The House of William & Merry

4.9
1733 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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4.9
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PeterR
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
86 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
13 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
56 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
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!!!

JL
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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Michael
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Pork chop was not cooked to specification, well done instead of medium rare, Fish was not moist but instead dry . It was delightful outside

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vipRedvette
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the place to go to. Exceptional service from walking in the door to closing it as you leave. You must try this place!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great times and fantastic meal and strong support of food restrictions!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t wait to go back!

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vipLisaY
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , great service ! We will definitely be back.

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MaureenC
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had an excellent dinner at William and Merry's. The duck was just added to the menu and it was delicious! Prices are on the high end but if you have a special occasion and want to celebrate, this is the place. Tommy was our server and he was very attentive and positive.

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CourtneyS
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the menu were o. Of this world. Our food was ready quickly and was amazing! Cannot say enough good things!

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vipRoyG
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely setting. Outdoor dining options. Food beautifully prepared and presented. Ribeye unusually tough. Aggressive pricing.

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LilSis231
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and friendly service. Our favorite for date night and special occasions.

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TerrenceH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, Disneyland for adults. Planning to go back for birthdays.

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vipLauraF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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vipDionnedw43
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a pitch perfect dining experience every time we come here.

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JanisW
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a special dinner, I can't think of a better place to go... Our favorite.

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Foodeater
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The House of William & Merry is my go-to romantic restaurant. I love the food and the service is always great. The cocktails are top notch and the wine has never missed. Great spot to check out.

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vipJLC1024
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special place for the couple of special occasions throughout the year - always a great evening. Menu is not extensive, but always well thought out, typically have offerings for meat, seafood, salads, etc. to meet almost everyone's desire. The additions of a special appetizer and entrée each night offers a wonderful opportunity to try something different.

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markd
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is unique and provides and outstanding dining experience. The waiter allowed us to dine, with a good separation of time between courses and just the right amount of touch points. The presentation of each course was a work of art and the flavor and textures were outstanding.

It was clear the staff works as a team to provide lots of attention and serving the selection as soon as it was ready in the kitchen. Plan to spend a relaxing evening enjoying any of the amazing selections.

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vipDominickT
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A very average experience. Nothing which stood out--ambience, food, service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite go to places for any and all occasions!! The only critique, if I had to make one, the menu doesn’t change often enough for the limited offerings. But we still dine because what they do offer is that good!!

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PaulB
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing.. food was delicious, service was perfect. Wonderful dining experience!

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LoveDEdining
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent special restaurant. Fantastic to see them doing well as things open up this summer. Looking forward to a few more options on the menu and in the specials.

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The House of William & Merry is rated 4.9 stars by 1733 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.