The House of William & Merry

4.8
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1616 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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JohnP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had our anniversary dinner there on a Saturday night. The food was extremely good and the service was fantastic. I had the Cod which was cooked to perfection with a buttery taste. My wife had the pork chop special. Her chop was large, meaty and delicious. I would highly recommend this establishment.

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vipStan
New York Area
244 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of our favorite restaurants.Anxious to return.

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vipLaurenK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, ambiance and service! We had a great dinner celebrating a birthday. The lamb neck special was amazing.

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SarahW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and fun evening out. Never disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The House of William and Merry is a hidden gem!! My husband and I celebrated our anniversary dinner and this was a meal that we will never forget! Everything from the service, the food, and the ambiance was top notch! No critiques and no need for improvement. It was the perfect experience and we could not have asked for a better place to celebrate! We are already looking forward to planning our next trip!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the meal and the service were excellent. Everyone from the owners, to the kitchen and the servers were knowledgeable, articulate and friendly. The foie gras, the pig's head ravioli, rainbow trout, Icelandic cod were cooked to perfection. They looked great on the plate and tasted even better.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was great!

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Barb
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious French bistro food. Loved the trout and apps. Presentation is beautiful. The ice cream is also wonderful! Lovely waitress. Delightful evening.

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LawrenceS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, Amazing service not 1 single complaint. 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Jamesmiko
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

House of William and Merry is one of the best restaurants in the state. The food is amazingly delicious, a great and varied wine and cocktail menu, and the service is always impeccable. I can’t recommend this restaurant enough.

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SuzanneF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time there and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

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foodies
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. Favorite restaurant in DE. Loved the cheeseburger and the fries are the best. Always attentive service.

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CourtneyR
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is so artfully and mindfully crafted together. You must order the meal exactly how it comes or you devalue the craft, and honestly, you wouldn’t wanna change anything. Even if you don’t like the ingredients, you will love the meal.

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KBfromKC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Word of mouth led us here and what a great gem it was! Was staying in downtown Wilmington and was worth the little drive. The scallops were delicious!

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JosephB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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vipsparkee
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great to be back!!!!! Outstanding as always. Our servers were wonderful. The chopped salad shared with an extra egg was the perfect size:). My scallop entree was delicious as was my husband’s duck. Thanks so much!!! Missed you all

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vipKristine
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us went to House of William and Merry for dinner on Friday night to celebrate my husband's birthday. Even though the menu is small, there were multiple options that sounded great and we ordered many of them, including all of the specials. Everything was fantastic, especially the foie gras appetizer and the duck breast and scallop entrees - all with fabulous and well-balanced flavors and seasonings, that still allowed the quality ingredients remain the focus. Not inexpensive, but a memorable and delicious meal to be sure. The service was friendly and just the right level of formality. The restaurant was uber-clean and tables were widely-spaced. We will be back soon!

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LennyBee
Inverness
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our meal here! We were out celebrating and the host and our server were very accommodating. The courses were perfectly spaced out, drinks were DELICIOUS. The specials were fantastic, we loved everything about it. Will definitely be back here soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food for a special date night. Great service too!

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vipDiningfoxes
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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vipStan
New York Area
244 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed so much our dinner.Cannot wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 10th wedding anniversary, the food and service did not disappoint! One the most outstanding restaurants in the area, highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service, tasty drinks, always a pleasure to dine at The House!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and dining experience. Truly a special evening.

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KathyH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Dinner was excellent and the service top notch. Great social distancing practices in place.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always

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LauraF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drinks and service!

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vipTraceyB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the experience was amazing! Love House of William & Merry and their tasty menus.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute favorite restaurant. Always perfect.

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SteveP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily the best food I’ve had in Delaware.

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vipWinetime4
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are blessed to have such a fabulous high scale restaurant right here in our own back yard! William and Merry is our go to restaurant for any special occasion and we are never disappointed. We highly recommend them to anyone looking for a quaint, intimate dining experience.

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Paula
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is always outstanding. Bread his homemade, however it would be better if served hot or toasted. Drinks and food were all outstanding.

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DianeT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful about the evening, except a customer at the bar was unbelievably loud with an annoying laugh and tone of voice. I don’t know what the staff could have/should have done. It really isn’t the kind of place where flamboyant, raucous behavior fits in.

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vipnullap
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our cocktails were served cold and prepared as we requested. Our ceviche and corn soup were outstanding as well as our scallop entree. The halibut entree was good just not outstanding. We always have Woodside Creamery turtle ice cream for dessert - best ice cream ever.

Overall, this is a very nice restaurant because of their food and waitstaff.

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Grumpa
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Very creative. Unique. Outstanding service. Excellent wine list.

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WinS
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice to have our friends at William & Merry's back!

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vipHopeful
Orlando
22 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent as always! Cheese plate is always impressive. Drinks are superb! One of our favorite local spots.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A extraordinary dining experience is the only way I could describe House of William yes I would gladly say if the Michelin Star guide ever recognized Delaware this would be the first restaurant on the list. Nothing compares locally, after dining here, anywhere you eat just won't compare. How the owners William and Merry give us locally sourced ingredients, with extraordinary hospitality with such a high standard makes their restaurant a one of a kind experience. Stop settling for less, they will show you a world of food and hospitality you haven't experienced yet.

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Anne
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Enjoyed sitting on deck. Service and food excellent!

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The House of William & Merry is rated 4.8 stars by 1616 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.