Where to grab dinner and a drink in Ipswich Central

Looking for a place where you can grab dinner and a drink at a restaurant in Ipswich Central, check out this list.
27 Oct 2021
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

If you’re out and about attending events in the Heritage City or just looking for somewhere to grab dinner and a drink with friends and family here’s a handy list of all the best places that are open at night in Ipswich Central.

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 dinner from 5pm-9.30pm 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.

Open from 12pm-9pm Wednesday and Thursday, until 10pm Friday and Saturday nights.

Fourthchild Cafe and Restaurant

FourthchildFourthchild beef lasagne

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

Fourthchild are open for dinner Friday and Saturday nights until 9.30pm.

Dovetails Restaurant


Dovetails Restaurant offers relaxed dining with modern classics, they have also won an Australian Winelist of the Year Award and are finalists in the Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence.

They are open for dinner from 5.30-9pm Tuesday-Thursday and until 10pm 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.  They also have some great German beers available.

Open for dinner from 5pm-8pm Wednesday to Sunday.

Banshees Bar and Art Space

Banshees Bar, Ipswich

Banshees Bar and Art Space this bar is a great spot for a pre or post-event drink and while you can’t get a meal here, you can watch live gigs on the weekends.  In fact they’ve single handedly brought over 500 bands to Ipswich since they started operations five years ago.

And recently they were a nominated in the Queensland Music Awards Metro Venue of the Year awards category.

The bar opens at 5pm – 12am on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 7pm-12am on Saturday.

Memories of India

Memories of India

Memories of India offers authentic Indian delicacies inside one of Ipswich’s beautiful old corner pubs.

Open for dinner from 5pm-9.30pm seven days a week.

The Retro Diner

Burgers are on the menu at The Retro Diner for Flavours of Ipswich

The Retro Diner has a fun energetic vibe and a retro theme to the decor and food!

Open for diner until 8.30pm on Saturdays.

Ruby Chews Burgers and Shakes

Ruby Chews burger tower

Ruby Chews Burgers and Shakes offers a modern twist on a classic American Burger Bar.

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

The Cottage Restaurant

The Cottage Assiette of pear

The Cottage Restaurant is a fine dining venue set inside a charming heritage Queenslander offering modern Australian cuisine.

Open for dinner from 6pm-9pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and until 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

Essence of Indya

Essence of Indya

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

Open for dinner from 5pm – 9.30pm seven days a week.

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.

Bakehouse Steakhouse is open for dinner from 5pm-9pm Sunday to Thursday and until 10.30pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

Club Services Ipswich

Club Services Ipswich takeaway options

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

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

Open for dinner from 5pm-8.30pm seven days a week.

Ipswich Jets Leagues Club

Ipswich Jets banana fritter

A family friendly spot with a great restaurant and bar, Ipswich Jets, is a great place to enjoy a meal or a drink.

Open for dinner from 5.30pm-8.30pm Sunday to Wednesday and until 9pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

La Parrilla

La Parrilla, Ipswich

La Parrilla, which simply means “the grill” in Spanish, is a South American gourmet take out restaurant.

Open for dinner until 8pm Wednesday to Sundays.

Mikes Pizzeria

Mike's Pizzeria, Ipswich

Wood-fired pizza and Italian cuisine at the stars at Mike’s Pizzeria.

Open for dinner from 5pm-9pm Wednesday – Sunday.

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 dinner 5pm – 8.30pm Sunday  to Wednesday and until 9pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

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 hanging it’s hat on it’s beer offerings only.

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

Open for dining from 11am until late seven days a week.

Other places to eat

Commercial Hotel Redbank, Ipswich

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

Just outside of Ipswich Central you can head to The Racehorse Hotel, The Barn Family Restaurant, Casa Mia 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, bookings essential.

At Springfield you can find Indian Tadka and Ballistic Springfield – a craft beer brewery and restaurant open for dinner.

If you’re out Redbank way don’t go past The Commercial Hotel Redbank and if you’re in Goodna head to Big Belly.

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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