The Fifth Element

4.4
322 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Casual
The Fifth Element, in its new incarnation, is a casual-hip dining hangout populated by locals, destination diners and tourists alike. The interior is finished with a winning combination of rustic and industrial decor. Its wide open space is hardly cold or sterile. It is warm and welcoming, made so by earth-toned paints, water walls, touches of soft upholstered furniture and a prodigious bar built from reclaimed old growth pine. Like the space in which it is served, the food of The Fifth Element is multi-textured. Chef Chris DePerro builds flavors that evoke satisfying feelings of home cooking, but done by the hand of a pro. In no way is his food homespun. It is well thought out. It is seasonal. It is fresh. Simply, it is food you crave.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of Operation
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(401) 619-2552
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Chris DePerro
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Private Party Facilities
We host several types of parties including rehearsal, birthday, bridal, and baby showers. Please see our website or call for more information.
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Private Party Contact
Frank: (401) 619-2552
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100 feet south
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Entertainment
Live music Friday and Saturday night starting at 10pm. Live music Sunday Brunch from 12 - 3pm. Special events throughout the year.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 322 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
6 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The bureta (spelling) and cranberry spread with buttered toast appetizer was delish!

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PE
9 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

had a lovely time at Fifth Element - it was empty and quiet when we arrived, but quickly filled up to a vibrant and happy crowd! The service was EXCELLENT- very attentive and professional, great drink menu and a delicious salad that was plenty for 4 of us to share before dinner. Three of us chose the braised lamb shank special which was absolutely delicious - however, the potato was not fully cooked and the entire dish was served luke-warm at best - not hot at all. The 4th person ordered the fish entrée from the general menu and she said it was very good!

I would have been happy to give 5 stars for overall experience, but I simply cannot because of the undercooked potato and lukewarm plate. We will go back because the menu looked terrific!

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JH
13 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our guests were surprised and delighted to find the Fifth Element. They repeatedly commented on how nice an atmosphere they found and how good the food is!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Goed zoals altijd kom er vaker

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C
7 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Menu short but great: pizza, burgers plus several unusual appetizers and small plates (spinach balls). Food is reliably excellent. I have been a patron many, many times. Service is excellent. We had 6:30 rez and arrived to the surprise of a mobbed restaurant. The BIG challenge 5E faces is the over the top noise level. I could not hear my partner very well at all, and we came home hoarse from shouting.

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J
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A must go to for dinner away from the waterfront. The food and service was excellent.

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BB
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Went with my family on vacation. Not a bad walk from the Marriott. Food was much better than the Red Parrot.

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BD
9 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Honestly this restaurant was just sort of Meh. I had high hope when I saw “Spicy lamb poutine”, but it was not particularly flavorful. The entrees were forgettable. Decent sangria and cocktail menu.

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CM
11 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Food was just okay.they had some good stuff but the final execution was lacking.

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MA
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great new FALL twist to their traditional menu. The burrata with cranberry and pepitas was tasty.

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L
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and appetizer/meal was good. Good people watching, especially on bar side.

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c
90 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed a nice bottle of very reasonable wine with excellent salads, spinach appetizer and pizzas.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff was very nice & tended to our table to make sure that everything was OK. Food was amazing, drinks size very generous & delicious. Next time I come to RI, this is one of the places I will definitely come back to!!!

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CT
17 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed the burgers and bursts appetizer. The staff was wonderful. Definitely coming back and would recommend to friends.

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OT
7 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

food wasn't that good 😕 risotto was delicious my steak and the salmon

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ML
35 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It is always fun to dine at "The Fifth Element".....menu is always diverse and the food well prepared.

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JR
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed a wedge salad and margherita pizza. Drinks were reasonable and the martinis exceptional!

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JH
14 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our visitor from Europe was completely delighted to join us for dinner at the Fifth Element!

