Ninfa's on Navigation

4.6
2130 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 2130 people are saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Richardh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding place,,, I love a good margarita and the food was way past my expectations
We live in willis and would love to have one closer..

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was great. The service was good. They did over

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TraceyB
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Mexican food I have ever eaten - had the fajitas with ribs and shrimp

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Island
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The best Covid protocol I’ve seen. The best service I’ve had in a long time. Very good food.

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vip4290Capri
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, our experience at Ninfas was just as expected, perfect. The food and delicious margaritas were just as we hoped. We continue requesting Miguel to serve us as he is exceptionally attentive and has a special gift for remembering us by name and what are preferences are. We will see y’all again soon and thank you for keeping everything consistent.

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vipjmsg8girl
Houston
159 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always enjoy the food! The service was great - attentive, but not overbearing. Didn't even bug me when my "dates" were both late.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect Sunday evening on the back patio. Ninfa’s has the pandemic protocols down with tables spaced, electronic and/or disposable menus, and sanitizing. The food was as good as always and will be back.

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Ninfas
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Esteban was wonderful and all of his recommendations were amazing!

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vipDavidC
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great and reliable

JP
JPass
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as usual. We sat on the patio and it was well spread out and distanced.

DM
DanielM
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food if you live within and hour of this place it is totally worth it, I drove up from lake Jackson and it is the best Mexican food I’ve had since moving to Texas. We did brunch hours My table had a mix of breakfast and lunch items and everything was amazing.

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vip4290Capri
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, everything was delicious and Miguel took excellent care of us. We will be back soon!

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MarieCMc
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It had been many years since I had the pleasure of dining at the Original Ninfa's. There were four in our party. We ordered the chili con queso as an appetizer. We each ordered a different mixed platter. We also added one grilled quail to our dinner order. Overall for the price, everyone agreed that the food was good, not outstanding, except for the grilled quail. It was was really tasty and is recommended.

The service was OUTSTANDING. The waiter and assistants were attentive and friendly. Our glasses were never empty and our food was delivered quickly and hot.

There are many fine Mexican food restaurants within 5 miles of my house. Therefore, while it was good and we had a pleasant experience, I would not make the 20 mile trip back into town just to dine again at Ninfa's.

DP
DennisP
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Never disappoints.

JC
JayC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good place to go! Very busy, a little rushed, but the food was excellent! A little pricey, but we knew that going in.
Making the reservation with Open Table was easy and effective.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love the carnitas and the queso flameado

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Even though I reserved an outside table when I get there they didn’t have an outside table for us.

CD
vipCDando
Houston
77 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Very bad service. Food was excellent!

JP
vipJimP
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outside seating for safety. Great fajita burger and enchiladas and, as always, famous queso to start. Prices seem a bit high. Very good service. Good COVID precautions.

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vipTexasAggie98
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Ninfa's is trying to be an upscale restaurant with their prices, but falls short with their service. Although the food is good, the prices are high when your service isn't there. This has been a consistent issue at Ninfa's. It's not a place we go to regularly because we can get food that is just as good with much better service at other places. If they could help their servers be more attentive and helpful, it would go a long way.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks and the staff treated my girlfriend and I very, very well. We will definitely be coming back!

LB
vipLauraB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken fajitas were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took several friends who had never eaten at Ninfa's for dinner and they raved about the food.

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jc13
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We’ve eaten here many times as a couple and as a family. This was the best service we’ve had dining out in quite a while. Carlos was great and very patient with out girls as they ordered and was on top of my husbands frequent refills.

RS
RoseSali
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place! Food was good, salsa the best and the margaritas fabulous! Dog friendly so that was a great plus.

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vipjmsg8girl
Houston
160 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back since March - loved the accommodations they have made during these unusual times - tables spread out and plexiglass dividers. Staff all wearing masks. Made us feel comfortable. Food was as fabulous as ever! Will be back again - sooner than 6 months!

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Shannon
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service at Ninfas is always gre

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Erica
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were seated right away (a few minutes before our reservation actually) and were still able to choose inside or outside. The service was quick and our waiter was very friendly and understanding (we had 3 kids under age 5). The food was good. Would definitely go again.

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vipJenOnTheRun
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We have been to both Ninfa's on Navigation and the Uptown location in recent weeks and we are SO impressed with the service, safety and satisfying fare that Ninfa's is dishing up. We are taking many precautions and will only dine on patios that are demonstrating respect for their patrons who choose to be careful during the pandemic. Both times we dined at Ninfas, our tables were quite reasonably distanced, our waiters were masked and gloved AND EXTREMELY HELPFUL AND FRIENDLY.

Most recently on Navigation, my ceviche was shockingly delicious, fresh and abundant. Our margaritas were fantastic. The guac was terrific and my husband's salmon was completely satisfying.

Hats off to Ninfas for excelling in this trying time. We'll keep coming back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose to go to one of our favorite restaurants based on reading up on the procedures they had put into place for COVID-19 dining. And they did not disappoint. We felt very safe dining on the patio with plenty of distance and dividers between tables. And of course the food was outstanding as always.

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Tito
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I was celebrating our anniversary everything was great the campechana appetizer was awesome great sugestión by our waiter Esteban! Everything was great except the fajitas in my plate I did. It enjoy them at all the flavor was way off its like they cook them over a gas grill and not charcoal maybe averybody els likes them but not me.

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DennisP
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Ninfas. Was very pleased with the social distance precautions. Felt very comfortable and very much enjoyed being out for a change.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Always amazing food!!

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vip4290Capri
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed delicious food and drinks at a perfect spot on the patio. As fall approaches, we hope to return more often and look forward to the attentive, professional service of Miguel. He has served us on 3 recent visits and always greets us at the door with genuine welcome. We will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience. The food was great, our waiter, Job, did an awesome job!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Came here for a business lunch because of location. Ninfa’s food is on par with other restaurants in the area. For the price, the quality is average. There are several competitors nearby with similar food and equal prices with better customer service. Ninfa’s relies heavily on their brand name, but does not have the same level of personalized customer service or creativity that other restaurants provide. If you’re looking to bring in a guest from out of town, bring them to the original. If you’re looking to have a great experience, there are other options in the neighborhood.

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TerriD
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were great. Service was impeccable. Social distancing very well maintained without being isolated. Prices are what you would expect for quality food and large portions.

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vipyoungs
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here 50+ times and I love every visit! Here's to many more!!

JS
vipJosephS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great preparation and quality of food. Beer selection is good enough.

DD
DonnaD
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was absolutely great. We look forward to going again soon!!

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 2130 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.