Dang, I shoulda read further down on the Chowhound board.
I went to Everest with four other people last weekend. I was really looking forward to it. It was definitely nowhere near worth the price.
The furnishings seem a bit shabby and the leopard-print carpet would be fun if it weren't so worn obviously ignored so as to become bedraggled. On the way in, my friend was asked five times if she'd like her coat checked. After one brief discussion, our waiter disappeared, only to be replaced with a few fairly incompetent and brusque alternates. We felt that he had abandoned us for someone more important. One of the more annoying parts of the evening was the fact that we requested a wine list, and waited until just before the main course to receive it. Thus, the wine arrived after dinner began. No one ever offered the list to us.
The food was fairly good, but nothing truly amazing. I had lobster-potato salad and the pot-au-feu. My husband, who is NOT a hound or even usually cognizant of what he is eating, was offended by the cheese platter. It came with just-out-of-the-dishwasher plates, and none of the cheese was even great. Some of it was plain ol' bleh. The sommelier was curt and actually a little abrasive. I realize that she is famous in Chicago, and able to spout wine facts at light speed, but she was rude to my husband, who was ordering. On the up side, the port served with the cheese plate was yummy.
If only Everest would take their food and serve it in a bistro atmosphere and at bistro prices. I really like to try fine dining as often as possible, and never mind paying, but this was a real disappointment. I expect better than average service, let alone poor service, when I pay these prices. Perhaps the price makes this place one of the "top" restaurants in Chicago? I will definitely be checking with this board before I eat fine dining again in Chicago.