About Bull Run Restaurant
The Bull Run Restaurant has been serving the Tired & Thirsty Traveler Since 1740! Join us in the relaxed, "boots off" atmosphere of our pre-Revolutionary Tavern where we use only the finest ingredients sourced from local Central Mass & New England farms. We serve seasonal Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch, Concert, Pizza and Ice Cream menus along with local brews on tap including The People"s Pint. Our legendary Bull Run Concert Series features a diverse lineup of top notch talent each week - everyone from Dr. John, Judy Collins, Paula Poundstone & Los Lobos to Zach Deputy, Paula Cole & Rusted Root. Relax in our authentic Tavern which was the first stop on the Boston to Albany stagecoach route in front of our roaring fireplace in winter, on our outdoor Garden Patio in summer, or take in a show in one of our two Concert venues. And don't forget to visit the legendary Egopantis in our Tap Room. Owned & operated by the Guercio family of Shirley since 1946. Bull Run. Local, Since 1740.
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday - Saturday
-Lunch: 11:00am - 4:00pm
-Dinner: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
-Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
-Dinner: 2:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The famous Bull Run Concert Series features local, national and internationally known acts weekly. Larger national acts perform in our Sawtelle Supper Room seating 300, while emerging performers are showcased in our upstairs Ballroom, seating just 65. Tickets are available online from our website for both venues. Or join us for live music with no cover on Friday and Saturdays in our Tavern, or Trivia every Thursday and Jazz on the Patio from May - September.
The Bull Run Restaurant provides catering to private homes, businesses, and exclusively at Farandnear, an 89 acre Trustees of the Reservation preserve located just one mile from our restaurant in historic Shirley Center. From picnics to sit down dinners, our catering department provides dining and full bar set up for functions of every kind. We use only the freshest ingredients sourced locally and prepared fresh to order. Visit our website for all our function menus and contact our Function Manager for more info.
The Bull Run can accommodate up to 200 vehicles in our private lots on either side of our Covered Bridge.
The closest public transportation is the Shirley train stop, 3 miles from the Bull Run. Taxi service can be arranged from the station at a minimal cost.
Private Party Facilities:
We have 7 separate dining rooms, an outdoor Garden Patio and a Covered Bridge on which we perform many weddings! Our private dining rooms accommodate from 10 people to 300. For photos & descriptions visit our website or contact us for a tour.
Private Party Contact:
Bryan Sawyer : 978-425-4311x
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Special Holiday Menus available for Easter, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Year's Eve.
Throughout the year we feature live Blues, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Reggae, Comedy, & many other special events including Dinner on the Bridge, Beer, Spirits & Wine Food Pairings, Outdoor Jazz, & our annual Bull Run Moon Party!
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Bull Run Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
It is an old historic building and it lo ...
It is an old historic building and it looks it, but that's ok. The food was very good. The prime rib was thick, juicy, and had great beef flavor. Popover was eggy and delicious. Also had the duck breast special with mashed squash and a grilled onion. The duck breast was very good although I thought the skin could have been more crisp. We would go back if we were going to one of the shows there.
Like the new menu a lot, good mix of opt ...
Like the new menu a lot, good mix of options whether you want something fancy, simple, creative, or a burger and beer. We've tried many of the new dishes and the quality of everything was very good. Good service and live music to boot! Favorite "new" local option (ok so it's been here since 1740)!
I was looking forward to this meal. My h ...
I was looking forward to this meal. My husband took me here on a date 40 years ago, and we have gone occasionally since. The waiter seemed inexperienced and never refilled our water glasses. The round tables are awkward for several dishes, and they were too close to other diners. My special appetizer of fried eggplant with tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella was pretty bad. The eggplant had been fried hours ago and was cold. The two tomato slices were fresh, but the buffalo mozzarella was too firm and definitely not made in-house. We both had prime rib and that was cooked correctly and was pretty good. Overall, though, a mediocre meal.
Excellent service as always; however, wh ...
Excellent service as always; however, when I activated my earned rewards and received a brief acknowledgement that my gift cad had been sent to Bull Run restaurant, Shirley, MA the restaurant management had not received an such notification. The system, although very inviting is not very user friendly.
Enjoyed a delicious grass fed cheeseburg ...
