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About The House of William & Merry

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.

1336 Old Lancaster Pike
Hockessin, DE 19707
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Tuesday - Saturday open at 11
Dinner Tuesday - Saturday open at 5
Brunch Sunday open at 10, prix fixe Sunday Supper Reservations 5-7
Closed daily 3-5 and all day Monday

Cross Street:
Valley Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(302) 234-2255

Website:
http://www.williamandmerry.com/

Parking Details:
There is valet parking on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Executive Chef:
William Hoffman

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The House of William & Merry Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (36)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Fit for Foodies (31)
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Good for Anniversaries (26)
Worth the Drive (24)
Good for a Date (24)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Local Ingredients (18)
Romantic (18)
Cozy (14)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Seasonal (12)
Casual (9)
Healthy (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Authentic (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Business Meals (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Great for Brunch (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Organic (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Fun (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great overall experience. Excellent and creative dishes. Experienced and friendly service. Nice valet parking.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Casual, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

My date had heard good things about this restaurant and it lived up to expectations. The food was outstanding as was the service. The atmosphere was cozy and quiet. Great place for a date or other special occasions.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 5, 2017

I had been treated to an amazing lunch here for my 40th birthday, so a year later I made reservations for our wedding anniversary dinner. The staff, the food, the drinks, the intimate atmosphere- everything was simply incredible! Yes you need to be prepared to spend some money, but it is well worth it for the attention to detail. From the friendly, not stuffy, and knowledgeable staff to the incredible seasonal menu being presented with creative and deep flavors - and don't forget the phenomenal drink creations - I can't say enough good things about this place! A special occasion win for certain!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Pleasant atmosphere, attentive service, pleasing decor. Great attention to food presentation & quality.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Such a special restaurant for us. My husband and I had our first date there, so we continue to frequent for special evenings celebrating, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
Our food, wine, and service is simply outstanding every time. Very special and unique restaurant. Highly recommend to everyone!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Limited menu, great food, prices were $$$$$$$. Good culinary experience but not worth the money.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The House of William and Merry is the best!! It is a quaint, relaxing and friendly place with outstanding food and service. It felt like being warmly invited into a hidden farmhouse gem. The staff is super pleasant and knowledgeable about all the dishes and beverages. Fresh and quality ingredients are used in the incredibly delicious dishes, and it was clear that everything was prepared with care and attention. We enjoyed brunch outside and swooned over the pork belly, chef's special burrito, peach 77 cocktail, locally roasted coffee, and chocolate truffles. We will definitely return to this exceptional restaurant!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

This restaurant was recommended by friends who knew we were visiting sites in the area. We opted for Sunday brunch as it fit better into our sightseeing plans better than dinner. I wish we had tried dinner instead. Since we went pretty early (just after 10am) the restaurant was quite empty which was okay but it did cause any noises from the kitchen to be easily heard. Also, we were seated right by the stairway to the upper level and we heard the staff running up and down throughout our meal.

My husband enjoyed his Eggs Benedict but I was quite disappointed in mine. I ordered 'stuffed' French toast with marscarpone cheese, strawberries and topped with whipped cream. Really, what I received was two rather thin pieces of French toast with the cheese and strawberries in between them. There was absolutely nothing special about this dish and given that I had heard great things about the restaurant, I was let down.

I would still go back, however, just to give it another chance. But, I would go for dinner.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We were in the area for a visit to Longwood Gardens and wanted a nice dinner. Thanks to Open Table, we found William and Merry. It was a warm summer evening and we were given a table on the front porch. The server was very pleasant and helpful -- we have a couple dietary constraints (gluten, lactose). The kitchen accommodated our needs and delivered delightful dishes. To top off the evening, we chose the dessert special of the evening -- fresh figs with balsalmic, choped nuts, fresh mint, etc. It was innovative and delicious. Next time we are in the area, we will again visit William and Merry.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

We had a fantastic delicious dinner friendly staff food was well prepared the friendly waiters and waitresses were terrific we definitely will be making this a twice a month stop

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 20, 2017

My gf and I both work in the hospitality industry so we notice the details the usual diner wouldn't appreciate. Went with another couple and had a fantastic time. Rav was our server and excelled. Had all the specials memorized and took our entire order by memory, reciting back everything correctly, before leaving to put in our order, giving a level of assurance to us that we would be getting exactly what we ordered. Kudos. Had bloody marys and bloody marias, both spicy yet flavorful. Food came and was delivered to our correct position numbers and not "auctioned off." Gf and I split the rabbit and goat cheese fritata and the smoked salmon benedict. Although the fritata was tasty the benedict stole the show. Friends had the burger and the french toast with sausage and scrapple. Both loved them with burger being described as, "extremely satisfying but not overly greasy." Sausage was pickled which I loved but my friend didn't. Scrapple was amazing, like a crispy pate'. Overall the food and service was outstanding. Easily our new favorite brunch spot. Just go. It's so worth it.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Dinner was very good. Waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable of the menu (though a bit pricey).

