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
92 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (75)special occasion (64)neighborhood gem (60)romantic (37)great for outdoor dining (24)great for brunch (19)great for lunch (14)notable wine list (12)good for groups (5)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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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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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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
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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
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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.