The House of William & Merry

4.8
1761 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.
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Letitiah
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another AMAZING MEAL at The House of William & Merry! Bill, Merry & Mo take care of me like Family! I never drive North or South on 95 without stopping to eat, drink and be merry!!!!

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BenjaminE
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I walked away hungry, broke, and mad. The staff was rude. The food was bad and very small.

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VickieL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at the House of William and Merry, but it won't be our last. We loved the atmosphere. The dining room was small, but it did not feel small, because the tables were set in a way that allowed you to have privacy and hold a conversation. The service was great, attentive without being intrusive. The mixed drinks and wine list had a nice selection. Our drinks were crafted so well, that I savored every drop of mine. The food was exactly as advertised, beautifully plated and delicious. The bread was fresh made and was so tasty. The desert was mind-blowing. I highly recommend that if you are looking for wonderfully prepared food and excellent service, this is your place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly place to eat.
Food and service were outstanding
Great Manhattan too!
Get the Foie Gras appetizer! You will not be disappointed!

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painter216
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

House of William & Merry provided an excellent dining experience in a simple setting . The limited autumn menu ( 3 entrees) was supplemented by a few specials , one of which we tried ( Beef Deckle platter) and liked very much. The Cheese board that we shared as appetizer ($24.) was an excellent starter with 3 different cheeses and a wide of variety of sweet and savory spears, olives and crackers to enjoy with the cheese. The Duck breast entree was very well prepared with roasted pears, roasted Brussel sprouts alongside the perfectly cooked duck breast. The cocktails, and wine selected came promptly before and during the meal and our server was very attentive. Even though the restaurant is small ( in a converted house) the whole experience was quite pleasurable. Go for the gourmet food, it is outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. Food was excellent.

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vipJohn
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service. They pay attention to even the smallest details of preparation and presentation. A great night out.

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KristieP
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This remains my favorite restaurant of all time and NEVER disappoints! It’s a hidden gem that makes you wonder how you’ve ever enjoyed a meal before it!! The presentation of each dish is so spectacular that you almost feel digging in! The flavors will leave you mind blown.

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Thewards
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply delicious. We went for our 25th wedding anniversary. Ambiance was small but very comfortable and not overcrowded. Server was friendly, capable and responsive. Food and cocktails were outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great.

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vipBill
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dining experience

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Brenneke
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, we had a wonderful meal. We come here often and we are never disappointed. Food was amazing and our server Dave D. was one of the best servers we have had at any restaurant in quite a long time. He was attentive and far exceeded our expectations, he is an absolute asset to the restaurant.

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Iman
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food, fantastic staff. Absolutely love this place

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Good overpriced and small portions.
Example, one slice of bread.

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MelissaK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best mushroom soup ever! Also best gnocchi I’ve ever eaten. Superb quality in every aspect of dining.

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PatrickJ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing first time experience! Start to finish, each course was so delicious and gorgeous!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go-to place for amazing food and quiet enough to have a business dinner. Food definitely ‘wows’ my guests!

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vipDavidSmag
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always 😋

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CherylG
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Overall the most amazing meal I've ever had! Unique food; unique preparation. DELICIOUS!! Since the survey asks about ambience, I'll say it was pretty plain. Don't recall any/much in the way of decoration. Noise level was bothersome just a few times as tables are very close together and party next to us was sometimes loud. It's hard for me to determine value because I don't know what is paid for the unique ingredients, but it was a pricey full course meal for two ($229 + tip). We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and it would need to be another extraordinary celebration for us to justify spending that much for dinner for us again.

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JOSIE
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was out first time eating at The House of William & Merry's. We really didn't know what to expect. To our surprise the experience was awesome. We definitely will be back. The food was excellent and our waiter was the best. We absolutely loved everything about it.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great dining experience!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to dine by far

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tony
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

reliably great food
best in the area

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vipClaireH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not enough stars to give a true evaluation for the food!

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LeslieE
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Erika, our server was excellent. Good, as always, superb. This is our favorite restaurant in Delaware.

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vipEdKSQ
Tokyo
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

William & Merry delivers another great dining experience! From chicken-fried quail to hamachi crudo

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to The House of William and Merry in a while, and it did not disappoint! The meal was excellent as was the service. The creative menu and high quality choices were perfect and we can only say good things about our evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, once again. Nothing ever disappoints! I highly suggest ordering the specials - each time we do we are amazed!

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CWMRZL430
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to The House of William & Merry for a special occassion. The restaurant staff were excellent - friendly and informative. The food and drinks were fantastic, best meal I have had in a long time.

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Winetime4
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointment…our go to place for date night!

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vipScottP
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic and best in town

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MichaelK
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun night with great couple. Food was outstanding. Service? Clark was knowledgeable and attentive. Drinks? Exceptional.

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Amina
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful dining experience by the “Michelangelo of food.”

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful location. The food was great but the portions were small. For the scallops ordered, they should have given 6 scallops instead of four.

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PattyM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We were seated at a nice table for 2 on 1st floor. At the larger table behind us 2 gentlemen were so loud our waitress had to bend over to hear us. My husband and I had a very hard time even conversing with each other due to the 2 gentlemen trying to outdo each other with their loudest laugh. Fortunately a little more than halfway through our meal they left. After that we were comfortable. I love a good lively conversation but this bordered on rude and in appropriate for such a small dining room. Our first time dining out since COVID was a little disappointing, although the meal was beautiful delicious and on point with the best culinary chefs we have had the privilege of experiencing.

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vipStan
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food as always was exquisite- staff knowledgeable and had a well balanced interaction.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding. Never fails.

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vipDrGM
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointment. Great innovative food, attentive service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s our favorite date night place!! Food is outstanding always!!

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The House of William & Merry is rated 4.8 stars by 1761 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.