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Ninfa's on Navigation

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$30 and under
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Mexican

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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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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 2091 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipyoungs
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJosephS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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

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DonnaD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipDawnyaS
Las Vegas
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Brunch on Sunday! It was awesome like always. The service was a little slow, but the food made up for it.

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MichaelV
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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.

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LizzieR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the table outside and the food and service fantastic. Thank you.

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Vick
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Vanhall
Houston
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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Tink
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fajitas were yummy and margaritas were delicious 😋

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CoreyB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Quick service. Nice outside area. House margaritas is worth it!

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DavidB
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

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MonicaC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food and service is always great at Ninfa's! That is why it's one of our top places for some good Mexican food.

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mmbutterfly
Dallas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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.

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vipDavidC
Houston
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

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vipBill
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going there since the 70’s. Just like going home.

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KelleyL
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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vip2eatornot2eat
Houston
51 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience3

Been here many times. This time it was a disappointment. Hope the food returns to the old quality.

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Jacquelyn
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipLisaD
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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.

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V2245
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

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

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vipPatriciaD
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

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.

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TylerT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience! They serve drinks outside while you wait outside for your table, waitress was super nice, and the food... 🤤 definitely will be back!

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vipKatyM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love sitting at the bar, the service and friendliness of the employees is above and beyond! The food is also delish!

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PeterR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent as usual. Consistent and delicious. I'll make a special trip from Lake Jackson for their great food

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CynthiaN
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish!! Great time with great friends- couldn’t have had a better culinary experience.

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vipPatriciaD
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and customer service!

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vipCharlesS
Houston
70 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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slider
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

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AlaynaR
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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4290Capri
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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Cjjones
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great customer service, great service, a great time. Always a nice experience!

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lee2020
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! And separation of patrons was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent as usual and was served fresh and hot. Service was a little slower than usual.

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FidelM
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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ToriS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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.

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vipronl
Houston
51 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Been coming here since the 70's, great food and drinks

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 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.