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Pick 5: Where to Dine for Prom

Oh prom season. When throngs of eager high school seniors gather for one last hurrah before dispersing to their different paths. Between Dekalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties, 55 high school proms have been planned at venues ranging from Stone Mountain Park to the Georgia Aquarium.

“I want to create lasting memories,” said Evan Alsobrook, a senior at Peachtree Ridge High School. “We went all out and got a 25 person party bus because this is the last chance for all our friends to celebrate together.”

Parents and teens have been busy booking tux fittings and hair and make-up appointments, but an essential part of the evening begins before the dance. Where to book your dinner reservations? We’ve picked five places with stellar photo ops, prom menus and group dining atmospheres.

"Black Sheep Table" at no.246 (Photo Credit: Emily Schultz)

"Black Sheep Table" at no.246 (Photo Credit: Emily Schultz)

No. 246
129 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur
678-399-8246
www.no246.com
Prom is about sharing memories, and No. 246’s progressive course meal offers family-style sharing as well. There is no better table to book for your group of friends than the 12-foot-long Black Sheep’s Table, available for parties of up to 12. For $45 per person, sample items include a seasonal salad, pasta, protein course and dessert.

The Melting Pot
Various locations
www.meltingpot.com
This fun, interactive dinner is perfect for groups so dip into a pot of cheesy fondue and don’t worry about loud conversation- it’s encouraged. Just don’t spill any chocolate on your outfit! The “perfect night out” special takes care of dinner and transportation. For $115 per person, receive luxury round-trip transportation and a four-course dinner.

Ray’s on the River
6700 Powers Ferry Road NW, Sandy Springs
770-955-1187
www.raysrestaurants.com/raysontheriver
Prom photos are a must by the Chattahoochee River. Follow by dining on an elegant three-course meal. Choose from options like Atlantic salmon, grilled chicken, pasta primavera, prime rib or filet for the main course, at just $45 per person. As scenic as the river looks for a photo op, tell mom she still has to stay at home for this one.

Stunning views from Sundial (Photo Credit: Cookerly Public Relations)

Stunning views from Sundial (Photo Credit: Cookerly Public Relations)

Sundial Restaurant
210 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta
404-659-1400
www.sundialrestaurant.com
As you are looking back on the last four years of your life, look out across the beautiful cityscape that only the Sundial can offer. The 360-degree revolving restaurant atop The Westin is 723 feet above Atlanta, offering a unique dining experience in the city’s center. Live jazz and an array of modern menu offerings make this worthy of a splurge.

Veni Vidi Vici
41 NW 14th Street, Atlanta
404-875-8424
http://www.buckheadrestaurants.com/veni-vidi-vici
Located in the heart of Midtown, this Italian mainstay has a special three-course prom menu. For $42 per person, choose an antipasti dish, entrée and dessert. Might we suggest the fritto misto calamari, fettucini alfredo and tiramisu for a sampling of Italy. With a relaxed atmosphere, the restaurant fits the stretch limo group or intimate couple.

-By Alexa Lampasona (@activetastylife) for the Food & More blog

35 comments Add your comment

esoogenajrehtom

March 21st, 2014
10:31 am

Christiane

March 21st, 2014
1:27 pm

Coach & Six . . . Pano’s & Paul’s . . . Dining Room at the Ritz Buckhead . . . 103 West . . . Seeger’s . . . Resto des Amis . . . Ciboulette . . . Joël . . .well, at least Bacchanalia is still around!

wickedlysane

March 21st, 2014
2:46 pm

NO ONE should waste their money at the Sun Dial. We went in October for my birthday and it was the most disappointing and EXPENSIVE dinner ever. Food wasn’t proper temp, as if the servers couldn’t figure out where their tables were. When they did arrive, they were just meh. Each entree was $55 and we all left hungry, even after appetizers, entrees, and dessert. Leave the Sun Dial to the tourists.

Baltisraul....

March 21st, 2014
3:23 pm

Christiane….good grouping. Loved Coach & Sic, Pano & Paul’s, 103 West and Pitty Pat’s Porch.

Ned Ludd

March 21st, 2014
4:19 pm

Loved Coach and Six also—Wall of Fame—Lamb Chops—saw Jackie Gleason there in the 70’s when he was in town filming Smokey. Prom spot was Chateau Fleur de Lis on Cheshire Bridge—Seemingly a truly forgotten dining destination.

