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
149 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (86)good for groups (75)great for outdoor dining (68)great for lunch (58)fit for foodies (46)kid-friendly (37)hot spot (35)great for brunch (27)special occasion (22)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (10)romantic (5)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Ninfa's - the place that never dissapoints
    31yearsyoung
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The Original Ninfa's on Navigation is a Houston staple and always at the top of our "night out" list. The staff is always friendly and does a wonderful job at meeting all guests needs. One particular thing to point out is how well they handle mishaps. On this particular night we encountered a completely full dining room, which is typical. In trying to navigate the crowded dining area, a runner lost control of one of the dinner plates after it a decoration on the wall. A scenario that has happened to all in food service. Of course the food went crashing to the floor and could have inconvenienced many a guest who was in the "splash zone". However, what came next was most impressive. We witnessed an all hands on deck moment to help, from busing, to service and management, to help handle the situation. The mess was cleaned, the guests were made happy, and business went on. I applaud all of you for great teamwork and will remember this always. Thanks for a great evening, as usual!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Chef Alex's latest group of Specials includes a Double Cut pork chop served with Chipotle Sauce and pureed sweet potatoes. It was spectacular. Delicioso.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful Service From The Bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Margarita was just sugar syrup. No tequila or triple sec that I could taste. No buzz. After I sent it back, the replacement was the same. What's wrong with the bartender?
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We really enjoy Ninfa's, but were disappointed this time. We made reservations for 7 so that we would not have to wait, and would have plenty of room. They seated us at a table for 6 and we were a bit crowded. When we asked for a larger table, we were told there were none available. What's the point in making a reservation?
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lonertable
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We sat at one table in the back that was the only 2 person table among tables of 10+. I felt that we were just stuck in the middle of the floor and very loud because of the bigger groups. Could designate the back to for bigger parties and the middle section for 4 people or less. Can get really crazy on Friday night. The great food made up for it though and the great service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weekly event
    Sundaysatisfied
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Our Sunday lunch at Ninfa's is an almost weekly event we look forward to. Consistent quality food but it is the service that keeps us coming back. We make a weekly reservation for our favorite area & waitor! Thank you for a very pleasent & enjoyable event1
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I've now eaten at Ninfa's on Navigation twice. The margaritas were amazing both times, and the atmosphere out on the patio is so fun! The food is pretty good, but I didn't find it anything super stellar - don't get me wrong, it is good, but not the best thing I've ever had. It's definitely still worth going, especially if you're feeling festive and want a fun spot for dinner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Celebration
    GottaEat
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was the third visit to Ninfas. The food quality is consistantly good. It was busier during our last visit but we actually had better service although the service this time was not poor it just was not as good. The only negative was thing when we entered someone had taken our reservation. Luckily it was not too busy and they were able to get us a table promptly. Everyones food in our party was very good even though we tried some items we had not ordered prior.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Tried to order an old favorite, the quarter pound of chicken fajitas prepared "ala mexicana" style, but was told a half-pound is now the smallest order available. I wasn't that hungry and couldn't use the leftovers this particular weekend, so I chose something else.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Houston's Tex-Mex Legend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Halloween night found us at Ninfa's getting fortified for that evening's parties. We had bean and cheese nachos that come with plenty of guacamole, sour cream, pico and jalapenos. For the entree, our choice was the Seafood Enchiladas. The bar still kicks out killer margs and pours better than expected wines.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun on Halloween
    DrJoel
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Waiters dressed in full costume with face makeup. Flexible- changed my reservation without a hassle. Seated quickly. Attention to refilling iced tea, etc. very buzy and great service. Good outstanding and good assortment of drinks. Parking available and easy, even with a full restaurant. A great, fun evening on Halloween!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We had an early dinner, so the place was relatively quiet. Each of the four of us enjoyed a different entrée - from flautas and carnitas to chicken fajitas and a combo dinner. And came away full as always. Our outgoing waiter, Coto, was especially helpful and accommodating. Two of the group were newbies when it came to Mexican food, so more explanations were in order. Rounds of margaritas completed the meals perfectly. My wife and I are locals and have been here a number of times, altho not for a couple of years. It's nice to see that the Ninfas restaurant we have enjoyed in the past is still doing things right and warranted our taking out-of-town guests there.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    the waitress we had was horrible, took way too long to even come to table...also chips and sauce alone took forever.......most likely will not be coming in for lunch!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tacos al la Ninfa
    13ramrod
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The green sauce is always excellent...and the tacos al la Ninfa were outstanding...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unusual Experience
    Gebo
