One of the most well-reviewed restaurants in Venice is Tasting Kitchen on Abbot Kinney. The chef there, Casey Lane, is what you would call a culinary wunderkind - under 30, energetic and always experimenting.
Changing gears (and zip codes) a bit, he's opened a new gastropub in Downtown in a historic flatiron-shaped building where he's serving tantalizing pub grub like fried oyster poutine, and piping-hot bone marrow you can "luge" down the bone with a glass of Pedro Ximenez sherry.
Want to know more? Read my article in the current issue of Los Angeles Confidential here: http://la-confidential-magazine.com/channels/dining/insights#the-parish-elevates-pub-fare