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 2021

Dovetails is one of the best in Ipswich

Been several times and always great food and service, would highly recommend. Great wine selection also.. more »


Feb 2021

Brilliant local venue.

I love this food-and-drink precinct, centred around the historic Ipswich town pumpyard, from which the brewery takes its name. The companion restaurant to the Pumpyard/Four Hearts Brewery is... more »


Dec 2020

Wedding anniversary

My husband and I went to Dovetail restaurant for our wedding anniversary I booked a table the week before with a lovely lady named Giulia. When we arrived on night she remembered me and sat my... more »


Dec 2020

Outstanding food & service

Visited Dovetails for first time last night & wow the service from hostess greeting us at arrival to who I think was manager saying goodbye when we left the service was outstanding and then the food... more »


Nov 2020

Terrible service and food

After finally getting service our meal was not very nice, especially for the price. Sat waiting for 3/4 of an hour to order a drink so just ended up paying for the bill and leaving. Never again. more »