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$60 - $80
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French

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Downtown / The Loop
0.6 miles from The Art Institute of Chicago
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Summit the historic Chicago Stock Exchange building via a private elevator to reach the sophisticated—though never outdated—scene at Everest on the 40t...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
Very comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places.
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

Honestly, compared to the other great restaurants in Chicago, it didn't blow me away. I expected more for the price, knowing the reputation of the restaurant. The view is beautiful and none of the food was bad, but the service was average, at best. Not...sure if they just didn't take our table seriously because we weren't all 70 years old, or if we had a new server trainee, but they weren't particularly attentive and seemed like they didn't want to help us throughout the meal. We had to waive waitstaff down multiple times to ask for refills on drinks and get our bill picked up to run our card. Generally, this wouldn't be a big deal for me, but when you're paying that much for the "experience", I think it's reasonable to expect to not be basically ignored all dinner. The food itself was fine. It wasn't bad but it wasn't life-changing. Considering there are so many incredible restaurants in Chicago, many of which are similarly priced/ less expensive, I can't recommend Everest as a "must - stop" restaurant. If you're looking for a great tasting menu, Oriole, Blackbird, and Elske are all superior, in my opinion.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 17, 2020

Let me start by saying I'm much more inclined to write a positive review than a negative review, however and this said--sometimes the experience is so off-putting that one feels compelled to caution fellow diners. My wife and I opted to try Everest for the...first (and certainly the last) on Friday--prix fixe Valentine's menu that on virtual paper, looked wonderful. The restaurant is beautiful, as was the view from our generously sized table, a key component of the desired experience. Notwithstanding the menu's descriptive appeal, its lackluster presentation and average taste proved underwhelming at best. This said, my wife was more impressed with the fare than was I. Look, can't please everybody all the time and I will admit that my past degustation experiences at some truly internationally renowned restaurants have made me a bit of a snob, so if it stopped there, I likely would view the Everest experience as a two to two and a half star night...but alas, they ultimately found a way of securing a single star in my book. Due to lack of a later option, I opted to reserve the "early seating" at a prepaid, 7 day advance cancellation cost of $145 a guest + gratuity, which albeit truly early for dinner, actually turned out well given the beautiful view from our table and the transition from late afternoon light to sunset to evening. Vital to this review is that from the time I made the reservation, I periodically checked Everest's online menu to make sure there were no changes and to also reconfirm that the "$98 wine pairing (per guest) upon request" remained an additional option. As of a reconfirming email and a final check of the menu the DAY BEFORE our reservation, the menu remained as initially offered, as did the $98 wine pairing. Upon being seated each of us ordered a cocktail. My wife politely asked that hers be remade, as they mistakenly added vermouth (this caused one of our 3 servers to frown and roll her eyes, unaware that I saw her expression). After our cocktails I asked our captain to include the wine pairings for us. The wine was precisely as vintage described on the online menu, albeit the pours were stingy at best--especially given the $98--basically each glass ended up being a half a standard pour. Now here is where things truly went South for me. When the bill arrived (remember the food and gratuity was prepaid), cocktails and a bottle of sparkling water aside, I immediately noted a 30% up-charge in our wine pairings. When I brought this to our Captain's attention, he took the bill and said he would let the manager know that I was questioning the same. A few minutes later the "manager", a young woman appeared and offered the explanation that the "wine pairing was from their reserve list and therefore $145 per person". I responded that the website menu, as of the time I originally made the reservation up until literally the day before, listed the price as $98 per pairing. She then replied that "we have a standard pairing and a reserve pairing--you were served the reserve pairing". I then pointed out to her that neither the website, nor the Captain identified two classes of pairings and although very nice, why didn't the Captain alert me to the two classes when I said we'll have the pairings? The "manager" blinked a couple of times and then said "we are very proud of our reserve pairing", to which I replied that's fine, but would you please answer my question. A couple of more blinks and then in a condescendingly phrased response, she said "it will be our pleasure to adjust the bill". I then pointed out to her that it really wasn't about the additional $100, it was about receiving an acceptable answer for why the website identified a single pairing at one price and why the Captain neglected to explain that ostensibly (and at least intrinsically contrary to the website offering) a two tier pairing existed at Everest, so that I could at least conclude our dinner not feeling as if I had been the victim of some sort of bait and switch scheme. To all of this she again said, "it will be our pleasure to adjust the bill to the $98 a person price" this time adding that "the website should have been updated". While the bill was being adjusted, I went online to discover that although the menu and wine descriptions remained as described when I made the reservation up until the day before, now conspicuously absent was the $98 pairing offering--which means that sometime between checking the website the day before and the conclusion of our dinner, somebody at Everest removed that portion of the online menu offering. I'm sorry, but that epitomizes the very definition of the bait and switch. Had the manager simply said "our mistake, we've adjusted the bill", there would be no review from me, but that is not how Everest chose to handle it; hence, I caution all that are inclined to indulge in an Everest wine pairing to first make very sure of what exactly what it is you ordering.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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SocialBD, Marketing at Everest, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2020

Hello Michael, we apologize for the error with regard to the wine pairing pricing which occurred on Friday. This is not something that should've occurred and we definitely don’t want to deceive our customers We have implemented new procedures to make certain this type of...More

Reviewed January 26, 2020

Food is excellent and so is service. Downside is their ridiculous corkage fee. I have never experienced a 100.00 fee as this. Very greedy!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 1, 2019 via mobile

Ups and downs, not completely acceptable for a restaurant that charges you at least 150$ per person per meal including drinks. We arrived and the waitress was for a couple of minutes on the phone without paying attention to us. Finally taken to the table...on the lateral room (the central is surely better). We where given the wine list extensive (mostly french wines) and expensive, but not the menu... so how can we decide which wine if we don’t know what to eat. Butter on the table perfect, but the bread is not worm and arrives late. We had the signature lobster delicious, the foil gras, ok. And a superbly made sole mouniere. As dessert the chestnut cake, good but slightly to sweet, and a tarte tatin that I was expecting much better. The first wine we chose was served to us (even if suggested by to sommelier) much to warm, we returned it. The second was a gewurztraminer dry and good.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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SocialBD, Manager at Everest, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us and give feedback. We hope you'll join us again in the future.

