Ninfa's on Navigation

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$30 and under
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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.
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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall4food2service5ambience3

They have gotten way over priced. Also food getting to be sub par, not as good as it used to be.

T
Houston
42 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit but won’t be our last. Fajitas excellent. Cochinita Pibil is an entree of shredded pork in this addictive red sauce that makes you want to lick the plate clean. Can’t wait to return. Service was outstanding. Food came out so fast.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, we sat on the patio. It was heated, the service was excellent. I would gladly return.

KT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, and the service was very fast. Superb Rita’s

IA
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Ninfa’s on Navigation is a TexMex machine producing mediocre food at best. Personality and charm have been gone for a while and I only returned for the first time in three years because I heard the food was better. Not the case - I was disappointed and will take this restaurant off my list. Lots of fond memories of the place that was.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service is great. If you don’t do well surrounded by busy chaos when waiting for your table, this restaurant may not be for you. Otherwise great!

JL
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We drove 25 miles to eat at Ninfas for our Valentine dinner. We were so excited to find out we could book a reservation on Open Table so we did not have to wait to be seated!
We love the tex-mex and the service.

DB
New England
33 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent food. Very loud and noisy however. We were there for Saturday lunch so our grandson was able to have brunch. The chips and salsa were excellent. You can watch them making tortillas by front door. I had chicken flair as and my husband had carnitas enchiladas. We will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always solid, very enjoyable

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ninfa’s never disappoints!

BM
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Table for two in back room, literally squashed against opening door on one side, wall on another and jammed against table next to us. Had to climb over a chair to get to a chair. Finally moved to a more comfortable table. Original table should have been removed completely. There was not enough room for that table. Also, chips were stale but food was good as always.

E
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been to Ninfa's in so many years. The food was delicious and everyone was so hospitable. Glad we went and will go again next time we are in the area.

j
Houston
153 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's been too long since I ate at Ninfa's - and I won't let it go that long again! Best fajitas in town and love the red salsa! Skipped the queso this time, but that's also a favorite.

R
Houston
33 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Brunch menu has plenty of variety and original dishes. The migas with green chiles were soggy and the huevos rancheros did not have enough eggs. The corn masa waffle tasted more like a churro and not what was expected. The posole and breakfast tacos were excellent.

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere!!

LH
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

he food was delicious, the setting was lovely, and the atmosphere was fun!

SN
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

NEVER sit on the patio. Huge trucks rumble by justvfeet from your table. The food was outstanding but entrees without extras averaging over $20 it’s a little pricey for lunch.

MF
Houston
153 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

very good service but it is hard to define what it was to make us think that it wasn't as good as it used to be

JA
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a really delicious dinner! Wonderfully attentive service. Would go again if in Houston

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This never disappoints!

SU
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

disappointed that no shutter to toyota center could get live person to ask that question. i vzlet park and when i came back to pick up care the person ask for bigger tip very disappointed at that we will come back

l
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a classic. Friendly staff, great food, fun vibe. Always a treat to take non Texans to this Houston institution!

LC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The portion size was filling but not excessive. Our server was great, and very very fast. This was impressive, and welcome since we were hungry, but I did kind of expect to have a slightly longer dinner. It wasn't quite rushed but almost.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My date and I enjoyed ourselves. The food was delicious. I put a special request for a table for two with a window. They were able accommodate my request. Stephen was our waiter, he was outstanding ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ service. We’ll be return and make this one of our regulars.

TT
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was good. However chips were not warm and tasted greasy. Everything else was delicious. Waitress was not attentive and we had to ask for somethings multiple times.

BD
Cleveland
35 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have always considered The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation as Houston’s best Mexican food. This visit fell something short of that. It was very good, and we will return again. But, this particular meal wasn’t the best Mexican food in Houston. We have at least two restaurants in the Woodlands that are at least as good... without the 30 mile drive.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We started with the ceviche which was delicious and a very good sized serving. We then ordered the medium beef fajitas and it was enough for both me and my boyfriend to get full on. We enjoyed the food, margaritas and the beautiful weather on the patio. Overall, a very enjoyable experience

SM
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service even though they were packed! The food was beyond delicious. I will be back.

A
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience3

Been here many times. The food this time was hit and miss. Husbands fajitas were fine. Chips were stale. Redfish was “fishy” and “off”. Our waiter was great. Very loud, as always. Just not a great experience this time

j
Houston
154 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the ambiance and the food is always amazing. Kady did a great job serving us, even handling my old gift certificate! Love this restaurant

DS
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent superbly prepared authentic Mexican food. Super friendly staff. Definitely repeat as soon as possible.

V
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice comfy dinner

TW
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was good, wasn’t pleased with the service . He everything we asked our waiter for required asking 2/3 times which made it not as pleasant of a dinner . No complaints on the food .

LM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice and the food was very tasty! Quick service and a good time!

AF
Chicago
83 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nifta's is absolutely fantastic. This was my second time here. I was staying near Bush International and drove down and back. It was well worth drive and can't wait until my next time in Houston to return.

s
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service and food! Kim was our waitress and was great!

a
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food4service3ambience2

we were seated a in very badly located table. in the middle of a hallway with people constantly passing by. We made a reservation ahead of time and we were expecting a better service

BD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I took my granddaughter and elderly parents early Saturday evening , Jan 11, 2020. The food and service was great . I deducted one whole star for the table . The table was too small for a party of four. We were constantly rearranging plates, eating utensils, glasses, etc. My 88 yr old Dad had no place for his margarita! 😂👍. Seriously, Ninfas, your table for four assumes someone didn’t show up for dinner, making it three, realistically. You can fix this, Ninfa’s ....

MD
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I’ve never been in a restaurant that was that loud. I could not carry on a conversation with my Wife at the small table for two. And it was elbow to elbow inside. Thanks but never again. Same ole Mexican food you can get anywhere else.

NH
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We have always loved Ninfas.Best Fajitas EVER! Service is usually top notch. This visit was not so good service-wise. May have been a crew chance??? We will definitely be back.