Guestbook

Comments from our guests

“Deliciousness!”

We stayed at Protea Balalaika and had easy access to this charismatic, warm and fun restaurant. During our stay in Sandton, we ate at the Bull Run a couple of times and tried different dishes on the menu. Their bread starter with balsamic and olive oil is heavenly, the beef carpaccio was the best I have ever eaten and all the dishes we ate were wonderful - their steak is a must! We also enjoyed the wines and they were able to make apertifs at the bar, which my husband had specially requested.

mamagoosepapabear

Chiredzi, Zimbabwe

7  May 2016

“Good food and service”

Lovely snails, good steak, nice cheeseboard. Attached to the hotel so easily accessible. Wine selection quite extensive.

Jonjon1224

Cambridge, United Kingdom

6 May 2016

“Great food”

We had a one night stop at the Balalaka restaurant to which this restaurant is attached. Whilst the hotel offers a shuttle to a big mall with numerous restaurants we just wanted the easy close option which was a good choice as the steaks were fantastic. My rib eye was super and my wife had a tasty fillet. The wine we had from the by the glass selection was great as was the glass of bubbles we started with. It has a butchery on site and you can see the selection of steaks on offer. Service was efficient and friendly. If staying at the Balalaika you should eat here

Antonyatsolihull

Solihull, United Kingdom

5 May 2016

“Best steak!”

My first visit to The Bull Run, and I was rather impressed. There is a lot of building and road works going on in the area, so, for now, do not opt to sit outside. Our waitress was knowledgeable, accommodating and very friendly. Best fillet I have had in a long time! I'm sure you could get cheaper in the area, but the location, setting, atmosphere, service and meal were worth it.

MichelleGoosen

Polokwane, South Afric

28 April 2016

“Highest standard”

Placed on "strategically" good position offers excellent food, service, even possibility to buy and take with you delicious meet. Unfortunately arround is some construction of road and new building just in neiberhood. But friendly staff and atmosphere will help you to rellax and enjoy your food and drinks. In meny you will notice that many airlines crew choice is just this restauraunt and they really know what is good choice. Also quantities and prices in different currency are interesting and make this place different from others. You can not make mistake to sit and try their specialities.

mikeprodanovic

Doha, Qatar

20 April 2016

“Good dinner with colleagues”

As usual, good quality of the Diner : I would advise the delicious garlic mushrooms with one Of their good meat

Camille J

Boulogne-Billancourt, France

20 April 2016

“Great food ”

The food and service was allsom waiter was great the food was cooked perfectly all around great place to eat thanks for the great service

David S

Trenton, New Jersey

19 April 2016

“Great steak House”

Good food ,large portions and quick efficient service. Run by a super efficient maitre'd Antoinette.

AlickW

Auckland Region, New Zealand

12 April 2016

 

“Delicious food!”

Love The Bull Run! So delicious and reasonably priced. From the starters, to the salads and main courses and not to forget the wine, it was perfect! We had an amazing meal and an unforgettable evening with friends here and would highly recommend!

texasburly

Texas, USA

4 April 2016

“Amazing Food and Great service”

I have eaten at this restaurant a few times now and never been disappointed! Our waiter was very attentive and the manager made everyone feel welcome! Definitely a place I will recommend to anyone and looking forward to going back again.

_knarokk

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

24 March 2016

“MEAT! Great, meat at that.”

Happened to be staying at the adjoining hotel so I had the pleasure of eating here twice in a week. Steaks are very good, well cooked and the value us great (I'm English). Staff were helpful and seemed pretty knowledgeable about the food and wine. Be warned, you will need a reservation, even as a hotel guest there are no tables put aside.

