88 Limestone Street‚ Ipswich

A contemporary makeover at Ipswich’s heritage Technical College gave the city a beautiful restaurant in Dovetails and a fab neighbour for Pumpyard Bar and Brewery – the home of 4Hearts Brewing.

Another neighbour at this precinct, known as 88 Limestone, is Ungermann Brothers Icecream Parlour.

Here at Dovetails, it all about relaxed dining in an elegant setting with a menu of modern classics to satisfy breakfast, lunch and dinner crowds.

You can take a table inside or out on the deck presided over by a magnificent old Poinciana tree. A pleasant wine list completes the offering.

The old brick walls and windows provide a beautiful backdrop and there’s some clever detailing at play, such as the names of former teachers and students, taken from early Technical College enrolments, etched into timber feature panels and stylised engineers’ tools creating a patterned print on the ceiling.

Upstairs, above Dovetails, is a charming event space known as the Lord Lamington Suite.

  • Alfresco/Outdoor Dining
  • Bar
  • Carpark
  • Private Dining Area
  • Suitable for Functions

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Recent Reviews


Dec 2018

Awesome anniversary dinner

Have to give a big thumbs up to dovetails. Went out tonight for our 21st anniversary dinner and couldn’t be more appreciative. Our waitresses Jessica and Cassy were perfect in terms of looking after... more »


Dec 2018

Dovetails Never Fails

Have been to Dovetails a few times now, although recently went for lunch and to my surprise was as good as always. Food was fantastic, a meal each and a desert to share. Attentive waitress and a... more »

Natalie A

Nov 2018

First visit, good food, long wait

We had a reservation and when seated were one of only a couple of people in the restaurant. We were served our drinks and entree quickly but when it came to our meals (which were very delicious), we... more »


Nov 2018

Can’t fault!

The family decided to dine here for breakfast and wow, what a meal! The staff were friendly and welcoming and easily available to give advice and directions. Coffee was delicious although did take a... more »

Calvin N

Nov 2018


Quality ingredients and a good portion size made for a very satisfying breakfast. And the coffee was very good as well. Definitely a boomerang place, gonna keep on coming back. more »