It was the new millennium and we had survived y2k
The Bull Run opened its doors on 28 October 2000 to a welcoming crowd of South Africans and visitors from around the world. Situated in the ever-growing and bustling financial district, The Bull Run sits at the base of the Protea Hotel by Marriott® Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton, a treasured destination for travellers.
Since the beginning, quality meat has been an integral part of The Bull Run’s identity. Patiently matured and given the respect it deserves; each cut is prepared to customers’ exacting standards.
“ WE WANTED A RESTAURANT THAT WOULD CATER TO THE DEMAND OF OUR FOREIGN AND INTERNATIONAL GUESTS, SERVING TOP QUALITY MEAT AT A FRACTION OF THE COST THEY WOULD PAY AT HOME.”
The intent was and is to consistently produce excellent, aﬀordable cuisine with impeccable service. A restaurant where a patron from any part of the world feels looked after and experiences an immediate return on their culinary investment.
In July 2018 The Bull Run reopened its doors after an extensive refurbishment. Award-winning interior designer Tristan Du Plessis of Studio A masterfully designed an experience that is both warm and welcoming, with a clever nod to the New York Stock Exchange and the classic NY grill house. Custom light fttings, plush furniture and handmade wall tiles contribute to the comfortable and evocative space.
To further state our claim on the landscape The Bull Run commissioned sculptor Michael Canadas — of Mpumalanga’s respected The Loop Art Foundry — to sculpt an enormous 3.2 by 2.2 metre bronze bull to stand just outside our doors.
The Bull Run takes its name from the financial term, referring to a period when prices rise on the financial market and any investment is a winning one. Our story continues, in honour of good food, great steaks, welcome travellers, and the growth and success of a market in one of the most beautiful, diverse and progressive countries in the world.