Everest

4.6
2085 reviews
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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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C
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pinnacle of fine dining.

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J
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding!

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EH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I took my wife here for her birthday with high expectations given the reputation of the restaurant. I was disappointed in the food and ambiance, although the service was generally quite good. The food (appetizers and entree) is simply underwhelming in terms of its flavor, presentation, and creatively. We ordered the lamb and sea bass, both of which were rather bland and unremarkable. When you go out to a restaurant you want to experience something you cannot get at home because it's too time consuming to make, you lack the skills to make it, or it is unique in some way that justifies $100+ per person not including wine. The prices here are also eyebrow raising ($24 for a cocktail!) for what you get. The highlight was the desserts, which were excellent, well presented, and generous. As for the ambiance, at least where we sat, the view was awkward (both of us looking out at the wine station), and the decor is very old-fashioned and outdated. Having been to nearly every Michelin stared restaurant in Chicago, this one ranks near the bottom. I really wanted to like Everest, but it seems like the climb to the top (ok, it was two elevator rides), was not worth the view...

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everest greatly surpassed our expectation. From the moment you enter the restaurant their friendly, yet professional service was exquisite. Their wine selection is magnificent and the chef’s selection was perfect.

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AK
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent experience overall, definitely one of the best dining experiences I have had in my life. The staff was extremely attentive and gave great detail on the preparation and origin of the dishes and ingredients. Only had one problem with one server but it was quickly rectified by another. Would definitely go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good food but nothing special if you ask me. The wines are great so that’s a big plus.... prices are outrageous!! Way to expensive for what you get

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic cooking, impeccable yet friendly service. Were able to accommodate dietary restriction with our selection of the tasting menu. Other than the dessert course which was a soufflé with rhubarb compote that was too sweet, the balance of each course was spot on!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great first time experience. Absolutely perfect

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RB
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was amazing, service spot on. Room is dated, needs a refresh.

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BH
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service, delicious selections and beautiful presentation. Memorable meal

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CP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very disappointing

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SG
New Orleans
26 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute excellence from food to service to ambience.

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FT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, exquisite and attentive service and a pleasant atmosphere with terrific views. Highly recommended.

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MT
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My wife and I had a great time at Everest. We knew going in this was going to be a rather expensive experience. Our bill was $850, and with tip about a $1,000. We ordered a wonderful $300 bottle of wine, which was truly excellent! However we we hoping for a better experience. An experience to me is not just the food, but the ambiance as well as the service...and it starts when you pull up. I may be wrong but I did not see any prominent sign out in front directing us, and although we got to the right place, it was odd, taking 3 elevators and having garage/vallet attendant explain where to go, then the buildings security...it lacks pomp and circumstance for such a notable establishment. The service is cold and too matter of fact, and we were hoping for a bit more excitement by the staff in detailing the food we were about to order, etc. The food while high quality is not all too memorable...there was no wow factor. In fact I have had much better experiences in restaurants for a 1/3 the price.
The room is dull, cold, and bland. I can hear other table's conversations easily and the staff while attentive, seem bored like its just another day...I think if the staff realized how special it is for people to choose to dine there and how people may want to "feel as though" they're in such a special and unique place the staff might understand better. While some may afford to dine daily at an establishment like Everest, many would have to save up in order to experience such a place. It should be held to the highest standards in all aspects.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were fortunate to get a last minute seating and enjoyed the tasting menu. It was amazing and they perfectly accommodated my dietary needs. Every course was wonderful and the passion fruit soufflé deserves to have a song written about it.

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g
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary by sampling the vegetarian prix fixe dinner, which was fabulous. Once you get over the sticker shock, you realize that only the finest ingredients are used in fastidious preparations. The wine pairings were perfect. The service was friendly and helpful, the view panoramic, and the ambiance elegant. All in all, Everest is a great place to celebrate special events.

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L
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We went for my wife's birthday with our entire family. It was my second visit, my first being about six years ago. I realize that most restaurants do not enforce a strict dress code anymore, but I found that Everest has no dress code and this detracted from our experience. Many diners were dressed in jackets and dresses and smart casual as one would expect for a restaurant at this price point. Then two men showed up in gym shorts and worn cotton tee shirts and they were seated without question. Maybe the restaurant is struggling to fill seats so they no longer have any standards. This is unfortunate and we will not be returning. The room is great, the food was good and the service was adequate. The Michelin star for Everest should be reconsidered.

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful experience between the musical Hamilton. Great value for superb food, wine, service, and view.

