At the Fort Lauderdale Hilton Hotel
505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, 33304
Sun-Thur: 11:30 a.m. to midnight
Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
By Jane Feehan
Launched by The Restaurant People, the company behind YOLO, Vibe, and Tarpon Bend Food and Tackle, s3 (sun, surf and sand) could use some adjustments and reconsideration (or consideration?) of its theme.
On the plus side is the soothingly beautiful décor, with its earth tones set against a backdrop of dark and light woods— somewhat unusual in a beach setting. A view of the ocean can be captured from any table or from any seat at one of several bars. s3 occupies a large area at street level of the Hilton and for the most part, is covered, though open. The breeze can be stiff and the humidity uncomfortable–not pleasant for those who normally avoid al fresco dining during Florida summers.
A less pretentious, less fussy approach would be better suited to this laid back beachy atmosphere. We will return; they have a lot to work with and s3 is so very new.
Tags: Fort Lauderdale beach dining, waterside dining Fort Lauderdale, Hilton Hotel, s3, open air beachside dining