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The House of William & Merry, Hockessin, DE
The House of William & Merry, Hockessin, DE
The House of William & Merry, Hockessin, DE
The House of William & Merry, Hockessin, DE
The House of William & Merry, Hockessin, DE

The House of William & Merry

4.9
4.9
2148 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


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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 2,148 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Best Overall

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Best Food

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Innovative

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Contemporary American

  • Delaware

    Best Overall

  • Delaware

    Best Food

  • Delaware

    Best Service

  • Delaware

    Best Ambiance

  • Delaware

    Best Value

  • Delaware

    Innovative

  • Delaware

    Great for fine wines

  • Delaware

    Romantic

  • Delaware

    Good for special occasions

2,148 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reservation took us promptly. Waitress very attentive. Mushroom soup delish. Tuna appetizer also fabulous. Sablefish was good. Sturgen special also good. Peanut Butter desert also very good. Not many choices of entres. Lots of duck dishes, which i hate.

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  2. PaulW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Recommended by a friend, this was our first visit to celebrate our anniversary. The food is excellent. The dishes are cooked properly, seasoning and sauces are delightful, and the presentation is beautiful. We had the PEI mussels and the octopus for appetizers followed by the buffalo and sturgeon for entrees. Dessert was the pear and cheesecake which was not too sweet and has a beautiful presentation. . We had a New Zealand Marlboro sauvignon blanc wine throughout. The wait staff was attentive but not obtrusive. Our waiter, John, kept the wine cool in between pours. Used plates and silverware were removed from the table promptly and new plates and silverware supplied as needed all without asking. The service is what you would expect at a fine dining establishment and is all to often missing in today's world. W E W I L L R E T U R N !!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent presentation and preparation of food. Top shelf service , Chet and rest of staff. Chet was knowledgeable, friendly, attentive yet unobtrusive. Overall experience was superb!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was lovely and Maureen at the bar was top notch! It was a little noisy because we sat at the bar, but we love the energy and camaraderie when we sit there!!!

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  5. CynthiaR

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and drinks, excellent service and relaxed atmosphere.

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  6. Reba

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent restaurant with an inventive menu, outstanding cocktails and perfect portions.

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  7. Robert

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding food, as always! And superb service as well, thanks Chet!

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  8. TaliaB

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect date night with my fiancé! We love coming to The House of William & Merry for craft cocktails and outstanding and mind blowing cuisine!

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  9. Fjoan

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really amazing food. Best we’ve had in Delaware. The servers were top notch. Can’t wait to go back!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! Every time!

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  11. WilHTW

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Though big fans, we had not been back to The House of William & Merry since before the pandemic. We were very much looking forward to our meal. We left disappointed, however. Our mussels appetizer was pretty tasteless, and while our entrees were good, they didn't compensate for the inauspicious start of our dinner. Definitely a bummer. We are chalking it up to an aberration.

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  12. GregF

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, freshly prepared food with a rotating menu of seasonal choices. Service is equally excellent -- one of our favorite places to go!

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  13. StevenR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very loud. Tight dining quarters. Waiter seemed preoccupied and unable to answer questions regarding entrees. Food is exceptional.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great as usual! Drinks and food were wonderful. Service was very attentive.

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  15. Anne

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I don't live in the area but my daughter does. I am always happy to leave NYC to come to Kennett Square because I get to go to this restaurant. Really one of the best anywhere. Food, that is quality, inventive presentation, choices, pairings, it is all fabulous. The owners and the staff are kind, welcoming and helpful. All in all, every time, it is a memorable and wonderful experience to dine at The House of William & Merry. Bravo.

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  16. leahw

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved everything about the setting and the food was excellent! The flavors were wonderfully unique and the presentation looked like art work. The only room for improvement would be the attitude of the server. It felt like she was mad at us.

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  17. JeffreyE

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great bartender, great waiter and fantastic food. Wine was fairly priced.

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  18. AnnK

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A memorable dining experience in the best way possible. Have continued to think about the delicious dinner.

