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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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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (29)
Creative Cuisine (24)
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Good for a Date (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Local Ingredients (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Cozy (15)
Worth the Drive (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Romantic (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Great for Lunch (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Casual (8)
Business Meals (6)
Seasonal (6)
Authentic (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Organic (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
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Happy Hour (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
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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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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 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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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 11, 2017

We celebrated my moms birthday on Sunday. Although we were a tad early, they let us come in and seated us immediately. Server was excellent, very knowledgeable, service was wonderful and food was also wonderful. Would definitely go back! When dessert came out, they'd had included a birthday candle for my mom, although we had just mentioned it in passing while looking at the wine list. Thank you for making the day and the dinner special!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

My birthday. They provided a little treat without being asked.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 10, 2017

There was a large group upstairs, which apparently led to slow service (over 2 hours from entry to exit). Portions were smaller than expected - even for finer dining.
Atmosphere (including outdoor seating, which was fairly quiet) and quality of food made up for the shortcomings. The chefs were creative in menu, incredients and presentation. I will be returning for special occasions.

Tags: Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Always a special dinner. A five star. The best dining in the area.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 9, 2017

We are never disappointed when dining here. We get fine dining quality dinner, without having to drive to Philadelphia. Menus are creative and satisfying. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 9, 2017

The House of William and Merry is the Diamond State's culinary gem. My wife and I have enjoyed many fine restaurants and gourmet chefs over our 43 years of marriage. My grandfather ran restaurants in Pittsburgh and we have a family full of epicureans that prepared me to expect the best. From our first dining experience, we knew this was a special culinary team. Like attracts like; excellence breeds excellence. To celebrate our 43rd anniversary there was no question where we would want to make a reservation. Dino greeted us and was attentive with good humor, but not intrusive. The specials were presented briskly and our order was taken and delivered in good order and time. Each server who brought our orders was friendly and happy. The drinks were delightful, the appetizers were extraordinary, the entree was beautiful visually and diversely flavorful, with extraordinary dessert and after dinner drinks. I have paid three times as much for a dinner and not been as enthusiastic as I am about the House of William and Merry.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 8, 2017

This is one of our few "go to" restaurants. We always enjoy the people, service and food - in no particular order. The wait staff knows the dishes and can explain any dish. We are willing to try anything they offer. And we have not been disappointed. My husband was a dedicated vegan for many years and they worked with him (it helped the chef to know ahead of time) I often coveted his dish! Now he eats fish although is otherwise still vegan and the chef always adjusts with wonderful results. And to be clear, the dishes I choose are outstanding as well. We highly recommend a visit to The House of William & Merry.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Had a 7:45pm reservation, they were able to get us in early with no problem. Complementary Valet parking made parking a pleasure. My wife had the gnocchi, which was to die for,the broth was out of this world. I had the pork chop special, which was tender and juicy and extremely flavorful. They both had great sides. Drinks and dessert rounded dinner out nicely.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Fun, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Wonderful ambience. Delicious and interesting food; excellent service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Great as always

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 3, 2017

House of William & Merry has some of the freshest, best quality food in the area! Would definitely recommend this restaurant to family/friends.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 24, 2017

chef owned spot with creative menu and excellent service. Ambitious menu but low key atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Great evening (date night) with my husband! We have never been disappointed here. We love dining out here and is in our 'neighborhood' but well worth it as a destination. Seasonal foraged ingredients make for a memorable meal. Austin was a fabulous server!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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