A Touchstone to Shirley’s history, this small town tavern is attracting a whole new generation of food, beer, and music connoisseurs. Look around and you’ll find characters of all ages sipping spirits round a roaring fire, from the hipster baby-faced beardos in Chucks to pony-tailed and tie-dyed dads, buttoned-up college professors and blue-collar farm hands.  The building itself is time travel pure and simple.”

                                                                      -Rita Savard, Howl in Lowell



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From THE BOSTON GLOBE, July 31, 2015

By Nancy Shohet West Globe Correspondent

“A hidden treasure of the music scene.”

Read the entire review HERE


From the Worcester Telegram, Jan. 1, 2015:

Worcester Telegram & Gazette Dining Reviewer: Ann Connery Frantz

“Atmosphere, service, food and finish were all A+.”

“The food is very good, and the latest generation of owners, extending from the Guercio family (owners from 1946) has welcomed modern innovations in cuisine and a stepped up roster of entertainers in two concert rooms and the historic Tap room.”

“This joint is jumpin’ with the best blues, jazz and folk entertainers on tour.”

                                                                Read the entire review HERE



"For casual fine dining in an historic setting, the Bull Run Restaurant is the place to go."

             - The Worcester Phoenix





Sarah and I were there for the show last night. We had a super tasty dinner (salmon cake appetizer with watermelon - OMG! Oh and the s'mores dessert was out of this work too). Great show and the staff was awesome. 

We were at a table with people we didn't know from Billerica, Gardner, and Paxton...they were all jealous when we told them we lived within stumbling distance...

Thanks for all you do! - Jason Rakip, August 1, 2015


The reception was FANTASTIC!!!!! I heard the cocktail hour was great, everyone enjoyed the appetizers, and the Signature Drinks were fabulous!!! Artie did an awesome job with the infused vodka!!! You were amazing everywhere making sure we were on our timeline, and wrangling the crew together to get us introduced on time!! It was all the little touches,  that you did like fixing my mom's shoe, making sure we were taken care of with food, drinks etc.,in the green room, getting all the details with the photographer in place.  

I loved how every detail we had planned was there and executed right on cue with no worries!! The lei's were awesome, and that caused a feeding frenzy of people!!! It was perfect how the candy bar looked, and the cupcake tree. It was everything thing that I had imagined in my head for our wedding day to be!! I will strongly suggest to everyone that I know looking for a venue that they use The Bull Run, as you made the planning fun, and we were carefree for the day to just enjoy our reception and have fun. Everyone remarked that they loved the food for the main courses, especially the filet -  it was so tender, and cooked perfectly!! All of our guests with food allergies also commented that you were there, with many choices and didn't make them feel like they were limited to getting one thing. 

The personalized service from you was above and beyond what we expected!!!!! - Melissa & Dave, married July 4, 2014 @ Bull Run.



Just wanted to drop you a note to thank you and your staff so much for a fantastic rehearsal dinner at the Bull Run. The food and service were great and we loved sitting outside. Thanks again for all your help (answering my million questions!), We will definitely be back to the Bull Run soon! - Megan, July 15, 2014



Thank you for everything you did to make our event a success! Everyone raved about the food -- even the picky people loved the dinner. Everything was delicious. The chicken was very tasty and the beef was tender and flavorful.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Please tell the chef how much we enjoyed it and how pleased our guests were.  When I say they raved about the food, I mean it. Not a negative comment in the house.

Your staff went above and beyond to make sure everything went well. They were very helpful and friendly and handled every problem beautifully. Not that there were any problems on the Bull Run side; we neglected a few things on our end (like having music before the  band started), but when I asked for help, it was given right away and handled perfectly. Again, thank you so very much for your help and support.  I’m looking forward to working with you again on other functions. - Patty, May 31, 2014


 My whole family came to the Mother's Day lunch at The Bull Run on Sunday.  We had reservations in the Tap Room.  It was amazing for us.  My son has celiac disease and rarely is able to dine out and enjoy his food, but he did!  Your gluten free options far exceed anywhere else that we have visited.  He was even able to order the molten lava cake for dessert!  As a mom, this was truly wonderful for me to see.  My mom came too and completely enjoyed her salmon.  The Mother's Day drink specials were a really nice touch!  We exchanged our gifts during dinner and even took photos.  We had such a nice, relaxing time.  I want to personally thank you for making my Mother's Day a sincerely wonderful day that our entire family could enjoy.  Our memories will last forever.  I plan on doing a "repeat" next year! - Linda, Mother’s Day, May 2014


On behalf of our committee and the folks you have worked with for six months planning and rescheduling our event, I want to say thank you. The food, the room, the service were all terrific. You were so patient and gracious and helpful. I cannot thank you enough.

