DineSmart was founded in 2003, and so far the initiative has raised over $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, Dine Smart donations in Sydney totalled over $45,000, funding 14 projects. These include Lou’s Place, a women’s refuge in Paddington that offers education and assistance finding employment, and The Haymarket Foundation in Chippendale, which provides a safe place for people in crisis and helps them into longer-term accommodation.

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

Bills Darlinghurst

Where Bill Granger first made a name for himself.

433 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst

Bills Surry Hills

Another winner from Bill Granger, the man who revolutionised Sydney's cafe scene.

355 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Bills Bondi

The beachside outpost for one of Sydney’s seminal cafes.

79 Hall Street, Bondi

Cho Cho San

A fresh take on Japanese izakaya dining.

73 Macleay Street, Potts Point

Chin Chin

Noisy, spicy and lots of fun, just like the original in Melbourne.

69 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

Clove Lane

A modern bistro from three head chefs with a history of fine dining.

19 Clovelly Road, Randwick


Middle Eastern cuisine at its most playful.

91 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

The Carpenter

A fancy espresso machine, a thoughtful design and food by an ex-Kindred chef.

76 Flood Street, Leichhardt


Another rum-heavy bar from the team at Lobo Plantation, but this time the theme is Paris Liberation Day.

16 Phillip Lane, Sydney


All-day Italian dining from Jared Merlino, the man behind some of Sydney's best bars.

359 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Secolo Dining

Prosciutto for breakfast, pork belly panino and the most beautiful salmon crudo in town.

161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

Wild Ginger

Thai cocktails, lobster curries and a view of the harbour.

106 George Street, The Rocks

Big Poppa’s

Italian food, drinks and hip-hop served until 3am. Yes.

96 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

The Lobo Plantation

Spend a night in the Caribbean, tasting from a selection of 250 rums.

Basement Lot 1 209 Clarence Street, Sydney

Circa Espresso

A slice of the inner-city cafe culture.

21 Wentworth Street, Parramatta

The Apollo

Tasty Greek share plates.

44 Macleay Street, Potts Point