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The House of William & Merry

4.9
4.9
1886 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (302) 234-2255

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    William Hoffman

  • Neighborhood

    Hockessin

  • Cross street

    Valley Road

  • Parking details

    Additional parking is available at Swift Park if the lot is full.

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,886 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Best Overall

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Contemporary American

  • Delaware

    Best Overall

  • Delaware

    Best Food

  • Delaware

    Best Service

  • Delaware

    Best Ambiance

  • Delaware

    Best Value

  • Delaware

    Fit for Foodies

  • Delaware

    Healthy

  • Delaware

    Notable Wine List

  • Delaware

    Romantic

  • Delaware

    Special Occasion

  • Delaware

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. S

    Sharonluch

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Unusual preparation of ingredients made for a surprising and totally enjoyable experience.
  2. D

    David

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent gourmet menu, great service and a wonderful atmosphere. Always a treat to dine at The House of William and Merry.
  3. P

    Poochy

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful evening. Lovely setting, attentive service with a couple of trivial forgotten details. until reminded. Menu distinctive and food very good.
  4. DB

    DeniseB

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    It was my first dining experience at this restaurant. The food was very good. I thought it was a bit pricey.
  5. RS

    RichardS

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was exceptional. The taste and texture of the food hinted at the high level of care and attention of its preparation by the chef. Can’t wait to go back and try other things on the menu.
  6. CV

    CarlosV

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience as always ! Chef William and their entire staff are awesome !
  7. KK

    KonaKane

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Anniversary dinner on a Tuesday. Very quiet, attentive service, compact creative menu. Cocktails were creative and well prepared. Our sever was great at explaining the dishes. The wine list was compact but nonetheless quite satisfactory. Server help pair wine food nicely. Food was over the top! Both our starters and mains were outstanding. The atmosphere was pleasant if a little plain. The outside appearance belies that excellent experience you are about to have. The food is not inexpensive so it is a great place for foodies but probably less so the picky or less adventurous. Highly recommend this place. We have already scheduled our next dinner here.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous dinner here after our daughter’s micro wedding. They accommodated an earlier reservation for a large group and made our dining experience extra special. Thank you so much it was a memorable dinner.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome as usual
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent from start to finish. Unique and delicious choices on the menu. Service was friendly and efficient.
  11. c

    carries

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, food was excellent, service friendly and welcoming and ambience comfortable. Love this place. Never disappoints.
  12. JR

    JoeR

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So happy to see Javier!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love this place. Our favorite restaurant by far.
  14. DA

    DavidA

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I ate here for our date night and could not be happier. We had great service, accommodations for food allergies, and delicious food and drinks. We were still talking about our meals the next morning. We will definitely be returning in the near future.
  15. JO

    JohnO

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful!
  16. KA

    KAM92

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top notch restaurant in a sleepy little town, definitely worth the drive! The husband and wife team makes service and the experience seamless.
  17. NB

    NatalieB

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely as always.
  18. D

    Deb104

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was impeccable. The meal far surpassed our expectations - more like experiencing fine art than merely dinner. The only downside was the music in the restaurant - a jazz piano or trio is far better suited to the experience than the 80's Playlist that was just a bit too loud for conversation. Overall, a delightful evening - our first visit tonight won't be our last. Pricey, but worth the splurge. Not a place for kids.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Very nice place but not up to the cost of food. Waitstaff dressed like slobs. Sorry, but if you are asking $50 for a steak plus other items, you need to class up the place.
  20. g

    gottadance

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccabily crafted and presented delicious food....seasonal menus with outstanding service. Our favorite restaurant in Delaware.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Love going there, its one of our favorite places!
  22. FD

    FrankD

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous and delicious food with multiple layers of ingredients and flavor. Top-notch service. Well sourced and fair priced wine and champagne too. Kudos to the proprietors.
  23. L

    Love2eat

    Naples

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy the unique food selection which is always delicious and served in a professional manner.
  24. M

    Mkkel

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was exceptional. In a state where mediocrity is the norm for cuisine, this was a pleasant surprise.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service and food was excellent. Place is small but cozy.
  26. LM

    LisaM

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing! Fresh and creative flavors- scallops and decile steak were perfection! We’ll be back!
  27. JR

    JoeR

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as always.
  28. KE

    KEvinM

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service again.
  29. AK

    ArleneK

    Deactivated - Central Queensland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably one of the best culinary experiences I have ever had.
  30. LJ

    LeahJ

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The House of William & Merry has been my favorite restaurant for years. Every dish and beverage I’ve had here speaks to my soul. I always arrive with the joy of embarking on a new culinary adventure, and my expectations are always exceeded. I too love the charming and cozy location. This place continues to be food heaven. Thank you for being here and for all that you do!
  31. ML

    MikeL

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal meal. The cocktails (Manhattan) were fantastic. The house wine (Syrah) was great. We had not been for a few years and we are kicking ourselves for not going back sooner. Looking forward our next time. Our time away will be shorter this time.
  32. SD

    SatisfiedDiner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pricy but you get what you pay for. Food is always cooked to perfection and the staff is amazing.
  33. SG

    SteveG

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. The caviar appetizer is a must have. Everything is artfully prepared.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was spectacular!!! Every dish went above and beyond expectations!
  35. CB

    CarltonB

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our third visit to the restaurant and the food and service were outstanding. Wait staff was very friendly and attentive. For an appetizer I had the foie gras and my wife had the cast iron baby octopus in truffle sauce. Both were very good, and I would reorder either of them in a minute. For our entrees my wife had the pork belly entree from the daily specials menu and I had the grilled prime beef deckle steak. Both were excellent! We didn't have room for desert but the offerings looked delicious as well. If you haven't tried this restaurant you should absolutely put it on your list. We will certainly be going back again soon!!!
  36. JT

    JeffT

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chet was very professional and attentive. Food was amazing…presentation, flavor combinations, creativity. We were very impressed!
  37. CV

    CaitlinV

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food. Service was good for the most part. Prices are high, but quality is good. Will be back for sure.
  38. F

    Food4u

    Philadelphia

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the best restaurant in Delaware! We enjoyed the most delicious foie gras w grilled peaches, refreshing hamachi crudo and a creamy and dynamic corn bisque. All of our entrees were exceptional and featured the best, freshest, seasonal, local produce and meats. The strawberry dessert is an absolute MUST try!!! The team at this restaurant is all around superb. We cannot wait to come back again soon!!!
  39. BH

    BeverlyH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The food was very good, enough though most of the entrees usually had something that I wouldn't like.
  40. H

    Happy

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Anniversary dinner

FAQs

The House of William & Merry is rated 4.9 stars by 1886 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for The House of William & Merry

1336 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Valley Road

  • Neighborhood

    Hockessin

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Additional parking is available at Swift Park if the lot is full.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    William Hoffman

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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