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The House of William & Merry

4.8
1152 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(302) 234-2255
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
William Hoffman
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Cross street
Valley Road
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Parking details
There is valet parking on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1152 People Are Saying
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4.8  based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.8
service
4.6
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined a day ago

Great overall experience. My parents absolutely loved celebrating their wedding anniversary at William and Merry.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Food was wonderful! Waiter was young and not very knowledgeable about food and wine in general, but still efficient and kind. Restaurant is two floors, intimate and nicely decorated. We dined on a Sunday evening, so it was a "Sunday supper" prix fixe menu (3 courses for $35/pp), but the selections still provided variety and were beyond expectations for the price. Between 4 people, we sampled almost everything from the prix fixe menu and were amazed by it all. Great cocktail menu and very nice wine list selections (without too ridiculous a markup). I really look forward to re-visiting to select from the full menu!

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Joedoz (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Menu has few items, but all are interesting and prepared to perfection. One of those places where foodies read the menu carefully and exclaim "wow, I never thought of doing that!". Great atmosphere, super wait staff and fantastic food. Parking is tight, but they have someone managing valet during busy times. A great experience - brought friends from out of the area and made a great impression.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

A late Valentine’s Day Dinner. It was crowded but the food and service were excellent. Thanks.

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ChrisL (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Fantastic food as always. It's expensive but you're paying for the experience of ingredients that no one in this area but this restaurant can live up to. It's cozy, intimate, relaxing and very indulgent. We always look for reasons to go back!

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MSPA (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent food and excellent service at a reasonable price

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Consistently a great experience- LOVE the food

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MES0303 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a great time celebrating my boyfriend's birthday. Our server, Leslie, was amazing!!!

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DavidA (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

This was my fifth time eating here in the past two years. I have been for in for my anniversary, Valentine’s Day, and just a normal friends dinner. I have never had a bad meal or cocktail. Host, managers, servers, & owners are extremely friendly and make you want to go back. I also love how the menu is ever changing to keep it fresh. I also love how they use local ingredients in the meals.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Great place for an intimate dinner
Small menu, outstanding food

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Great night out

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

the overall experience was great. we really enjoyed iur night out!!

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ChaddsCouple (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent --- Wow. It has been a long time since we could visit a restaurant in this area and leave the establishment saying we were so glad to have chosen it .... the quality, taste, presentation and service all contributed to an excellent evening. Even the car valet was so friendly, eager and intent on making sure all was well.

The food was excellent -- we talked about our respective dishes even the next day ... because the meal made such an impression.

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JimP (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Really enjoyed it. Gourmet food. Specials were very unique as well as their small plate menu. We didn't choose from the specials, however, our entrees were excellent and the presentation was world class!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

The House of William & Merry is our favorite restaurant! We can’t say enough about its delicious food and cocktails. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed brunch and dinner several times, and always look forward to our next visit. The great food, warm service, and cozy atmosphere keep us returning. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

We received a gift certificate from a friend, therefore had a chance to be experience the House of William and Merry for the first time. The service was fast and friendly however as the first guest to arrive for the night we were seated upstairs instead of the main dining room. Not sure why as the main dining room seemed to be the place to be, maybe it was where the OpenTable bookings are reserved as they did greet us as the OpenTable booking.

Food was good, but tried too hard to be fancy. A little on the pricey side when compared to comparable resturants we frequent in the West Chester and Philly areas.

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Pauly (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Never fails to disappoint!! Great food always at great value-PLEASE keep Sunday arrangement

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BobandHelen (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

My wife and I have eaten at William and Merry's many times. There is always a friendly greeting and atmosphere. The service is excellent. The food has some unique qualities - all good.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

There is no chance what so ever you can have a bad meal here. No matter what the menu, it’s just good.
Everything....just good! Nothing like a server who knows the menu and can answer any question you have. Worth the trip, worth the price, and worth doing more then once.
Brunch is a treat also

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Best restaurant in northern delaware, easy to get to from pa or nj.

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vipcnalsc (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

House of William & Merry
On our latest visit to the Wilmington area, we found the House of William & Merry, located in an old restored farmhouse in Hockessin. We made a trip during the day to locate it and we were glad we did because it was dark by the time of our reservation. We were seated upstairs, which quickly filled with fellow diners. We sipped prosecco while perusing the menu of contemporary American cuisine. We started with some beer batter smelts as an appetizer, then moved on to salads (warm spinach and arugula and house caesar), and for entrees, the pan kissed copia which came with a fabulous sweet potato puree and the (enormous) Berkshire pork shank. We even had room for dessert: the apple fritters with local apple confit and ice cream assortment. From the wine list, we had the 2015 Trimbach Riesling. Service was friendly and correct. It’s popular with the locals and we enjoyed it very much.

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Food4Thought (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Great food as usual. Sat on 2nd floor which has great views. Gave service 4 stars because they forgot to mark 3/4 guests before our entres arrived. No forks = no eats. Other than that it was outstanding.

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vipPappyDave (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Always a favorite. Meals done to perfection. Wait staff attentive yet not annoying. Love this place!

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vipSal4dining (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

We have been dining at The House of William & Merry for years, In fact, we waited for them to open. We never have been disappointed. The servers are professional, knowledgeable and charming; the food is excellent - creative, exciting and delicious. We will continue to consider this restaurant as a favorite.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Anniversary

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Susan (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

We enjoyed a “girls night out”. Cocktail menu provided interesting selections and server’s pace was very relaxing.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

Came for a holiday Sunday brunch after church. The food was outstanding as always. The smoked duck sandwich entree (biscuits with Siracusa maple syrup) were amazing. Prices are reasonable for the high quality food. Friendly and efficient service. One of our new favorites!!

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Food is quite good as is the service. Despite that, we would not dine at W&M again. The noise level makes for a very unpleasant dining experience. It is not easy to carry on a conversation. A substantial part of dining is the general ambience and W&M fails in that department.

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FoodieCarol (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

We loved the baskets of french fries. My guests and I enjoyed our sandwiches.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

Amazing!!! Great place and amazing food!! Loved everything!!!

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