DineSmart was founded in 2003. Thus far, the initiative has raised $4.5 million to reduce homelessness. Taking part is simple. Dine at one of the restaurants below between November 24 to December 24. When your bill comes, an extra $1 per person will be added to the total, to be donated to hyper-local support programs. In some cases, your money will travel just a few doors down.

Last year in Melbourne, the project funded more than 30 projects, including Keep Safe Quilts, a volunteer-run project making quilts for women in refuge, and The Nappy Collective, which supplies nappies to families in need.

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


Melbourne's first proper taqueria still has it.

Level 1 11 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000


At the forefront of contemporary Thai dining.

40-44 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Top Paddock

A Richmond staple from cafe pedigree.

658 Church Street
Richmond VIC 3121


Middle Eastern, but not as you know it.

116 Lygon Street
Brunswick East VIC


A bona fide meat dungeon.

The Basement 195 Little Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000


One of the West's most bustling cafes.

9 Ballarat Street
Yarraville VIC 3013


A 24-hour Greek institution in the city.

177-183 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC

Eeny Meeny

No-fuss food in retro surrounds.

96 Young Street
Frankston VIC 3199