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


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 »


Apr 2019

Breakfast Time

Have been here 3 times for breakfast in the last few weeks, love the ambience and setting for the restaurant. Very wheelchair friendly however door to toilet is also very heavy to open as are most... more »


Mar 2019

Consistently good food

Travel to Ipswich on business 2-3 time a month and eat here regularly. Food is always very good, desserts are divine and a great wine selection. Service has always been good and prices a little... more »


Mar 2019


Can’t comment on the food but a couple who just wanted two coffees the service was very ordinary. Not even greeted when approaching staff for a table and then forgotten about. Staff seemed like they... more »

Rebecca F

Mar 2019

It was good!

We were staying in Ipswich for work and came across Dovetails because we were visiting the brewery next door. The restaurant is clearly popular as it was pretty full and we didn't have a booking but... more »