Ninfa's on Navigation

4.6
2197 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
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.

Support Ninfa's on Navigation during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2197 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fajitas were soooooo good!

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DelilahS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Love Ninfas but had a bad experience spent $200 plus table next to us on patio was yelling vulgar profanity which ruined our experience we go to Ninfas at least once a week. Thank god tgey left I was getting ready to call to speak to management.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and waiter guided us to favorite dishes. Margaritas were awesome. Food was delivered quickly. The Mexican Chocolate cake was to die for!!

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TerryE
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner at Ninfa’s! I normally don’t like margaritas because they’re too sweet, but here they’re just the right amount of sweetness. Chips and salsa are delicious and the queso was tasty! We will definitely go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bernardo was excellent! We had a great time and could have stayed a while longer but the margs! Eye yi yi yi! Everything was great! Thank you for a Greta afternoon. We needed it after the snowpocolypse!

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vipchip
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I don't think that they should have been open on the day I went. They said there was not water to drink which made me wonder what they were using for cooking and iced tea. The waitress tried up selling at every opportunity and was not very genuine in her service efforts. I would make another choice for my next Mexican craving!

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NOLAfavorite
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Brian, our server, was wonderful. He offered great suggestions and was very attentive. The food was great and good-size portions. The drinks, margaritas, were a little too sweet as was the dessert. But, still very happy with our experience.

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vipDianeB
New England
38 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent. I had shrimp Diablo and will definitely order again. Server was attentive space was quiet. Prices are high!

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KimF
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server and great food. Will definitely be going back.

CJ
vipChrisJ
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has a wonderful Sunday Brunch with family & friends to celebrate a wedding from the previous night. Staff was attentive & the food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 all across the board! Ninfa’s never disappoints.

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RuthM
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious (especially that chocolate cake) and the service was very good. We were on the patio so there was a little more noise but it was still easy to converse.

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vipPeterR
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostess and staff was very accommodating for our large group.

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vipjmsg8girl
Houston
162 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a lovely sunny day sitting outside. Food and service were excellent. Can't wait to go back

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GregG
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ninfas is always on point! Tina our server is wonderful and the manager Betsy is wonderful as well!!

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very crowded in a pandemic. People standing at front door in a crowd. I was very disappointed in my redfish dish.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was alright and service was great.

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KristinS
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good we liked Esteban great service.

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vipk226
Houston
123 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ninfa's has added even more outdoor seating. They obviously recognize and are responding to what customers want in these challenging times. The food was excellent as always (and of course the margaritas), and we were surprised at how quickly it came out. Anything you can get that has fajita meat in it (tacos and enchiladas) is great! The waiter was pleasant and attentive, and they have helpers to keep service efficient as well as to disinfect after diners leave. It's nice to be able to go out to eat every once in a while and feel safe.

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SaraW
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ninfas has the best Fajitas in Houston, probably in the USA!! We LOVE Ninfas, it NEVER disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cute place with delicious food! They are handling COVID very well by spacing out the tables and having barriers between the tables. However, it is a tad expensive, so not a place I would go to frequently, but definitely a good place to have a date night or take friends!

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vipLATlovesdining
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ninfa's on Navigation has been a Houston mainstay for decades and remains viable to anyone desiring a wide assortment of traditional Mexican and TexMex cooking. Also try a margarita before hand and try one of the many appetizers too.

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SharonV
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Food was fine, service was terrible and caused us to leave without after dinner drinks or desert.

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ChristineG
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Overpriced Mexican food
El Tiempo is way more expensive and way tastier

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NicoleM
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Covid procedures, and food was quickly served & lovely staff!

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DeniseM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I took my daughter out to dinner at Ninfa’s as a belated Christmas gift before a string quartet concert. Everyone told us that we had to go to The Original Ninfa’s to get the authentic feeling. Sorry but we thought the Ninfa’s in the Galleria area was much nicer. The food was still excellent but the ambiance wasn’t anything special.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

JB
JoeB
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate on the patio and really enjoyed it. With the COVID situation we were seated apart so that noise wasn't a problem. Service was excellent. The food, as always was superb. I wish the menu was a little larger, but maybe that's just a sign of the times. We had no trouble finding good things to eat. In my case it was the beef tacos al carbon. I ordered two, but they were so large I should have ordered just one. Everything we had, including appetizers and Margaritas were perfect!

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DonZ
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

For a traditional Mexican restaurant, everything was bland. The only thing seasoned well was the tamale, but it was dry because they took it out of the husk to serve. Overall not worth the money. Overpriced and it was very cold in there, and we were close to the kitchen.

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LucindaC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great margaritas and service. Food was not quite as good as usual but still good

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OpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food.

MM
MichaelM
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always reliably good. Has never let me down. They have done a good job adapting to Covid-19, but still a very good feel.

DR
DonnahR
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Margaritas were AMAZING!! Food was ok...cheese enchiladas were very good but way to small/thin!!

JS
vipJacquesS
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Wasn’t sure what to think of it at first, it was a quiet late Tuesday night, but I can imagine that this place would be packing with ppl on a weekend night or weekend lunch. Great food and drinks, a bit pricey for Mexican but definitely very good. Fun place for a last minute date night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had friends visiting from out of town and brought them to the Original Ninfa’s for dinner. Great food, great service. We showed up 30 mins early for our reservation and we’re still seated immediately. We’ll be back soon!

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vipk226
Houston
124 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Ninfa's is an all time favorite of ours. They have done a good job making diners feel safe in a number of ways, with masked and gloved servers and online menus. I saw them cleaning a table after the diners left, and they were very thorough. It was chilly on the somewhat enclosed patio, but it was our choice to eat outside. We noticed dividers in the main dining rooms that I'm sure helped keep parties apart.
And the food: anything with fajitas (tacos, enchiladas, etc.) is good, and I always enjoy their margaritas despite the cold!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As usual the food was good, not great.

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zigzag1a
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food with friends. Only place for great Mama Ninfa’s TexMex.

FAQs

Ninfa's on Navigation does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Ninfa's on Navigation also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 228-1175.

Ninfa's on Navigation is rated 4.6 stars by 2197 OpenTable diners.

Ninfa's on Navigation does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://cardmall.quickgifts.com/gift-card/the-original-ninfas.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.