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The House of William & Merry

4.9
4.9
1849 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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2 people

7:00 PM


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 1,849 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Best Overall

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Best Food

  • 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

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    Notable Wine List

  • Delaware

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great experience - good food, nice ambiance. We will be back!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I always enjoy dining at William and Merry! The ONLY issue that I had on this visit was that the rib cap (deckle) was not as tender or as flavorful as I had expected. It was also prepared a bit north of medium rare. I would not have identified this cut of meat as the rib cap had I not seen it represented as such on the menu.
  3. CC

    ChaddsCouple

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Bit disappointed .. somewhat limited menu selection deflated our expectations quickly. And the portions were not uniform though we both had the same item. The price did not equate to what was received. We've always enjoyed our meals here .. but this one will not be one for the record book. We'll try again ..
  4. CB

    ChristineB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The presentation was beautiful but the dish we received was not to our taste. We will come back to try another seasonal menu. Other than that I loved the atmosphere and service.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very wonderful. Staff friendly, informative, and courteous. Will definitely be going back.
  7. SP

    ScotieP

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food you will get in the Delaware area. Usually think twice to go to Philly since this Gem is so close by
  8. m

    michelle

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always an excellent meal with bold flavors and nice seasonal pairings as well as great specials.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This our second visit to this amazing place. It seems each dish is a joyful layering of exquisite flavors. Have yet to have something that wasn’t outstanding. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. Come here and you will remember for years to come
  10. KL

    KathyL

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was impeccable...thanks Miranda! Pear cocktail excellent. Scallops and duck entrees plated beautifully and tasted awesome. Tuna tartare app was a little salty, but also pleasing to the eye.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely delicious
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Anniversary
  13. w

    wsm314

    Philadelphia

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had THE BEST DINNER here to celebrate my birthday! Everything was absolutely delicious! The sauce on the duck wings was out of this world, and they were perfectly juicy with a wonderful crispy skin. My husband enjoyed the papardelle and short rib dinner, and I had the pan kissed yellow tuna which was exquisite! There were so many fresh flavors and such a lovely presentation, it was truly wonderful! Desserts were phenomenal, as was the service. We hadn't been here in 6 years, mainly because it's almost an hour away. But that won't keep us away anymore! We decided we MUST come back again and again!!! Thank you, William & Merry, and our wonderful server, Jessica, for such a lovely evening!
  14. AS

    AngelaS

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing fresh, seasonal fare with creative presentations. Elegant and satisfying. No crumb or sauce was left behind!
  15. d

    delawarwdan

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always enjoy the evening and meal at W&M. Thought that the dinner menu was somewhat less interesting than usual. We had one of the specials, pappardelle pasta, which was very tasty as are all dishes at this restaurant. Would have enjoyed a little more braised beef in the sauce, but enjoyed it anyway. Service was slower than previously experienced, but the server was very pleasant and attentive. Recommended for fine food.
  16. IS

    IkeS

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fellow foodies recommended this place and boy, were they on target. We had four apps, an entree, and a dessert (we always try to share when the restaurant allows it): everything was outstanding with the Spring Vegetable Bisque a standout. We drove 90 minutes to eat there and we will return!
  17. GC

    GChariker

    Denver

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the HWM does not fail to delight. I had the tilefish with ramps and it was delicious and interesting. The Strawberry Fields dessert was the same. I need to come here more often!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was nuanced and sophisticated. Flavors and presentation were flawless.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely one of the best places in Delaware. Very very happy will 110% be back.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & service was excellent! Thanks Jonathan!
  21. CV

    CarlosV

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great experience all around !
  22. SB

    SallyBIowa

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and such creative presentation! Good service. A wonderful night out for our anniversary.
  23. BM

    BillM

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Book a table here for a truly outstanding meal. Excellent and very reasonably priced wine list. The appetizers and entrees are on the high side but WELL worth it. We both ordered fish - Bay catfish and barramundi - and server Chet's chardonnay recommendation was spot on. Both dishes were as promised fresh and tasty. The combination of flavors on each dish were especially complementary; the barramundi came with an assortment of root veggies and a fermented soy cream ... it was a real treat. Dessert was this season's version of an apparent perennial, Strawberry Fields No. 11. It was ... transcendent. Of course we'll be back!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place in Delaware and possibly the surrounding areas!!
  25. BG

    BrasilGirl

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding from start to finish! Kudos to the chef and team!
  26. CV

    CarlosV

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience ! Spectacular food and service
  27. RD

    RyanD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My fiancé and I dined at the restaurant to celebrate an anniversary. Everything from the bread to the main course was fantastic and the portions were a great size. Even the drinks were made very well and were a large portion for the cost. We will definitely be going back!
  28. SP

    SiegPete

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The staff was very friendly, attentive and we were seated promptly. The food was excellent with many options for wine by the glass or bottle. We dined on the lower level of the restaurant and it was quite loud at the beginning of our meal - to the point where we couldn't hear the specials being described by the waiter. All in all a nice meal and we will come back again when in the Brandywine region!
  29. LB

    LaurieB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a lovely first visit to this restaurant! We had
  30. GR

    GinaR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent but noise level in the dining area was too loud and no ample parking. The food is definitely worth it though. It’s the best food in the area. Would highly recommend.
  31. K

    Kostas

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Husband and I visited for an anniversary dinner and it lived up to all expectations. The servers were courteous and attentive. The food was perfect. From the amuse-bouche, to the breads, entrees and desserts. Another note worthy mention was the The Hummingbird cocktail - delicious!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing culinary experience
  33. s

    sarita

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service and ambience lived up to its reputation and was amazing. Dessert was pure art!!! Thank you so much for a lovely evening..
  34. ML

    MaryL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food and comfort from the moment we walked in the door.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been dining at the House for over 10 years and have never had a bad dish! Amazing food and service!!
  36. CV

    CarlosV

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great night at THWM ! The best value and dining experience in the area !
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best of the best.
  38. MK

    MichaelK

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Birthday-everything was excellent
  39. JG

    JoeG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a can't miss. William and Merry are awesome proprietors, and it reflects in their knowledgeable / affable front of house staff. We tell everyone who will listen to get there and enjoy what has become our go to spot for fine dining.
  40. RC

    RichardC

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was great (duck for me, steak and prawns for my friend and the cheese plate for dessert) and I loved the wine (from their own winery); I had the Syrah and they also have a couple of cabernets. Our server Miranda was terrific (and very patient with us!).

FAQs

The House of William & Merry is rated 4.9 stars by 1849 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


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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