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Ninfa's on Navigation
Ninfa's on Navigation

Ninfa's on Navigation Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ninfas.com/
  • Email: juanz@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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "Tacos a la Ninfa--their iconic, eponymous dish--was exactly what I was looking for this past Friday night. Got one of each, topped with the small ramekin of queso and a little guacamole. Poured some red sauce on one and green on the other. Delicioso!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Ate at Ninfa's Friday night and sat on the patio. Maria did an excellent job and we had a lot of fun. Margaritas were good and so was the food. I will be back."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The restaurant was not crowded when we arrived at 6:25 PM on a Thursday night. By 7:00 PM it was full. There was a Security guard walking the parking lot. The chips, salsa and fajitas were fresh and tasty. Ninfa's claims they started the fajita craze and they do know how to make them. My beef fajitas were cooked just right, medium. The tortillas are hand made near the entrance. Stop to see the ladies at work. Ninfa's has a nice but small selection of beers on tap. I will return."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Fajitas was kind of dry. Food was a little overcooked. Service was not bad."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Circled back to the Mixta Rio Grande--grilled shrimp, fajitas, chicken fajitas and pork--which is the mixed grill for one. With the rice and charro beans and the flour tortillas, it was enough for a second meal the next night. I'm hungry again just writing about it."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My wife, 10 mo old son and I recently ate here on a Sunday for lunch. This was our first time. The atmosphere was great, not too loud but there was great energy. The service was excellent. We split a house margarita and wished we had gotten two because it was so good. The flavor was perfect and it was extremely smooth. My wife said the salsa was some of the best she's had. Although we didn't order brunch, the brunch menu looked delicious. I wouldn't say it was the best mexican food I've ever had, but it was still very good. I had a combo meal with a taco, enchilada and fajitas. It may have been a fluke, but the fajitas were just so-so. I was expecting something amazing and just didn't get it. I would recommend Ninfa's to just about anyone."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Went to Ninfas like usual before the dynamo game and have yet to be disappointed. They had an awesome crawfish enchilada special that day and it was really good! The other people at my table had the old faithful fajita burger and a really good pile of chicken fajitas. Everything was great as usual and we had an awesome waitress named maria. She was probably one of the best waitresses we've had. She was very energetic and fun. She was extremely attentive and was very quick to get us our food considering how busy the restaurant was. Thanks for another great meal!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We always enjoy Ninfa's on Navigation. Never had any food or drink that wasn't great. We tried the Salmon & Snapper tacos this time with Jalepeño Habañero Maragritas - delicious!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Ninfas is my favorite restaurant. The Mexican food is amazing and the experience is even better."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Love coming here since I was a kid! Love everything about this place!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I have been to this location at least twice already. Once in the moring and another for dinner. Prices are reasonable, drinks are good and breakfast is delisious."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Never get a bad meal, whether it is fajitas (the best in town), fish tacos, carne asana, enchiladas, etc. Chef Alex knows how to do it! Our favorite Mexican restaurant in Houston...worth the drive to Navigation. Favorite servers are Tina and Omar, and Juan does a fabulous job as manager. There has been new remodeling but without compromising the integrity of the original building. Well done!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Good food and good service. Good atmosphere, but can get loud at times. We will definitely go back. P.s. The sopapillas are awesome!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Soppapillas for dessert were excellent. Server was excellent. Food came out quickly. Happening, vibrant place. Pretty standard Mexican fare on menu. Not much exotic or gourmet. Entrees were serviceable but not so outstanding we must return. Although would like to go back to try other items."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Ninfa's is such a fun place to dine out. The food is amazing. The half pound fajitas can easily be split for two. The margaritas are also great - both the traditional ninfarita and the fun flavors like pomegranate. They were really busy when we went, but didn't rush us at all. Definitely my favorite Mexican restaurant in Houston!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Ninfa's on Navigation still holds the bar high for Tex-Mex in Houston. I took some out-town guests for dinner before the Rockets game. Great food, Fajita's and enchiladas, quesso, chips, and salsa. My guests are addicted to Shinner Bock and Nifa's bar served it cold and refreshing. The cherry on the sundae was that fact that Ninfa's provides a free shuttle to and from the Toyota center. (No fee for parking in Ninfas guarded parking lot)"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "On Spring Break, there was one spot my daughter wanted to be sure I took her--Ninfa's. She went with her traditional chicken taco ala Ninfa with a mango margarita, while I opted for one of Chef Alex's specials along with some red wine. The special I chose was the lobster empanadas. It came with a bowl of lobster bisque and 2 decent sized empanadas filled with lobster meat that come topped with a slightly creamy cole slaw mixture. The empanadas had a reasonable ratio of filling to dough, but were a bit on the dry side. My solution to that problem was to spoon a little bit of the bisque on top of each bite. The bisque, while tasty, did not seem to contain much lobster. Glad I tried it, but will pass next time and try crawfish enchiladas."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Perfect does not exist for me, but this is really good"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants in Houston. I bring every out of towner here. Consistently great food, atmosphere, and love the outdoor patio."