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 adrenaline-packed day, it is also an unforgettable venue for special celebrations and meetings.
Just a few feet from the track, Speedster Café offers grab-and-go breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, and soups. All are freshly made from scratch. Slow down and enjoy your lunch at one of the two dozen inside or outside tables while watching the action, or hit the road with them. Need to refuel? Speedster offers espresso and coffee drinks.
February–October Tuesday–Saturday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
November–January Tuesday–Saturday, 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
EXECUTIVE CHEF MATT LEE
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.
PORSCHE EXPERIENCE CENTER LOS ANGELES
Whether driving a Porsche has always been something you’ve wanted to do, you’re looking to improve your driving skills, or even just compare Porsche vehicles, our 4 mile driver development track will serve as your playground. We offer eight different driving modules designed to simulate everyday driving conditions and provide more challenging environments to experience the thrill of driving Porsche sports cars. Our team of Porsche Drive Coaches work one-to-one with you, providing you personalized attention and bespoke programs.
Drivers will be able to pilot the latest Porsche models through driving modules meant to demonstrate the power, responsiveness, and safety at the core of Porsche engineering. The Experience Center also offers event spaces, state-of-the-art driving simulators and a retail store with exclusive PEC branded merchandise that all live up to the Porsche standard.
The Porsche Experience Center can provide an iconic backdrop for your next special event. Whether you’re hosting an event for 50 guests or 500, our event team can help you transform the space to create an event that is sure to wow your guests. The Porsche Experience Center is a truly unique backdrop for any type of event from corporate events and holiday parties to private events and weddings our team will go above and beyond to make your vision come to life.
GENERAL MANAGER OLIVER ALEXANDRE
Originally from Nîmes, France, Oliver Alexandre holds dual MBA degrees in hospitality and tourism management as well as international hotel management, giving him a deep understanding of fine dining operations. Leaving his native France for Los Angeles, Oliver joined the Patina Restaurant Group in 2014 as restaurant manager for Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse, during which time the restaurant was recognized by Thrillist as Los Angeles’ best steakhouse. In 2016, Oliver relocated to Bora Bora, French Polynesia, to explore resource management and sustainability through restaurant operations. Upon his return to the USA, Oliver became a certified sommelier to further enhance his knowledge of wine and develop a deeper understanding of his passion for fine dining. Oliver has managed dining operations at Los Angeles’ iconic Hollywood Bowl and Descanso Gardens, creating guest programming that ranged from culinary classes and wine dinners to an outdoor dining series. Oliver brings a wealth of diverse experience to Restaurant 917 including an innate skill for hospitality and a passion for creating unique and memorable guest experiences.