server was friendly and very knowledgable about the menu and specials."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food and service were excellent again.Everything we selected was delicious and very well prepared and presented. Thanks!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The food is excellent - a great place to go for that special occasion."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Delicious food. Nice service but it can be slow at times."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The service was excellent. The meals were well prepared."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great food and a beautiful evening on the porch! Sunday Pre fix meal was just right!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Outstanding food and service. Went for the pre-fixed Sunday supper and definitely will be back."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Olivia was an excellent server and the food was innovative from apps thru dessert. Chef Bill and Merry got it going on!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I've never been, but heard great things. Boy, were the other reviews correct! The service was impeccable, the wine list was quality, the drinks were well thought out and properly executed. We started with a cheese board that was well mixed and garnished well. We both had the cream of asparagus soup. My date had the cavetelli and I had the suckling pig. Both wee amazing. I highly, highly recommend the House of William and Merry. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My first lunch here did not disappoint. Between us we had a salad, soup, and sandwich. Love those fries."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "First thanks to OpenTable for getting us a reservation when the restaurant said they were booked!! Overall a very nice place to eat with trendy takes on food without being all Grant Achatz. The staff is friendly and down home, always helpful and will to ask the back when they don't know an answer to a query. Cocktails are well imagined, tasty and well constructed. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "No wonder we keep coming back. From appetizers to dessert everyting was wonderful. We went for our 25th anniversary. We had the pork belly appetizer. It was huge and probably the best I've ever had. Crisp on top and melt in your mouth bottom. Had the 12hr veal breast - fell apart and was delicious. Scallops were perfectly golden seared and came with pineapple. Get the chocolate cake with the brickle crust for dessert...And the service is great"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Wonderful experience/loved the cheese plate and duck entree/will certainly return"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "We have eaten at the House on several occasions. Always outstanding food, wine and service the Sunday Supper is the real bargain. The menu is limited to three choices each for appetizer, main course and dessert but we have always found exciting options and the price is exceptional for a restaurant of this caliber. The recent pan fried salmon topped with a red pepper cream sauce was the best I have ever eaten. The pork loin was a bit more done that we like - we are "pink pork" aficionados - but was still very moist and the accompaniments brought outstanding flavor to the plate."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "It had been awhile and William & Mary did not disappoint... From creative cocktails to dessert, everything was great. Well worth the extra dollar for a great evening at this neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Had a great lunch. The hamburger was delicious, but rather messy to eat. Had to be eaten with a knife and fork. Service was great. Dino was friendly and attentive. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Overall, an excellent restaurant! Prices are a little high for the area, but then again, it is Hockessin."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "For my most recent lunch I ordered the Bird's Nest salad which, to say the VERY LEAST, I did not enjoy. On ordering I did ask that the poached egg be substituted or that it be left out. I think the waitress at this point should have said that without the egg my lunch entree salad would then arrive with a very, very small amount of Bibb lettuce, a few (very few) balls of wild boar bacon and several walnuts. I was startled to see that there was SO LITTLE of it, and believe me, I am not a big eater. I told the waitress, when she asked us how the meal was, how displeased I was, but no adjustment whatever was offered. It spoiled my dining experience to the extent that I will never have our alumni group or any other friends go there again."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Attentive service, excellent food from a fixed but flexible menu. A nice evening with friends. Not inexpensive, and the fixed price of $39/head soon became $50/head with drinks. But great value overall and a nice experience. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Two of us had the port dish and one had the trout. All were good. The server was top notch and the other food items were perfect. I will certainly go back again."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "My first time at this restaurant. The recommendations I received from friends were "right on". The service was exceptional and the food was beautifully presented. Fresh - tasty - definitely a cut above."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Second visit to the restaurant was maybe more impressive than the first. Everything was wonderful. Thanks!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Our server Dan was awesome very friendly and gave great recommendations. The food was awesome combinations I would never think of that took me a bit out of my comfort zone but was worth it. Great place and will definitely recommend to friends."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We were very pleased with the atmosphere and the cocktails we ordered. The service was as good as we've ever had and it was clear that the entire staff took great pride in the restaurant. But we felt like the food itself just missed the mark with us. Maybe our expectations were a little too high but neither of us left raving about our meals. With that said, it's still a beautiful place and we'll probably try them again in the summer."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Many visits to our favorite local restaurant. Excellent food and service. Inovative menu. Relyea wines that can't be had elsewhere."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "If you like good food - this is the place. We don't dine out that often but when we do, Wm & Merry's is our first choice."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We left Philadelphia for a day trip to the country. Wanted a nice place to meet my cousin who lives in Delaware for dinner. This was perfect food was wonderful creative delicious. Service was good. Would definitely go back"
    Dined on 3/15/2014