Where to eat in Ipswich Central

Looking for somewhere to eat in Ipswich Central? Check out this list...
10 May 2023
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

If you’re out and about in the Heritage City attending events, like Christmas in Ipswich, here’s a handy list of the best places to eat in Ipswich Central.

Bakehouse Steakhouse

This contemporary steak restaurant, set inside a century-old bakery, was named the best informal steak restaurant in Queensland in the 2020 Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence.  They also do a fantastic charcuterie board here!

Bakehouse Steakhouse is open for dinner only Monday to Wednesday, lunch and dinner service Thursdays and Sundays and all day dining Friday and Saturdays.

Club Services Ipswich

Club Services Ipswich dining options

At Club Services Ipswich you can order a selection of great dishes for lunch and dinner from the Longhorn Bar and Grill.

They’ve also got your favourite beers and cider on tap.

They are open from 10am-4am seven days a week.

Dancing Bean Speciality Roasters and Espresso Bar

Dancing Bean coffee

A mid-week or weekend visit to Dancing Bean Espresso Bar calls for milkshakes, muffins and French toast.  They also do an epic bacon sandwich!  While you’re there try out the locally roasted coffee blends.

Open 7am-3.30pm Monday to Thursday, 7am-2pm Friday and 6am-1pm on Saturday.

Essence of Indya

Essence of Indya

Essence of Indya offers tapas and small plates as well as traditional and fusion Indian.

Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday and dinner only on weekends.

Fourthchild Cafe and Restaurant

Fourthchild beef lasagne

Fourthchild Cafe and Restaurant is a great café for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is fully licensed with craft beer, wines and spirits available.

Fourthchild is open for breakfast and lunch Monday to Sunday and dinner Friday and Saturday nights.

Heisenberg Haus

Heisenberg Haus

Located in the Top of Town Ipswich Heisenberg Haus offers German inspired cuisine in a beautiful contemporary environment.  The pork knuckle is recommended, however you need to order it in advance of attending. They also have hearty German beers available.

Open for lunch Friday – Sunday and dinner Wednesday to Sunday.

Indian Mehfil

Indian Mehfil

Indian Mehfil is an authentic Indian restaurant set inside a heritage building that used to be a bank.  They also whip up some great cocktails!

Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Ipswich Jets Leagues Club

Jets' new menu

Ipswich Jets is a family-friendly venue with a fabulous restaurant and bar, a great place to enjoy a meal or a drink.

They are open from 10am-4am seven days a week, offering lunch and dinner and bites in the cafe.

La Parrilla

La Parrilla, which simply means “the grill” in Spanish, is a South American restaurant offering takeaway and dining in options.  They have epic slow cooked meats on the menu.

Open for lunch and dinner from 11am until 8pm Wednesday to Sundays.

Memories of India

Memories of India

Memories of India offers authentic Indian delicacies inside one of Ipswich’s beautiful old corner pubs.  It has an epic butter chicken!

Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Montezuma’s Ipswich

Chilli Verde from Montezumas

If you’re in the mood for authentic and delicious Mexican then head to Montezuma’s!

Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Sunday.

Oikos Cafe

Enjoy fresh nutritious food at Oikos Cafe.  Call in for coffee made on Queensland-roasted Kai Coffee beans, and fruit-laden acai bowls and smoothies and colourful nachos bowls.

Open 7am-2pm Monday to Friday and 7am to 1pm on Saturdays.

Prince Alfred Hotel

Prince Alfred Hotel

With the largest numbers of craft beers on tap in the Southern Hemisphere, the award-winning Prince Alfred Hotel isn’t only hanging it’s hat on it’s beer offerings.

The restaurant also offers fresh red claw transported directly from Gympie every week, delicious steaks and more!

Open for dining from 10am until 9pm seven days a week.

Pumpyard Bar and Brewery

Pumpyard Bar and Brewery | Ipswich

The Pumpyard Bar and Brewery is the local place to be with its funky industrial décor and onsite-brewed craft beers.  Think delicious burgers and slow cooked meat!

