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The House of William & Merry, Hockessin, DE
The House of William & Merry, Hockessin, DE
The House of William & Merry, Hockessin, DE
The House of William & Merry, Hockessin, DE
The House of William & Merry, Hockessin, DE

The House of William & Merry

4.9
4.9
2193 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
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.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 18 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (302) 234-2255
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    William Hoffman
  • Area
    Hockessin
  • Cross Street
    Valley Road
  • Parking Details
    Additional parking is available at Swift Park if the lot is full.
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,193 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia County

    Contemporary American

  • Delaware

    Best Overall

  • Delaware

    Best Food

  • Delaware

    Best Service

  • Delaware

    Best Ambience

  • Delaware

    Best Value

  • Delaware

    Innovative

  • Delaware

    Good for special occasions

2,193 Reviews
  1. Robert

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you for and outstanding Anniversary dinner! The food was great and Andy was an excellent waiter/guide!

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  2. swalter

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we've been there 4 times. each time was outstanding.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed a wonderful dinner that was as beautiful to look at as it was creative. Bold use of seasoning brought out the best in each dish. Thank you to our server Madeline who was attentive and engaging. One of our favorite restaurants in the Wilmington area.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappoints! Another fantastic dinner, great cocktails and friendship.

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  5. Jason

    Atlantic City

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We moved to DE approximately a year ago and this was without question the best meal we’ve had here. Every single course and bite was superb. We can’t wait to go back.

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  6. Anne

    Exclusive

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just consistently one of the best restaurants I visit. Really great.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were spectacular

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Will absolutely be back! 10/10. Service was incredible and food was outstanding.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The only thing we can say is wow, every time!! Always a phenomenal meal!

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  10. HelenS

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exquisite!! Food and service outstanding, gourmet! Wonderful for a special night out; highly recommend!

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  11. JoshP

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is so imaginative and Bill places such an emphasis on presentation and structuring every bite of food to combine all elements of the dish. Staff were extremely knowledgeable and friendly.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous food and interesting menu options. Service was great and everyone enjoyed themselves. Will definitely be back again.

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  13. KRaiford

    Denmark

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    HW&M is my favorite restaurant. Yellowfin Tartare and pork belly appetizers were amazing. The lamb Bolognese was one of the best I have ever eaten. Diver Scallops were so delicious. Perfect Pear cheesecake was decadent. You can never go wrong eating there.

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  14. CatS

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious! The seared tuna had to be one of the best things we have eaten in a long time. Always a consistently great place!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an exceptional meal. Staff are knowledgeable and very friendly. It’s the best meal around in an intimate warm setting.

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  16. JulieD

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 21 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing food and atmosphere! Love it so much!

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  17. WendyD

    Atlantic City

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dining experience which will engage your taste buds. Artistic presentation of food and drink

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  18. RichardB

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Without fail, the service and food is consistently excellent!

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  19. NancyL

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I were completely pleased with the tasty appetizers and dessert we enjoyed at The House of William and Merry last night (3/15/2024). The “starters” menu was so enticing, we decided to forego entrees and ordered several appetizers instead, including their delicious salad with warm bacon vinaigrette - YUM! Start-to-finish, everything was scrumptious! We highly recommend this little gem.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite! We love you guys! Always the best dishes and service.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely amazing meal. Would highly recommend! Thanks

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  22. Lionel

    Philadelphia

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time with friends, under the careful watch of our excellent server Chet. Wonderful food! Love the Perfect Pear cocktail, and the pear cheesecake dessert. The potato and parsnip bisque fantastic, as were our mains of seared tuna and sablefish

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reservation took us promptly. Waitress very attentive. Mushroom soup delish. Tuna appetizer also fabulous. Sablefish was good. Sturgen special also good. Peanut Butter desert also very good. Not many choices of entres. Lots of duck dishes, which i hate.

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  24. PaulW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Recommended by a friend, this was our first visit to celebrate our anniversary. The food is excellent. The dishes are cooked properly, seasoning and sauces are delightful, and the presentation is beautiful. We had the PEI mussels and the octopus for appetizers followed by the buffalo and sturgeon for entrees. Dessert was the pear and cheesecake which was not too sweet and has a beautiful presentation. . We had a New Zealand Marlboro sauvignon blanc wine throughout. The wait staff was attentive but not obtrusive. Our waiter, John, kept the wine cool in between pours. Used plates and silverware were removed from the table promptly and new plates and silverware supplied as needed all without asking. The service is what you would expect at a fine dining establishment and is all to often missing in today's world. W E W I L L R E T U R N !!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent presentation and preparation of food. Top shelf service , Chet and rest of staff. Chet was knowledgeable, friendly, attentive yet unobtrusive. Overall experience was superb!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Connacht

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was lovely and Maureen at the bar was top notch! It was a little noisy because we sat at the bar, but we love the energy and camaraderie when we sit there!!!

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  27. CynthiaR

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and drinks, excellent service and relaxed atmosphere.

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  28. Reba

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent restaurant with an inventive menu, outstanding cocktails and perfect portions.

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  29. Robert

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding food, as always! And superb service as well, thanks Chet!

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  30. TaliaB

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect date night with my fiancé! We love coming to The House of William & Merry for craft cocktails and outstanding and mind blowing cuisine!

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  31. Fjoan

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really amazing food. Best we’ve had in Delaware. The servers were top notch. Can’t wait to go back!

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  32. ThomasD

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Inspired menu, the pinnacle of quality ingredients. Chef Bill and Merry have a unique and wonderful place. We love to sit at the bar as we like the company and banter with the staff and Bartender. The menu is always changing, but what is consistent is the uniqueness and quality. You always leave feeling nourished and taken care of. Made with Love… The perfect pear cocktail is my wife’s favorite and I like the wine list. If you are looking for basic or plain, then this is not for you, but if you want invention and artful cooking, then run and make your reservation!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! Every time!

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  34. WilHTW

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Though big fans, we had not been back to The House of William & Merry since before the pandemic. We were very much looking forward to our meal. We left disappointed, however. Our mussels appetizer was pretty tasteless, and while our entrees were good, they didn't compensate for the inauspicious start of our dinner. Definitely a bummer. We are chalking it up to an aberration.

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  35. GregF

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, freshly prepared food with a rotating menu of seasonal choices. Service is equally excellent -- one of our favorite places to go!

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  36. StevenR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very loud. Tight dining quarters. Waiter seemed preoccupied and unable to answer questions regarding entrees. Food is exceptional.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great as usual! Drinks and food were wonderful. Service was very attentive.

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  38. Anne

    Exclusive

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I don't live in the area but my daughter does. I am always happy to leave NYC to come to Kennett Square because I get to go to this restaurant. Really one of the best anywhere. Food, that is quality, inventive presentation, choices, pairings, it is all fabulous. The owners and the staff are kind, welcoming and helpful. All in all, every time, it is a memorable and wonderful experience to dine at The House of William & Merry. Bravo.

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  39. leahw

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved everything about the setting and the food was excellent! The flavors were wonderfully unique and the presentation looked like art work. The only room for improvement would be the attitude of the server. It felt like she was mad at us.

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  40. JeffreyE

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great bartender, great waiter and fantastic food. Wine was fairly priced.

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FAQs

The House of William & Merry is rated 4.9 stars by 2193 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 18 times today
Google Map for The House of William & Merry

1336 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Valley Road
  • Area
    Hockessin
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Additional parking is available at Swift Park if the lot is full.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    William Hoffman
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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