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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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Choice of Beef or Chicken Fajitas with Spicy Pickled Carrots, Cheese, Avocado, Onions, and Pumpkin Seeds
Pulled Brisket with Guajillo Peppers, Wrapped in Corn Husks, and Served with Beef Gravy
Braised Chicken with Guajillo Peppers, Wrapped in Banana Leaves, and Served in Tomatillo Cream Sauce
I've been here 50+ times and I love every visit! Here's to many more!!
Great preparation and quality of food. Beer selection is good enough.
The food and service was absolutely great. We look forward to going again soon!!
We went for Brunch on Sunday! It was awesome like always. The service was a little slow, but the food made up for it.
Food was good service was slow. Had to repeatedly ask for coffee, and you would think they had a shortage of sugar when they bring one packet for three people.
We loved the table outside and the food and service fantastic. Thank you.
food was delicious (as always), service was quick and outdoor ambience was great! the bartender even came outside to take our drink order while we were (social distance) waiting for our table
With COVID-19 we were adamant about sitting outside and Ninfa’s had tables available outside so we were sat on the side of the restaurant with the iconic logo. At first we were worried that we would be forgotten being outside on the opposite side of the patio but our waiter was super attentive and did not linger to make us feel unsafe. Our food was delivered promptly and we were left to our own devices. I never felt like our glasses were left empty or that feeling of “dang, when is the waiter coming back!” Our food was delicious but a little under seasoned from what I remember. Red salsa was not popping or Smokey like in years past - they must have changed recipe. Overall my first experience dining outside in the covid era went really well. I feel confident that they are trying to be as safe as possible.
Fajitas were yummy and margaritas were delicious 😋
Great food. Quick service. Nice outside area. House margaritas is worth it!
In the world of Covid 19, the new competition is how well restaurants respond. Ninfa's gets it and is doing a very good job. All areas have been modified to accommodate new recommendations and the place is sparkling clean.
Food and service is always great at Ninfa's! That is why it's one of our top places for some good Mexican food.
I had the cheese enchiladas which were wonderful. I tried the tres leches for desert but didn’t care for it. Next time I’ll try the chocolate cake instead.
Excellent as always!
We had a wonderful meal on Sunday night. The restaurant was super conscientious about social distancing, with separate entrance and exit, plexi partitions between every table, staff with masks, etc. our food choices for seven of us were all delicious. We can’t wait to return!
Been going there since the 70’s. Just like going home.
Excellent food and service. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
We hadn't been here since the family sold the place and we were wondering if it would still be as good but actually it was better than expected! The carnitas were perfectly cooked, the chicken mole enchiladas had a wonderful flavor, the cochinita pibil was fabulous and the only one that wasn't a knock out was the chile relleno although it was still good. The chocolate dessert was also fantastic. Service could have been more attentive. We were going to order another drink but we were done our meal before we saw our waiter again. I did appreciate the safe distance with the tables and how every employee was masked.
Been here many times. This time it was a disappointment. Hope the food returns to the old quality.
As always the food and experience was great! We got the margaritas, sangria, chile Con queso and the beef/chicken fajita combo and it was delicious! Also Got a nice secluded table and a lovely dessert as a surprise to celebrate my birthday. Thank you!
The service was very slow from beginning to end. I ordered an enchilada plate that was suppose to have shrimp and crabmeat. The plate had two enchiladas with shrimp only and were very small for the price. I was very disappointed.
Hostess lost on what tables were available when guest arrived And restaurante noteven busy
Fajita plate grilled onions were almost raw and very skimpy with the tortillas sauces for chips tasteless
Sad to say that Ninfas is not what used to be so many better Mexican restaurants in Houston
Absolutely excellent customer service with our waiter Carlos and the GM, Juan Carlos. Ninfa’s on Navigation is and has always been my good to for good quality Tex-mex food.
Had requested indoor dining. Was stuck in outdoor dining near two very loud groups. Was worst experience I’ve ever had at a ninfas. Will likely not return.
Incredible experience! They serve drinks outside while you wait outside for your table, waitress was super nice, and the food... 🤤 definitely will be back!
Love sitting at the bar, the service and friendliness of the employees is above and beyond! The food is also delish!
Excellent as usual. Consistent and delicious. I'll make a special trip from Lake Jackson for their great food
Delish!! Great time with great friends- couldn’t have had a better culinary experience.
Excellent food and customer service!
Spectacular Food our fabulous server was so kind to make sure our food request were met for beef well-done, his great attention to detail and consideration made this dining experience perfect!
Noise level too loud. Food was good but margaritas overpriced for value . El Tiempo serves a fantastic margarita that is thick and tastes like it’s full of lime and tequila.
This was my first time at Ninfa's on Navigation and it won't be my last! Juanita was our server and she was amazing!! She told us about promos not on the menu and had so much knowledge on all the different foods. I can't wait to go back!
We were first seated in an area which left very warm and humid. We brought this to the attention of our server, Miguel who quickly moved us to a much cooler part of the restaurant.
We found the food and drinks to be just as expected, delicious.
We appreciate the attentive service provided to us by Miguel and look forward to our next visit.
We will make certain to request him if he’s available.
Great customer service, great service, a great time. Always a nice experience!
Great food! And separation of patrons was excellent.
The food was excellent as usual and was served fresh and hot. Service was a little slower than usual.
I took my wife to Ninfas on navigation and she loved it. Great food, drinks, and good employees. I will definitely go back with my family and enjoy there greatness food.
Enjoyed some margs, guac, and tacos!
The octopus are my favorite and my date got the shrimp diablo. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu here. The service is always great and they make you feel at home.
I can’t remember when I’ve had better service or felt more attended to at a restaurant. This was my third visit to this location, but I was disappointed with my food selection. It tasted good, but it didn’t look anything like the discretion in the menu. The tortilla chips were a little hard and the salsa lacked any spice. Overall, as a single diner, I enjoyed my experience, but not sure I’ll make the drive to this location from Friendswood for this lack luster food.
Been coming here since the 70's, great food and drinks
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 2091 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.