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About Ninfa's on Navigation

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.

2704 Navigation Blvd
Houston, TX 77003
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Tex-Mex

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Cross Street:
Delano

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(713) 228-1175

Website:
http://www.ninfas.com/

Catering:
Original Ninfa's prides itself on its tremendous quality in outside catering events. We would be delighted to put together a personal proposal for you. Our restaurant team can put you in touch with one of our catering consultants.

Weddings
Corporate Events
Rehearsal Dinners
or just about any event you can imagine...

713.228.1175

Parking Details:
We have ample parking and complementary Valet parking service is available.

Executive Chef:
Alex Padilla

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Ninfa's on Navigation Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (20)
Authentic (19)
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Worth the Drive (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Great for Lunch (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Good for a Date (15)
Business Meals (13)
Fun (13)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Spicy (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
People Watching (8)
Great for Brunch (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Healthy (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Seasonal (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Good food but think that the popularity of the restaurant has brought food quality down a bit. Seating was very prompt and waitress was very responsive. Would go back if in the neighborhood

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great experience and excellent oysters!!!!! Tina always demonstrates superior customer
service and pays attention to detail...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Seasonal, Comfort Food
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Went expecting too much, I suppose. Just your average Tex-Mex. terrible tortillas chips, cold food, Velveeta queso, flat beer. The tortillas for the fajitas were good, though. Maybe we caught them on an off night.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great Service !! Our server Molina was incredible!!!!
Thank you !!!!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fajita meat was real chewy and not eatable. Service was slow. Very expensive meal for chewy tasteless meat. Drinks were par and not what was expected.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The food was excellent but the service was abysmal. We asked for guacamole without onion and the waitress brought us a plate with the ingredients to make guacamole. Mind you not all of the ingredients because there was no lime. We proceeded to make our own guacamole which sets annoying tone for the evening. We had to ask for salt three times, limes two times and Everything took a bit too long. It could be that we got an exceptionally bad waitress or that the customers and taking care of them are not their priority.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Always good but today we ordered the cornbread and it was cold and they just seemed a little out of sorts on service. Everyone has an off day now and then. The fajitas were fantastic as always..

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent food. Iconic Houston Mexican restaurant.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food was hit or miss and the place was very loud. Hard to have a conversation at your table. Love the fresh tortillas and guacamole and salsas.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Enjoyed our dinner at Ninfa's. Tina was excellent, as always... Drinks were extremely "tasteful".
You forget they are "margaritas", that you actually drink them like water... Kudos to the bar tender...

Tags: Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Really good food. Tacos a la Ninfa the best.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great fajitas and awesome service. Server was friendly and fast.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Spicy
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Wwe ate outside and it was very pleasant. Service was very quick even though a huge group next to us got their order in first.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Returned to Houston for a visit after 10+ year's away with the specific intent of having dinner at the original Ninfa's on Navigation. Larger venue now but the food, and Margaritas, were as great as we remembered. Our waitperson was great in putting together a combination platter of our remembered favorites. Complimentary valet service makes parking a breeze.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This is one of my favorite places in Houston. Ninfa’s never disappoints.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food and wonderful atmosphere. The outdoor patio was casual and fun.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Live Music
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Always good

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

First experience with grilled Red Fish and it was terrific.
Great tomatillo sauce and good grilled veggies. Their house Margarita is just perfect: too easy to drink two.,

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent food, best al pastor tacos I’ve ever had. Outdoor seating was a little buggy but otherwise a great dinner!

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were sat immediately, the food was good and brought in timely, and it was not crazy expensive for what we ordered.

Overall nice date night.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We come every year when we’re at the quilt festival. Lively, fun place with great food.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The service was disappointing, the server (Kady) brought an "incomplete" order, 3 orders were ready,
the 4th order, which was MINE, was NOT brought. My 3 guests had to wait on my order, I had
to tell them to eat because their food was getting "cold"... Never serve an INCOMPLETE order
to dining guests!!!!!!! We are a complete restaurant guest when the food order was place, the food should be served as a
COMPLETE order collectively. Kady was not as friendly and attentive as our previous visits to Ninfa's on
Navigation..Irrespective of any reason, either high volume or a special event (ASTROS) , perhaps even both reason,
Best customer service and superior customer appreciation must always be a priority for a successful restaurant business, or any other entity for that matter...

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Ninfas has always been our go to before Astro games....been going here for over 20 years...Excellent Service & Food and Don't forget the Ninfaritas......LOVE IT!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

An absolute must if you’re visiting Houston!! Even on nights with heavy traffic in the restaurant they are quick and efficient while still serving the best they have!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Casual, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I’ve lived in Houston since 1978 have always lived Ninfa’s . Their fajitas are one of my favorite. Love the chips and salsa too!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great Margaritas and the fajitas are really good as well! Great find - thanks!

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 24, 2017

More of a Sports Bar than an enjoyable dinner out.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The house margaritas were ok, allegedly a signature by them. We were even more disappointed with the price $13.95 for 12oz with ice volume

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation is always a treat no matter how far you have to drive. The food is always top quality and more than sufficient quantity. This restaurant is great on all levels. The service is outstanding at all levels with friendly , professional,and efficient production.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Just like old times.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Dads 60th birthday was great. Carlos was an exceptional waiter.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 15, 2017

First visit. Met our expectations completely. The tortillas and the chips are heavenly. Friendly. We had the table closest to the front door which wasn’t optimum.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Ninfas on Navigation is always fun and their authentic Tex-Mex food is usually great. On this occasion however the poblano peppers in my chile rellenos were way under cooked.....basically raw.....disappointing. Also it was uncomfortably warm in the restaurant.....very hot. I'll give them a pass this time because they were very busy with a large loud rowdy Astros baseball crowd. The staff seemed a bit overwhelmed. Service remained excellent though and their staff pleasant and accommodating as usual. Hopefully they will have their AC fixed by my next visit.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Sat out on the garden which was OK until the sun came out! Wondered why we were the only ones seated on that side of the garden.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun, Authentic
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I absolutely loved everything about this restaurant. I would move to Houston for this spot! ;)

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Overpriced. Ordered ceviche, came with 4 shrimp and 2 small pieces of fish for $18. The guests with me said that their meals were really good, but double the price of any other restaurant with comparable quality. One person paid $18 for quesadillas. Will not go back, certainly not worth the drive.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 8, 2017

My Wife and I think it is among the best Mexican food in the East End, but the proof is our sons who live in Dallas who always require us to eat at least one meal at the original Ninfa's on Navigation when they are in town. Chicken and Beef fajitas for them never varies. They also love the queso.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 5, 2017

TOOK the Ninfa shuttle to the Houston Astros playoff game on Thursday and had to wait almost an hour to be picked up - MY Wife was NOT HAPPY !!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Simply the best Tex-Mex you can find. Well worth the drive into downtown. Awesome margaritas and the enchiladas and fajitas are outstanding. All the menu items are the real deal. No "tourist" fare here. Excellent service with pleasant ambiance and no worries about traffic or congestion If you have room, the flan is the best i have had.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Spicy, Authentic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Too loud. Unaware staff. Food wasn’t quality for the price.

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