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2017

This restaurant belongs in Manhattan, it's that good. Incredible dining experience all around.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Fabulous as always. The food is great, but their specialty cocktails are better.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Simply wonderful. Expensive but worth it. Staff is welcoming and just great. Ravi and Emma both are great to have waiting on us. Make us feel special.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on August 8, 2017

Great food. Great service. I ordered lamb and my friend ordered chicken. Both were awesome.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 5, 2017

It was dinner and a show night for our family. Venue is close to Loogwood Gardens where we had tickets for Beauty and the Beast. We chose W&M for our pre show meal. Could not have made a better choice. A real gem of a restaurant. My wife and daughter had the Salmon and I had the Tuna. The menu and their specials made it extremely difficult to pick just one main. Everything was fresh and prepared perfectly. OH yes, leave room for their deserts. W&M is now our new best restaurant.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Best find in Delaware, amazing food and staff, with a dining experience that will be a lasting memory. The food wasn't good it was great!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Chicken skin special was incredible and unique, but some of the old standards (like the foie gras) were less memorable than in prior visits. Still the best date option in the area for foodies.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Have had several meals lunch and dinner here before. The dinner experience this time was unsatisfactory with inattentive service for high priced meal.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Not your every day restaurant. Menu changes depending on season and availability of fresh ingredients. Food is beautifully prepared and the presentation is masterful. Add in a quiet and intimate ambiance, and you have the makings of a memorable dining experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 25, 2017

The new summer menu is excellent and has a very nice variety of fresh creative meals. The service was outstanding! Just the right mix of attentive without being annoying. The 4 of us enjoyed every course. There is also a really creative menu of summer cocktails worth trying. Overall it is an excellent restaurant and I would recommend it if you like fresh and interesting food with beautiful presentation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

This was our first visit and we plan to go back. The food was terrific, service was outstanding .

Tags: Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Food and service is always excellent. The menu is always creative. The Sunday dinner is an exceptional value as well.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

We've been twice. The first time is where we decided to go for our post wedding dinner, and this last time for brunch. Both times were wonderful. Food is always great. Decor isn't very seductive but the food always is so when we want crafted food done well that's always a great choice.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 22, 2017

For was awesome and our server Eric was excellent/

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 21, 2017

We have dined at William & Merry on multiple occasions. While pricey, it never disappoints! I highly recommend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Less great than usual. Boss on vacation?

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Excellent dining experience. A bit disappointed that more people don't enjoy this gem.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Sunday brunch. Outdoor seating. Food prep was excellent. Service very friendly and attentive.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Love this place! Everything is amazing

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 2, 2017

We love the Sunday dinner for any occasion.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Creative cuisine and was so surprised I had not tried this place before. It was for my parents 50th wedding anniversary so we wanted a memorable experience. We were thrilled it was perfect - we ordered four appetizers and four entrees and four desserts and it was less than $75 per person. We are still talking about the quality and the flavors of the food perfect for a special occasion would highly recommend

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2017

The service was great. The waiter was kind and helpful. Everyone was friendly.
I didn't enjoy the appetizer sampler. Horseradish in the egg and liver pate were just not to my liking at all. Had I known that's what was on the board, I would never have ordered that.
Pork tenderloin was very rare and tough, and ratatouille was over salted. Fried green tomato was good. I pulled the thick breaking off and ate the tomato. Did not enjoy my meal at all.
My husband liked the scallops entree, but was disappointed only to receive 4 scallops. They weren't super huge to only be given 4 on an entree.
Wishing it would have been better. Our meal put a damper on our 20th anniversary celebration.

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Excellent if you enjoy fine dining this one is not to be missed, great on all levels.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 28, 2017

As always, excellent in every way. And the perfect pair martini goes even further to make this a favorite destination. It really is perfect.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 23, 2017

I took my wife here for a special birthday celebration. Very cozy place with table tucked away on different floors. Food presentation was fantastic!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great place for Father's Day celebration! Amazing foods, handcrafted exotic cocktails, and very professional servers, Robbie and Eric! Sat upstairs this time and very intimate area. Will definitely be back soon!

Tags: Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 16, 2017

We really enjoyed our evening out at W&M! Very clean, simple and tasteful setting. Our waitress was awesome, engaging and had a great disposition. The food - amazing. I had the NY strip and my date had the Tuna, we were both pleased. The deserts were creative and tasty, the decaf coffee was really full body and smooth.

We will definitely be back and you should make it a point to try this restaurant. You will truly miss out if you don't!!

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 14, 2017

This place has great food, device, and atmosphere but for our visit we thought it would have more of a quiet, romantic, fine dining feel. Not that they can control this, but a large party came in and was very loud and it started to feel more like a pub/bar feel which was disappointing. We ended up unable to really hear each other without really speaking up.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Special Occasion
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