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


Oct 2018

Best mocha ever

We went at a time when the kitchen was closed but we could order the snack menu from pumpyard so that was great for a work get together. It would've been better if they could have taken our orders at... more »

Sandy G

Oct 2018

Very Disappointed - CELIAC and people with food allergies be aware.

CELIAC and people with food allergies should be aware. I went to this restaurant with a friend for breakfast and to inquire about hosting farewell dinner for my friends daughter at Dovetails. We... more »

peter l

Oct 2018

Ipswich Surprise

We booked breakfast with a Cudo offer, and were pleasantly surprised that Dovetails is located in a restored former Technical College. Our very filling breakfasts were served on the deck under a... more »


Sep 2018

Engagement Party.

The Lord Lamington Room was a beautiful function Room to have an Engagement Party. Service was very friendly, efficiency was out of this world, and the food was delicious. The building has been... more »

Jeanette C

Sep 2018

A bit of a disappointment

After hearing good reviews my husband & I have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to dine here. Booked on-line & mentioned- wedding anniversary. I never expect any special treatment -just... more »