DineSmart, now in its 18th year, is an annual fundraising event that unites restaurants and customers to raise funds to support people at risk or experiencing homelessness. To date the initiative has helped raised over $7 million to provide essential and innovative responses to homelessness.

This year DineSmart is asking customers, both dine in and takeaway, to chip in $2 towards a meal for an Australian in a food crisis. These hearty and nutritious meals will be delivered to vulnerable people who may otherwise not have eaten.

Taking part is simple: dine at one of the restaurants below between December 1 and December 31. When your bill comes, add $2 to the total. Alternatively, StreetSmart has partnered with HungryHungry, Mr Yum, Abacus and more to create a $2 donation option for customers ordering food through their digital ordering platforms at participating restaurants.

Last year 33 community grants worth $191,150, funded by DineSmart 2019 donations, were distributed in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.

The full list of DineSmart partners is available here.

Añada

A southern-Spanish neighbourhood staple with tapas, tasting plates and house-made paella-pan bread.

197 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Dessous

Lively cocktails, pork-belly sandos and gruyere croquettes are on the menu at this dark and daring basement bar.

164 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Hell of the North

Elegant French food in a heritage-listed bluestone building.

135 Greeves Street, Fitzroy

Lagoon Dining

Take a seat at the black granite bar for hot and sour shredded potato, popcorn chicken with togarashi and cured pork belly with rolled rice noodles in XO.

263 Lygon Street, Carlton

Hotel Jesus

Venue number two from the Mamasita crew introduces a careful element of kitsch but loses none of the attention to detail that made its older sibling such a hit. Take a seat at the bar, order a frosty Michelada and snack on some huitalacoche (corn fungus) tacos. Even if you've been to Mexico, you won't find the experience lacking.

174 Smith Street, Collingwood

Ladro - Gertrude

Pizza that's clean, uncomplicated and all about the flavours.

224 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Ladro Tap

From the north to the south, still consistently some of the best pizza in town.

162 Greville St, Prahran

Mamasita

There were many Mexican restaurants before this one, but owners Nick Peters and Matt Lane were the first restaurateurs to bring a faithful representation of Mexican food to Melbourne. This "hot babe" has been around since 2010, and there are still queues on the stairs for its elotes (grilled corn) and flavoursome tacos.

Level 1 11 Collins Street, Melbourne

Neptune Food & Wine

Mediterranean food and wine from four rising stars.

212 High Street, Windsor

Pastuso

Authentic Peruvian in the heart of Melbourne.

19 ACDC Lane, Melbourne

Port Phillip Estate

Some of the finest food, wine and views on the entire Mornington Peninsula, which is saying something. And the accommodation is no slouch either: there's a range of king-sized suites to choose from.

263 Red Hill Road, Red Hill South
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Punch Lane

A Melbourne institution, positioned at the top of Little Bourke Street for more than two decades.

43 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Red Sparrow

A vegan pizza joint on Smith Street.

406 Smith Street, Collingwood

San Telmo

An Argentinean restaurant and wine bar that features a traditional parrilla barbeque.

14 Meyers Place, Melbourne

Stalactites

A 24-hour Greek institution in the city.

177-183 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Supernormal

Beautifully executed pan-Asian offerings by Andrew McConnell. Come for Melbourne's most famous lobster roll, steaming bowls of ramen at lunch, Korean-style barbequed meats and Shanghai dumplings.

180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Tokyo Tina

Modern Japanese from the team behind Saigon Sally and Hanoi Hannah. This spot won't be winning any prizes for authenticity, but it gets top marks on the fun factor.

66A-B Chapel Street, Windsor