Richsawsedges

Oxford, United Kingdom

20 March 2016

“Steak Heaven”

The Bull Run is the quintessential steakhouse restaurant. The menu has a very good range of steak cuts from the traditional filet to T-Bone to my favorite Ribeye. All the selections are high quality, aged meats prepared to perfection. They also offer some regional specialties such as a lean Ostrich cut( excellent) and venison varieties when available. For the non-meat lover they also have a wide range of other selections including fish and chicken. All of the appetizers and salads are also excellent. The bar is fully stocked with all standard ( and a few non-standard) brands of liquor and beer while the wine list is extensive and offers everything from good, relatively inexpensive bottles ( though any wine in South Africa is generally good regardless of the price) to finer wines that, by USA steakhouse restaurant standards anyway, are affordable. The restaurant has a relatively open floor plan but the noise level is very manageable. The staff are knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. I have visited this restaurant several times and always look forward to my next visit.

Dwight B

Boston, Massachusetts

15 March 2016

“First Address for Steak-Lovers!”

One of the best steaks ever! Kindly service, excellent wines and the steak: Outstanding! I got already steaks in Brazil, so I know a little bit, what I’m talking about. Perfect quality of the meat, perfect preparation. I'll come back.

frank_zillmann

Lampertheim

10 March 2016

 

“The best !”

Have eaten here often when in town , Steak is the best ever! The menu can be a bit confusing but just ask the staff who are really helpful . I would have a rump steak every time its perfect!

Richard B

Reading, United Kingdom

22 February 2016

“Excellent food, service and wine”

Ate on the terrace, we both had steaks, which were delicious, they melted in the mouth. The portions were very generous.

77gillybilly

Manchester, United Kingdom

10 February 2016

“Excellent !”

Staying at the Balalaika Hotel, we went here for dinner on our first night. It is an excellent classy restaurant - but by no means pretentious. We were seated at a nice table and given menus and the wine list. The food was very good and the red wine execellent. The service from the staff was very good and the manager dropped by the table while we were eating to ask if we were happy with everything. We went back on our last night in Johannesburg and the experience was repeated. Food wonderful, service and wine excellent.

HS300

Sydney, Australia

3 February 2016

“Totally superb”

Really great place! Steaks are fantastic! ! Starters included Seafood and local game. Handy for main road and local Malls. Excellent deletion of local and international wines. Staff excellent, very attentive and care. A must!

Phil D

Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

2 February 2016

“Lovely lovely steaks!!”

When we visited in January 2016 there were roadworks going on outside but that didn't stop us having dinner there, or lunch on another day. The service is excellent and the atmosphere buzzing. Wide choice of food and drinks, something for everyone. Seems to be a popular place. Lovely setting. We also bought some steak from the butcher there which he prepared and vacuum packed while we waited. Highly recommend

jepsonamanda

Portsmouth, United Kingdom

29 January 2016

“Fantastic food and service ”

I have eaten chicken all round the world and yet this chicken breast was the tastiest and most tender ever. Service excellent price brilliant good lovely What more to say. Fabulous; ) BigAnn

Leicester, United Kingdom

29 January 2016

“Good food & wine”

We ate wonderful steak & drank lovely wine & our waiter was excellent. Good atmosphere & conveniently next door to the Hotel Balalika

Jackie P
Holmfirth, United Kingdom
24 January 2016

“Excellent service and good food”

The waiters were all very friendly and the service was very good. There is an option to pay in Rands, Dollars or Euros, but you have to arrange if you want to pay in a different currency than Rands. I enjoyed the starter, main as well as the wine served.

Pampoen

Bloemfontein, South Africa

22 January 2016

“The best beef ribs I've ever eaten”

Good variety of meat dishes, among others, and the best beef ribs I've ever eaten. Excellent meat quality and cooking. Nice atmosphere, as usual at a steakhouse, although a bit noisy.

Jmaelias

Maputo, Mozambique

19 January 2016

“What a find! A .'must' if you are in Sandton”

This friendly restaurant is attached to the Balalaika hotel but is a free-standing restaurant so you can walk in from the street. It is in Maude Street in Sandton and I've just had a wonderful meal. The service (thanks Arnold) was friendly and helpful. I chose the beef/ostrich/springbok dish, with a delicious Pinot Noir and it was all wonderful. The outdoor seating area is cool and relaxed. It is the service that marks this place as special. As a woman eating alone in Joburg I had great fun. I was well advised by Arnold and well served by all the staff. Did I mention that the food and wine were delicious? This is a bit off the beaten track but within easy and safe walking distance of Sandton centre.

