About The Fifth Element
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.
Newport, RI 02840
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music Friday and Saturday night starting at 10pm. Live music Sunday Brunch from 12 - 3pm. Special events throughout the year.
100 feet south
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.
Private Party Contact:
Frank: (401) 619-2552
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
The Fifth Element Ratings and Reviews
The music performed by Doug Woolverton's band was great and added to the experience of the restaurant. The bistro filet was good but the mashed potatoes were absolutely dreadful.
Still, I would recommend this place to friends, especially if they can make Monday nights.
We frequent Fifth Element a lot -- like the food and the vibe of the restaurant. But last visit there we had absolutely terrible service. I originally felt it might be due to it being Restaurant week, but they did not participate in the event. Restaurant wasn't full, so no real reason for bad service. We were greeted by a sour looking young hostess who seemed to care less about having a reservation and where we wanted to seat. No personality at all. Then we had a server who brought the wrong appetizer and then after telling her 2 times it was wrong, she ignored us and walked away. We had to follow her with the wrong plate of food to finally get her attention. When I asked her why she didn't take it away, she just said "Whatever...I will take it back". Terrible, terrible service that night.
This was a casual place that we hope to visit again. We had a fun evening: food was delicious, people were friendly (though the place was a bit noisy). Two tables near us were celebrating birthdays and the atmosphere feels celebratory! Everything we ordered was terrific. Next time I want to try the pizza, which looked great.
We arrived early and were glad we did due to taking 15 minutes to find parking. That being said we were still 20 minutes early and could not be seated which we understood even though there were several empty tables and "our" table was "still" in use. We went to bar a got a drink and never were notified table was ready. We approached maitre d and asked again to be seated. She asked again if we had reservations and then sat us. After placing food order it took over 45 minutes to be served our meal. Very disappointing in maître d skills and time in took to actually get served. Also salad ordered was served at same time as food.
This was our 3rd time at this wonderful restaurant and the meal was superb. We had three dishes plus desserts, and everything was top notch. The spinach balls were flavorful and had a wonderful texture, the grilled asparagus was perfectly cooked and seasoned, and the enchilada was very tasty and well prepared. The service is great, and I love that they keep the bar (very vibrant) well sectioned off from the dining room.
Food and service were very good. Our only complaint would be that the music was too loud for us to have a comfortable dinner conversation. One of the reasons we picked this was the advertised live music, which was great but just too loud for dining. If ever in Newport again, we would not hesitate to go back.
The food was good. Our waitress was excellent but the music was soooo loud we couldn’t hear each other speak. Our waitress did ask the band to turn down the amplifier but after their break the music went back up. I enjoy music but this was unpleasant. Guests that are dining should be considered as there is no division between bar and dining room. Very unpleasant.
My wife and I have been to the 5th Element on several occasions-- some with friends and some alone- and whether it is for a app or dinner at the bar or the dining room- it is always a great treat. The staff is always attentive and the owners are not only present but always engaged and most hospitable. They work hard and I expect that they will have continued success for a long time to come.
I enjoyed the feeling of openness! Wide huge windows opened to view street and fresh air flowing into dining area! I loved that! Great crowd, civil, enjoying a night out. Excellent hamburger. Made to my exact specifications! My Guinness beer was fresh, nice head of foam! My waitress was attentive and on point with our entire order. I would definitely returned and would definitely recommend!
"I love the upbeat , new fresh feel of this place. Nice ambiance. Food was terrific. I loved the lamb tips. I definitely would return to try more dishes. Service was abit slow to get started but then it was well-timed. staff was friendly, wines were affordable."
After all the hype we were extremely disappointed in Fifth Element. Perhaps one of worst meals we have had in a very long time.
Flavorless food........were seated in a corner and server was too busy to be attentive. Sadly a ruined "last evening" in Newport.
Definitely would not go back..... ever.
MANY other fine restaurants in Newport but not this one.
Casual and comfortable open atmosphere, very good food and service, with decent drinks and a tolerable wine list. It was a bit noisy for us, but I suspect your mileage may vary depending on neighboring tables. Overall, it's a contemporary feel-good restaurant, perfect for any kind of casual dining. It looks particularly good for groups and informal business meals. 4-1/2 stars.
Our group of 8 women ages 57 to 65 meet each year. We enjoyed the food which included mussels, scallops, lamb ,spinach ball, and a variety of salad. The next table ordered pizza which they enjoyed too. We went on a Sunday night. The noise level was a bit high making conversation strained. The decor was cool hip. The windows were wide opened but the trees kept the outdoor noise out. A good find away from the busy tourist area but still within walking distance from it.
We really enjoyed our dinner here. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive and took the time to explain different options to us. The drinks were really strong, but delicious, and the food was pretty good (could've been better, but still decent). The restaurant was really nice, had a great atmosphere and it was cool sitting by the windows on a summer night because they open all the windows (which form a whole wall) so it feels like you're essentially eating outside. Would definitely go back here!
I think they've done a really nice job with the decor- bringing the outside in. The bar has a good vibe. We like eating at the bar tables. If you're looking for a little more privacy, the dining room is not as noisy. I love the pizza with corn and jalapenos combined with a salad. It's my go to! Also, the Fifth Element serves a proper sized martini...not one of those stingy half pour kind. Also, parking on Broadway can be found and they have a lot adjacent to the restaurant. Nice, friendly place. I'll make sure to go back and support them out of season too.
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