Ninfa's on Navigation
Ninfa's on Navigation

Ninfa's on Navigation

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ninfas.com/
  • Phone: 713-228-1175
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Alex Padilla
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Original Ninfa's prides itself on its tremendous quality in outside catering events. We would be delighted to put together a personal proposal for you. Our restaurant team can put you in touch with one of our catering consultants. Weddings Corporate Events Rehearsal Dinners or just about any event you can imagine... 713.228.1175

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Delano
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have ample parking and complementary Valet parking service is available.
A word from Ninfa's on Navigation
The Original Ninfa's on Navigation Located on Navigation Boulevard just minutes from the heart of downtown Houston, the Original Ninfa's was all started with Mama Ninfa Laurenzo's creative TexMex recipes. These led to the introduction of fajitas & Mexican cuisine to North America which gained immediate success. If you're looking for a Houston Mexican restaurant, Ninfa's on Navigation is not only a local icon, having serviced politicians, celebrities & even visiting royalty, their Mexican food is unbeatable. Chef Alex Padilla uses only top quality ingredients, like Mama Ninfa herself did, & fresh Gulf of Mexico seafood like red snapper, jumbo shrimp & more. Voted Best Margaritas, you can enjoy Ninfaritas on the outdoor deck, dine on the best Mexican dishes & fajitas around and truly enjoy the great restaurant experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Ninfa's on Navigation reviews from OpenTable diners
169 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (98)good for groups (92)great for outdoor dining (76)great for lunch (73)kid-friendly (54)fit for foodies (54)great for brunch (43)hot spot (37)special occasion (29)late-night find (13)vibrant bar scene (12)romantic (9)scenic view (4)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Must do in Houston
    DinnerGuest
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    As most reviews suggest the is the best and most authentic mexican restaurant in Houston. Nice strong Margaritas too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best fajitas in Houston
    ChzHead005
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We got a mixed fajita plate with chicken, beef, shrimp, ribs & pork…wow, very awesome. Guacamole was fresh, not pre made or "store bought." Ninfas flour tortillas can't be beat. The desserts we shared were amazing…flan with caramel and tres leches with marshmallow topping, double WOW!! Ninfas on Navigation is always a real treat. Davila, our sever, was top-notch!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite Fajitas!
    jmsg8girlVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Even though we only had the fajita nachos - they were the best!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ninfa's Trip down memory lane
    JaneAusten
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Although Mama Ninfa is no longer at the door to great us it felt like stepping back in time when we went to Ninfa's on Navigation. We hadn't been in years but it was still just as she left it-- dingier but still fun. Margarettas are still delicious but skip the frozen ones and get the original on the rocks. Taco al carbon beef are better than chicken and the charro beans are a must over the refried but the best part is the wait staff-- always have smiles on their faces, happy to ask questions, they support one another including the bus folks...it's like a dance and fun to watch. Even the valets get in on the happiness adventure...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If there is Tex-Mex in heaven...
    wildbill
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    ...it will be cooked by Mama Ninfa! I love this place, mostly for the food, but the clientele as well -- it draws in the old and the young, families and couples, and all ethnic groups. There's absolutely nothing like eating fajitas at the place that (virtually) invented them. Add a Dos Equis beer and you'll think you are in heaven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to par
    Momz
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    First let me say that I LOVE Ninfa's ... however, this visit missed the mark everywhere. Service: the restaurant had been open for almost an hour but the tables werent set and it took 15 minutes for anyone to even approach us. Lunch menu was left with us, no brunch menu (its 11:00 am people - ask which menu or deliver both!). Once we were finally noticed, service was better. Drinks: the bloody mary mix was way over salted ... and I mean it was terrible. I tried to drink them since that's what I prefer for brunch. Had to switch to margarita - no offer was made to fix the bloody mary mix. Food: served cold. I hate cold food. I don't return food to the kitchen because you never know what will happen. Very disappointed this visit.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Went with the Mixta Rio Grande--an individual grilled platter featuring shrimp, chicken, beef and pork along with rice, beans, guacamole and tortillas. Delicioso!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old reliable
    ottlutherVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Always a bit of a hustle and bustle, and always good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    noblen
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Ate over here with friend for Labor Day because we were craving mexican food. It was our first time here and the food was good/filled us up. I'll visit this place again the next time I'm in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great restaurant
    seanerich
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Spent my bday there w family. Fajitas were delicious, tastiest in town
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drummajor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This restaurant is great! The original. Not an easy place to have an intimate conversation but have a great special occasion - absolutely! Every Houstonian should visit this place. Save your money and then come on down.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Sunday funday began at Ninfa's where we brunched on breakfast tacos and a shrimp diablo omelet washed down by mimosas. Love the complementary corn muffins!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic as always!
