Ah, prom season. From now until mid May, teens and parents will be busy booking tux fittings and hair and make-up appointments. Among DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties, 55 high school proms have been planned at venues ranging from Stone Mountain Park to the Georgia Aquarium. But an essential part of the prom night begins before the dance — with dinner reservations.
That means, it’s an important season for Atlanta restaurants, which often make accommodations and special meals for high school guests.
“Prom can feel like a performance with the teens in their best dressed,” said Leonardo Moura, the general manager of Veni Vidi Vici.
“We try to space the groups on the outskirts of the dining room so that our regular diners get a glimpse of the action. It can remind them of their own high school moments.”
We’ve looked around the metro area and picked five restaurants with prom menus. These spots offer group dining atmospheres and stellar photo ops for students who want to make lasting high school memories.
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. For a group of friends dining together, the Black Sheep’s Table is available for parties up to 12. For $45 per person, diners get an array of items like a seasonal salad, pasta, wood-roasted chicken and dessert.
This interactive dinner includes pots of cheesy fondue. Because loud conversation is encouraged, it is a good option for groups. The restaurant offers a“perfect night out” special that includes a four-course dinner and luxury transportaion based on an hourly price in either a limo, Cadillac Escalade or sedan.
6700 Powers Ferry Road NW, Sandy Springs
Prom photos are a must by the Chattahoochee River. Follow the path to the banks of the river for selfies under the shaded trees. If the weather is nice, dine on an elegant three-course meal on the patio or in the windowed dining room. Main course options include Atlantic salmon, grilled chicken, pasta primavera, prime rib or filet for $45 per person.
Two locations: Park Place Dunwoody or Miami Circle Buckhead
Start the party early with a vibrant scene, flashy lights and live Latin music. Small tapas plates make sharing with friends easy and the price point is affordable. Choose from patatas bravas (spiced potatoes), gambas al ajillo (sautéed shrimp), salchichas espanoles (cured meats) and a variety of other spicy Spanish specialties.
41 14th Street N.W., Atlanta
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 can accommodate a group emerging from a stretch limo or a couple that wants a little intimacy.