Ninfa's on Navigation

4.6
2171 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2171 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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NicoleM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Covid procedures, and food was quickly served & lovely staff!

DM
DeniseM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I took my daughter out to dinner at Ninfa’s as a belated Christmas gift before a string quartet concert. Everyone told us that we had to go to The Original Ninfa’s to get the authentic feeling. Sorry but we thought the Ninfa’s in the Galleria area was much nicer. The food was still excellent but the ambiance wasn’t anything special.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

JB
JoeB
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate on the patio and really enjoyed it. With the COVID situation we were seated apart so that noise wasn't a problem. Service was excellent. The food, as always was superb. I wish the menu was a little larger, but maybe that's just a sign of the times. We had no trouble finding good things to eat. In my case it was the beef tacos al carbon. I ordered two, but they were so large I should have ordered just one. Everything we had, including appetizers and Margaritas were perfect!

DZ
DonZ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

For a traditional Mexican restaurant, everything was bland. The only thing seasoned well was the tamale, but it was dry because they took it out of the husk to serve. Overall not worth the money. Overpriced and it was very cold in there, and we were close to the kitchen.

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LucindaC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great margaritas and service. Food was not quite as good as usual but still good

OT
OpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food.

MM
MichaelM
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always reliably good. Has never let me down. They have done a good job adapting to Covid-19, but still a very good feel.

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DonnahR
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Margaritas were AMAZING!! Food was ok...cheese enchiladas were very good but way to small/thin!!

JS
vipJacquesS
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Wasn’t sure what to think of it at first, it was a quiet late Tuesday night, but I can imagine that this place would be packing with ppl on a weekend night or weekend lunch. Great food and drinks, a bit pricey for Mexican but definitely very good. Fun place for a last minute date night.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had friends visiting from out of town and brought them to the Original Ninfa’s for dinner. Great food, great service. We showed up 30 mins early for our reservation and we’re still seated immediately. We’ll be back soon!

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vipk226
Houston
122 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Ninfa's is an all time favorite of ours. They have done a good job making diners feel safe in a number of ways, with masked and gloved servers and online menus. I saw them cleaning a table after the diners left, and they were very thorough. It was chilly on the somewhat enclosed patio, but it was our choice to eat outside. We noticed dividers in the main dining rooms that I'm sure helped keep parties apart.
And the food: anything with fajitas (tacos, enchiladas, etc.) is good, and I always enjoy their margaritas despite the cold!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As usual the food was good, not great.

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zigzag1a
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food with friends. Only place for great Mama Ninfa’s TexMex.

TK
vipTimK
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was a

RK
RickK
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Service was terrible, our table for 8 was under the ac causing our food and us to be cold the entire time. Our waitress needs to retire , we had to self
Serve or refills because
She was in the restroom on her
Cell phone . Very sad experience!!! Good
Luck

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teresat
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was cold. Had to send back to warm up.

JA
JARRYDV
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

IT WAS GREAT EXCEPT THEY RAN OUT OF RIBS.... OVERALL 4 STARS

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vipLeahV
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve best food

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KarenR
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They have backed off the amount of smoke they cook the meat with. Queso consistency closer to what it akways has been, still a little to thick. We have been coming to Ninfas for 40 years. The past 15 Christmas eve at Ninfas Navigation has become pure tradition! Food was excellent and piping hot! Two pitchers of frozen Ritas, perfect! Great job!

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Kmonier
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I’ve heard lots of good things about the restaurant but it didn’t live up to the reputation. The queso was basically velvetta and the food was extremely bland. Very disappointed.

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Christian
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We had reservations for 6:45 inside. At 7:05 they asked us if we were okay with sitting outside (it was cold) and we said no thank you, because we had made reservations for inside. Finally at 7:20 we were seated inside. What is the point of a reservation if they make you stand around for 45 minutes?!

LB
LaneB
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fajitas were excellent. Nifaritas were amazing! Service was amazing. We made reservations and were seated before our reservation time. Highly recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service

KW
KentW
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food i have had in a long time! Great service a great atmosphere! The baby back ribs are to die for!

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Tlee
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good Mexican food. Patio are is very nice, has plastic up if raining and good heater to heat the space.

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Lorir
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s fantastic food, service, and compliance with safety standards great place for your Tex-mex fix!

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EvanS
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic fajitas. I think you really get what you pay for at Ninfas

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was awesome!

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Aggal78
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, as always. Our waiter was great.
Always enjoy eating here!

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cloudcruiser224
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go to this restaurant every time I am in town. Hands down, the best Mexican restaurant I’ve ever been to!

RJ
RobynJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this location!! Everybody is so friendly and the restaurant is always so clean. I love coming here and enjoying the atmosphere and the food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Kady is amazing.

ML
MariaL
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was not as good as it normally is! Service was awesome though

SR
vipSherryR
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good as always.

RT
RichardT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was good and the food was even better.

SK
StephanieK
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely family lunch in a socially distant setting. Service was cordial and attentive with extra care in providing extra sauces, chips and tortillas. Would definitely come back!

CF
ChrisF
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Fantastic food, great prices and portions. Service was a little slow as it got busy.

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carol
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food and service were both great. My only "issue" was when we went to leave and they gave us a few to-go containers for our leftovers we had one extra, and my husband loves the salsa, so he dumped it in the container. Well 2 of the wait staff were making fun of him in Spanish and laughing, one of the people at our table could understand what they were saying...it wasn't very nice.

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 2171 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.