Bernadette54

Edinburgh

3 January 2016

“Delicious!!!!!”

Good location, seperate building. I liked meat, medium. Very tender and smells good. Road construction was in progress. I liked service and hospitality also.

eaglejumbo

Istanbul, Turkey

17 December 2015

 

“Great service, amazing steaks”

Been a few times. Never disappoints. If you like steaks, it's well worth a visit. The staff are knowledgeable and extremely friendly. Murray H

Vigo, Spain

10 December 2015

“Fantastic!”

We had a great meal here, staff were very friendly and attentive. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a restaurant in the Sandton area. Tross888

Melbourne, Australia

20 November 2015

“Omg”

We ate here on our first night in South Africa and were completely blown away by this place. We ordered a rib eye steak each, rare, and it appeared 550 Gramms of the most superb beef we have ever tasted cooked to absolute perfection

Bill M, Atteborough, United Kingdom

18 November 2015

“Great setting”

Large restaurant with good menu. The highlight is the attentive service. Outside seating with a large indoor seating area. Food was acceptable, but not fine dining. Great for a casual social evening out.

Pdpcpt, Cape Town

16 November 2015

“Huge steak, great value, good service”

Could not fault this place, though a bit difficult to find given the building work taking place around it. Huge fillet steak, attentive staff and draught beer. Better than some of the more familiar Mandela Square restaurants yet only a few minutes away. Calamari was a bit dry but the steaks were great.

David B, Bedford, UK

11 November 2015

“Worthwhile repeat visit”

We had visited this restaurant before so were expecting an excellant meal and good service. We got both with an attentive and pleasant Waiter by the name of Agree (seriously!) whi looked after our every want in a most efficient manner. The food was great - the Tbone perfect, the Fillet on the bone great, the ribs were done just right calamari was faultless as were the salads and trimmings. Definitely remains near the top of my list for quality and value for money.

Beemer535, Johannesburg

3 November 2015

“Great Steak”

Nice friday evening and great steak. Staff is polite and very welcoming. Recommended for airline crew.

Paulo79, Rome

1 November 2015

“BE IT SHELL FISH OR STEAK DO STOP HERE”

Very atmospheric and great food and an excellent wine list to boot. The waiting staff make you feel like their only customer and always have a ready smile and some great chat. On our first visit we had a waiter called Goodfry, he was knowlegable and because we had my elderly mother with us he arranged for her prawns to be shelled so she did not have to mess with them. Very thoughtful. When we went back with friends and family we requested that he be our waiter again. Once again the food was excellent, wine and service. Washed down with a fantastic Dom Pedro.

dissapointedaug10, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

21 October 2015

“Suprisingly Impressive”

Very friendly service and solid classic steakhouse menu. The wine list is a little boring but serviceable. My steak was not as ordered, however the issue was resolved quickly and professionally and the second steak was delicious, My brother said his ribs were the best he has had in a long time.

Andie Chisolm, Cape Town

19 October 2015

“Perfectly cooked steak”

Good quality meat perfectly cooked. Normally we avoid going to the restaurant in the hotel we're staying in, but I'm glad we were tired from the flight to SA and decided to stay in. I had a perfect medium rare t-bone steak with very nice sides of vegetables and mushrooms, my wife had an equally perfect sirloin. It was so good we went back the next evening, completely breaking our habit of not staying in the hotel. On the second evening I had lamb chops again perfectly cooked. Finished with a cheese plate which turned out to be almost a meal in itself with cheeses, salad, nuts, fruits and crackers

Carl V, Ghent, Belgium

18 October 2015

“Fantastic - great food in a pleasant surrounding”

Ate here with my colleague (under the recommendation of a friend in the UK). This was fantastic. It was a nice day, and we were able to sit outside and eat. The food was wonderful, and service was great too. It is a little off the beaten track (not in Nelson Mandella Square), but well worth venturing to.

