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: (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.
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The House of William & Merry reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (81)special occasion (64)neighborhood gem (63)romantic (35)great for brunch (24)notable wine list (19)great for outdoor dining (17)great for lunch (16)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (6)good for groups (5)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Deceiving from the Outside
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I found the food and service to be incredible. It was worth the money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    Slack
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We've been to William and Merry before and the quality was just as good as the first time. There was no decline in the drinks, food, or service. All great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love2eatout
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Recently dined with friends for a birthday lunch. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Working Lunch
    Susan
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Enjoyed a working lunch with colleagues. Unobtrusive service and adequate space at the table. Very pleased with special request accommodation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Well worth the wait. Outstanding food and service, we will be going back very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Delicious
    Neil
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Many memorable meals with William & Merry. Great people putting love into food and making dining special. The new Fall menu is excellent and the trout with pumpkins was a real hit at our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Loved the food and the history. My only negative is the noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SisterDaughterDinner
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Service was prompt and food was delicious. Waiter provided good recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • delicious
    de52iaVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food was hot, delicious and unique. Consistent with every visit. Also will alter any dish to meet dietary needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a great anniversary dinner
    SteveB
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had a great meal for our anniversary, from starters to main course - everything was outstanding. The rib eye in particular that was served was one of the best I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When you go makes a difference
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The first time we ate here, it was absolutely amazing. That was on a Wednesday night with the late summer menu. This time, we went back on a Friday night with the autumn menu, and we were not nearly as impressed. The food on the menu was just OK. The service also wasn't as good. The restaurant was a lot busier, and they seemed understaffed to adequately deal with it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Lunch
    dineout
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I made reservations for four well in advance for a birthday lunch for a friend. This was a first visit for all of us. The restaurant appeared to be quite full and we were taken to the second floor to a table closest to the stairway. The room was so noisy that we really couldn't enjoy a conversation. I had heard good things about the food and expected more. Only one of the four of us enjoyed the meal. We decided to go elsewhere for dessert. All in all, I'm sorry to say that we were disappointed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fab food
    ElyseUUVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We had our anniversary dinner here and the service and food was impeccable. The staff went out of their way to make our meal thoroughly enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • thrilled local
    afanVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    it's just short of a miracle that w and m found their home/restaurant so close to ours. this allows us to have become part of their 'family' and we are thrilled. every time we go, and it's probably an average of once every week since they opened, whether we are just having an appetizer and drink or a complete dinner, lunch or brunch, the food has always been equal if not superior to the best meals we have ever experienced. this restaurant should be on everyone's A list if they are going to be anywhere near Hockessin DE.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely brunch
    CM1405
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I had been for dinner and loved it. The brunch was fantastic! It was difficult to choose between several delicious sounding options. I was tempted to get the smoked salmon crepes but finally opted for the eggs Benedict with greens. Absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special
    Maddie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I really enjoyed my lunch at the House of William and Merry. The food was delicious and there was plenty of it. My friend and I shared an entree and are glad we did. After also sharing a light dessert, we were both stuffed. If someone wants to experience a quality restaurant, I suggest lunching here. The dinners, although beautifully described and varied, are expensive. This is a farm to table restaurant which I really appreciate. One disappointment...since I am a vegetarian, I would have liked to see another one or two items offered without meat. Thank you for a good experience and kudos to our personable waiter, Dino! One more suggestion: A chalkboard where you can list where the ingredients are from.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for lunch
    tealady
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food well prepared, fresh, and served attractively. Servings are very large; would prefer smaller portions.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Everything about this restaurant is amazing -- delicious food and drinks, attentive waiters. Unfortunately, it has a very small seating area, so it might not be long before it's tough to get a table here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third time around
    BandB
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our third time there. Food is absolutely delicious and the presentation is better than what we have seen in "High End" restaurants. Menu is limited but there is no limit to the flavors. Menu reflects what is "In Season" in the area and in the ocean. Great place to dine with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant,unhappy server
    robertoVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This restaurant would have received a five star rating but for the sour attitude of our server. This girl never smiled and it seemed that any request we had was bothersome, perhaps she should not have partied so late the night before. I gave 3 stars for service because the manager and the food runners where wonderful. The food here was top notch and you can tell they used only local ingredients. The décor is pleasantly modern but it being a renovated home felt quite intimate. I will definitely return for brunch and perhaps try dinner, but also hope to get a different server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must Go
    GiagiaVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Menu changes to accommodate food in season (last visit, a man walked in delivering a bag of locally picked mushrooms!) Food is top notch, flavorful and always exciting. Service is superb one would expect a place like this in NY or LA not DE. Brunch is a MUST.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly Outstanding
    DEFoodie2
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We dined at The House of William & Merry recently to celebrate a birthday. The food was outstanding, with imaginative presentation and impeccable taste. The server was friendly and helpful, and the restaurant has a wonderful vibe. It's our favorite for special occasions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly fantastic!
