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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

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (30)
Creative Cuisine (29)
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Romantic (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Cozy (11)
Seasonal (10)
Great for Lunch (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Authentic (6)
Bar Seating (6)
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Healthy (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Organic (5)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
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Happy Hour (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Baltimore)·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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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

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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·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

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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

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 (Philadelphia)·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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 (Baltimore)·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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great brunch as always. Mimosas and breakfast sandwiches are spot on and the coffee is excellent.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great brunch spot that satisfied even the youngest in our group. Amazing Eggs Benedict, homemade sausage and coffee. Everything was delicious!

Tags: Scenic View, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Always a great meal! Have never been disappointed. Service is always friendly and welcoming. Can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Initially I had requested for an exchange of a menu item due to heat intolerance. Food arrived without the change and food was too spicy. Waitress willingly took the food back while at the same time commented that a part of the dish was spicy as well as the item I asked to be substituted. They brought me a new dish with items omitted - duck was slightly overdone on the second serving, yet the flavor was spectacular.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

It was incredible. If you want quality, top-chef cuisine with excellent service and a cozy atmosphere then this place won't disappoint. It was our first time going and we will definitely be back!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Romantic, Tapas, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I moved to Wilmington two years ago and this is the best meal I’ve had so far. I wish the ambiance was nicer, but that didn’t affect me from having a fantastic meal. The service was a bit slow, but it was definitely worth the wait.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great place

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The food was amazing. Our whole party were very delighted with the choices and flavors with each sampling the others. Would highly recommend

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We have been here several times and always enjoy the food and service.

On our most recent lunch visit the food was very good.

I had the lambwich (lamb sandwich). My husband had the hash, son 1 had the kids French toast with a side of bacon and son 2 had the pulled pork sandwich.

The fries here are amazing (they really have a good potato flavor and the potions are very generous) and the bacon is always smoky and crispy.

My lamb was delicious although they were a little stingy on the amount - it was very thinly sliced and really only covered about half the sandwich.

The hash was really tasty although it could have had 2 eggs instead of 1 and the egg was a bit hard (no yolk to run over the hash).

The pulled pork sandwich was a huge hit. Totally delicious.

French toast was perfect. As good as it gets.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Excellent food and service. Can be a bit loud, and is a bit pricey.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Unusual food ingredients mostly fresh and local. Very good dinner

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Absolutely delicious as always!!!!! From the salad that was picture perfect and delicious to the beignets for dessert. Well done!!! Thanks so much!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Interesting menu, nice presentation and everything was delicious.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Love this place! My husband and I are regulars

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Very disappointing omelet. It was dripping in either cooking oil or the cooked cheese residue. The fruit was fresh and very plentiful. The omelet is served without any bread product or potatoes which would have been welcomed to offset the oil.
Pumpkin pancakes were a little on the undercooked side. However, they were tasty and plentiful.
The breakfast bread bites served with delicious coffee were very nice.
Service was outstanding.
Overall, a little pricey for the end results.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had not been to House of William & Merry in a while, so on an impulse we decided to go again. We were not disappointed! They always serve great food prepared in unique ways, have a solid wine and cocktails list. We sat upstairs and the noise level was fine for the handful of tables already in the room. There was a large table set for a group dinner and celebration, but they arrived as we were finishing up so no issues with noise. Recommend!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Every time we go to the House of William and Merry, the food is delicious and the drinks are amazing! I have not had a single mediocre morsel of food here. Everything is always exceptional!

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Sunday supper was wonderful. The well balanced salad with just the right amount of dressing, husband's meat loaf was the best and salmon was delicious and cooked beautifully ( skin was crispy and fish moist) . Chocolate pots de creme and pumpkin cake were the perfect ending. Also a very nice wine list for bottles and by the glass. The ala carte menu (not available on Sunday) looked amazing-we are planning our next dinner to enjoy the ala carte menu; driving from Wayne, PA! This was a perfect destination coming from an afternoon boating on the Chesapeake.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

William and Mary never disappoints. The food is excellent and the service is great. looking forward to next time..

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a wonderful meal. All courses were exceptional. Our waiter Eric had a great personality and added to the whole experience.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Celebrating our Anniversay and it was spectacular. Everything was perfect! It was recommended to us by great friends and we would highly recommend for special occasions or a nice date night.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Love this place! This our default resturant for special occasions and out of town company!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Organic, Healthy
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

This was our first visit and was on Sunday evening. Still felt there was a good variety with the set menu. The only issue I see is the parking. Everyone was very friendly!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Best Restaurant in Delaware!

Comparable to fine restaurants in Manhattan or Northern California.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for a Date, Vegan, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Healthy, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

What a great restaurant and very consistent

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