MinkySpinky, Chester, United Kingdom

17 October 2015

“Great steak and atmosphere”

This very popular resturant in the heart of Sandton is very popular with locals and tourists alike . It is worth booking in advance to secure a table . The menu is extensive and there is something here for everyone . There is also a good wine list . The service is efficient if a little harried when they are full . The steak I had was done to perfection and could not ask for anything more . Sadly let down by the chips that where under cooked . Would definitely recommend .

John FinchPhotography, Hout Bay

11 October 2015

“Worth a visit”

My medium steak was a bit overcooked, my husband's medium rare had to be sent back because it was too rare.! The rib eye was not as marbled and moist as you'd get it in the US. But great ambiance and meat was great quality.

CT Beth, Hartford, CT, USA

8 October 2015

“Fan-bloody-tastic”

This was, hand down the best steak I've ever had, and for what it was the cheapest. Having visited the Butchers Shop in Mandela square, this is less of a tourist attraction. Service was great, waiters was attentive but not overly, meal serviced in a good time..on return to JoBerg, I will come here again.

Neil M, Crawley, United Kingdom

8 October 2015

“Good T-Bone”

We popped into the Bull Run whilst staying at the Radisson in Johannesburg. The staff were really pleasant but far too plentiful (there were more staff than customers). The food was really good. It's the first T-Bone steak I've had for years and it was cooked really well. My partner had a vegetarian meal (Thai Curry) and thought it was good for a vegi option at a steak house! Pleasant environment, friendly staff, good food, not too expensive! All you can ask for really.

Lee_n-Val, Derbyshire, England

3 October 2015

“South African roadtrip”

Staff amazing. Quality of food stunning. My wife and I had just arrived in South Africa and we were recommended here by the guesthouse we were staying in. The restaurant is in a hotel so parking was very safe. The food My wife had biliatong and advocardo salad which was fab amazing said dressing and I had springbok cappaccio which was again lovely. Both starters were huge. Main my wife had a sirloin cooked to perfection with mash and cheese sauce. I had the rileys erm what can I say it was massive and cooked amazing. Desert my wife had cheese board and I had tiramsu wow to both. A bottle of bull run red. All for 785 Rand (40 quid) If u are in sandton go here

MarcandLauraB, Runcorn, United Kingdom

2 October 2015

"Scrumptious!"

Excellent dinner. The wait staff are super friendly. The food was absolutely delicious and quite reasonably priced. The wine selection was quite good.

Barbara L, Georgetown, Guyana
20 September 2015

"Fantastic service and food"

My wife and I both had the 550grm Ribeye. It was really great and comes on the bone. It was well grilled and of really good flavor, best in South Africa during our 2 week trip. I had the cheesecake for dessert, it comes with really nice passion fruit dressing and fresh strawberry. Very nice! The restaurant has a nice outdoor seating area. The staff was VERY friendly and accomodating. I would recommend this please ahead of the Butchershop on Mandela Square.

PaulArts, Utrecht, The Netherlands
13 September 2015

“Best Steak in Jo'Burg”

OMG.....the food here is sublime. You haven't had one of the best steaks you could hope for until you have had one at The Bull Run. Antwon, our waiter was a pure joy. He managed our large party with almost military precision but always with a huge smile on his face. Everyone had their own little requests of how they would like their food and he remembered every single one. The menu is really varied and includes some of the rarer things you might not expect to see such as springbok and ostrich. Everyone enjoyed their meals. I had the amazing spicy chicken livers to start, followed by a Tbone steak that just melted in my mouth. The creamed spinach was a favourite with everyone too. The house wines served here are not your usual cheap plonk, they are elegant, well balanced and very moreish. Highly recommend this restaurant. I have been dining here for years and it has always been my top recommendation everytime I come to Jo'Burg. Ask for their special Amarula ice cream cocktail instead of a dessert.....it's lush.

