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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/
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "You won't be disappointed. Great staff. Great menu. The menu is always changing and you'll love anything you order."
    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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Excellent service, and delicious authentic Mexican food that you can not get everywhere! We will definitely return"
    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!!!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Amazing food and service; place to go for great Mexican."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "When we arrived, they had our reservation, but no table. We waited for 15 minutes while they hustled to find one, sat us, only I be told they gave us the wrong table and made us move, seating us at a lesser table. They were disorganized. Ok food and service."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Arrived a few minutes before 9:15 reservation and got seated a few minutes later--okay for a busy Saturday evening. Our waiter appeared promptly to take drink and appetizer orders but never bothered to check if all of us actually had a napkin and cutlery--two of us did not and it took 2 additional contacts with waitstaff to get the utensils. Two baskets of chips arrived without any salsa and this took us a few more encounters with waitstaff to resolve. Who brings out chips without salsa!!?? Chicken fajitas were mucho mediocre and were served without tortillas. Come on guys, EVERY RESTAURANT serves either corn or flour tortillas. Don't make us beg for it. We wanted extra sour cream--10 min & 99 cents extra on bill. Never again Ninfa's!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We went to the original Ninfa's before an Astros game for lunch. It was excellent. The Tacos al Carbon are unbelievable!! Service was excellent too!!! Hope I have a chance to go back soon!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Never disappointed with the food. This time, the noise level was way up....but that didn't detract from the the food."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "It was the first and remains the best TexMex and more. Their food including their Homemade corn and flour tortillas, service and ambiance are without comparison. There are lots of want to be restaurants, and licensees, but there is only one Ninfa's on Navigation."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Ninfa's is a great idea for lunch--especially easy to get to from downtown. Met a business associate and shared the Nopalito platter--shrimp, beef, chicken and pork on a sizzling comal with carmelized onions. Served with handmade flour tortillas, rice and beans, it was simply delicioso!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Overall, the food was fine however I do remember the tortillas and rice being way better years ago. The fajitas were really good. The flan was ok. This used to be my favorite Mexican restaurant and I think I will have to search out a new one."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We have been going to Ninfas on Navigation for twenty years..once a week..food is always delicious..consistent every time you go..wait staff is quick and efficient and they make sure to make you feel welcome everytime you are there"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Read the reviews & this place was great. Hardly any wait! Food was excellent & out immediately. The waiter kept checking on us to see if we needed anything. All this & the place was packed! I would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I brought a party of 6 for a birthday lunch. I had heard much about the "Original Ninfa's", that a Houstonian must experience. The food was very good, cooked well, and the service was timely and efficient. Cost/value was average. Atmosphere/ ambience was relaxed and friendly. I enjoyed the meal and will go back, but did not find it "Head and Shoulders" above other Mexican restaurants where I have dined."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We went back the next night it was so good! A reason to travel to Houston!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The red fish tacos are great. I normally do not care for fish but Ninfa's does red fish right."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Great food! Great service! Great atmosphere! A little loud but fun!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Had the fajitas and shared with some friends. The food was delicious. And let's not forget about the margaritas! And apparently if you want the best home made tortillas ... This is where you go!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Great service, comfortable setting, recommend the Carne Asada and Al Pastor Tacos."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Only problem was a few flies. They find their way in from waitstaff opening door to serve people on the patio."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "With a guest in from the Midwest, we made our way to Houston's best Mexican restaurant for an evening of margaritas and fajitas. Specifically, we steered him to the classic: Tacos ala Ninfa. And we had him mix it up, with one beef and one chicken. Add chips, salsa and some chili con queso and he had a proper welcome to Houston."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Definitely as good as it has always been! We shall return sooner than later."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I reserved a lunch table for four and I was a little late, but I called Ninfa's and I was re-asured that my table would be saved. I arrived later and I was seated next to the garden with a great view. Food, service and staff were excellent. I will always go there for the free shuttle to and from the game...Thanks Ninfa's."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I took my husband here for his 53rd birthday. The food and service were fabulous!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Since relocating to the West Coast, we've found that a trip back home to Houston is required periodically to satisfy our Tex-Mex cravings. The restaurant has been (and remains), a beloved gem. Omar's service for our Saturday lunch was impeccable. We sincerely miss Tex-Mex cuisine. We have nothing in town (or throughout the San Francisco Bay Area) that approaches this culinary delight. So many of us former Houstonians would love to have you open a Ninfa's here!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "With the kids home from college, Ninfa's is always the first spot they want to head out to. On this occasion, everyone opted for something from the parilla: beef fajitas for 2, chicken tacos a la Ninfa and the Rio Grande [an individual mixed grill] and everyone left full and happy."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Been coming here for years always get the same waitress Katie always delivers great food always delivers great service always is 10+ on the fajitas you cannot go wrong everything here is good"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "it was Fathers Day and very busy service was not great bc of the crowd"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The Tejas combo provided just the right mix of traditional TexMex [crispy beef taco and cheese enchilada] with Mama Ninfa's chicken fajitas to provide a very satisfying and filling meal. Two of us had wine [pinot grigio and pinot noir] that were good while the third went for the Mango Margarita. A delicious Saturday supper."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Even the hour drive was worth eating at ninfas on navigation. Love the place."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This is the best Mexican food in town. Make a reservation. The wait to get on the waiting list was 20 people long at 6pm when we walked in. We were able to walk past everyone because of our reservation."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We ate prior to going to a ballgame. The location made it very convenient to go to Minute Maid after eating. The food was excellent and timely. We split a dessert afterwards and really enjoyed it."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Hadn't been here since the 70s - complimentary valet greeted us at the door - seated immediately - food was outstanding with some of the best fajitas you will ever eat and service was equally good - will be going back sooner."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "A true classic Houston restaurant. As good as it was when I began going there in the 70's!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "A little disappointed in our table for having made reservations. Walk-ins had way better seats. Server was average, but food was great!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Just what your looking for on a weekend adternoon Great margaritas, guacamole, salsa & chips. You don't need more but there is so much more. If your looking for great authentic Mexican food this is the place to go. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "You won't me disappointed. The food is great and the service is fantastic. You will be treated like family every time. They recently renovated the patio area and it's even better!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014