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.
129 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur
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
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
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.
210 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta
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
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.