DineSmart was founded in 2003, and so far the initiative has raised more than $5.7 million to reduce homelessness. Taking part is simple: dine at one of the restaurants below between November 21 and December 31. When your bill comes, you can add a small donation to the total, which will go to hyper-local support programs. In some cases, your money will travel just a few doors down the street, maybe to a drop-in centre or a women’s refuge.

In 2018, DineSmart donations in Melbourne totalled $157,000 and funded 37 projects. These include Youth Projects in Melbourne’s CBD, which provides frontline support to individuals experiencing homelessness or disadvantage, aiming to empower, train and create pathways to employment for homeless young people, and First Step in St Kilda, which delivers essential support to clients struggling with drug and alcohol dependence and homelessness.

The full list of DineSmart partners is available here. New restaurants can sign up here.

The Black Toro Windsor

There's choose-your-rim Margaritas, gyoza-skin tacos with soy-braised beef short rib and a focus on fresh ceviche and tostadas.

104 Chapel Street, Windsor
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Chin Chin

The fiery Thai diner Melburnians and tourists have been queuing for since 2011.

125 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

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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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

Three Bags Full

Abbotsford's first serious cafe, and still one of its best.

60 Nicholson St, Abbotsford

Hell of the North

Elegant French food in a heritage-listed bluestone building.

135 Greeves Street, Fitzroy

Burma Lane

A modern slice of Burmese cuisine on Little Collins Street by the team behind Red Spice Road.

118 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
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LadyBoy Dining & Bar

Whether or not you buy into the contentious theme, this colourful Thai eatery is a heap of fun.

394 Bridge Road, Richmond

Cumulus Up Wine Bar

Andrew McConnell goes vertical with this wine bar above Cumulus Inc.

Level 1 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Tokyo Tina

Modern Japanese from the team behind Saigon Sally and Hanoi Hannah.

66A-B Chapel Street, Windsor
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Elyros

Cretan cuisine from the team behind Epocha.

871 Burke Road, Camberwell
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Epocha

Greek and English fare by Guy Holder and Angie Giannakodakis.

49 Rathdowne Street, Carlton

Hanoi Hannah Windsor

A taste of Victoria Street on the south side.

Restaurant 180 High Street, Windsor

Anchovy

Fusion doesn't have to be a dirty word. Not at this modern Vietnamese restaurant with an Australian influence, anyway.

338 Bridge Road, Richmond

The Black Toro

Exquisite Hispanic cuisine in the suburbs.

79 Kingsway, Glen Waverley
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Sezar

A modern take on a not-so-familiar cuisine – Armenian.

6 Melbourne Place, Melbourne
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Hawker Hall

A vibing Asian beer hall from the group behind Chin Chin, Kong and Baby.

98 Chapel Street, Windsor
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Port Phillip Estate

Some of the finest food, wine and views on the entire Mornington Peninsula, which is saying something.

263 Red Hill Road, Red Hill South
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Luxsmith

Asian fusion from morning through to night.

5 Gamon Street , Seddon

Hoppa and Joe

A quiet local cafe on Heidelberg Road.

457 Heidelberg Road, Fairfield

San Telmo

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

14 Meyers Place, Melbourne

Park Street Pasta & Wine

Fresh, handmade pasta rolled from the best possible ingredients is the draw at this intimate osteria.

268 Park Street, South Melbourne
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Nomada Food & Wine

A warm, Spanish-inflected wine bar.

412 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
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Rumi

Middle Eastern, but not as you know it.

116 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

Neptune Food & Wine

Mediterranean food and wine from four rising stars.

212 High Street, Windsor
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Supernormal

Beautifully executed pan-Asian offerings by Andrew McConnell.

180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Hanoi Hannah New Quarter

It’s the biggest and boldest of all the Hanoi Hannah venues.

79 Swan Street, Richmond

Asado Bar and Grill

A former Stokehouse chef putting a Spanish twist on traditional Argentinian cooking.

6 Riverside Quay, Southbank

Uncle Collins Street

The second location for a south-side favourite.

Level 1 15 Collins Street, Melbourne
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Bottega

Modern-Italian served right beside the road, just like they do in Rome.

74 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Pastuso

Authentic Peruvian in the heart of Melbourne.

19 ACDC Lane, Melbourne

Bar Liberty

Rockwell and Sons and Attica meet to create a Fitzroy drinking den.

234 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

Capitano

Approachable, unfussy American-Italian food with fine-dining pedigree.

421 Rathdowne Street, Carlton

Royal Stacks

A burger joint lovingly recreating the best of US-style fast food.

470 Collins Street, Melbourne

Grand Trailer Park Taverna

Top-notch burgers and an indoor trailer park on Bourke Street.

87 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Massive Wieners

The cheekiest hot dog stand in the city.

226 Chapel Street, Prahran

Mesa Verde

Climb the stairs to this Mesoamerican bar and eatery.

Level 6, Curtin House 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Future Future

The food at this Japanese diner is far from traditional, but it's authentically simple.

191 Swan Street, Richmond

Dessous

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

164 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Victoria Hotel Footscray

A stripped-back pub with classic fare and surprising wines.

43 Victoria Street, Footscray

Bahari

Modern Greek food by a former Masterchef contestant.

179 Swan Street, Richmond

Hazel

This restaurant from the Higher Ground, Top Paddock and Liminal team specialises in house-made sourdough with fancy toppings, you’ll also find seafood over hot coals and vanilla sundaes with smoked caramel.

164 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Red Sparrow

A vegan pizza joint on Smith Street.

406 Smith Street, Collingwood

Straight Outta Saigon

The sister restaurant to popular Vietnamese-fusion joint Hochi Mama, offering a more traditional take on Vietnamese cuisine.

138 Russell Street, Melbourne
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Gerald's Bar

A cosy local in Rathdowne Village where you can eat, drink and play records.

386 Rathdowne St, Carlton North

The Hatter and the Hare

Yes, this cafe is just as whimsical as its name suggests.

1 21 Scoresby Road, Bayswater
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Liminal

This sea of olive leather, grey velvet and art deco touches is not your everyday foyer cafe. On the menu: French flatbreads you can fold up like a taco, and salads with porchetta or rotisserie chicken.

161 Collins Street, Melbourne
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Lupo

Wagyu lasagna and squid ink mafaldine are among the highlights at this untraditional Italian diner.

300 Smith Street, Collingwood
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Izakaya Den

A long, narrow, cement and wood underground Japanese-inspired bar.

Basement 114 Russell Street, Melbourne

Mamasita

Melbourne's first proper taqueria still has it.

Level 1 11 Collins Street, Melbourne

Stalactites

A 24-hour Greek institution in the city.

177-183 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
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Lake House Restaurant

Long, slow lunches and degustation dinners at the edge of the lake – Alla and Allan Wolf-Tasker have been doing their thing since 1979 and it's never lost relevance.

4 King Street, Daylesford

Hanoi Hannah Vol. II

Spot number two for the southside’s favourite Vietnamese restaurant.

306 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick
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Téta Mona

Twin brothers Antoine and Bechara Taouk serve up Lebanese soul food, just like their grandma did at home.

100A Lygon Street, Brunswick East

Saint.Urban

A neighbourhood local for wine, a feed, or a spot in the “sunroom”.

213 Swan Street, Richmond