Open Wednesday to Sunday.

Queens Park Cafe

Queens Park Cafe

Queens Park is home to a cafe with a wide verandah and a well-stocked cake cabinet.  You’ll find all manner of pastries and cakes here at Queens Park Cafe along with great mains including fantastic eggs!  Lookout for specials, including unicorn pancakes on the ever-expanding menu.

Open 8am-4pm seven days a week.

Rafter and Rose

Rafter and Rose 1

One of Ipswich’s most famous cafes, Rafter and Rose makes the most amazing cakes adorned with edible flowers.  Go on the weekend for loaded croissants, filled donuts, tarts and sweet pies.

Open 6.30am-2pm Tuesday to Friday and 7am-12pm on Saturday.

Ruby Chews Burgers and Shakes

Ruby Chews burger tower

Ruby Chews Burgers and Shakes offers a modern twist on a classic American Burger Bar.  There’s burgers, shakes, ice cream and hotdogs!

Open from 11am-2pm for lunch and 5pm-8pm for dinner Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and 11am-8pm every other day.

St Shoebill

St Shoebill is located in the middle of Brisbane St in the historic Ellenborough House building.  The all-day menu offers fresh and interesting options like farmhouse eggs, burgers, fish tacos and bao buns.

Open 6am-1.30pm seven days a week.

The Cottage Restaurant

The Cottage Restaurant

The Cottage Restaurant is a fine dining venue set inside a charming heritage Queenslander offering modern Australian cuisine.  The menu changes seasonally so in the summer you can find lighter options, and in the winter expect some delicious hearty fare.

Open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday and lunch Wednesday to Friday.

The Retro Diner

Burgers are on the menu at The Retro Diner

The Retro Diner has a fun energetic vibe and a retro theme which extends from the decor to the food – with homestyle burgers, shakes and hotdogs.

Open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week and dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Rusty Nail

This trendy tapas bar is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons and nights for bites and brews.  The Rusty Nail specialises in creating custom cocktails and delicious morsels of food.

UB’s Milk Bar

UB’s Milk Bar offers Masterchef created ice cream flavours, burgers, fries, house-made waffles, breakfast, loaded fries, milkshakes and gourmet desserts.  The brie and caramelised onion burger has a wheel of deep fried brie and a wagyu beef patty – a must try!

Open from breakfast on weekends and lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday. 

Wild Rose Cottage

Individual chocolate mud cakes at Wild Rose Cottage

Decadently dense slices, buttery biscuits, moreish cakes, tasty tarts and great coffee can be found at Wild Rose Cottage.  They also have gifts for sale…

Open Sundays 7.30am-2.30pm, 6.30am-2.30pm Monday to Thursday and 6.30am-4pm Friday and Saturday.

Other places to eat

While Ipswich Central has a whole range of restaurants, there’s also a few outside the CBD worth a mention.

Just outside of Ipswich Central you can head to The Racehorse Hotel, The Barn Family Restaurant, and Brothers Leagues Club Ipswich.

A bit further away at Grandchester you can find the award-winning Homage Restaurant.  Famous for it’s paddock to plate dishes the hatted restaurant sits inside the Spicers Hidden Vale resort.

Up the Warrego Highway heading towards Toowoomba at Marburg you can find the Marburg Hotel open for dinner offering great pub fare and a deck area to enjoy a few drinks.  There’s also a fine dining restaurant at the Woodlands of Marburg estate.  The Sugarmill Restaurant is set inside the mansion, and open Friday and Saturday nights. The Tommy Smith Cafe, also on site is open Saturdays and Sundays.  Bookings are essential.  Also in Marburg you’ll find The Soul Nook Collective offering great coffee and cakes as well as styled picnics and Special Branch Collective with coffee and treats.

At Springfield you can find Indian Tadka and Ballistic Springfield – a craft beer brewery and restaurant open for dinner and if you’re out Redbank way don’t go past The Commercial Hotel Redbank.

For more places to eat including cafes see our Eat and Drink page.


Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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