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The food was great but the service was not. We usually have a great experience at Ninfa's on Navigation - great food, great service, great atmosphere. So we brought friends during their visit to Houston and it was not what we were expecting. The service was very slow. But the worst part was that our server had lame excuses for each and every delay.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Kady was amazing as always. She was very attentive to our needs and over exceeded our expectations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Slipped in for a Friday lunch with some business associates and went with my current favorite, the Enchiladas del Mar. Order them with the refried Black beans and you have a terrific meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The ambiance and food was outstanding. The service could use a bit of improvement. it took them a while to get salsa and chips on our table and we had to wait on refills of tea and water.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great fajitas
    jmsg8girlVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My favorite fajitas in town! And I love the red sauce and queso, too!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Saturday brunch comes without any of the hassle associated with the interpretation of TABC Sunday morning alcohol restrictions. One of us was in a breakfast mood and had the torta diablo [shrimp omelet] while the other was ready for lunch choosing the classic cheese enchilada plate. Yum! Margaritas and mimosas rounded out the start of a leisurely day.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food and Drinks
    nanofoodie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Excellent Service, Great food, Lively atmosphere Enjoyed the Sangria and the Ninfaritas
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AmyB
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Ninfa's is one of our all time favorite restaurants. Don't miss the queso flameado!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Mexican Food
    Ktaylor113
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Ninfa's is consistently the best Mexican Restaurant I've found. I go there every time I am in Houston. I've never found a place that can compete with them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome, Interesting Mexican
    stellabix
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Usually menus at Mexican restaurants look exactly the same... fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, and that's about it. While Ninfa's on Navigation has all of those items, it not only does them really well, but offers an interesting spin on them. The service was very attentive, the ambiance is lovely, and the food was delicious. Will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good place to take tourists
    houstonfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Kind of heavy Tex-Mex food, tasty, but not really for those watching blood sugar or calories.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    mexfoodfanatic
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our waitress was wonderful and so was the food! We never ran out of chips or drinks. Even though the restaurant was busy, we were still seated at our table by our reservation time. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    With an old friend back in town for the first time in over a decade, we hit Navigation on Saturday evening for a terrific dinner featuring chili con queso, tacos ala Ninfa and Enchiladas del Mar all washed down by the iconic Ninfarita and some good vino tinto! Ninfa's is still bringing it after 41 years.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    WAY over priced for food that was nothing special. I have had a lot better fajitas
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Had looked forward to Sunday morning brunch at Ninfa's in advance of the Texans game. In 30 plus years of dining here, I'm not sure I've ever encountered so many problems. They will no longer serve you alcohol [10 a.m. to noon] without an entree being in front of you claiming this is due to TABC rules. However those rules allow them to serve alcohol "in conjunction with the service of food." Pretty much every other restaurant in Houston will serve you once you have ordered your food. We tried a workaround of ordering queso as a starter and were told they still couldn't serve us until an entree arrived. So does this mean if my meal is several appetizers that they would never serve me?? We love Ninfa's. But no longer for Sunday brunch.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ninfa's Excellence
    MOCityDiner
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Ninfa's on Navigation is still my favorite Mexican food place in Houston. The atmosphere is quaint, crowded, but not clamoring. The Redfish Tacos are at the top of the menu listing for good reason. Home-made tortillas, excellent Pico and sauce compliment the moist, lightly seasoned, grilled fish. Seating was fast and efficient, wait staff was attentive, but not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friday September 26 2014 8:45pm
    Adam
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Ninfa's has been a part my families tradition for over four decades. My parents took me as a child in the 70's and I still feel like I'm coming home when I dine at Ninfa's today. The past 5 years has brought many of changes to the area, I believe Ninfa's is preparing to move along with the times as well. While I do miss the intimate ambiance I do understand the necessity of the expansion. Like a merger in a corporation, there is bound to be turbulence, which I witnessed first hand. I commend the staff, management, and owners for the success that has come out of this transition. Ninfa's is always a treat for our family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Tried the Enchiladas del Mar--predominantly filled with shrimp while topped with crabmeat--and they were OUTSTANDING. Went with the refried black beans which matched up better than regular refrieds or the charro beans for that matter.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place
    TJLDC75VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    You can never go wrong when you chose Ninfa's on Navigation. The food is great and the service is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seemed a little off tonight
    jmsg8girlVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The fajitas tasted great, but weren't sizzling when they arrived. Service was a litte slow...probably just an off night, since this is the first time we've had either of those issues.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Time Here!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I had always wanted to try Ninfa's and was in the area and decided to have dinner. Its a cute little restaurant. The food was good! I just had fajitas and to me they were like any other Mexican restaurant. Maybe next time I'll try a specialty dish. The service was great. Everyone was working fast and made sure you were ok.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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  • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.