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Ninfa's never fails to serve excellent Tex-Mex, with a charming smile and fun atmosphere. Seriously, if it's not in your top 3 Houston fajita spots, you are doing something wrong."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Sometimes you just want a couple of appetizers for your dinner and this was one of those nights as we selected an order of bean and cheese nachos along with the queso flameado. They were both delicious and filled us up. I'm sure next time we'll be back to tacos or enchiladas or fajitas, but for this night we made a perfect choice."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "our waitress was wounding around and got our order wrong. fixed it quick."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Ninfa's on Navigation has excellent Margaritas!!!! The Fajitas are great too. Service is friendly. Options of sitting inside, outside or in the new bar area with large windows. If you're in the mood for some really good TexMex, this is the place to go. Be prepared to wait during busy hours but it's worth it."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We recently celebrated my wifes birthday here, however, this was not our first visit. As usual, we were seated quickly because of our reservation, the service was friendly and the food was great. Our waitress kept asking if everything was OK almost to a fault, and wait time for food and check was a tad slow compared to previous visits, however, it was still high level service. We will continue to visit this Houston gem!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Food was great (as usual) and the margaritas were even better! See yall on the 5th!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "About 15 minutes after being seated our waitress arrived to take drink orders. She put the order right in and the drinks were ready promptly and placed at the drink station 3' from our table. Several other members of the wait staff attempted to take the drinks to their table, read the ticket, realized that they were for us, then set them back at the drink station instead of turning around and giving them to us. It took about 10 minutes to get the drinks and the ice was melted already when we did. The food came out in shifts, with tortillas trailing the fajitas so the meat was cold by the time the tortillas arrived (3 tortillas for a fajita dinner for two!). We then requested more tortillas and were provided a fourth about 15 minutes later."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "You won'd be disappointed if you visit. The food and service is fantastic."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Back for brunch for the first time in several months and there was a larger than usual crowd by 10:30 on the Sunday we sprang forward into Daylight Saving Time. And why not? Superb breakfast tacos and the shrimp diablo omelette are my personal favorites. Along with the wonderful Mexican cornbread topped with chili con queso. Wash it all down with either mimosas, a horchata or perhaps the standby margaritas and you've got the makings of a great Sunday."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "As extreme Houston Dynamo fans, we are always in the area. As also being Houstonians we are HUGE Mexican food fans also. Look no further for some of the best authentic quality Mexican food in town. Ninfa's is probably one of the best Mexican restaurants ive ever been to. Since we are in the neighborhood for all the dynamo games, we wanted a good place to meet up with friends and fellow fans before the games. We heard of this really good Mexican place that also offers free shuttle service to and from local sporting events (Astros, Rockets & Dynamo games). We decided to give it a try and haven't gone anywhere since. We highly recommend making reservations, especially on a game night. The food is great, and the service is even better. LOVE IT!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The steak fajitas here are unreal. I've had steak fajitas all over Houston and many are great but these stand out. Even though the restaurant is always packed, they are very friendly here, helpful, and try to get everyone in as quickly as they can."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Chips, handmade tortillas, famous green sauce, queso and the parillada mixta washed down by margs and wine. It doesn't get much better than a Friday night at Ninfa's on Navigation."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Love Mama Ninfas! Food is always exceptional as well as the Ninfaritas. Great service. I'm never disappointed."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Their mexican food has definitely taken a turn for the worst. One must try the fajita burger. Never had one like it and at least they havent ruined it!"
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Food was outstanding and service was impeccable. A top Tex-Mex experience."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Even at 6 p.m. on a Saturday, Ninfa's was already hopping. I have recently discovered the Mixto Rio Grande which is an individual portion of grilled shrimp, chicken, fajitas and pork served on a hot comal with rice and beans. Order it if you're hungry or want a little something to go for lunch the next day. If two of you want something similar, there is the Nopalito platter which is basically double the portions of the same items."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "There are a number of great appetizers, meat, & seafood dishes. We had the Queso w/ Chorizo, Ceviche, & Guacamole to start. All were great - perfect amount of spice on the Chorizo & very fresh. Margaritas were simple syrup, lime, tequila, and salt - not mixtures used. I had the Cheese Enchilada's as a main, and they just melted in your mouth. Will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We love this place! Ernesto is one of our favorite servers and always brings a smile and great service. We will return for sure!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food is always really good. The drinks are fantastic. It's a fun place to go with your friends. I try and visit every time I get to Houston."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "valet parking , respected the reservation time , great atmosphere and service , topped with Fantastic food , always fun to eat at Mama's"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I've been a fan of Ninfa's for many years. The food & drinks are as good as ever, and the service is always good as well. Close to downtown destinations like Minutemaid, Toyota Center, G.R. brown convention center, etc."
    Dined on 2/21/2014