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  19. KathyH

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great evening! We love celebrating special occasions here. The food and drinks are superb.

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  20. PaulMc

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The House of William & Merry was absolutely fantastic! To say the cuisine was great would be an understatement. The ambiance and service were wonderful too.

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  21. TDP3

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, love the atmosphere. Never disapoints.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So glad we were finally able to visit this wonderful restaurant. Everyone was so nice and the food was amazing! Loved the scallops, deviled eggs, and the cheese board. We will definitely be back.

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  23. Dana

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had 3 appetizers/shared plates, veal and dumplings, sablefish and the “nutty” desert. Everything was absolutely amazing

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  24. TimW

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for an anniversary dinner and it didn't disappoint! Food, service, and ambience was terrific. Highly recommend. Will return!

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  25. Lionel

    Philadelphia

    68 reviews

    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We love HoWM, so consistently excellent. The Perfect Pear cocktail is wonderful. Everything was delicious; the Winter Salad, Tempura Octopus, special menu pork chop, Sabel Fish and desert crepes. Chet provided outstanding service, happy to see him again as well.

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  26. BobM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great service and extremely flavorful main courses.

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  27. ThomasD

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always the quality of food was exceptional. We had hoped to eat at the bar, but as always the seats were at a premium. We had a comfortable table in the dining area. The menu is always so inventive, each plate is a work of art. I was between to entrees and our waiter made an excellent point about the special and it was so amazing. One of the advantages of eating in the dining room, we drank less because we did not watch them make the most amazing cocktails, so we stuck with wine. And of course the wine was so delicious. They have wines that are specially priced for their patrons.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our go to for local fine dining. Love Merry and the staff. Always a 5star experience

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  29. Cheffiejan

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best experience dining at TheHouse of Wm and Merry last night. The food was delicious. The recommendations for wine pairings were spot on perfect. We both agreed we need to make reservations more often!

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  30. NateB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Always a solid meal, particularly for the area. Service consistently lags behind the quality of the food, but is acceptable. Restaurant layout is cozy, but doesn’t feel crowded.

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  31. DJG2

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was creative in the use of uncommon ingredients - maybe to the extent of pretentiousness. But the food we ordered was really delicious from appetizer to dessert. The suckling pig was tasty but overpriced.

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  32. PaulB

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Out of town visitors. Found this gem by chance. Food and service (by John) were top notch --- been a time since we had anything like that. Not really intimate -- but very nice in an airy, folksy atmosphere. Sound level was good --- could talk and be heard across the table without shouting!!!!

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  33. KevinP

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our favorite place to go since last year. Awesome service awesome food would recommend this restaurant to anyone that likes good food and a family atmosphere.

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  34. DanielW

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The House of William and Merry has been since opening and remains my favorite restaurant. It’s like coming home when we visit. Thank you for the love you put into everything you do. Auf Wiedersehen.

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  35. GChariker

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place never disappoints. The food and drink is always fantastic and the service is impeccable.

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  36. KimberlyO

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Harmonious thoughtful flavors. Perfect for a date night or an anniversary.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food! Amazing service! It was busy, so a bit loud just because so many people in a small space. Still a wonderful experience.

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  38. DEfoodie

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fortunate to have such a wonderful restaurant in our backyard.

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  39. Joan

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. The bread was such a delicious treat. The New Zealand salmon was as good as Alaska Copper River king salmon. The sea scallops were to die for. Exemplary service and relaxing atmosphere. What more can a customer want!!!

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  40. TheGov123

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife & I had 2 fish dishes for our main course: the salmon & the swordfish. Both were prepared with care & served at ideal doneness & temperature. In addition I had the rustic venison/duck pate & my wife had the fresh salad. Both dishes were very flavorful. For desert we shared the holiday chocolate filled crepe, which should, in our view, remain on the menu. The wine list has very good choices by the glass, & bar service is always spot-on. As always, service was superb, & we always appreciate the warmth of the staff. A restaurant not to be missed.

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FAQs

The House of William & Merry is rated 4.9 stars by 2148 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 11 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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