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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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food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (25)
Good for Groups (22)
Good for a Date (19)
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Authentic (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Comfort Food (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Fun (16)
Great for Lunch (15)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Business Meals (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
People Watching (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Spicy (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Healthy (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great Beer (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Houston)·Dined 2 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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food5
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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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vip
 (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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 (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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 (Houston)·Dined on September 17, 2017

While we originally intended to order the Houston Restaurants Week menu (but were told Ninfa's wasn't participating in the extended dates), we still enjoyed our anniversary meal here because the food and margaritas are so good it doesn't really matter what you order. We did have an odd experience of the staff insisting someone had a cake delivered to the restaurant for us and basically didn't give us a choice (no one ordered a cake for us - it said happy birthday on it and it was our anniversary). This isn't really the best "special occasion" choice because you can easily get lost in the shuffle of the restaurant and you definitely do not get doted on, reservation or not. But again, food is amazing and worth it.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, People Watching, Great for Brunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The noise level was beyond horrible. Please take out the televisions and stop seating patrons next to the blender. Service was slow and rude. But my fish tacos were good.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 3, 2017

12 years of eating Mexican food in Houston, these were hands down my favorite fajitas. Fajitas by themselves were packed with flavor. Tortillas are fresh made and it makes a difference. Margaritas very well balanced and packed a punch without tasting liquor, acidic, or triple sec heavy. All things considered, it's earned its reputation.

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Make a reservation! It will save you time. Great place to eat before baseball or soccer games.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great for forty years. Great service, great food, a Houston classic.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, People Watching
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

I have been going to Ninfas as long as I can remember and I was reacquainted when we Went for a birthday party for my grandson with 5 people ,4 being adults, drinking cold beer and great Margaritas. Ambience was great with the noise level being very controlled. We all had different selections off the menu as well as our choices in the adult beverage ( Maragrita's are Great). Service was awesome and the food , as always ,was incredible and fresh. Ninfa's is still a little pricey but very much with the trip when you are talking about a true Houston landmark.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 22, 2017

As always Ninfa did not disappoint. The food was excellent and server was as well. My only gripe is that it felt like our table was in the middle of the pathway, but that's become common in most restaurants these days.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Always great food! Love going here before the theater or other special occasions. We made reservations and were seated promptly. A little noisy in the main dining area. We have sit outside before and enjoyed it- weather permitting. Remains one of our favorites for really good Mexican food!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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