Ned Ludd

March 21st, 2014
4:24 pm

Also-can’t forget Dante’s in underground. Probably led the league in prom dates for a few years. Dark, romantic and not a stickler for ID’s.

Baltisraul....

March 21st, 2014
6:10 pm

Dante’s was my wife’s go to place any time.

Tobiaz Johansen

March 23rd, 2014
8:17 pm

We did went to Dag til Natt Kafe og Kinesisk Spiseri. Talk about OTP! Har

Baltisraul....

March 23rd, 2014
8:45 pm

Tobiaz…….you need to back off the vodka!

rebelliousrose

March 24th, 2014
11:54 am

Speaking as someone from the industry, if I never see another prom kid party, it will be too soon. Rude to the staff, obnoxious to other diners, paying in cash and gloating about how they are keeping the tip money their parents gave them, throwing up on the tables, stealing souvenirs from the restaurants, not even tasting the food and complaining about it, trashing the bathrooms- occasionally, you get a well-behaved prom party and it’s as though the Pope came to dine.

BlueRidgeRick

March 24th, 2014
1:11 pm

Ned,

I went to the Fleur de Lis in 1969 for my 14th birthday. I thought it was at Piedmont & Lindbergh, later location for the Gold Club.

Ned Ludd

March 24th, 2014
8:23 pm

BRRick—don’t remember a french restaurant at that location. Victorias Station was across the street. Fleur de Lis may have had more than one location but the building is still there now.

Been Around awhile

March 25th, 2014
7:40 am

Ned is right about Chateau Fleur de Lis on Cheshire Bridge. It was just south of I 85 on the west side of the road. Victoria Station was on Piedmont and Lindbergh, but not Chateau F. Geez, Chateu F must have closed before 1980, that says a lot about the demographics of these commenters (myself included). Vic station hung on awhile longer, it was more in the Steak & Ale time era.

Ned Ludd

March 25th, 2014
1:46 pm

Actually the building is vacant and for rent. Got to be one of you up and coming earnest eager epicurean entrepreneurs looking for an adventure. Anchoring one end of Cheshire Bridge which is as up and coming as any area in town! Close to Buckhead, Lenox and Morningside! Probably not trendy enough for some, but worth a thought!

Good Food Eater

March 25th, 2014
3:39 pm

Hey Blue Ridge Rick, I believe the restaurant at the corner of Lindbergh and Piedmont was the Round Table.

Baltisraul....

March 26th, 2014
8:31 am

Ned I remember Victoria Station but I don’t know why!

Lizzy

March 26th, 2014
9:35 am

Teenagers in limos eating at high end restaurant – the world has gone mad. It’s just sad and ludicrous that a 17 or 18 year old isn’t at a pizza joint or a Ruby Tuesday-type venue all dressed up and eating teenage food – pizza, burgers, etc. – good times! The upscale eateries are for adults, Piling into a car with the radio blaring and the windows down is the joy of being a kid on the verge of adulthood. Okay – let the booing and hissing come my way…..I can take it!

Ned Ludd

March 26th, 2014
11:45 am

Jeez Lizzy—don’t be so quick to judge. Some of us on the high side of middle age like to cruise with the radio blaring and windows down. I’m sure the kids are listening to Frank Sinatra also.

Baltisraul....

March 26th, 2014
2:11 pm

Lizzy…….In my youth we all tried to go to the fancy places and would save $ for mons to do so. My 3 daughters were all encouraged to have their dates take them to some place nice. If you just went to the pizza joint it would not be the prom. Believe it or not, 17 & 18 year olds are adults and have every right to dress up have a good time and be part of the upscale eateries. America is a wonderful country!!!

CandyKane

March 26th, 2014
10:06 pm

Lizzy You sure swung and missed on this subject.

Lizzy

March 27th, 2014
9:02 am

I speak from my experience in the dark ages and my crowd had a blast…of course you don’t miss what you don’t know or have. I stand by my statements. Teens in $$$-$$$$ restaurants – absurd picture on so many levels.
I notice none of you responders had anything to say about Rebelliousrose’s input: Speaking as someone from the industry, if I never see another prom kid party, it will be too soon. Rude to the staff, obnoxious to other diners, paying in cash and gloating about how they are keeping the tip money their parents gave them, throwing up on the tables, stealing souvenirs from the restaurants, not even tasting the food and complaining about it, trashing the bathrooms- occasionally, you get a well-behaved prom party and it’s as though the Pope came to dine.