Duchess1989, Horley, United Kingdom

12 September 2015

“Great meat and wine”

I spent two nights at Balalaika Hotel and decided to eat dinner at Bull Run both nights and I don't regret it! Both times the staff were very friendly and attentive, but not to the point of overbearing. After serving the food they took the time to check to see if the food was to my liking. I tried the Fillet which was excellent as expected and cooked as I requested. It went very well with a bottle of Thelema Shiraz, a very, very good wine in itself. Second night I tried the rack of pork ribs. I'd give it 4 out of 5 since the meat wasn't quite in the "fall off the bone" condition, but very tasty nonetheless. If you're interested in beers, they only have one beer on tap/draft - Castle Lager. The rest of beers are bottled. The prices are very affordable and considering the quality of food and the ambiance Bull Run deserves all 5 stars!

‘ayk73’
10 September 2015

“Walking distance from hotel.”

Superb restaurant head waiter very helpful and knowledgeable about local area, food and wine great and not expensive.

Lisyjimbo, Spain

9 September 2015

“Great food awesome wine..”

I visited the Bull Run recently with colleagues, had a fantastic night with great food, good atmosphere and really nice wine. Don't miss it!

Andy K, Manchester, United Kingdom

6 September 2015

“Best steak in Joburg”

I was at Bull Run many times, it has hands down the best steak in Sandton, the meat was tender and well prepared. I especially recommend the Rib Eye.

Slaven Z, Split, Croatia

3 September 2015

"Favourite Sandton Steakhouse"

After three visits, I've finally decided to commit a review. I'd heard about The Bull Run for years; specifically, their ribeye steak. This year, I finally made the effort to visit and in three months, I've visited three times! The ribeye really is all that. Superb. I was a fillet man but now I'm a ribeye man, thanks to The Bull Run. The atmosphere is pleasant and upmarket. Management always wander the floors to ensure service remains tops. Be sure to sit outside during the day for a quaint street side meal.

‘JoziPete’, Johannesburg

29 August 2015

"5 Star Steaks & Good Wine"

I recently visited for a Business Meeting. The Rib Eye Steak with Creamed Spinach is superb. Wash it down with a superb Red Wine from Stellenbosch and you have all the ingredients for a good business meeting. I will definitely visit the next time I am in Jo'burg on business.

‘eastaroadster’, Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom

23 August 2015

"Great food and service"

I have eaten at Bull Run many times on business trips to South Africa. It has remained consistently good. On this trip I was staying alone in the Balalaika hotel and had two dinners at the Bull Run after busy days. There is a good atmosphere with the buzz of conversation, without being too loud. The service was fast, friendly and professional. The food was very good, especially the steaks. At present exchange rates the meals represented excellent value in British Pounds.

Ian T, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

8 July 2015

"Great steak!"

I've been to Sandton a number of times but have somehow managed to miss this little gem. Colleagues of mine had been so I thought it was about time I gave it a go. It was a Wednesday night and it was starting to get busy by the time I got there at around 20:00. It looks like they get a lot of large groups in so just be mindful of this. I ordered the 220g fillet and it was perfect - very tasty and just enough. Not a bad price either...thoroughly recommended!

‘777pj777’, Whangaparaoa, New Zealand

27 June 2015

"Meat heaven"

The beef is absolutely amazing. Great cuts, good service, proper wine list and relaxed atmosphere. Amazing value for money, if compared with Europe.

NunoGalway, Galway, Ireland

4 June 2015

"No bull...t here excellent food and service"

Good wines, great choice whether you want a multi course meal or just a main course. mien was the latter and boy was it well made, service a little slow but smiling faces. ian b, Chambery, France

ian b, Chambery, France

3 May 2015

"Superb food, great wines & excellent service"

A great restaurant specialising in all things meat - albeit fish and vegetarian options were available. The wine cellar is excellent and very reasonably priced. Staff were attentive and offered great service throughout. Food was well cooked. The overall ambiance was of a relaxed buzzing atmosphere.

Amanda C, London, England

31 March 2015

"The best steak in South Africa!"

Wonderful food, excellent service and the best red wine. Try the ribeye and the Beyerskloof pinotage.........

Tony S, Wigan, United Kingdom

12 March 2015

"BullRun - Fantastic"

My colleagues and I visited the Bullrun restaurant two weeks ago. The house wine is divine and the service excellent. The atmosphere is perfect for Sandton as it is trendy and vibey. The outside gardens are looked after well. Being in Sandton and have trees around you, is something guests should cherish. I truly enjoyed myself and my colleagues felt the same.

