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


Apr 2019

Local and loving it!

One of the best places to visit for lunch in Ipswich. I have been several times now and have never been disappointed. It concerns me that more people do not go for lunch midweek. Please... more »


Jun 2019

Absolutely Fantastic

From the moment we arrived were treated to a memorable dining experience. The service was exceptional and the food was varied and refreshing. Well done team! more »

Bob D

May 2019

Lunch for early Mother's Day

Good atmosphere, wait staff attentive and friendly. Food was very good however, I do wish they would stick to menu when it says wrapped in pancetta and not just stick a rasher of bacon around it. more »


May 2019

Highly impressed with flexibility and food

We arrived here, no booking, before 530pm, expecting an easy seating and meal. Booked out! Well, they tried to fit us in, with our co-operation to be quick, and they provided excellent service... more »


Mar 2019

Generous delicious food

Have dined at Dovetails a number of times, breakfast and dinner and have never been disappointed. Meal proportions are very generous and delicious with great variety. Their lemon tart dessert is just... more »