88 Limestone Street‚ Ipswich City

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.

Due to current health advice on social distancing, please contact the business for the most up to date information regarding opening times and services.

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

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Recent Reviews


Mar 2020

Top Class

Recently moved to Ipswich and was excited to stumble across Dovetails restaurant. Visited on a Friday Night had no problem getting a table. Staff were polite and attentive, atmosphere was... more »


Sep 2019

Great find in Ipswich

Had dinner here with family and friends. Food and service were excellent. Highly recommended- a great find in Ipswich. more »


Feb 2020

Lack of staff

Family gathering.basic food for $$. Restaurant not even 1/2 full but lack of staff made it a long wait for breakfast. Coffees...Luke warm by the time they came out again lack of staff. If you know it... more »

Harold G

Feb 2020


Recently visited Dovetails Restaurant for a quick lunch in Ipswich and we weren't disappointed. Located in an old pumping station and a former TAFE college before being refurbished and opened as a... more »


Feb 2020

Quick and friendly service.

Quick and friendly service. Wonderful meal - very plentiful. I had the holoumi eggs with smokey bacon and hubby had hot salmon. more »