KingSuthu, Mbabane, Swaziland

1 March 2015

"Excellent Restaurant and great staff"

Ate in here the day after eating at the nearby Butchers Shop. Having really enjoyed the Butchers Shop was not sure it could be bettered, however it was! What the Bull run doesn't have in regards to setting and atmosphere is made up for by its wonderful staff, our waitress was so very welcoming and engaging she made the meal one star better than the Butchers shop. Food was excellent too, having had a big steak the night before I plumped for the Kingklip which was very well cooked and very tasty. Complimented by a superb Stellenbosch Sav Blanc the whole experience was memorable. Great value too, with wine around £18 a head. If in Sandton a must visit.

Martynjw, Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom

19 February 2015

"Meat and more Meat"

If you like beef - fantastic restaurant to get yourself some good beef fillet! Fantastic Service. The restaurant gets very busy, so you may want to consider making a reservation or going in early. The wine choice is amazing!

Catherine M, Nairobi, Kenya

19 February 2015

"Really good steak restaurant"

The Bull Run has become an institution in Sandton. Their meat dishes are really good and steaks are excellent. It is on the expensive side however the food is worth it. It is across the road from the SA Stock Exchange and well as some of the big international banks, and a few hundred metres/yards from Sandton City, so booking is suggested.

Clive V, Johannesburg, South Africa

16 February 2015

"Perfect evening meal."

What a meal tonight. Very large portions, meat cooked perfectly and service exceptional. Wish I was staying in the area longer so I could eat there again. Highly recommended. Really good value.

J0lly_J0hn, Gloucester, United Kingdom

5 February 2015

"Amazing steaks, love this place!"

I've eaten here many times over the years. It is the only restaurant I go to in Sandton! It is great value and the food is always amazing, whether you have steak or seafood, you just cannot fault it. The service is always outstanding and If you are crew they give complimentary wine, such a nice touch. This really is a fun place to have dinner with great atmosphere.

Zoeeeeee, Thrapston, United Kingdom

26 January 2015

"Very good meat"

The Bull Run is one of my favorite restaurants in Sandton. Great atmosphere, good service and the food is fantastic. For desert i recommend malva pudding :)

LAworldwide, Glattfelden

19 January 2015

"Outstanding service, Excellent steaks"

I had a chance to visit The Bull Run on several occasions. I've always been very impressed with the excellent service from the staff, very attentive and prompt. Their menu offers a variety of choice for meat lovers like myself though vegetarians may be limited to just a few dishes. Side dishes can be enough to share for two. I've never been disappointed with the quality and taste of the steak (rib-eye and rump), except on one occasion when I thought the beef ribs were not so tender as I expected. Will definitely return for more.

Korerima, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

15 January 2015

"The Bull Run Restaurant is a legend. Fabulous"

Tasty food in a sublime atmosphere. A quality service with a smile, guaranteed. One of the best restaurants in Sandton, Johannesburg. A must if you are in Town.

Kool2bbop, Washington DC, District of Columbia

7 January 2015

"Excellent meat for breakfast, lunch and dinner"

Bull Run in Sandton is serving meat anytime of the day and the way it´s prepared it doesn´t matter what time of the day it is. Cooked to perfection with a variety of sauces and side dishes it makes up for a close to perfect meal. The patio is a nice retreat although it is a bit close to the street and during the current construction next to the restaurant (dec 2014) it can be a bit noisy during lunchtime. Ask to see the meat before it´s cooked and you´ll get it nicely presented and can see the excellent quality for yourself. Try the fillet with pepper sauce - you won´t be dissappointed!

Hans_Osvalds, Helsingborg, Sweden

18 December 2014

“A restaurant with attitude!”

This restaurant has an nice setting in the heart of Sandton. The decor is funky and the menu are in the JSE format, a nice touch. But the food was delicious and the atmosphere conducive to having a highly enjoyable evening. We will come here again.