Everest

4.5
1978 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
Soaring above Chicago's skyline on the 40th floor of One Financial Place and under the culinary direction of Chef/Owner Jean Joho, Everest serves some of Chicago's finest personalized cuisine. "Though the restaurant has a spectacular unobstructed cityscape as a backdrop, the food is what commands attention," said Chicago Magazine, which has voted Everest four stars for the tenth year in a row, since Everest opened.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Tuesday - Thursday, 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday, 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Saturday, 5:00pm -10:00pm
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Phone number
(312) 663-8920
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Preferred
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Executive chef
Jean Joho
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Congress & Van Buren
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Parking details
There is complimentary valet parking inside the building along with a private parking lot.
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Public transit
Right off the LaSalle/Van Buren stop of the Brown Line Trains.
Additional
Banquet, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Everest is located on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange building. We serve the personalized cuisine of Chef Joho featuring multi-course tasting menus offering guests a unique culinary experience.

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BS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Reservations were for 8pm, arrived on time, was informed table was not ready and was shown to the bar. 30 minutes later the hostess came and informed us they would like to take us to “the view room” while we waited. Room was small, didn’t have a bar, and only had a few chairs. The view was unimpressive. Turns out the view room is just a means for the restaurant to prevent the bar area from getting backed up from people waiting. Other patrons and us joked about the room and wait at first. However, this quickly became disgust as our drinks became dry and time passed. It took a total of an 75 minutes for us to finally be seated. It took another 15 to be presented the wine menu. We ended up having to ask for the food menu afraid it would take another 15-20 minutes. We partook in the chefs menu with wine pairings. With exception of the cod, all servings were mediocre at best. Guests all around us were complaining of the food quality and the wait as well. We did complain about the food and wait to the manager, who in turn removed our alcohol costs from the bill. Even so meal was over $400 for a very mediocre food. I’m not sure how this restaurant ever received any awards, it was horrific. Save your time and money and go somewhere else.

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G
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a great experience celebrating our anniversary @Everest. The atmosphere is fancy but not intimidating and the food is really good!

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M
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite. Old school. French. Nothing else need be said.

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LA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I lived in Chicago for many years and always considered Everest excellent. On a recent return visit after 16 years away we had the good fortune of dining there yet again and found the experience absolutely as good as ever. Having just returned from some travel in Europe we are puzzled/Baffeled by the Michelin star rating system and are fairly certain that a rating of 1 Michelin star is inaccurate! At least 2 if not 3 are deserving of Chef Joho and his talented staff.
Thank You, Everest, for an awesome birthday dinner! We will be visiting you in the future, and looking forward.

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PE
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Service and demeanor of the staff was abysmal. Our party was very underwhelmed. I don't think that we will be returning.

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MG
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Disappointing. Service was slow and staff was not welcoming or attentive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is definitely a special occasion restaurant but it lived up to its reputation. Excellent View, friendly service, and delicious food.

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JH
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had dinner here over 20 years ago and we went for our daughter in laws Birthday and the food was just as wonderful! The quality of the service was only surpassed by the amazing food! If you have a chance to go, you definitely should experience Everest!

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A
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Wonderful table with view, excellent wine service, all food was superb EXCEPT entrees. Rack of lamb was raw , duck was dry.
Play on corn dessert was most imaginative .

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CD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect service and perfect food. One of the best chefs in Chicago

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

Excellent cuisine—with the exception of desserts—in a weirdly vacant room with no ambiance..

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Great food, great service, & a awesome staff!!

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Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Everest was very disappointing. I really expected to be wowed and I walked away feeling meh. I felt the décor was very dated (seriously, mirrors on the wall?) and the lighting was very bright for a fine dinning restaurant.

We started with the Everest Roasted Maine Lobster in Alsace Gewurztraminer butter and ginger and the hand harvest Casco Bay sea scallops, fennel choucroute, Tokay juse de puolet, both were good. Scallops were tender.

Our main entrée was the baked wild sea bass, which was very good and the Dry-aged new York Steak with bearnaise and Alsace potato Gnocchi. The potato Gnocchi was also very good! The steak was another story. It was tough, I didn’t finish it. I should probably have mentioned at the restaurant but since I was not inspired by the rest of the meal I said nothing.

For dessert we had the Alsace Vacherin, Crispy Meringue, Vanilla and Strawberry Glacée, Red Berry Coulis, again this was just okay, I wouldn’t order it again.

Overall, everything was good but not fantastic and that is what I expected for a restaurant of this caliber, reputation and price tag. Especially disappointed with the quality of the steak, I expected so much better.

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F
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant setting, delicious food and a wonderful dining experience.

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RS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Ours servers were exceedingly unfriendly, angry, which made our experience awkward and uncomfortable. They (she) was not pleasant.

The chef was amazing, food was awesome-amazing. Stinks that the staff are so reticent.

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JB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Everest was a good meal, but not worthy of a Michelin star. The food was quite good, the lamb was out of this world good. The wine, while good, was well over-priced. The service was only fair. Our plates were left on our table for over 20 minutes. The food came slowly, as did the wine. Overall, I would remove the Michelin star and will not recommend Everest to others.

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I celebrated our 14th year anniversary and this was the perfect place. The ambiance and the food did not disappoint. They have a good wine selection to go along with the excellent French cuisine. We had a wonderful time - so much so that I forgot to ask the staff about the bouquet of red roses that I had reserved in advance. That wasn't a damper though as we enjoyed the dining experience.

