Located on the second level of the Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles, with stunning views of the driver development track, Restaurant 917’s sleek and modern setting echoes Porsche’s world-class design aesthetic.
The name and decor were inspired by the legendary 917 race car, which gave Porsche its first overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971. Restaurant 917’s refined yet approachable seasonal menu is composed of ingredient-driven dishes that merge diverse flavors, inventive techniques and playful compositions.
A unique fine-dining experience worthy of a special trip or serving as the perfect finish to an adrenalin-packed day, it is also an unforgettable venue for special celebrations and meetings.
19800 South Main Street
Carson, California 90745
Complimentary parking is available on-site at the Porsche Experience Center.
Lunch, Tuesday–Saturday 11a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Dinner, Thursday–Saturday 5p.m.–8p.m.
Reservations are recommended.
RESTAURANT 917 TEAM
MATT LEE, EXECUTIVE CHEF
Formerly the Executive Chef for the Restaurant at the Getty, Matt Lee has a quiet passion for culinary integrity and innovation. His exquisite eye for detail is evident in everything from his careful flavor composition to the stunning and playful visual presentation of each element on the plate. At 917, his facility with fresh, locally caught fish and other seafood complements his mastery of more traditional steak, chicken, and pork offerings, which he tends to balance with a bright vegetable accompaniment.
Matt began his career at the age of 16 prepping seafood and vegetables at a local dining destination. After high school he attended the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena and went straight into fine dining, as Sous Chef at the historic and award-winning Saddle Peak Lodge in Calabasas, CA, where he first fell in love with cooking seasonally and locally. He was also inspired by his grandfather, who opened a restaurant in New York with friends soon after emigrating from China, and who later always tended a bountiful backyard garden in Los Angeles — as Matt also does.
BOBBY BOGNAR, GENERAL MANAGER
Bobby Bognar has spent most of his life in hospitality, beginning with his first restaurant job washing dishes at the age of 15. After working nearly every station, an early mentor instilled in him a passion for service that solidified front-of-house hospitality as his lifelong calling. Originally from Richmond, VA, Bobby relocated to Los Angeles 25 years ago, where he spent 9 years with Patina Restaurant Group followed by over a dozen years at iconic restaurants The Palm, Geoffrey’s Malibu, and Crossroads Kitchen. As general manager of the Restaurant at the Getty, Bobby worked alongside Restaurant 917 Executive Chef Matt Lee for two years. Having owned and operated his own restaurant, Bobby brings an exceptional attention to detail to every aspect of the dining experience. Bobby is thrilled to once again combine his unique brand of service with Matt’s innovative food for a truly special dining experience at Restaurant 917.
Anita Lau, Executive Sous Chef
Eunbee Lee, Pastry Chef
Elizabeth Wallmark, Special Events
SPECIAL EVENTS AT 917
From intimate lunches and dinners to polished receptions, 917 is the ideal experience for your next event.
There are a variety options for private and semi-private dining. We look forward to welcoming you at 917! For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact (310) 527-0917 or email us at Restaurant917LA@gmail.com.
Restaurant 917 offers a bit more than your average date-night or power-lunch spot. In this case, it’s an unobstructed view of a 53-acre playground for Porsche fanatics...In composition, [Executive Chef Matt] Lee's menu manages to be both sleek and playful, like the fleet of cars outside.
There’s a new way to enjoy some seriously stunning dishes and take in some of the most elite sports cars in the world. Oh, and it’s open to everyone..."I like to have a nice, artistic plating style," says [Executive Chef Matt] Lee. "I just wanted to make sure the plates were as aesthetically pleasing as the cars."
Most “hidden” restaurants are small, demure things, tucked away out of sight and only accessible with a whispered password. But Restaurant 917, the recently opened Porsche-backed restaurant strutting atop the sports car manufacturer’s Experience Center (a fancy phrase for their driving school and showroom) in Carson, CA doesn’t fit that mold at all.