The Fifth Element

4.5
310 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
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 310 People Are Saying
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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c
87 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
31 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
12 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
88 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
3 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent pizza, fun atmosphere, great service.

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ME
117 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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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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OT
12 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Great atmosphere! Must try the spinach balls!!

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WD
106 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
29 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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JH
12 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Extraordinarily good! A superb place

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LC
11 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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