Ninfa's on Navigation

4.6
2331 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 2331 people are saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DonnaM
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day

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Bertoscantina
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If your in Houston this is a must stop, watch abc video on history of restaurant, you’ll appreciate your visit more, love the queso fambleado

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing server & service! I absolutely love Ninfa’s & take all my friends here when they come to town. Never disappoints. Food is phenomenal, the original margaritas are some of the best (if not THE best) margs I’ve ever had. Will be back many more times!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really great food - delicious - and kind, considerate service!

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KimS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fajitas were delicious! Waitstaff was very nice. Close to Minute Maid Park.

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vipjmsg8girl
Houston
168 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lunch with friends - food was great as always. Service was well paced - allowed us to talk and eat without the staff hovering.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a reservation and I was seated immediately. Excellent food and service. If you are headed to an Astros game you can eat lunch or dinner at Ninfas and they give to a ride to the ballpark and also pick you up! Great service!

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MarkG
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for traditional good Mexican food this is the place to go and the service is fantastic from the greeters to the bartenders and wait staff.

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DHffff
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Great service. Parking was available at 6:00. Tortilla was undercooked and doughy. Service outstanding.

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Graduation2021
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was very loud, we were in the smaller dining room. Can't really complain but our table of 6 couldn't hear each other without shouting. Next time would do outdoor seating if mosquitoes aren't too bad.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food...a little high priced for Mexican food but there’s a distinct service and ambience improvement over other average Mexican restaurants.

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Boorae
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Did not get correct entree and service was not great.

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RobertL
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a fun place to go, especially before or after Astros game, great food, extensive menu, lots to select from, awesome service

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MichaelS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and absolutely great shuttle service to Minutemaid Park for the Astros game!

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ursala
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good but nothing special. Beef fajitas were tasty, redfish was over cooked. Service was good but restaurant was loud so ordering was a challenge.

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vipDaveS
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Houston icon. Great food and great service. If you order the quail, let your waiter know as soon as possible, because quail seems to take a littler longer than other things other things on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ninfas is the best! Let’s be honest it’s a Houston staple when it comes to fine Tex Mex and Mexican dining since the 70s. Come in, have a few drinks, you won’t be disappointed.

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AllieD
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service is incredible at Ninfa’s on Navigation. I highly recommend anyone looking for a great meal in Houston to try out this spot. Couldn’t have had a better experience.

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Bring your phone for the menu.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Would highly recommend, we went pretty late but, the staff was very welcoming, service was amazing and the food was 10/10!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! They let me bring me bring my little fur baby to eat on the patio.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Good food weak drinks

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delish
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish food-as always-at my fave Mexican restaurant!! So good

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YUCK
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Waiter acted like we were a bother, did not take our order and assisted other tables. Forgot to place the order for one person at our table. Never refilled drinks. The fajitas were burned. For the price of the food this was NOT worth it. I would ask for a FULL refund if it was possible!!! Never eating at Ninfas on navigation again!

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VaDiner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table was ready for our party of 6 right on time. Fajitas were fabulous, one large each of chicken and steak was perfect for our group. We also had quac and a couple chili rellenos.

All and all a great night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As we remembered. You have to get Queso Flamiado!

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Bluekitty
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious as always. I do wish they would go back to the way they used to make the flour tortillas. They used to be light and soft. Now they are hard.

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NicoleM
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, prompt, good food and atmosphere.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, splendid preparation, outstanding service. One of Houston's finest!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good but not what it used to be.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

I wanted to treat my mother to fajitas and margaritas for Mother’s Day. I made note that the last time I was at this Ninfa’s my fajitas were not sizzling and warm but I did not let that ruin my experience. This last visit our fajitas were not sizzling and warm. When we asked our server Jose Q. he replied “Maybe the plate isn’t that hot”. We watched every other plate come out smoking and sizzling pretty loudly. There was no need for the smart a** comment and we wanted to point out that he should have been on top of his tables. When we asked for a to go container he held it up until one of us took it from his hands instead of just placing it down on the table since we were mid conversation. When the bill came instead of just handing over a receipt or the device he read our total to the entire table.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was okay, nothing special.

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Ropespierre
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My only issue was we ordered beef fajita's medium rare and they came out mostly medium. Other than that everything was excellent.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Waitress was above average attention wise, but too much time between unsolicited stops!

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BrigidB
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Very crowded Because it was Mother’s Day weekend. Our waitress was attentive but she had a lot of tables to serve. Our food was kind of cold. And not really a good portion for the money.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Service was completely disorganized and poor throughout the meal, despite being one of the first tables seated with a reservation.

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AllenA
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food is still good, but Papacitos is still better. Mixed drinks were average at best.

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WandaG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always the best for Tex-Mex! Love the margaritas and the chips. The mole is very good as well.

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Sengtex
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Mother’s Day. We reserved outdoor dining. Upon arrival we were put in a room inside. It was 10:45 am and no one (including servers) were even in the room they put us in. I had to asked to be moved outside. They did move us outside and it was better but the food unfortunately fell flat. It was our first time trying their brunch. I understand it was Mother’s Day and I know they probably were slammed later in the day. This is why we made reservation for early. Our plan did not work. We will definitely be back for our usual fajitas and such but the brunch menu did not impress.

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 2331 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.