Reviewed November 27, 2019 via mobile

We visited as a special treat for our daughters 21st birthday. The Everest staff and food did not disappoint. It was very expensive but very good.

Date of visit: November 2019
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SocialBD, Manager at Everest, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2019

Happy 21st Birthday to your daughter! Thank you for celebrating with us and we look forward to serving you and your family again in the future.

Reviewed November 23, 2019 via mobile

We enjoyed this fine dining experience and ordered the tasting menu with wine pairing. The food is good, the wine ( Alsace Lorraine) however disappoints. The sommelier rescued the dinner with a glass of a big Tuscan wine at the end, but we paid extra...for that. Now we have gone to many Michelin starred fine dining restaurants in Europe and the US, so we have high standards from personal experiences. This was good but not up to those standards. I fondly recall the Bakery and Chez Paul in Chicago, but that was decades ago. The restaurant has a great west view from the top of the stock exchange and nice quiet tables. I would expect many power lunches and dinners are held here. It also has great private party spaces. The great food needs better wine and we were not pleased with the selection. Expensive so it deserves better pairing. Order a bottle instead. Sorry.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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SocialBD, Manager at Everest, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2019

Hello, thank you for your feedback and for taking the time to review us. We take note and see how we can improve, hopefully, you'll join us again very soon.

Reviewed November 8, 2019

Had dinner with my wife at Everest for the first time a week ago. If you generally enjoy dining at restaurants starred by Michelin you may count on an experience of quality here. We went on a Tuesday to avoid any crowd or service issue....Staff working in the lobby of the building directed us to the elevator, change at the top floor to another elevator dedicated only to the restaurant. The room was grand and quiet, with the spectacular view of city lights looking west. Only a couple of other tables were taken, by quiet, well-dressed diners like ourselves. Even if all the tables were full there would be no issues with privacy. The staff were smooth, professional, formal, and correct. Their timing was impeccable. The food as well was worthy of the star. As this was our first visit we favored dishes recommended on the menu as Everest classics. Starters were the smoked salmon and the Everest roasted Maine lobster. Entrees were the filet of sole and the magret of Moulard duck. We shared an apple tart Tatin, with the recommended glass of Sauternes. Is the kitchen worthy of a second star? Perhaps, but I will leave that to the people at Michelin. Our compliments to the kitchen. I had read through some of the earlier reviews before we went, and now I have read them again. I have a few comments. Regarding value, a 3-course dinner at this level for $110 is not expensive. Starting from that base, the surcharges were entirely justifiable on a case-by-case basis should you choose to order those items. The portion sizes were also quite standard—again, at this level of cuisine. I believe that some people might confuse the professionalism of the staff with lack of familiarity; again, most diners coming to Everest are not seeking inter-personal interactions with waitstaff aside from the business of serving dinner. Finally, some information about prices on alcohol. Oban 14 years was $18. A glass of excellent white Burgundy was $19. Both were good pours. The wine list is extensive, and I was concentrating on finding a good red Burgundy at a reasonable price. I was able to find a Chambolle-Musigny from a good maker and an excellent vintage for $140. We were very pleased with the wine, and received value for the money spent. Oh, and the recommended Sauternes was a great idea! Dinner came to $433 before tax and tip. When we were leaving we asked the staff to call a taxi. There was one waiting when we reached the street. When we return to Chicago a visit to Everest will be high on our list of things to doMore

Date of visit: October 2019
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SocialBD, Manager at Everest, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2019

Thank you, Johnny, for the wonderful and detailed review! We look forward to hosting you again when you visit Chicago.

Reviewed November 6, 2019

Our waitress (no name offered) was unwelcoming and unfriendly. Seat in front of the wait station and she spent ten minutes with her back to us counting silver ware before acknowledging us. Seemed like 1/3 of the menu items had a supplemental price and minuscule...portion of caviar and truffles. Food was alright at best. Foie gras seared to carbon in spots and tasted of it. Experience reminded me of dinning in Paris in the 80's with the poor attitude and overrated food. I can think of a dozen other restaurants in Chicago where you can get a much better value and much better food.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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SocialBD, Manager at Everest, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2019

Hello Mr. Cram, We are sorry your experience with us was not up to your standards. We strive to provide the best service and quality of food. We'll be taking your experience into consideration as we work to improve. Please email me at lnavarrete@leye.com if...More

Reviewed November 5, 2019

Service beyond expectations. Quite Excellent food presentation, quality and taste. Good wine pairing. Over 30 years of excellence and easy to understand why!

Date of visit: November 2019
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SocialBD, Manager at Everest, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2019

Thank you for your wonderful review! We look forward to hosting you again very soon.

Reviewed October 13, 2019

We visited the Everest for the theater menu prior to Hamilton. We were able to sit by a window which was a real treat. The service is exceptional and the food out of this world. Everything was prepared and presented beautifully. The portions are smaller...which we appreciated. We could not have been happier. Will return when we visit again. One of our best dining experiences in years.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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SocialBD, Manager at Everest, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2019

Hello, we're delighted you enjoyed your experience at Everest and we look forward to your next visit!

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