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Ninfa's on Navigation

4.5
1515 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Tex-Mex
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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
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Phone number
(713) 228-1175
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alex Padilla
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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
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Cross street
Delano
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Parking details
We have ample parking and complementary Valet parking service is available.
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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
What 1515 People Are Saying
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4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Friend get together to celebrate a birthday. Good service and food .

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vipGreat4couples (Houston)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

killer experience for all!
consistently great food and drink

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Amazingly perfect!

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Dinner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Fantastic Valentines dinner with my wife

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JamesM (Houston)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Really good service with even better food, order the pibil.

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Col71387 (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Brought great friends from out of town and it was fantastic as always.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Wonderful experience..reservation was read..wait staff was perfect. Food was outstanding

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OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Took a very long time to get water and then a long time each time to get that water glass filled back up

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Mike (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Ernesto was fantastic !

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vipmadeleinen (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Best steak fajitas !!! EVER! Awesome waiter, Michael! Great queso flameado!! ! Just best Mexican food ,I have ever eaten! The homemade tortillas and margaritas are incredible too!!

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amh210 (Houston)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Three of us had an early dinner before the Opera. Seating was easy, we had a reservation at 5pm but the greeter still messed us up by telling us about the third person "he is already seated." It wasn't a he and she hadn't yet arrived. We were sent wandering around the large restaurant looking, all to no avail. (Along our journey we were subjected to sour plumbing smells in the dining room!) When we reported back to the reservation desk we are placed at a table in an almost empty back room, which was drafty on the rainy, chilly afternoon. My plate, Chiles Rellenos was not very hot, despite the servers warning about the hot plate (he was serving in bare hands anyway.) Similarly, my wife's tacos. Our third had a bowl of soup and that was probably the only hot food on the table. She reported it was excellent. My Chiles Rellenos looked old, reheated, tired, wrinkly, and, as I said, was not hot. Cheese was quite congealed. Service was attentive and water refilled but overall, the dinner was a disappointment. I've had good meals at Ninfa's previously, but this past Saturday night was a dud.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was unmemorable and nothing special. Server made us feel like her goal was to get us out as fast as possible

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vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was delicious as always. It was very crowded for a Saturday late afternoon but once again , we very much enjoyed our experience.

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vipjmsg8girl (Houston)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

The fajitas were great (as always!) but maybe that's the margarita talking? Nope - although the margarita was great, also. I've never had a bad meal here - and the service is always just right! Thanks, Ernesto!

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OpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Everything is amazing

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CBRC (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

I generally have a good experience every time I visit this location, but the cortado I was served today was perfect!

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ecs713 (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Always a fun outing with great food in a historic Houston institution.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

I ordered the mole salmon - i expected a mole sauce so that was disappointing but the dish was properly cooked and tasty.

The tres leche was different than any I’ve had - with the toasted marshmallow fluff - and it was DELICIOUS!! Amazing how that really made an already awesome dessert better.

My friends had the fajitas and it was tasty as always.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Best beef fajitas in the world!!!!
Updated recipe. Waiter said they switched to grilling over wood.

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viphectorvelarealtor (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent food and service, THANK YOU, TINA. A "5 star" experience.

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vipPicky (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

The absolute BEST tacos I've ever had! This was my 4th time at Ninfa's, on my second trip to Houston. My wife and I make a point to visit Ninfa's on Navigation, and we're never disappointed. The sauteed shrimp in garlic and butter, the ground beef brisket tacos, and the shredded chicken tacos are all amazing! If you have the chance, make sure to eat at the original, Ninfa's on Navigation!

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was great service was very good tables not ample enough for large groups

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food and drinks! The atmosphere is laid back, very family friendly. Very smooth service.

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JDPedigo (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

As self-proclaimed experts on Tex-Mex, we were all really pleased with the service, and the food was fantastic! We will be coming back here. Worth the 35 minute drive from the north side.

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FDR077 (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

We've been going to Ninfa's Navigation for over 20 years! Great food, great service, great atmosphere!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
1.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

insipid rice, tasteless charro beans, dull taco. a ghost of former self. not worth going back - total disappointment.
there are much better Mexican places in Houston!

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

When my brother comes to visit from Canada we ALWAYS have to take a trip to Ninfas on Navigation! It is his favorite! Excellent service, great atmosphere and awesome food!

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Matt101 (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas eve family tradition!!! Always a favorite.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

We have been going to Ninfas for 36 years. The current owners have kept enough of the original staff to make it seem like nothing has changed. Meanwhile they have made lots of improvments and lots of menu specials. Just a great place!!

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DavidH (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Went with the old school favorites...tacos, fajitas, quesadillas and nachos.
All were great. Service was outstanding! Got one take-out meal for a relative who couldn't attend the party. That was ready to go right on time.

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