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MP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My husband and I thought our dining experience was just okay. We were at Everest a year ago and thought it was phenomenal. But for some reason, we thought the food and selection was just fair, service was a little fast.

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h
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

It was nothing like advertised. Felt like chef was on vacation. Food looked and tasted terrible. Everything was reheated or taken from refrigerator. Was the worse disappointment of my experiences with over-hyped restaurants. Ambiance was awful: bright cheap lights. Looked like an ugly cafeteria. It was one of the absolute worse foods/experiences i have had. This was a scam.

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GL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great dinner, nice view and excellent service.
Red wine was delicious and 4 of the 7 course meal were amazing.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Good service wine food view

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KB
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

My husband and I celebrated his birthday at Everest. We had a lovely window table enjoying a spectacular sunset followed by night views of the city. The background music was soothingly pleasant allowing intimate adult conversations. It was quite romantic until a family with two toddlers were seated next to our table. The lovely evening turned out to be an expensive night at a fast food restaurant. The children were allowed to run to the window in addition to running around the table. One child had been screaming while another repeatedly sang the alphabet song. I never expected this atmosphere at Everest. Never, never again. There was no apology for the circus atmosphere.

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TO
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

World Class! There’s a reason it’s on the list!! Strongest recommendation!!!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good, service was fine. Expected more from the view, especially having read that it has a good view. Restaurant seating faces westward, the flat side of Chicago. Night lights visible were like any city in the night. Nothing to write about.

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BN
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Spectacular views to the west of the city. Excellent service; seamless wait staff, if a little cursory in terms of personality. Alsace wine list is a dream with plenty of other options. Food was excellent without being outstanding. Quality and tasty, but not dramatic. This is a restaurant to go for the experience of dining in an exquisite setting, 40 floors up - and you'll pay overs for it. I would say worth it.

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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Exquisite tasting menu in a gorgeously elegant setting. I would have the staff take more time explaining the dishes and the wine pairings. 2016 Justin wine not appropriate for a Michelin star restaurant, especially with the extensive wine cellar. Otherwise, the food top notch!

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Chicago
124 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Everest within the past year. We just love it. The chilled lobster/corn bisque was delectable, and the warm lobster starter and the duck entree are not to be missed. My husband loves their rack of lamb. Wine selection is extraordinary.

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DC
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Overpriced. Food is just ok, desserts and service were excellent. Not worth the very high price. I would not go again.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Very Ordinary Experience! The restaurant feels like walking into the 1980s...the quality of the food was very average. Have lived in Chicago for 20 years and have always wanted to try Everest..now I wish we hadn't. Was a disappointment.

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AV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff made you feel like you were the most important person at the restaurant. Incredible service and the food is spectacular.

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W
Chicago
133 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Still great after all these years. Not wildly inventive but solid dishes and great wine pairings. Very good staff.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Went to Everest before a show. Views from the dining room are wonderful, but the restaurant interior lacks decoration and ambiance. It’s a very sterile environment with very little character. I dined with two kids (9 and 12 years who are well behaved and comfortable in upscale restaurants); however, we did not feel welcome at Everest. The restaurant was so quiet that we could hear the staff talking about guests at each table and commentary was generally not kind. While the food was served professionally and the staff were attentive, it was not warm or comfortable service. Food was good, but not creative or worthy of its price.

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RF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Retirement

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a
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with a beautiful view. Highly recommend getting a resy right when they open at 5ish or around 9 to get a window seat. One of the best experiences Chicago has to offer and worth every penny with the phenomenal service.

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DD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

You expect only 5 start service from this restaurant- it’s anything but
There are many restaurants in Chicago that have food and view as good as this one. I would definitely go to one of them first
The food thou is excellent!

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LY
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing attention to details. I am allergic to milk and every entree was specially prepared for me to make sure it didn't contain any milk. Staff is very attentive. Food was well prepared and artfully presented. Foie gras is to die for. Entrees around the table were from bass to steak to lamb and everyone loved it!

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RB
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Honestly for a restaurant this nice...the service was bad. We were seated...then not spoken to for 10 min, with no servers. Half of the wait staff could hardly speak English and the wait staff was not friendly or attentive at all. We ordered the tasting menu, and took an extremely long time between dishes. Baffled on how they have one Michelin star. The cherry on top was when the “complimentary valet” cost $10 and the parking attendant tried to fight us.

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SQ
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful setting, great food and excellent service

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SM
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Kind of a strange experience in getting to the restaurant. We went in an unmarked building, had to go through a turnstile, go up an elevator to the 39th floor and then transfer to another elevator to get to the restaurant on the 40th floor. Once there, we were seated near a window with a nice view. We were then offered a wine list; the large majority of the options ranged from $500 to $1200 per bottle. The dinner menu offered a couple of options with a starter, main dish, and dessert for $110 or two starters, a main dish, and a dessert for $130. We are not big eaters and when we asked to share the second option, we were chastised and had to ask the chef if that was an option. In the end, the meal was just OK. I prob will not go back or refer others here

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SC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were dining with our daughter for her birthday and 7 year old granddaughter. The staff was very helpful in helping our granddaughter with her dining choices and making her feel welcome. (She was the only child on a Saturday evening!) The extra dessert for my daughters birthday was lovely.
As visitors from Pittsburgh, we are very impressed with your beautiful city. See you next time we are in Chicago. Thank you to the Everest staff!

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