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CB
3 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice restaurant in Newport a little bit off the beaten path

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c
90 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent experience, had the pizza first then the arugula salad with salmon. Finished up with fresh coffee and creme brulee. All were wonderful.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Food was good, vegan options available. Live music was a plus and created good atmosphere. Service was poor, inattentive server who was either not around or chatting with colleagues.

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j
6 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wanted a restaurant outside of the busy waterfront and found the 5th element. We were pleased with the high quality food. The poutine was a hit. Scallops were excellent.

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m
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

The restaurant was half full and we sat inside with a reservation. We kept on having to switch our seats at the table multiple times to avoid the strong beaming sun while other areas were okay. The waiter and hostess separately commented on how strong the sun was at our table and saw that we kept switching our seats and didn’t offer to switch the table. We were served mussels and two large mussels were fully closed and we remarked to the waiter that we couldn’t eat them because of that and he just laughed and said yes you definitely can’t eat and took them away. With only a dozen mussels and it being obvious that they never opened, they shouldn’t have been served.

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LL
16 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Took some friends to the Monday night dinner and jazz scene for their first time. They not only liked the food but really enjoyed the music. Pizza was particularly good.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We come here often - never had a bad meal or bad service. excellent cocktails and vibrant atmosphere. Definitely will return and bring friends.

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LB
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 2

Not what we expected for a dinner vibe, but a lively spot for someone looking for an upbeat atmosphere.

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OT
7 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A cool relaxed place away from the crowd in Newport. Great food and outstanding service.

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K
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Waited 1 1/2 hours for food. Poor communication. Advised management and they were genuinely apologetic and tried to make things right. Food, untimely, was good.

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d
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent, waitress was attentive, not over done. Owner took time to meet us. Very impressed. Will return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Good food and nice environment

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Locale molto carino, diviso in 2: la parte bar e la parte dining. Si può cenare anche nella parte bar volendo. Cibo buono, prezzo moderato, servizio ottimo (non ricordo il nome della cameriera, ma è stata davvero carina!).

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R
76 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, music, place to meet friends!

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OF
18 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Our family of 5 visited Newport for vacation recently. On the second to last night, we wanted to try something off the beaten path and found many good reviews for Fifth Element. So, we decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed.

The restaurant was crowded (summer weekend + jazz festival) and a little rowdy (there was a great live band), but our waitress was fun, kept the drinks flowing, and generally took good care of us.

We ordered Burrata and Chick Pea Fritters as appetizers -- both excellent! For dinner, we had the Pappardelle, Tandoori Chicken, Scallops, Salmon, and Braised Short Ribs. I had the Tandoori Chicken and was very happy with the flavor and portion.

Fifth Element has a very nice and creative offering in their food combinations, all done very well. If we ever go back to Newport, we will definitely go back.

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r
4 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent pizza, fun atmosphere, great service.

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ME
123 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Once again the Fifth did not disappoint. New menu is creative. Great drinks. Good service

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M
4 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came to see The Playboys! First time at the restaurant - really impressed - food delicious, service excellent!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing! Everyone enjoyed their dish and the service was great. Definitely make a reservation if you’re going on a busy night!

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fun eclectic vibe. Enjoyed the ambiance. Pizzas were really good! Salmon was good! Overall a good experience.

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R
6 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I would definitely recommend Fifth Element. I had chicken tandoori chicken....quite good!

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n
4 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

We loved the ambience/ vibe / decor of this hip establishment. Our server was outstanding and so helpful. Our ladies thoroughly enjoyed our sweet Martinis. 3 of us loved our dinners while the other half were not so thrilled. The vegetarian crock was delicious and we'll seasoned. However the tandoori chicken was too dry (not thoroughly immersed in Tandoori paste) and the chickpeas were too spicy (could have used a cautionary reminder as our diner was a youngster). While the scallops were delicious, the lentil surround was ill-suited for the dish (and some of lentils were tough and dry). nevertheless we left full and happy for the experience.

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