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
166 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (101)good for groups (91)great for outdoor dining (80)great for lunch (70)kid-friendly (55)fit for foodies (55)hot spot (41)great for brunch (38)special occasion (27)late-night find (14)vibrant bar scene (14)romantic (7)scenic view (5)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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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
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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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  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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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
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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
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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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.