It seems that I'm coming up to Venice from San Diego this Friday for a late night beach party. The best way to keep my spirits alive until the bonfire is an excellent dinner. I've been to Joe's a couple of times; the last, about two years ago, was disappointing. Can you suggest other other top-quality restaurants in the area? I don't eat meat, and don't want Asian or Mexican since those are the mainstay of my diet. So an excellent seafood restaurant, or noteworthy Italian, French, or some sort of California fusion are what I seek. I am less concerned by cost than by quality -- but I do want to try something in the Venice or Santa Monica.