The Fifth Element

4.4
284 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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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Public Transit
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 284 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
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4.2
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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M
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
1 review
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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WC
4 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Everything was great. Music too!

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JL
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible food and atmosphere. We didn't go in with many expectations and left blown away and eager to return the next time we were in the area. Our party was very impressed with every single dish we ordered. The drink menu was world class and the owner (also our waitress for the night) couldn't have been nicer. Highly recommend if you're in the area!

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WD
101 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

We were in Newport for the weekend, and walked past The Fifth Element on our way from Thames St to the house we rented. Our kids, 13 & 10, were concerned that there wouldn't be anything they'd like.

They were surprised. The kids shared the 3B Burger, which was excellent, as was the salmon I enjoyed. My wife enjoyed her filet as well.

The service from Jasper was also very good.

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AA
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed the lamb poutine appetizer, excellent filet mignon.

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VL
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

So very enjoyable! Eat where the locals eat. It's a great change of pace from the crowded side of town; much more relaxed and much less touristy. Outdoor tables and indoor seating -- the large open windows make you feel you're outside. Good menu/food. Pleasant staff. Good value. Owner tends bar and visits with customers.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Overall the food was good tho not super special or creative. The service was spotty..,greeted promptly but felt the waitress was rushing to get us to order opting to come back in a few minutes rather then offering to help by familiarizing us with drinks and menu. Once our food was delivered we hardly saw her and had to wait a long time for our ck. Wish the service had been more relaxed and friendly. Would have changed how we felt about the experience. There was really only one part of one of the dishes we ordered that was sub par. Other then that it was good.

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TL
26 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Monday night jazz band very good but extremely loud; we had to shout into each other's ears to speak and we were in the next room - good band though. Very crowded due to July 3rd holiday and service was slow. Food was great; I had the braised short ribs which were GLUTEN FREE and excellent but would have liked 3 (serving was 2). Due to my gluten allergy have not had short ribs in 20+ years since restaurants usually put gluten somewhere - they were very tender and tasty and highly recommend. Husband had steak which looked very good as well. Gluten free creme brulee was also good, just be sure to advise of the allergy.

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L
21 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great restaurant just off the beaten path from the more touristy areas of Newport. Each meal was extremely flavorful. Cool, hip vibe. Worth the walk. Will definitely be back!

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OT
11 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Extraordinarily good! A superb place

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LC
9 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

Although I really want to like it, I always walk away from the Fifth Element a little disappointed. Aside from the spinach balls, the rest of our food (chickpea fritters, wedge salad, black bean burger) was mediocre or bad. The wine was lovely, though.

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OT
10 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

superb, as always!

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CM
22 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Another delicious meal at Fifth Element! We had dined here last last summer and happily returned tonight. The service was terrific (love it when a wait person can remember all six of our orders without writing down a thing!); she was solicitous, helpful and friendly. The food was terrific. Lots of options for us all, plus GF options for four of our six. Everything was very flavorful and downright yummy. I do hope to return before we head home in another week! If not, it will be first up when we return next summer. I highly recommend this place.

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OT
11 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant was a cute spot just outside the hustle and bustle of downtown Newport. They have a variety of seating options inside and outside with large open windows so you can have the luxury of both! Service was friendly. Drinks were good. Prices are comparable to other restaurants in the area.

The menu is small with a few unique options. My friends and I each had the burger and shared the lamb poutine fries. Everything was well-prepared. I liked that they had GF buns for the burger. I wished they had more burger and pizza options which is my only reservation for 5 stars on foods.

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1 review
Dined on 19 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff was friendly and accommodating. Food was delicious and reasonably priced. Great desserts. It made for a great night with friends.

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1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 4Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Salmon was farm raised, and undercooked. Dish as a whole was bland, gluten free.
Lamb potine was delicious.
Short ribs very good.
Nice cocktails

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

We’ve been dining here for years and have never been disappointed. It’s a little out of the way near the hospital and police station and street parking can be a pain, but it’s worth the effort. The bar is always hopping and the food consistently excellent. The windows are open to the street and they have a few sidewalk tables. Start with the burata and spinach balls. The pizza of the day is always good and so is the short rib. Service is very attentive.

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9 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our group of four Distinguished speakers from the Naval War College’s Current Strategy Forum were very pleased with all aspects of our evening. Thank you!

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1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We loved it, very kind staff, gluten allergy friendly, and we can't wait to bring more friends there.

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OT
33 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pleasant ambiance and decor. Food was original and yummy. Service was friendly and timely.

