Restaurant review

Small plates, big impact at S3 on Fort Lauderdale Beach


If you go

Place: S3 at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Address: 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

Rating: Very Good

Contact: 954-523-7873,

Cost: Moderate-expensive

Hours: Lunch and dinner daily; Sunday brunch

FYI: Reservations suggested. Full bar. Parking at meters or hotel garage or $5 valet.


A dozen years ago, there weren’t many places in Fort Lauderdale where I wanted to eat. It seemed like a town that loved chains, Old World Italian joints and tired seafood restaurants. Much of the old is still around, but the restaurant scene has undergone a remarkable transformation.

Just look at S3 inside the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. The trio behind this ocean-side beauty —Tim Petrillo, Peter Boulukos and Alan Hooper, owners of The Restaurant People — were pioneers in the entertainment district known as Himmarshee Village, where they still operate Tarpon Bend.

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