- Dining Style:Casual Dining
- 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
- Phone Number:(978) 425-4311
- Cuisines:American, Contemporary American
- Price Range:$30 and under
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.
Shirley, MA 01464
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) 425-4311
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
Great atmosphere, live pianist, and song ...
Great atmosphere, live pianist, and song books in case you want to sing along! The bar area is comfortable and casual. We love it here!
Great dining experience. I especially e ...
Great dining experience. I especially enjoyed the new menu choices and the chef recommendations. As always, the service was friendly and efficient.
We had dinner before seeing the David Br ...
We had dinner before seeing the David Bromberg Quintet. The service was very timely. The food was very tasty and very generous servings. The dining room very quickly filled and was quite boisterous! We easily had dinner and walked to the other room for the concert with no rush. We would happily eat at the Bull Run again.
Great menu options with new additions. I ...
Great menu options with new additions. I enjoy the friendly welcoming atmosphere and the prompt table service.
We met friends for dinner in the bar. T ...
We met friends for dinner in the bar. The bar was crowded, a bit noisy, but definitely a fun hangout. Someone was playing the piano and the fire was blazing. The food was excellent. Comfort food options that were fresh and slightly different from the standard. I would highly recommend and we will be returning.
Bull Run is one of the few restaurants i ...
Bull Run is one of the few restaurants in the Groton / Ayer / Shirley area. The people who run it are always incredibly friendly and accommodating, and the food is always delicious. It has become a part of our family tradition in visiting our son at a nearby school.
Great food, locally sourced meats and ve ...
Great food, locally sourced meats and vegetables. Big fireplace, good people. Tons of great live music!
Went for the prime rib. We were not dis ...
Went for the prime rib. We were not disappointed. Delicious. Unbeknownst to us it was Trivia night when we arrived. Was fun hearing the team competitions going on - did not participate (too busy eating the prime rib), but definitely learned some new trivia facts along the way. The noise level was definitely "energetic", but it fit well with the activities going on. A good number of people were having a good time. Would definitely recommend Bull Run to a friend.
We absolutely loved this place. The food ...
We absolutely loved this place. The food, the environment, the experience was all together awesome. It was the kind of place you want to go to with friends.
The Special Occasion was the John Davids ...
The Special Occasion was the John Davidson concert. The Bull Run was ideal in every aspect.
Our server was top notch. Handled every ...
Our server was top notch. Handled every question or request with courtesy and professionalism. Made us feel very welcome, and accommodated my 3 nieces (all under 4 years old) with coloring books, crayons, and special smiley face French fries, which they LOVED. They are well known for their Prime Rib, and it's a well deserved accolade. Portion sizes are huge, and feel like a great value for the money. Wine and drink selection were pretty extensive.
Excellent food ,nice menu,sure to please ...
Excellent food ,nice menu,sure to please even the fussiest diner,excellent portions,service at times rather slow,but worth the wait
Prime rib best around
I was amazed at the level of service and ...
I was amazed at the level of service and the exceptional quality of the food for New Year's Eve!
The piano player was outstanding!
Excellent, as always. New menu is great ...
Excellent, as always. New menu is great. Spent New Years Eve with some friends and had a great time.
Wonderful dinner with siblings - once a ...
Wonderful dinner with siblings - once a year gathering for all of us to enjoy a meal together!! Bull Run Restaurant had a dinner menu that everyone could find something delicious to enjoy. Will come back to experience the live entertainment.
We had a wonderful dinner and loved the ...
We had a wonderful dinner and loved the ambience for Christmas! The food was great, and service was fantastic. We always enjoy our time at the Bull Run and recommend it highly.
Bull Run always provides comfortable, fr ...
Bull Run always provides comfortable, friendly and efficient table service.
The atmosphere was lovely, the mean grea ...
The atmosphere was lovely, the mean great and generous portions. The piano singer got the crowd sings and the we have a fantastic time.
Great spot. But if you are with someone ...
Great spot. But if you are with someone and want to talk, do not take a table where they are playing jazz. Way louder than I would have hoped for such a small place.
Went to Bill Run for a staff appreciatio ...
Went to Bill Run for a staff appreciation lunch. Our group left with full bellies. Everyone enjoyed the food and service. We will definitely be back!
The food was delicious. Service was exce ...
The food was delicious. Service was excellent. The place is a charming building with open fire place and rustic look. Will definitely come back again!
Had a wonderful dinner with excellent se ...
Had a wonderful dinner with excellent service and entertainment by Steven, the very talented piano man
I have to make a serious compliant. It i ...
I have to make a serious compliant. It is absolutely not fair to the rest of the world how good the French Onion soup is. Absolutely not fair!
Always great food and service from the f ...
Always great food and service from the friendly wait staff at Bull Run.
Great atmosphere for a relaxed evening o ...
Great atmosphere for a relaxed evening of dining fun. Always excellent service by smiling, friendly wait staff. The piano man continues to provide an entertaining variety of music to appreciate and sing along with if inclined to participate.
awesome everything from pizza to prime ...
awesome everything from pizza to prime rib, we have dined here several times and the food is just top shelf all the way. they also have a fantastic music venue in the back with some top notch bands, you MUST check this out if you like live music of any kind, I guarantee you will return.
Have had much better meals there and was ...
Have had much better meals there and was very disappointed this time. Seasonal specials were a bust. Pumpkin agnolotti was way too sweet and brussel sprouts were served in a bowl of water and were inedible. Friends ordered steak/caesar salad and chicken caesar salad and receive enormous portions of meat with their salads. (Not complaining, but it was odd.) We ate in the upstairs because there was an event in the downstairs tavern. The tavern is a very charming space. The upstairs is most definitely NOT. Cheap polyester curtains and white lights are a weak attempt to dress up a very plain room. I will say the servers are all very nice and helpful.
The main menue and specials are truly gr ...
The main menue and specials are truly great. I especially enjoy the informal tavern atmosphere, sing along piano man and the great table service.
Made reservations for table of 8 on a Fr ...
Made reservations for table of 8 on a Fri night for 7p. Didn't get sat until 745. Food was fantastic. Service was great. But I was having a meeting for business and had a VERY hard time talking over the very, very loud piano. WAY too loud.
SpectacularSpectacular... Spectacular fo ...
SpectacularSpectacular... Spectacular food, atmosphere, and entertainment. This was the best night of our vacation.
Bull Run is a regular spot of ours. If ...
Bull Run is a regular spot of ours. If you haven't been there in a while, try it again - the food is much improved, and on caliber with the best resturaunts in the area.
Prime rib and clam chowder are excellent. My wife had Scallops and said they were excellent as well.
Not the place to go if you are looking for a quiet date night. It is definitely more like a colonial tavern - lot's of regulars and very loud.
Almost always have entertainment after 8ish as well.
Wait staff is very friendly and attentive. There is a bus person coming by every two minutes to see if you need anything, or to clear away dirty dishes.
Price is on par with other resturaunts in the area.
also, check out their website. They are on the regular circuit for many big name bands and comedians.
We had clam chowder, which was a disappo ...
We had clam chowder, which was a disappointment, we felt it wasn't creamy and was lacking in flavor...the cranberry corn muffins were yummy as was the beet salad...for dinner we had sword fish and vegetable lasagna, both of our dinners were excellent and the staff was happy to substitute a backed potato for rice...we didn't eat all of our dinners, as our friendly waitress recommended, so we could have their lemon desert and their apple crisp...I would highly recommend both.
The service was exceptionally great, our server was very attentive to our every need, and anticipated our needs.
Go and enjoy...
Great service, warm friendly atmosphere ...
Great service, warm friendly atmosphere and excellent me i.e.
We visit Bull Run often since it's near ...
We visit Bull Run often since it's near our son's school and is always delicious and consistent. The staff is lovely and the food just what we're looking for.
Friday night at Bull Run has become my f ...
Friday night at Bull Run has become my favorite dining out spit for good food, excellent service and great piano sing along.
The Bull Run is a "cheers" for today's ...
The Bull Run is a "cheers" for today's crowd. Everyone knows your name for sure but the food is excellent and the ambiance is superb. This is the best place intown for a good night out!
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