Enjoyed a delicious grass fed cheeseburger, fries and a side of slaw. The service and atmosphere went very well with my burger and fries. The piano man was, as always, entertaining providing a variety of musical selections for listening and sing alongside.
I am very disappointed to say the least. ...
I am very disappointed to say the least. I had high hopes for this restaurant. Not only was the server very unprofessional the whole entire staff needs some training in customer service. It was 915 at night and the staff couldn't have been any louder cleaning and resetting the tables all around us. We were the only table in this part of the restaurant. We chose to sit in the back so we could enjoy a nice quiet meal. The waitstaff was yelling to each other from the other side of the room, slamming down silverware, and chit chatting like no one was around. When they finally finished cleaning the room around us, a group of 3 servers came and sat down at a table next to us. Mind you we were the only table in this part of the restaurant. The entire floor was open. They decide to start taking very loudly about their night, the bussers, the kitchen staff, their tables and who annoyed them. One of them was also drinking sangria in her uniform! This was the most inappropriate conversation I have ever overheard in a restaurant by their own waitstaff. They even spoke about spitting in someone's food. Needless to say I will NEVER return to your establishment. The management should be embarrassed and ashamed of themselves and their staff. I have been in the restaurant industry for almost 10 years and never have I seen such poor etiquette from staff.
I went with a group of friends , this is ...
I went with a group of friends , this is our second time there. I am a waitress at Club Café in Boston and I was also there with one of the owners and some of our customers too! We really love it, the food is fresh and great and we would know! We will continue to come, the servers are really great also!
I have eaten at Bull Run several times n ...
I have eaten at Bull Run several times now and keep coming back. I love the feeling of being in a place that's been around so long. Their prime rib is always cooked the way you ask for it, the vegetables are done just enough, the service is Goldilocks...not too much not too little,not too fast and not too slow.
Great food. Great service. Very cool bui ...
Great food. Great service. Very cool building. Only issue was apparently it was trivia night, and they broadcast it on speakers throughout the entire restaurant, not just the bar area. Was kind of obnoxious when we were trying to have a nice dinner with "the answer is... Homer Simpson" being yelled over the loudspeaker. If it wasn't trivia night, we really would've enjoyed it.
the fireplace smell is overwhelming; the ...
the fireplace smell is overwhelming; the decorations are unusual but not that interesting, except for a made-up legend connected to a strange animal-like head mounted over the fireplace; the food was pretty good; desserts were outstanding.
Always enjoy my visits to Bull Run Frida ...
Always enjoy my visits to Bull Run Friday evenings. The food is always great made even more enjoyable by the friendly, efficient reception and table service. I especially enjoyed he new menu lineup. The lobster casserole was absolutely fantastic. Ashley continues to be among our favorite servers. Always cheerful, always very prompt and helpful.
My husband and I went to this restaurant ...
My husband and I went to this restaurant because they have shows there. When you purchase a ticket to a show, you need to spend a certain amount on food/drink. We decided to eat in the Tavern prior to the show (this is an option). We had an enjoyable time along with good food/service.
A classic old restaurant that continues ...
A classic old restaurant that continues to offer great food in a setting with a unique ambiance. This is one of the oldest establishments around, yet it remains vibrant, offering great entertainment with traditional and some unusual menu choices. We had a great time and our server did a wonderful job.
The chef has many traditional entrees as ...
The chef has many traditional entrees as well as unusual dishes to appeal to the more adventurous. A lot of families were enjoying pizza. The owners have preserved the historic ambiance of the inn which includes featuring locally grown meat and produce. We were there at a busy time, and the servers were stretched thin. They did well filling in for one another, and everything arrived hot. We've gone here a number of times, and the Bull Run has improved tremendously over the last few years.
As I enjoy each new dining experience fr ...
As I enjoy each new dining experience from the tasty choices on the menu, I have to say each has been an exciting and delicious surprise. I wish to thank Ashley for her kind, attentive service making our visit to Bull Run even more enjoyable.
Rustic and warm feeling It's perfect on ...
Rustic and warm feeling
It's perfect on a cool New England evening
The staff makes you feel like your a old friend
The prime rib is alway cooked exactly like you want it
My wife likes it med well and I like it med rare both come out at the same time and are perfect
The onion soup is worth the visit
Just a great take
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