Chicago >Food & Dining > Everest
One Financial Place 440 S. LaSalle 40th Fl, Chicago, IL | Directions 6060541.870332 -87.623575
Neighborhoods: Loop, Central
Don't go if you're younger – 1st, I'm 22 and I took my girlfriend to Chicago for a special weekend to celebrate out 2 year anniversary and a fine dinner out at Everest was the icing on the cake. I had set reservations plenty far in advance and had requested a seat at or at least near the window as I was told that was half the experience. We got there and it seemed as though we were sent away to the kids table at a wedding or family reunion. We were no where near the window, yet there were plenty of open seats, and recieved VERY poor service. It took FOREVER between our courses (we ordered the degustation - NOT CHEAP) and after a while we just seemed to be waiting around for people to notice we were there. The food was ok, but not worth the money, and I've been to a number of fine restaurants. My girlfriend and I said the same thing when we left, that maybe if we weren't so young it would have been different because other guests seemed to recieve much better treatment. I'm waiting for a "Pretty Woman" moment when I can return after my business success and let them know how poor it was to treat young people the way they did because younger people grow up and get wealthier.
A Gem! – Well, my friend Theresa and I recently made reservations at Everest to celebrate her divorce, and we happened to go on the world wide web here and read some of the reviews before dinner. We became apprehensive about the experience we might enjoy there, but all I have to say is: who are these people?
From the moment we stepped out of the elevator, we were struck by how friendly and welcoming the staff were, from the woman who took our coats, to the extremely handsome host who sat us. Since we're both dieting, we decided against the tasting and ordered from the regular menu. I had this risotto with snails in it, which was just perfectly done, and followed it up with the skate wing, on our server's suggestion. Now, I'm not big on skate usually, but this was to die for. Theresa had lobster salad, and then the venison, which she thought was wonderful too.
While we usually eat at our neighborhood favorite, La Petite Folie, we've been to all the big name restaurants in town, and neither of us can remember having a better meal on the Northside. I appreciated that we could choose our food, rather than being forced to order a set menu or wine tasting, and we found the staff to be professional and friendly, rather than stuffy or pretentious.
Maybe next time we'll get a seat a little closer to the window, but we came for a memorable meal, and our expectations were exceeded in every way!
You deserver better! – I am from San Francisco; I am living in Chicago while on a long term project. I made reservations for dinner at Everest for last night - my family is visiting and it was my Mom's birthday, my sister has a big birthday coming up, etc. Thought it would be nice to go to a "top of the line" restaurant here based on its number 4 rating in Zagat, descriptions in other reviews, etc. But from the moment we walked in, we knew this place just didn't have "it" if in fact it ever did! There was an overwhelming smell of curry which struck us as soon as we got off the elevator. The bored, stiff waitstaff lead us to to a table in the small, 1950's decorated room, which may in fact have a great view, but we couldn't tell b/c we were in the corner. A request for one of the open window tables (the place wasn't that crowded at 7pm on a Friday night..) was met with an exaggerated sigh from the host, placing a hand over his heart as if it truly pained him to say "Regrettably, I do not have a window table for you tonight. I have tried my hardest to give you a view, I do hope you will enjoy it." Kind of acting like we should be grateful just to have been allowed in the door. A glance at the wines by the glass revealed that the least expensive offering was $19. Least expensive Chardonnay by the bottle - $89. What is up with that? The food prices were outrageous as well. I know a place like this would never fly in San Francisco. Chicago - you deserve better if this is considered one of your top-notch restaurants!
It was Not up to snuff... – It was our group of three that settled into the 3 course prix-fixe menu before
our trip to the Chicago Symphony. The setting and decor are lovely if just a tad dated
and the service is quite excellent BUT, the kitchen is a disappointment !
Out of the three courses I ordered, one was missing the main ingredient
the other was burnt. The risotto was very good and creamy HOWEVER I ordered escargot risotto and I was served a risotto SANS escargot. Thats correct escargot risotto that was totally devoid of escargot. I would never tolerate such a thing normally but time was too tight to send it back. It was lovely. however the next course had disappointment to offer as well. The spaetzle which came with the osso buco was burnt or blackened which is not how this little German tiny dumpling should be. Again no time to return it to the kitchen. Dessert was spot on with a creme brule which had the perfect balance of vanilla and sweetness it was delectable. To their credit they did remove the cost of one meal, but I didnt go to Everest to get a free badly made meal.
Chef Joho really needs to tend to his kitchen because diners in Chicago today have too many places that fire on all cylinders.
GS Gourmet at Large
Wonderful food, fantastic wine and gracious service. – I felt so bad reading the few poor reviews. To the corporate person, this is no place to do a presentation. In this setting it would be the same as whipping out a cell phone and talking loudly. It is a peaceful and pleasant experience. The staff have always been accomodating with a classic style of service. I am not a fan of the decor, but my husband loves it. The view is perfect. The food is always beyond what you what expect. I am a big fan of the apple beignet, and the first time we dined there I had a Pinot Noir from Alsase that was out of this world and it paired really well with the cardamom Duck. My husband loves the Salmon souffle, mosaic of foie gras, he usually gets something different for the main course, and is never disappointed. We are both in the restaurant business and know this place rocks. Anyone turned off by one bad experience, please give them another try. P.S.-don't show up early:)
Just not worth the price. – I want to know who from AAA gave this place 5 diamonds. The food, view, and service were all adequate but far from being great. Given that my 8 course tasting menu was $96, I think that just doesn't cut it.
A wonderful dining experience – Absolutely delicious! The dining experience at Everest is out of this world! I loved it. Yes, it is expensive.. yet I have to say worth it too. Very highly recommended.
Left waiting, waiting, waiting... – Not knowing how long it would take to get to the restaurant, my party arrived 1/2 hour early for our 8:30 PM reservation. Understandably our table was not ready so we were offered expensive drinks to sit in the elevator foyer and watched 5-6 parties walk off the elevator into the restaurant while we waited until 8:45 PM. Coming from NYC I expect restaurants of this caliber must have a better holding area for customers. Once we were seated the view and the food were excellent, but not good enough to make us forget about our initial experience.
Distasteful beginning – Upon arriving at Everest, we waited in a room where pairs of chairs were set up for people waiting for tables. We were offered a drink (not complementary, my wine was $28.00 for one glass) though we waited 25 minutes past our reserved time. It FELT tacky. Two couples left. My sea bass was not notable. The story that accompanied my dish, although sweet, reminded me of the way people now use crock pots. Skip the telling of this story. I prefer to have a meal that I don't feel I could have cooked myself. Service was fantastic, but not enough to make up for the man with the EXTREME bronchial cough who was not asked to leave, or for the tables so close together that my table was bumped repeatedly by the servers. Thank you, but dining should be more pleasurable than this.
Great – I took my wife to Everest for a birthday dinner before the theater and it was wonderful! We were treated graciously by our waiter (who was conversant and knowledgeable), as well as by the entire staff. The view was amazing as the sun set in the West. The pre-theater menu was innovative and the portions were perfectly sized. I would recommend Everest to anyone in a heartbeat!
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