- Groton Democratic Club, May 7, 2014

Chef, Thank you! I've lived in the area for almost 30 years, and while I've always enjoyed the Bull Run, its menu felt like it came from when the Egopantis was young. With your arrival, it's great to finally be only 5 miles from delicious and innovative food, made with local ingredients! Welcome! - John Pesenti, Facebook March 24, 2012


Delicious meal, great service from the hostess to the bartender to the waitress, Natalie.  Thanks - January 13, 2012 - (written on the back of the dining check!)

"Appetizers were executed perfectly. The Prime Rib was delicious, served au jus on the bone with hints of salt and garlic; aged and slow-roasted just right." - Worcester Phoenix


"The Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley continues to bring spectacular world-class entertainment to the Fitchburg area." -The Examiner, January 2011


"The menu has been completely changed and offers more than the traditional meat and potatoes far that is common to New England. 

I ordered butternut squash ravioli while my wife had chicken tenders and a delicious beet salad. The ravioli was served with a butter and sage sauce, topped with sliced almonds; absolutely loved it!" - Yelp Reviewer, Groton, MA,  February 2011


"With Mardi Gras happening today and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a week away, iconic New Orleans musician Dr. John surely had demands on his time this past weekend. Yet there he was on Sunday night, dazzling a packed house at The Bull Run is a 300-seat gem of a music room attached to a Colonial-era inn on a Central Mass. back road."

  -Scott McLennan, Boston.com review: 'Dr. John delivers a soulful survey of a storied career.'

     March 8, 2011


"My husband and I moved to Shirley 6 months ago and are delighted to have the Bull Run just a few miles from out new home. It is our go-to place for both special occasions (both our birthdays and Valentine's Day) and those nights when we just want a good burger, a beer and sit next to the gorgeous fireplace in the lounge. Often we get a few appetizers to share and relax with a drink." - Trip Advisor Reviewer, Shirley, MA,  March 21, 2011


“Thanks for putting on the Southside show. The Bull Run was a perfect place to see an intimate concert and it honestly was the best dinner by far that we have had at this type of dinner/concert venue. The service was EXCEPTIONAL!!! Its a good ride for us but we will be back.”

Thanks again,

Mike and Kristen Rossi

Oct 31, 2012



“My wife and I traveled from Wilbraham, MA to see Jeff Pitchell, Gerry Beaudoin, and J. Geils. First of all, your restaurant is magnificent. Being “first timers,” we tried the pizzas, and they were awesome! Second, the concert venue was extremely comfortable and the sound was great. Of course, getting GREAT performers doesn’t hurt!

We are putting the Bull Run on our list of favorites, and hope to come back soon!”



Craig Kazin

Wilbraham, MA



Just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful evening tonight at Bull Run.

John Pizzarelli and his quartet were so much fun, and the food was amazingly good! I had the salmon, which I loved, and our waitress was wonderful. I am gluten-free and the salmon was such a healthy meal with the sweet potato rosi (so good!) and the root vegetables — just loved it! 

Also wanted to say how fantastic the tap room is — I am looking forward to returning and eating in the tap room; you can tell it has been lovingly cared for and kept in wonderful shape.






-What wonderful and prompt attention I received when asking MANY questions online about an upcoming concert. Even when I went to the restaurant to order my tickets, the staff was so kind and helpful. I greatly appreciate the impeccable service and look forward to going The Bull Run again soon for dinner and exciting entertainment. - Katie Fowler

Got to say, I love Wednesday nights at the Bull Run with the Nashoba Valley Concert Band! Thanks for the Peoples Pints and the extremely good service!   - Janice Collen

-Great staff, great food. Gives you great music events!  - Shirley Lewis

-There is only one Bull Run - Bravo! -  Mass Music Magazine

-Always worth the trip!  - Stephen Perrault

-I got lost a few nights ago on my way to visit a friend in Nashua, NH and even though they were closed the restaurant owners invited me in, gave me some of the best directions I've ever gotten, and offered me a cup of coffee for the ride. You guys are WONDERFULLY kind and friendly, and THANKS AGAIN!!! - William Bubba Sadowsky (who we hope returns!)

-Love, love LOVE the Bull Run! Whether it’s for a quiet dinner or a great show, we always enjoy! - Jackie Esielonis