The House of William & Merry

4.9
1748 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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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.7
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4.6
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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great dining experience!!

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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
6 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

MK
vipMichaelK
Philadelphia
21 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.

DG
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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FYI411
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed a birthday dinner at The House of William & Merry. The unique menu offerings to the outstanding service made for a great evening. We particularly enjoy dining on their covered porch,

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PeterR
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love HWM and have ordered to go as well as dining in. Dining in has been for celebrations. As a self-proclaimed foodie that travels the world seeking out great food and drink, you won’t be disappointed with HWM!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cheese board was impressive. Drinks were excellent. Plating and presentation of all dishes were very beautiful, and tasted amazing.

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Bootsdog
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinners and good starters appropriate for the fine dinning pricing. Very reasonable and tasty specialty drink menu, plus many wines available by the glass. A little tricky for parking when the restaurant is full. May have to wait some for the one and only bathroom. But at least it is clean and modern!

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vipDennisC
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Highly recommend. We like to eat at higher end restaurants at least 2 times a month from New York to Virginia. This is well worth a visit. Food was spectacular and the service was excellent.

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RickM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat out on the porch, food was great and server was great.

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vipSueS
Philadelphia
89 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The scallops were delicious, but a bit pricey at $41. Drinks were generous in size and alcohol. No salt and pepper on the table. When I asked for it, server brought it, but said that the chef said that the dishes are well seasoned and don't need it!

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JUSTKRAZINESS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and exceptional service.

JB
JadeB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fresh ingredients, exciting options, and casual atmosphere. Everything was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was everyone’s first time for dinner but a couple of us had been there for lunch.

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oreocat
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

early reservations because of the nhl hockey draft at 8. so it was quiet. however , as always , food was excellent.

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EricH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere and impressive seasonal menu.

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vipMONA
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Shared few appetizers and they were nicely prepared, would have liked they offer better selection of dessert!

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NatalieB
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!!!

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vipJaneL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m returning to dine there next week. We loved it so much that I want to share it with friends.

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LindaR
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful and creative food. Never disappoints. Great service and variety in home like setting.

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SusanS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Would recommend to anyone who wants a good meal.

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michellew
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect from all staff to food and romantic restaurant made for perfect evening. I would highly recommend them to anyone!

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StephenS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food; it is obvious that a lot of thought, time, and preparation goes into each dish.

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DEFoodie2
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the rockfish and the PEI mussels. My wife had the scallops. Everything was great! I loved the pairing of the rockfish with fruit salad, which had elements of sweetness and just a bit of spice with the sauces. Outstanding!

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JosephB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The House of William and Merry has a great bar, excellent wait-staff and outstanding dishes. You don't feel pressed for time; in fact, the time between courses is quite leisurely.

We ate upstairs indoors and the setting and silverware was nice. The only negative (and a slight one at that) is that the room was a bit sterile. It needed some color and a sense of intimacy.

We'd highly recommend THOWAM. My acronym sounds like a Pentagon weapon system.

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The House of William & Merry is rated 4.9 stars by 1748 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.