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S
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We are big fans of the Fifth Element. Menu is good and interesting. With the windows open, it makes a really nice dinner on a lovely night. Only criticism is the food is consistently slow coming out.

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LM
3 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I couldn't have been happier with this meal! I'm gluten-free and used to having to eat boring burgers on plain lettuce. Much to my surprise, they had excellent gluten-free burger buns and great salad options. My boyfriend had steak and was very happy with it, too. Service was perfect, and portions were generous.

It was only a 3-day trip to Newport, but I would have gone back a second time if possible. Hope to go back again someday.

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D
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Visited recently for a celebratory Sunday brunch. Live music was fun. Table was ready and we were seated promptly. And then we waited for about ten minutes before our waitress appeared with menus. Waited another ten minutes before our drink order was taken, and again to order our meals. Once it arrived, the food was good and the portions were plentiful. Unfortunately, the food was not good enough to overlook the poor service. Our waitress never returned to ask whether everything was okay or whether we wanted to order another drink. Had really looked forward to dessert, however it never arrived. I wish I could say we would give this place another chance, but there are just too many other good options and the level of service here did not make this a pleasant experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Overall The Fifth Element was just O. K. . I wouldn’t rush back there. My veggie burger was a good size, but very bland as far as taste goes. My friend had a spinach omelette that was small and not allot of spinach in it. The fries were good. The service was extremely slow, waited a long time for the server to clear our plates and then bring the bill. Good thing we weren’t in a hurry 😕

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

ran out of some items ... other than that great experience and atmosphere

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EC
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Service was not good - we waited 45 minutes and there were open tables everywhere.

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c
5 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Went this past weekend for an early graduation celebration.
Our waiter was very nice and attentive. A few mixed drinks were ordered. All were delicious.
We ordered a few appetizers, which we all enjoyed very much. The mussels were delicious because of the amazing broth. The chickpea fritters and spinach balls, were a nice change from the standard apps found in restaurants.
Everyone enjoyed their meals with a bit of slight exceptions:
I ordered the salmon and it was a bit too salty.
My daughter ordered the Avoco Salad. We both thought it would have avocado in it. Didn't realize it was "AVOCO". Our waiter was very sorry for the misunderstanding and said patrons mistake it quite often and that they should change the name. Which leads me to believe, that they really should.

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S
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were able to get a seat right away with no waiting. The food was great and the waitress was helpful with the menu and food options.

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A
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great dining experience!! The ambiance at Fifth Element has a unique, cool vibe both in the large bar area and dining room. Our servicer was very friendly which helps make for a pleasant night. The craft cocktail menu is extensive and the raspberry ice martini was amazing! We ate on the lighter side sampling the spinach balls & chickpea fritters for apps and had the prosciutto fig pizza which was fantastic. This was my 2nd time at Fifth Element, my first visit being just as satisfying. I recommend this restaurant highly, it’ll be a regular “go to” place for me!

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MM
15 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Having eaten here a year ago, I was looking to try it again and had a frustrating experience. The menu selection has improved, but service was sketchy and my food was inconsistent. The Element salad was very good, and our server was very pleasant. However, she spaced out on putting my order into the kitchen - my partner's burger was delivered and I had to ask about my entree. My salmon came 20 minutes later, and was raw in the middle, and the accompanying vegetables were overseasoned with black pepper. Rather than send it back and wait another 20 minutes, I ate around the edges and took the rest home to re-cook. If it had been properly prepared, it would have been very good, but they obviously rushed to correct the mistake. The server did provide a delicious complimentary dessert. I am hoping we hit it on an off night, and will maybe try again.....or maybe not..

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, prices, and service. Had an issue with the sun shining in my face during dinner—will ask to sit somewhere else next time. We will be back for another great experience!

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TF
4 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

My son and I were gratefully well-fed in a nice warm spot by the fires of the wood burning stone oven on an unseasonably cold Sunday morning - premier league, premier jazz quartet, premier virgin bloody mary's!

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1 review
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

We were seated promptly. Our waitress delivered our wine then forgot about us for 30 mins. We had to get another waitress to find her. When she returned she took our order and was informed we had to be somewhere by 8 . She left our table went to two other tables to take care of them before putting in our order. We ate our food fast and were 10 mins late to our show. The food was good though

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AS
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Fifth Element is a favorite! Always an excellent meal, friendly and prompt service, excellent cocktail and wine list... I could go on and on. Love this place!

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quality food, nice ambiance.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food and service was excellent.. we’ve never been disappointed when we’ve eaten here and today was no exception! The crispy feta was delicious!

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