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w
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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c
Tulsa
89 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I had dinner at Everest on May 21 during a Chicago trip. We chose Everest because of its being French in menu and reputation. We were greeted and seated with friendliness and dispatch, and our table overlooked the city, through a wall/window. Both our primary waitress and the sommelier were helpful, attentive, and knowledgeable, answering all questions briefl, yet thorougly. The sommelier made two good wine suggestions of the three we tried. (We had the dégustation menu, but declined the wine flight, because many of the wines (4) were Alsacian, which are fine at times, but we preferred Burgundy or Bordeaux. The meal was well-paced, not too hurried, but we had no long waits for the multi-course meal that was French in construction and model, but also had an American flair. We particularly enjoyed the foie, perfectly cooked, and the lamb, also well chosen and perfectly prepared. Each course was adequate, but not over-filling, so we enjoyed everything until the last dish, and were satisfied, without being overly full. The chef used many local items in his dishes, including American cheeses, which were delicious. (But not quite as full bodied as French counterparts.)
Finding the restaurant is a little difficult for out-of-towners, even with both our GPS walking apps working. Taxis cannot enter the financial area surrounded by buildings, and there is a short walk from any point they deliver you. Our new-to-Chicago taxi driver was confused by the address and which building Everest used, so we had a five-minute walk after leaving the cab.
The restaurant was full, but the noise level no more than moderate, and I couldn't tell whether or not they had a second seating, because our meal began at 6:30 PM and we didn't leave until nearly 10:00 PM, but there was NO sense that they hurried us.
It was an expensive meal by our standards, even including fine dining in France, but worth it. Expect to pay for the good food and service you will receive.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Terrible service!

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FR
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible dining experience! Service was great, food was delicious and unique/creative.

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MG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly great Chicago dining experience.

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Charlotte
73 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Server had a lovely smile but after she asks if you want a cocktail refresh, then you ask her twice and finally have to ask the busboy, it ends up being sadly memorable. Wasn’t an issue with my condition. She finally brought the drink and I refused it minutes before we were getting up to leave.

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PC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience from time you arrive from elevator until you leave. They inderstand exceeding customer expectations.
They should consider banning cell phones

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EA
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed Everest very much. The food was awesome and the service was impeccable. The whole experience was classy.

We both ordered the tasting menu. 7 or 8 courses (I lost count), each of which was incredible. Tasting menu servings were small, but by the end we were pleasantly full. The dessert soufflé was to die for!

We will definitely return, maybe with friends.

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O
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The tasting menu was such a delight with great features: lobster, foie gras and the soufflé for the last course is an enchantment.
Service did not match the food expectations with a lack of attention

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Overpriced mediocre food with less than pleasant servers. Wouldn’t recommend. For fine dining prices, many things were off — I.e, non simultaneous serving of courses, delayed beverage service, no dairy alternatives for coffee, white napkins for dark pants or dresses = lint. The steak was nothing to write home about and came out cold. Duck and amuse bouche were excellent, as was dessert.

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal. The service, the food, the environment, the music, the view, the cleanliness, the professionalism, the structure, everything. Phenomenal. Couldn’t say better things. This is a true representation of a Michelin Star rated restaurant.

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H
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. The tasting menu was DELICIOUS.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I absolutely loved our dinner at Everest! All of the food was amazing, the service was exceptional, and the view was fantastic!

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P
Toledo
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Call early to get window seating

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MM
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding , remains one of the great Restaurant experiences.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu was spectacular and the service was impeccable.

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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Everest before going to see Hamilton. We did the pre-theater menu. Out of the 4 of us we have 2 shellfish allergies, and one beef sensitivity, they were pleasantly willing and able to accommodate our dietary needs. The sommelier helped a choose a bottle of wine we were all very pleased with. The dining room is on the 39th flor, which was lovely. It was perfect before the theater.

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San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I was happy to experience Everest while on a business trip. Ate alone since I was traveling alone and glad to write that I was made to feel very welcome.
The view from the restaurant is outstanding. The food is a treat. The service was very good.
My 4-star ratings are due to little things I noticed compared to previous experiences with Michelin restaurants. None necessarily worth mentioning since I don’t believe they’ll take away from others’ experience.

Enjoy!

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Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

An oddly off-kilter experience. We dined on a Wednesday, and the dining room at 7pm was nearly empty; there were maybe four tables including us. So of course we had a beautiful view, which is every bit as lovely as described. Our guests had arrived 2 minutes before us, and were sat down with a wine menu and nothing more. We were seated and 20 minutes later didn't have menus, a greeting, an offer of a drink, or anything. And it's not as if the place was busy.

We ordered prix fixe for the table, and red and white wines from the upper end of their range, for which the young sommelier was very helpful.

Food began to arrive, and for the most part was well prepared, with the foie gras being truly inspired. The rest of the dishes, however, were competently executed with no particular extra flair: workmanlike, not exceptional. Bread service was a sad thing: four nicely executed choices were offered, pre-sliced on a tray which was repeatedly offered. Sadly, they'd been pre-sliced for quite some time, had dried, and continued to dry during the evening.

Overall the impression was simply of a place that was tired: doing what it knew it should do but (with the exception of the sommelier) not really that interested in doing it. A sad thing, because I've had some lovely meals there in the past. Not memorable this time.

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CR
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The menu and décor are a bit tired with a strong 80's vibe. The wine advise was barely adequate and the value not there. There were service errors such as lacking consistency is placing and removing plates . At times it was not clear if it was a team effort with a table captain or just who ever was in the neighborhood, when a course was presented. I have dined in other restaurants without a Michelin star where the service and food were superior to this venerable old dame of the Chicago dining scene.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Do not overlook Everest in Chicago. This has been the best restauant in Chicago for over 20 years. Chef Jo is outstanding. I recomend the tasting menu with wine paring. The view from the restaurant is spectacular. It may not be as trendy as some newer restaurants but if you want a spectacular experience you cannot go wrong. Incredible food and wine!

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