The House of William & Merry

4.9
1624 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
4.9
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4.8
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4.7
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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as usual!

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vipJoanneS
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I absolutely LOVE this place! It’s a real neighborhood gem and I can guarantee you couldn’t find a better restaurant in nearby Philly or West Chester, where there are plenty of options. SERIOUSLY

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AliceJ51
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional as always! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is Hockessin’s greatest secret - a world class dining experience. Been here many times and never disappointed. This is a must do if you are looking for finest dining at its best!

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ChristineL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and excellent food. The tastes are phenomenal! Our favorite restaurant by far and this was our third visit.

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Herbert
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The root vegetable bisque was exquisite! The service was excellent Unfortunately , truck noise from Rt. 41 was unavoidable, but we were happy to be able to sit outside.

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DavidA
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside on the porch where it was quiet. They seem to be aware of all the COVID dangers and have responded appropriately. The menu is shortened, but remains very interesting. The egg is a must have!

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JohnP
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
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
247 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
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
3 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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HMMFoodie
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Dined outside on the side porch which we had to ourselves after the other 2 tables left. Guava-tini was delish. The deviled eggs and fresh salad were good starters. The pork bowl was the best- avocado tempura, mushrooms, Brussel sprouts. My husband said it was the best cheeseburger he's had. Lovely wine by the glass from their Italian vineyards. Love the way the chef delivers exceptional meals consistently.

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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
18 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
17 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
3 reviews
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
247 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
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.

FAQs

The House of William & Merry is rated 4.9 stars by 1624 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.