    TJLDC75VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I love this place for the food AND the employees. They really go out of their way to make you happy. You won't find a happier, caring and fun bunch. The food is always great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food...service needs work
    brian
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We've been coming to Ninfa's on Nav for a few years now since moving to Houston. We bring out of town guests here and they always love the food. Lately it seems that they have jammed more tables in everywhere to the point where we couldn't even get to our table this last visit. The hostess had to move someone's baby in a high chair our of the way in order for us to be able to get to our table. The food has always been good. But it seems like it comes out faster and faster every time we go. This last visit our food came out less than 5 minutes after we ordered. This makes for a rushed dinner, which in a noisy restaurant, really takes away from the enjoyment of the meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ninfa's Original
    Foodienut
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Always a great choice for excellent Mexican food. Great margaritas fun place great for foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The two of us snuck in for a late Saturday lunch of two appetizers--bean and cheese nachos for my wife and queso flameado for me. The Horchata Borracha was refreshing as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for out of town guests
    LittleTexasLady
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Taking an out of town guest from Seattle was a great idea. He wanted good Mexican food and loved the food and ambiance. Although it is crowded and very loud, our west coast 'everything is better and cooler in Seattle' visitor was impressed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Houston Classic
    mapb
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Ninfa's is a Houston institution where you can always get tasty Tex-Mex food for a good price. A 'must' if you are spending any length of time in the Houston area and want to get a taste for Mexican food, Texas style.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The One and Only
    jim2148
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Ninfa's on Navigation has been my go-to Tex-Mex restaurant in Houston for 37 years.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ninfas is our spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We have eaten at Ninfas for twenty years. The food is always consistent..there are no surprises..Martha Stewart and the President of Croatia are just a few of the people that have been taken to Ninfas as a Houston icon. We get special treatment when we go on Sundays but I have noticed that they go out of their way to be nice to all their customers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • resting on its laurels
    revved
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    It's impossible to screw up Tex Mex food, consisting as it does of consistent, predictable, simple ingredients. I stand corrected. This place, despite its reputation and claims to a historically significant heyday, is mediocre. Lemonade was weak -- several left their entire glass on the table and had water instead. We were a party of 6, with 4 checks. Our waiter couldn't figure out how to separate the checks, then tried to tell us the cash register system wouldn't do it (!), then told us he just couldn't because they wouldn't let him. Rice was yellow and strange-tasting. Tortilla for the taco was fried flour instead of corn. Just ok and certainly not living up to its hype. It's no longer even affiliated with an original family member.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Shrimp diablo tacos were outstanding this past Saturday.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Family Feast
    GottaEat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had both of our kids along for a rare event - we sat down together to eat a meal! They can both be fussy about their food. Everyone found something they really liked. Had a great evening enjoying seeing our family and having a tasty meal complete with superior service!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Tumyum
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    As always we enjoyed our night out to Ninfa's. Once again, great food, great servic and a fun and lively atmosphere! Our out of town guest very much enjoyed it as well! Thanks, we will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Dinner Locale
    ccrider58
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I loved Ninfa's on Navigation. While I waited for my party, I sat at the bar and enjoyed a couple of delicious drinks. Our food was awesome and the service was excellent. There are other Mexican restaurants located nearby on the same street, but the quality of service and food are much better to me at Ninfa's. The prices are fair also. I can hardly wait to go again. The restaurant has ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicioso!