CandyKane – you’re right to your opinion but it’s just your opinion to which you’re entitled and I’m entitled to mine – so yeah Balti America is a wonderful country – we get to have different viewpoints blessedly.

Ned Ludd

March 27th, 2014
9:47 am

Lizzy—thanks for the statement that occasionally there are well behaved kids in your establishment. I have seen the opposite of some of your negative comments frequently. Several Buckhead restaurants I saw young men behaving as gentlemen and ladies responding in kind. Perhaps easier to remember the loud obnoxious groups but for each of those I would wager there is a chair being pulled out for a lady and appreciation shown the server and staff. One commonality in most of these posts is a love of our country and sometimes its diversity.
God Bless America! Ain’t nuthin’ else even close!!!!!

Baltisraul....

March 27th, 2014
10:49 am

Lizzy……It never happened in any of my experiences or my children experiences. It was a school rule and my rule as well that there must be an adult at the prom and at the restaurant. When the girls were young they knew they must behave in public. It only took one time to prove my point. They started acting out at a fine dinning place just as the food was served. Their mother and I grabbed them by their little ears and marched them to the car and home. I paid the uneaten food bill. They got a wood spoon across their butts and that problem was solved forever. To this day they still say yes mam and yes sir to their betters. Behaving in public is a given and not that tough to teach if the parents know what they are doing and care enough to inconvenience themselves when the situation arises.

Puddin' Head Woody

March 27th, 2014
11:13 am

I beat my kids with a belt at the restaurant and make them crawl to each table so every patron can kick them in the face. That solves the problem.

Lizzy

March 27th, 2014
11:36 am

Ned – I copied the negative comments about teens in expensive restaurants which I noted was from Rebelliousrose’s input. Take time to read before responding erroneously. You and Balti are predictably Preachy Posturing Parents, Inc. Ugh, no thanks to the written drone fests.

Lizzy

March 27th, 2014
11:37 am

Fogot to mention Puddin’ Head – you rock! Love me some tongue-in-cheek.

Baltisraul....

March 27th, 2014
12:03 pm

Lizzy….say what you will about my parenting, it did produce 3 fine women that hold no grudges against their parents. I was not preaching, just sharing one example of how my generation was able to produce respectable offspring It was you that was preaching to us all about bratty kids in fine dining places. It was just never part of our experience and I am thankful.

Puddin’Head….I guess that would work also. Never had to go to warp speed with them, though.

Ned Ludd

March 27th, 2014
12:27 pm

Wow–is asking for good manners Preachy Posturing?

Lizzy

March 27th, 2014
12:51 pm

It feels like I’m now corresponding with two bloggers who don’t read what I’ve written and then go their merry way with the point they want to make. Balti – I did NOT originate comments re bratty teens in restaurants…I QUOTED it from REBELLIOUSROSE – do those ALL CAPS help you to comprehend?? My original gist was that teens should enjoy appropriate teen-like places regardless of It being prom night – stay a teenager while you can. As for Ned, you sound so bewildered now I don’t have the heart to directly respond to you.

Baltisraul....

March 27th, 2014
12:52 pm

Ned, this is only a guess but I believe Lizzy has place us in some rarified air as far as parents go. I’m so proud!

Ned Ludd

March 27th, 2014
2:44 pm

Agreed Balt—glad I didn’t ask what a drone fest was. Certainly meant nothing personal. Must have something to do with being bewildered. Lizzy—we were replying to the message, not the individual. My apologies for the inaccurate acknowledgement As for what constitutes a teen-like place, that is an epithet that is difficult to apply.

Ludlow Backporch

March 27th, 2014
4:00 pm

I once put a baby’s arm in a blender when he wouldn’t stop crying….”wahhh waahhh I hungy feed me milk waaaahhh”….

Baltisraul....

March 27th, 2014
5:06 pm

Never thought a teen going to a nice place to eat on prom night was causing undue harm to their HS experience and somehow short cutting their teenage years. The 21st century has been very hard for me to get my arms around.

Just went to my first drone fest, It should have been a costume party.

Lizzy

March 27th, 2014
5:13 pm

okay – group hug and on to the next blog….

Baltisraul....

March 27th, 2014
8:37 pm

I luv hugs and the timing is perfect!