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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)
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Good for Anniversaries (27)
Good for a Date (25)
Worth the Drive (25)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Local Ingredients (20)
Romantic (18)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Cozy (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Seasonal (12)
Casual (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Authentic (8)
Healthy (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Business Meals (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Fun (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Organic (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We dined there one week ago and as a result we are not in a rush to relive the experience.
It’s pricey, the wine list would be better paired with entrees at $20, and the food overall was mediocre.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 10, 2017

very nice food, ambience. We go here for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We chose the House for our anniversary and couldn’t be happier with our decision. The prix fixe offered on Sunday night was perfect. She had a pork loin and I had cavatelli. Handmade cocktails were outstanding, too. Just can’t say enough good things and we can’t wait to go back with friends.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Went to this place few times in the past, wrote a great review about it. This time I am shocked. I ordered the same appetizer Foie grais, which had the same high price, the only difference It was so small you need microscope to find it . It was clever they pair it with couple of slices of lamb loin( capriccio thin slices ).That really spilled the evening for us. We complained to waiter who said he will tell chef !! Never heard from him. This is my review , Sad service

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 (London)·Dined on October 4, 2017

This restaurant has always had a great mix of unique dishes and a variety of choices. While some reviewers concentrate on the noise levels you have to keep in mind that this is a setting in a converted house. Great job W & M staff and thank you for being a consistent gem!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Went for last minute Sunday Supper. Was crazy about how the fish was going to be prepared so I asked instead of beer battered and deep fried, could I get pan seared. No problem with the request. Dinner was amazing and ingredients very fresh with great presentation. Was very satisfied.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We went here for our anniversary. I knew about the price fix menu and thought it would be okay with three options. Fried cod, beef fajitas and a Spicy pasta. Husband loved the pasta. The cod was on a bed of tasteless sweet potato purée. The cod was good but two small pieces. The salad was fresh and crispy and a nice large portion. Bread was two small slices of garlic bread. Desserts all had dairy so we had the brownie with no ice cream or whipped cream. Nice and warm brownie very rich and chocolatey. The service was friendly and staff wished us happy anniversary.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Must have been our best visit yet. The place was not full, but as always the restaurant is a bit noisy, but we’re there for the food, and such wonderful food.

Cast iron octopus was soft and tasteful, I’ve never had octopus tentacles prepared to such a soft texture, yet not mushy.

Chef’s tasting board is always wonderful, it varies each time a little bit, but each time it’s spot on.

The swordfish was prepared beautifully, still moist, and flavorful, but the sides absolutely killed it, I could order a whole other plate of just the sides and be happy.

The special of the day was Foie Gras two ways, if Foie Gras is your thing, this cold and hot version of the liver was perfect. All you taste is the sweetness, no gaminess. Paired with fresh figs and fig sauce from the tree in the back. So good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We have eaten at William and Mary many times, we have never had a below satisfaction meal. Sunday night we went with good friends for a quiet meal. The Sunday prix fixe meal at $35pp was excellent and one of the best meal values in the area.

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Fantastic dinner included octopus appetizer, handkerchief pasta, and red pepperdelle pasta. Service and food were outstanding. Excellent wine selection. Highly recommended!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Better than a couple of recent visits have been

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2017

It was my second visit in a month and it was not disappointing (again). The food is perfect! And the wine list is very decent in terms of choice and very good in terms of price.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 19, 2017

The food was excellent albeit a bit eclectic. I would go back in a flash for that but was disappointed by both the quality and speed of the service. It was over an hour from when we ordered before our entrees were delivered and although there were bread and butter plates we were not offered any bread until I questioned why were their bread and butter plates at each setting if they were not offering any. Also they took away our silver with the appetizer plates but did not replace it until after our entrees were delivered and we pointed out that we did not have utensils.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We have been to The House of W&M a few times and it never disappoints.
This may be the best restaurant in Delaware!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

It was my first meal and I will go back again. Highly recommended

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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