Our in-house Butchery

The Bull Run Butchery is presided over by the ever watchful Karl Heinz Leske. Karl Heinz served his apprenticeship as a butcher in Leipzig , Germany from 1958-1961.He worked for 5 years at different companies before earning his MASTERS DEGREE in 1967.He came to South Africa in 1967 and from 1969 had two businesses in the meat industry supplying restaurants and conference venues.
In 2000 Karl Heinz returned to his first love - butchery, joining the Bull Run on opening day.

In The Bull Run we give you the opportunity to select and take home any cut of meat which will be vacuum-packed as per your specification.

All our meat is cut and packed for your specific requirements, from portion-controlled steaks and chicken supremes to carvery joints, a must for both local and international guests.

Take home the Meat of your Choice

Karl Heinz will cut your choice of meat to your specifications for you to take home and enjoy. Advice comes free! All our meat is cut and packed for your specific requirements, from portion-controlled steaks and chicken supremes to carvery joints, a must for both local and international guests.

We pride ourselves on our wide selection of meat cuts for our customer convenience. Our quality control starts at the source where any of the finest quality of grade is obtained for our quality conscious customer base.

"A superlative in-house butchery, unobtrusively contained in the restaurant and overseen by master butcher Karl Heinz of some 40 years’ experience, specialises in choice cuts of aged meat, cut and packed to individual requirements."
Marcus Knocker

What Our Guests Say About Us

We’re very proud of the testimonials we receive from our guests.

Here are some reviews taken directly from Trip Advisor.

A bit of nostalgia

I decided to visit the restaurant I was the executive chef for many years ago. The steak is still the same good quality and properly matured as when they started. We had a good time there and I still think that Bull Run is the best steakhouse in johannesburg. Well done.


Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

2 October 2017

One of the best steaks I've had!!

I've eaten steaks in some of the finest steakhouses in the UK and the filet mignon I had here would easily compare are top them! The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and the restaurant was comfortable and clean. I would seriously recommend this place, it does help if your hotel was next door like mine :)


Birmingham, United Kingdom

26 August 2017


The Bull run is an excellent restaurant only 5 mins walk from Nelson Mandela square. Well worth a visit for excellent food and a large wine selection. Staff informative and friendly.


Grimsby, United Kingdom

10 August 2017

Arguably one of the best steaks around

The Bull Run has been around for a very long time. The service is always good, the quality of the food is always superb and you can be assured that if you are taking clients or overseas visitors, they will be pleased. We work often in the Balalaika Hotel so the Bull Run is easily accessible - they never let you down.


Sandton, South Africa

24 July 2017

Best steaks in town

We only had the one night at the hotel next door. After looking at a few reviews in the area it became clear that this was the place to be. We had two entrees along with two fillet steaks and a good bottle of red wine. The service was exceptional and the food didn't disappoint either.The best steak ive had in a long time.


Perth, Australia

11 July 2017

Great food!

The food in this great restaurant is fantastic. Service is a bit slow but it gives you a chance to relax. The restaurant is very nice and well located.


Montreal, Canada

9 May 2017

Excellent Food

This is a hotel restaurant, however, serve brilliant food with great service. Best kingklip I had in a very long time. Their menu has a large selection and the food is fresh and extremely tasty. Steaks and chicken are also very good. Highly recommendable restaurant in the Balalaika Hotel, Sandton.


Stellenbosch, South Africa

27 April 2017

Excellent Food and Superb Service

We at here three times during our recent stay. The food is excellent with a wide variety of food. Petros served us on two of our visits and his service and friendliness was wonderful. During our next visit we had a different waiter but Petros made a special visit to our table to chat to us and find out how our visit had been.

Tracy M

Province of Barcelona, Spain

26 April 2017

Excellent as ever.

Once again excellent food, Steak, wine and service. Thank you Godfree you did them proud. Rib eye was fantastic and washed down with a lovely bottle of Fat Bas**** Pinotage. This place remains my number one selection for a great evening and the staff are both friendly and professional - well done and once again well deserved.


Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom

6 April 2017

Great steak with own butcher

Any food here is good. Chicken liver peri peri starters through to steak or lobster and wonderful deserts, authentic South African food

Wayne W

Sydney, Australia

29 March 2017