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S3 Opens Tonight in Fort Lauderdale (Photos)

S3 Opens Tonight in Fort Lauderdale (Photos)

After years of planning and months of delay, Fort Lauderdale's newest beachfront restaurant is opening its doors to the general public tonight. Owned by the Restaurant People -- the group that owns YOLO, Vibe, and Tarpon Bend--S3 brings a chic atmosphere with creative global eclectic cuisine and cocktails to the beach.

As part of a pre-opening event, we got the chance to snag a few photos.

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S3 Opens Tonight in Fort Lauderdale (Photos)

Situated at ground level, directly across from the beach, the oceanfront spot offers guests unparalleled views of the water--the entire restaurant has been stacked to allow for waterfront views from every table.

S3 Opens Tonight in Fort Lauderdale (Photos)

 

Taking cues from high-end resorts in the South Pacific, the decor is filled with Southeast Asian-inspired influences. Textures vary from cool grey slate walls to warm wood and cork accents to bamboo light fixtures and warm grass cloth.

S3 Opens Tonight in Fort Lauderdale (Photos)

In a similar fashion to the group's other upscale dining establishment YOLO, the outdoor patio is filled with a full-service dining area, outdoor bar, and lounge with fire-pits.

S3 Opens Tonight in Fort Lauderdale (Photos)

The open kitchen mimics the Asian feel of the rest of the interior. Set up with an open chef's table type bar, the entire kitchen has been sunk down to allow full view for the guests.

S3 Opens Tonight in Fort Lauderdale (Photos)

The cocktail program sways toward the lighter side with a wide selection of fresh herbs and tropical flavors. Drinks like the Gin Tickle with Bombay Sapphire, pineapple, sage, peppercorn, and cardamom; the Blackberry Lychee, 44 North vodka, sake, blackberries, lychee, and ginger; and the S3's Sexy Summer Seduction with Pisco Porton, citrus juices, and passionfruit foam will set you back $14.

S3 Opens Tonight in Fort Lauderdale (Photos)

 

The food is global eclectic with a wide range of flavors and ingredients. With a wood-burning oven, wood grill, two saute stations, and sushi station, the menu includes a selection of small plates, large plates, and weekend brunch.

S3 Opens Tonight in Fort Lauderdale (Photos)

"It's been a long journey to get to this point," said the Restaurant People's Peter Boulukos, "When I moved to Fort Lauderdale at 22 years old, I lived just two blocks away from here. To be opening a place in this spot is huge."

S3 Opens Tonight in Fort Lauderdale (Photos)

S3 will hold its first public dinner service tonight starting at 5:30 pm. The bar opens at 4 pm. It is located in the bottom of the Hilton Beach Resort, 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call (954) 523-SURF, or visit the facebook page here.

S3 Opens Tonight in Fort Lauderdale (Photos)

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