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We are Honored to Receive AAA Five Diamond Award for the 20th Straight Year!

“Everest has become a city institution.”

International Herald Tribune

“Mounting Everest After 30 Years: Chef Jean Joho’s South Loop Spot remains a culinary gem.”

Read the full review here.

Chicago Magazine

“The jovial Mr. Joho stands astride the culinary heap.”
“The Country’s Best Selection of Alsace Wine.”

The New York Times

“Located on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Everest allows guests to gaze at scenic views of Chicago while enjoying Chef J. Joho’s French cuisine. Originally from Alsace, the Frenchman combines traditional French cooking with his own personal touch…”

USA Today

Best Chef, Midwest winner
Best New Restaurant nominee
Outstanding Chef nominee
Best Service nominee
Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America inductee

James Beard Foundation

“A brilliant meal from a great chef who is at the top of his game.”

Robert Parker

“The best and largest Alsace wine list in America.”


“Everest is not a restaurant to which one arrives. One ascends. Four-stars.”
One of Phil Vettel’s “Don’t-Miss Restaurants.”

Phil Vettel, Chicago Tribune

“Four stars – spectacular in every way.”

Chicago Sun-Times

Named “One of the Top 40 Chicago Restaurants Ever”
“The finest total dining experience.”

“Joho’s dramatic 40th-story lair proves that upscale French need not drip with cream and butter.”

Chicago Magazine

2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Michelin Guide

“A memorable dining experience.”

Wine Spectator

“Best in the U.S.A.”


Restaurateur of the Year, 2012
Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in the U.S., 2012
Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., 2008


Five Diamond Restaurant

AAA Restaurant and Hotel Ratings

“Incredible views of the city are just one of the draws at this high-class, high-elevation Loop dining room atop the Chicago Stock Exchange, where J. Joho prepares sublime Alsatian-influenced French prix-fixe menus augmented by a wine list that includes wonderful offerings not found elsewhere, the gorgeous room is matched by top service—no surprise it’s a favorite for celebrating the biggest events.”


“Cool rooms for hot parties.”

Food & Wine

“What an extraordinary experience! Every bite reminded me of the genius of Chef Joho, who stays true to his style and original vision.”

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The Chicago Pescetarian

“Best Chicago Restaurant for Business Dining.”


“From the ultra-attentive waiters to the dramatic views, this is a rare place where old-world elegance is still going strong.”


“[…] one of few places left where people actually dress for dinner. Chef Joho returns the favor by dressing up fare like the pressé of foie gras with paper –thin slices of marinated watermelon and cantaloupe. Yet nothing’s pretentious.”

The Men’s Book