    lggnd95VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great Food and great margaritas! I love the house made tortillas. Authentic Tex Mex! Don't settle for any other Ninfa's. The original is always the best!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Used to be my favorite Mexican food
    Bbrfk74VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Something happened and it wasn't in a good way. The famous green sauce and beef fajitas just wasn't what they used to be. Used to always go to the original Ninfa's because they were the best...probably won't go back for a long time. Too bad. So sad. Although the server (Joel) was really great and deserves a raise.
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  • Great Place
    SanityBroken
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Come here all the time. Food is great although the prices are a little high for lunch in my opinion. They could use a lunch menu at lower prices, although they never to seem to be short of diners so I doubt that will ever happen. When I'm not working, and I can make here in the evening, I think they have one of the best margarita's in town as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Time, but
    Arealnurse23
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It's been years since I've dined at the orginial Ninfa's and the great to know that the food and service and still amazing despite the founder no longer being present to hold court. My sixteen year old had the shrimp taco's and he's still raving and asking when are we going back. My only issue, the restrooms are not handicap accessible for those confined to a wheelchair which was the case for a member in our party. Otherwise great food and fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Back from vacation and still in a seafood mood, I ordered the Queso del Mar [a seafood filled version of the queso flameado] and added a side of rice and refried black beans. It all hit the spot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Houston's classic
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Ninfa's on Navigation offers a classic dining experience and a great alternative to Houston's CBD restaurants. Its specialties like Shrimp Diablo and Tacos al Carbon have been served since my first visit in 1977 when Mama Ninfa could be seen in the restaurant, daily.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    TXfoodlvr
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I made a reservation so that we would be sure to get a nice table-they seated us in the bar! Service exceedingly slow and food mediocre. Will dine elsewhere in the future as Ninfa's has lost it's charm.
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  • Disappointed
    MyThoughts
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This was our go to place for Fajitas and now it's off the table. It was so sub par, the quality is terrible. I would be embarrassed to send that quality out of the kitchen compared to how wonderful it was in the past. Everything was just poor. The service has always been slow but for a half empty place it was terrible, we had appetizers and dinner. Our dinner was out before our drinks!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    Mike
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Try the fajitas. They're great. Service was friendly and casual at the same time. Very packed place, so make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Check sports schedules
    NonnaK
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Before dining at a Ninfa's on Navigation, be sure to check home game schedules for Astros and Dynamo. Both teams played home games on Saturday night, and our dining experience was less than pleasant. We had 5 pm reservations, arrived on time and were shown to a table in the barroom after a wait. The bar was packed with sports fans, noise level deafening, temperature sweltering with so many bodies packed into room. We ordered as soon as server appeared since we had two young children in our party. 45 minutes later we flagged down the only manager in sight (since our server could not be found) to ask him to check on our food. When food arrived, it was good, but waiter delivered extra rice and beans, and charged us $3.50 for them.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic find
    TJLDC75VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    You won't be disappointed. Great staff. Great menu. The menu is always changing and you'll love anything you order.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Had to hit Ninfa's for dinner one last time before going on a long vacation so that we could get our fix of Houston's best Mexican. We started with chili con queso and made quick work of it along with the green and red sauces. Entrees included a fajita taco salad, fajita quesadillas, crispy beef tacos and the Mixta Rio Grande [a great single order mixed grill]. Wine and margaritas rounded out the meal. I already am looking forward to getting back in town.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so authentic!
    angeVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Excellent service, and delicious authentic Mexican food that you can not get everywhere! We will definitely return
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    It has been years since we have been to Ninfa's, as we have moved across town. It was well worth the drive, and perfect for our anniversary. Had one of the chef's current specials, and it did not disappoint!!!
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  • Calgary
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Amazing food and service; place to go for great Mexican.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate