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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. A few performers include Dr. John, Paula Poundstone. Los Lobos, Rusted Root & Lee Ann Womack. 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. Often Copied. Unsurpassed!

215 Great Road
Shirley, MA 01464
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Wednesday - Saturday
-Lunch: 11:00am - 4:00pm
-Dinner: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Sunday
-Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
-Dinner: 2:00pm - 9:00pm

For parties of 15 or more, please contact the restaurant.

Cross Street:
Longley Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(978) 425-4311

Website:
https://www.bullrunrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
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.

Catering:
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.

Parking Details:
The Bull Run can accommodate up to 200 vehicles in our private lots on either side of our Covered Bridge. Parking along side streets is not allowed.

Public Transit:
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.
There is a free shuttle bus from the nearest hotels in Devens (Marriott & Hilton).
You may also use Uber, Lyft or a local taxi service via our Front Desk.

Executive Chef:
Stephen Barck

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

Additional:
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!

Bull Run Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (12)
Cozy (12)
Authentic (11)
Good for a Date (11)
Romantic (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Fun (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Great Beer (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Seasonal (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Healthy (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Business Meals (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Restaurant and concert venue are always great. Played there nye and food and audience were great. As usual.

Tags: Seasonal, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great atmosphere in this almost 300 year old restaurant. Really liked the food and the history.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
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value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2017

This is our local favorite. We live up the street. I had guests from Texas come up with kids, ages ranging from 10-15. The 15yr old had the pizza. A whole one by himself! And 2 days later, I took them to Boston's North End for real authentic Italian pizza. Guess which one he liked better? BULL RUN! LOL! Everyone loved our local haunt and it further compels us to visit more often.

Tags: Cozy, Organic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Casual, Live Music, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Festive and great Christmas atmosphere. Food is high quality.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

The Bull Run is great for a quiet dinner on the nights they don’t have special music performances (check the web site for performance nights). The tavern area is a comfortable dining area, the side dining room quieter early on, and generally has live music later. The food was excellent with a great selection of specials.

Tags: Live Music, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food excellent, music superb.
Snowy night.... atmosphere perfect for such.

Tags: Authentic, Live Music, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I completed this form only to enable my complete praise of our server, Justine. We were a fairly raucous party of 11 and she served us SOLO....through 2 rounds of drinks, dinner, deserts and after dinner drinks. Her timing was perfect, her grace at simultaneously clearing while replacing drinks was amazing, her error free service notable and her precise action applying the tip -perfecto. She pleased everyone entirely. Justine is outstanding; you are very fortunate to have her.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was our second visit to Bull Run. We stopped after the TSO concert in Worcester on our way home to Henniker, NH. We were not disappointed. Emily, our wait person was very pleasant and attentive. My wife had haddock and I had the prime rib. Drinks, appetizers, entries and dessert were all wonderful. The piano player was a plus as was the burning fireplace in the hostess area. A great night! We highly recommend Bull Run.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

The staff was extraordinarily pleasant and accommodating, the service was excellent, and the meals were delicious. This was a thoroughly enjoyable dinner.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

We love the Bull Run! The service is great and the good is delicious!!

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great spot for Food, fun and quality live music. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Fun, Live Music, Vegan, Healthy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Really great dining and fun spot in a rural setting. Quaint, historic building with genuine historical interest. Much more than merely fine dining and excellent service. (Which it definitely is well known for).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, People Watching, Hot Spot, Live Music, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I have been here before, and wanted to use the occasion to get a few friends of mine together. The company was great, as were the appetizers and entrees. However, our overall service and my dessert quality left something to be desired. If both of those were improved, I would gladly return again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Family get-together for my Brother's 71st birthday. His favorite restaurant. Great service, plenty of options (no kid's menu but accommodating).

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Good food, great ambiance, nice staff

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The atmosphere is warm and cozy; but the food itself was poor. I had pork roast and it was tough and not tastefully seasoned and the accompanying brussel sprouts were under-cooked (I brought most of my supper home for my dog to eat ... she enjoyed it!).

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great food and fun! What was once just the "Bull Run Pub" has grow into a full restaurant, live music venue, and function facility, but it still has the great atmosphere and relaxed attitude that makes it a local gem. We had a family gathering of 8 people, and everything was great, food, drinks and conversation. Plus the piano player played a set of great rock tunes, which the bar crowd eventually sang along with. A great time was had by all!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Live Music, Fun, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Live Sports, Authentic, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Casual
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food4
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Historic building, delicious food, great service. Well worth the drive.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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food5
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

I love coming to your place. I especially enjoy the atmosphere, and the staff is always trying hard to make it a special experience. I love coming to your place. I especially enjoy the atmosphere, and the staff is always trying hard to make it a special experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Romantic, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

This restaurant has such a great cozy, new england feel to it, with great food and drinks. The 'specials' menu had great entree's and it was nice to have the owner/manager come around to chat with the tables.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Great Beer, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Authentic, Happy Hour, Cozy, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food is amazing! Call ahead to make sure you get a seat especially on Saturday night.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Bull Run is always my first choice for dining out. Great menu, friendly faces, awesome service every time. Steve, the piano man, never disappoints with an amazing selection of music for listening or sing a long.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Spicy, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Would request a quieter table next time. Being next to the piano we could have no conversation. Our table would shake every time someone walked by do to the shaky floor (old building). As usual food was good and service was great.

Tags: Live Music
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We ate in the dining room. Very few appetizers. Entres/specials were over priced. Drinks served in kitchen style glassware.

Staff are excellent, friendly, acxommodating.

Tags: Casual
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food3
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

We were in the Concord area to attend a wedding the following day. As I checked Bull Runs website it looked like exactly the kind of place we would enjoy and it didn't disappoint! From great ambiance, to excellent service and food, we had a wonderful experience. Oh, and the piano player was wonderful too!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Casual, Bar Seating, Romantic, Authentic, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Prime Rib was outstanding, it should be fro their signature dish. Definitely would order it again. The table was ready for us upon our arrival, no waiting whatsoever. The noise level did increase as the evening progressed. We seemed to be on the path for the Ladies room. Since the tables were a little close to each other on either side of this route, we felt a little cramped and awkward as people walked by. Overall a decent experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

The service was excellent by the waitress who served us. Everything was good and a positive experience, nothing to complain about. It was our third time there and each time has been a good experience .

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Cooks did very well. Hate asparagus but it was actually good enough to eat. Noise level made it hard to carry on a conversation. House red wine was great. Desert was great and the coffee was great. The waitress sucked. I finally caught her after multiple failed attempts to be seen for my drink order. There were only 5 of us. Very annoying. As a combat veteran, if had ever missed a simple clear detail such as ' there are more than four orders and there are 5 people.... hmmm' I probably would have caused grave harm. Usually expediting is a relatively simple job. Record what has been requested and make sure everyone is attended to. Apparently except for me. She did however have no issues seeing me when it came time to pay. Oh and portions are a bit small considering the price.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was just ok. The service, a little less. Won't go back unless it's for a concert.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Bull Run provides a truly enjoyable setting for fun and great tasting menu options. The building itself and its interior charm make it a special experience unlike any other I have visited. Great service by a friendly staff who seem to always remember you with a welcoming smile.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fun, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Loved this place food was great. I loved the 1700 decore.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The prime rib was wonderful, had the senior cut and was more than I could eat. Well be going back!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Had the senior cut prime rib. It was huge! Excellent meal and enough taken home for another meal tomorrow. 😋

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2017

There were 7 adults in our party. Our server was very efficient and friendly. All of our meals came out together. Everyone was happy with their meal which included a turkey dinner, entrée salads, steak tips, roasted chicken, fig pizza, to name a few. The dining room was casual and comfortable. The noise level was fine. We were able to carry on a conversation even with the musician playing in the background.They had a good wine and beer selection. I would definitely go back again to try some other comfort food.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Casual, Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We scheduled a reservation but we got their an hour early and they accommodated us easily. Waitress was friendly and prompt. We ended up going there a day later for no scheduled reservation, but it was still like a 5pm dinner time slot. Friendly staff again. Food was fantastic! Great drink menu.....it is our new local gem as we just bought a house in town. Looking forward to many more meals and drinks at this local historic restaurant.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Casual, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Comfort Food, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We were seated quickly but it was downhill from there. Although our table was right up front, we sat, ignored, for 25+ minutes. Then we flagged down a server. She apologized for the wait, as did the hostess but we still had to ask for everything: water, bread, more water, utensils. I finally had to steal a bread plate from another table. The room we were in wasn't full so I don't know what the issue was. Other tables did not seem to have any problems. The food was fine. The live piano music made conversation difficult. The pianist did a good job but just too loud. I doubt we will be back anytime soon.

Tags: People Watching, Live Music
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2017

A long time favorite for dining out, Bull Run has consistently provided the best menu choices, efficient friendly service and a truly welcoming atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on July 12, 2017

We really enjoyed The Bull Run and will go back! The good was delicious and to tell the truth, I'd go back for the truffle popcorn alone!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

On the road with family and found this by location on Open Table. Pleasantly surprised at the all around good food and service. Historical place with very friendly staff, Nice find. If we are ever up that way again will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Had an awesome brunch. Very relaxed; and the food was great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date
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