Ninfa's on Navigation

4.6
1791 reviews
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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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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Great Tex-Mex. First choice in Houston!

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DS
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food never disappoints. Service isn’t the best in town, but the food definitely over comes it!

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S
Houston
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great server, great food. Consistent for 40+ years of dining here.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a must-try restaurant when in Houston. The Shrimp Diablo is wonderfully seasoned, the skirt steak fajita moist and tender.

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RF
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The best part about my meal was the chips and salsa. This is not the quality of food that I associate with my prior Ninfa's experiences.

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MK
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was nothing more than overpriced fast food. We were visiting Houston in hopes of eating authentic Tex-Mex. the queso was melted velveeta cheese. Terrible.

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H
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Soooo many flies by our window table!!!! Slower than usual service before Astros game.

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m
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Delicious

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MM
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived with 11 instead of 8, so we had to wait 30 minutes for a table, but that is to be expected. We were given a very nice table in a room where the noise level was much better than the large room. The wait staff worked really hard to accommodate our large group and did a fabulous job. Our waitress was really gracious about requests to take photos in the midst of the crazy, hectic pace she had to keep.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night for Astros game

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IG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First dining experience out in Houston on a business trip. Absolutely loved it! I was seated right away on a Sunday evening. Got the mixta diablo and the house margarita at the recommendation of my server, who was friendly and helpful. Don't miss the hot sauce for a few cents extra.

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AF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Thought it was a cool place / environment and had decent food. The guacamole was a bit disappointing but the fajitas were good. We could have gone without.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Ninfa’s on Navigation is always great and this was no exception...cheers!

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PH
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Great service! Would definitely reserve and visit again!

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EA
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Very disappointing. We were a party of 5 and ordered the El Nopalito and Mixta Diablo. It was bad. All the meat was so overcooked and dried out, and I mean seriously overcooked. They forgot one of our plates of rice and beans and one plate of the guacamole/pico/sour cream. They did bring those 2 plates out for us. Our drinks weren't refilled when empty. On the other hand, we were there to celebrate a 62 year anniversary and a birthday. The waiter told me the restaurant would bring a sopapilla for the birthday but they don't celebrate anniversaries. I told them instead of bringing the sopapilla to the birthday girl to offer it to the anniversary couple since 62 years is impressive. The restaurant was gracious and ended up bringing 2 desserts, one for each occasion. Still, I have no intention of returning.

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n
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The room was too cold! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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LG
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I told the restaurant it was for my friend’s birthday!
I asked for a piece of dessert or whatever is customary for a birthday. It was never even acknowledged! I was very disappointed! A dessert is not too much too ask! All restaurants at least acknowledge it or why even ask!

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HL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have loved this place for 40 years, still the best.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

This is completely average tex mex for $30/plate. Absolutely ridiculous.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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JK
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The good was good, the menu interesting. A little pricier than I had anticipated. Service was very good, never had to wait for anything.

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l
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great choice for Mexican food ! Love going here before a game or just when I am in town. Margaritas and Mole chicken enchiladas are outstanding.

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R
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very tasty fajitas. Good service. Making a reservations helps get a table. And the shuttle to Minute Maid Park is a plus.

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RH
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was nice to visit Ninfa's since I had not been to one is many years (they closed the one in Austin). I also planned this visit to coincide with a Houston Astros ballgame since Ninfa's has a free shuttle! Great experience.

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j
Houston
135 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great pre-game lunch and nice to catch up with long time friends with chips & salsa!

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s
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and good food - it was loud but it was also crowded

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LR
Houston
76 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always excellent food. Very busy at sunday lunch but got us out in good time for the Astros game.

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T
Houston
72 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

If you want fajitas this is the place. If you already have had them, then try the rest of the menu. Chef is doing some awesome things besides the fajitas. We had a steak special and it was amazing. Yes the fajitas are iconic but do try other things too.

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TF
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall experience, as always. We really missed seeing Tina, but Katy did a great job taking care of us!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Found the restaurant when I looked for places that provided a shuttle service to the Houston Astros. The story of Ninfa's was also intriguing, so we made a reservation. We were seated immediately, and had very good service from our waitress. The usual basket of chips arrived with two different salsa varieties.
The chicken fajitas were very good and the homemade tortillas were also good. My wife had red snapper, and that was also good. Shuttle to the baseball stadium was very quick (the young lady driver was quite friendly, and a future NASCAR driver, I think) and we waited less than 1 minute after the game when she picked us up.

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TW
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ninfa’s always delivers when it comes to classic Tex-Mex.

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S
Houston
40 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, the fajita meat enchiladas are the best. Great house margaritas. My wife’s fajitas were perfectly seasoned and cooked. Best TexMex in Houston. Four stars because they seemed to botch our reservation on a very crowded day. After waiting 10 minutes after our reservation time and watching party after party get seated, I corralled a hostess who went searching for a table for us. At first tried to seat us at two person table when there were three of us in reservation. Finally found us a table on patio and fortunately out of sun and weather was okay.

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Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as usual ! Our favorite Sunday lunch in Houston

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was good but drinks were not. The service was very good.

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SA
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

Restaurant's table setup is too cramped and the food and adult beverages are overpriced.

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j
Houston
135 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Can't beat Ninfa's on Navigation for superb fajitas! Great red salsa and queso, too! Service is always attentive but not overbearing. The BEST!

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E
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Waitress was great. Modelo Negra on tap. My favorite American beer on tap! Nachos and fajitas were great. Spanish rice was made like in Mexico City, with carrots and potatoes. The location. Is quite interesting as well. Get reservations on busier days.

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NG
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ninfas was so amazing. The quality of the food and drinks were beyond my expectations but could use more vegan options however i know it's an authentic place so i won't judge them on that part. My fiancee loved the fajitas. Their guacamole is amazing and margaritas to die for! We definitely will be back!

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ES
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was excellent and the drinks were fantastic, but the food was just ok... I’ll chalk it up to the Cinco de Mayo crowds as my wife tells me she’s always had great experiences here.

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CS
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular Food & Service, just Over-the-Top experience

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