88 Limestone Street‚ Ipswich

A contemporary makeover at Ipswich’s heritage Technical College gave the city a beautiful restaurant in Dovetails and a fab sister restaurant to 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 Function Suite.

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

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Recent Reviews


Oct 2021

Ambiance plus

Beautiful decor, delightful menu, excellent customer service, reasonably priced, generous servings, off street parking, family friendly what more do you need! Very happy will return. Wait staff were... more »


Sep 2021


Dovetail is a lovely restaurant with a great peaceful vibe. The ambience is relaxing and enjoyable with a beautiful mix of modern and historic building. Set in the centre of Ipswich it is easy to... more »


Aug 2021

Terrible Service with rude head waiter, Average food, nice location.

Group of 18 for a work function dinner on Saturday night. Booking for 7PM At 7:20, 15 seated, the head waitress (no introduction) came to the table, talking over conversation, telling us the... more »

Velai P

Aug 2021

Friendly Service and Good Food

Had lunch with friends and I commend the friendly staff and the chef for the excellent food. We enjoyed the market fish of the day, Black Angus steak sandwich and Crab and clam spaghetti and dessert... more »


Jul 2021

Everything was perfect - 3 courses and wine

I have been wanting to visit Dovetails for a long time but had never gotten around to it. So glad I finally visited! My partner and I had an early evening booking, as we wanted to have a longer... more »