    Josh
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I've been to the House of William & Merry a few times now, and each time, I'm impressed by what a fantastic job they do. The service was casual, yet impeccable; no one was snooty, but the waiter was always there when you wanted him and never there when you didn't. He had helpful recommendations when asked, and was friendly without being invasive. As impressed as we were with the service, the food blew us away. The chef is creative, and it works. Lobster, lamb, and manchego fritters is not a combination I would have expected, but they were an amazing blend of flavors. My tuna was described as "pan kissed," and it was as described: barely seared on one side. Perfect, and a but gutsy in Delaware. My wife's pork was also excellent. Impressive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful surprise
    Skiptheguff
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Just across the border in Delaware is a delightful little country inn with excellent cocktails, friendly staff, and delightful food. We love it. Food is always fresh and preparations are innovative but not over the top. In good weather, meals and drinks are served on the porch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Missing the House
    CharmCityEaterVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I'm a former Hockessin resident who relocated to Chicago and, besides my family, The House of William & Merry is the thing I miss the most! Bill & Merry are completely passionate about and committed to their customers' experience, from the thoughtful menu to the intimate decor, culminating in the absolutely remarkable food. Whenever I return to Delaware, I will find my way to The House.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Time Diner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Dined on a Sunday evening and found the (limited) selection to be very good! Price is fair for this special meal (3 course Prix @$35/person). Food is excellent!! Service was very good as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything is Done Well!
    Gator75
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This is our special occasion restaurant and never disappoints. Very attentive wait staff and wonderful menu options. Interesting cocktails and good wine selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Joan
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Every time I am here I am impressed with the flavors, the preparation, the helpful staff, and the entire experience. And each time I come the menu has new and exciting items to try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SteveB
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants, either on a date night or with friends, the House of William and Merry continues to deliver high end results every time. From the well thought out bar drinks, to Chef's creative menu, to the outstanding service you recieve from the professional and friendly staff. This is one of our favorites of all time -up there with any restaurant in NY, Phila or anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Improved in general
    Maddiner
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was our second time here and the food was much better than last. Portion sizes were good and the combination of favors were fresh and exciting. The tasting board and cheese plate were terrific. Our only concern was that there was too much time between courses and the staff, while charming, didn't notice details like missing forks, etc. our reservation noted two birthdays and desserts came with candles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wow
    KTnCBwine2dine
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Phenomenal food. Wine list with good selection. Introduced to Corvina, cooked to exquisite perfection. One of our best food and restaurant experiences including travels to 6 European countries and more than half of the US states. Quite the unexpected but treasured find in Hockessin, DE! Service was excellent, friendly and knowledgeable. Parking is limited but free valet was appreciated. A must try for the discerning and mature palate. We will be back, soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Meats were overcooked but everything else was fine.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Even Better than We Remembered!
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We hadn't been to the House of William and Merry for dinner in a long time. (We've been a few times for lunch the last few years and it was great!) Met two friends there on Wednesday night, and it was fabulous from beginning to end! The fois gras was a definite stand-out, but the barely seared tuna was spectacular as well as the corvine my friend got! Delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too noisy upstairs
    VisitorsfromGreenvilleVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    While the food was wonderful, the noise level upstairs, where we were seated, was beyond reasonable as a large party had been seated there. While the manager did stop by to apologize, the damage was done. In this day and age, restaurants will do anything to drive their bottom lines, regardless of the effect it has on other patrons. IF we ever go back, we will insist on being seated downstairs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Going back soon
    PickyEater
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Service was outstanding - friendly but not intrusive. The food looked amazing and tasted event better - very creative.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Delicious meal that was perfectly prepared. Service was friendly and efficient. Portions are hearty. Wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • W&M Outstanding Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our group of 5 had a 7pm reservation on a Friday. We elected for the 4 course chef tasting menu and were not disappointed. Each course hit the mark. Fresh soft shell crab, fois gras ravioli, roasted duck breast, and desert. The use of the freshest ingredients was evident with the restaurant having a garden on site. Service was excellent with our server Sam having extensive knowledge of the menu. Great dining experience and comes highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for 2
    JoeJ
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent experience! The food preparation and service was excellent. We had the fish and steak. The steak portion was 3 pieces for tender New York strip. Very flavorful and tender. The fish was moist and paired well with the sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Dan was so nice and efficient. Pancakes, French toast, and eggs Benedict were fabulous! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet