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Ninfa's on Navigation

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$30 and under
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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
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 2107 people are saying
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vipCDando
Houston
76 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Very bad service. Food was excellent!

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vipTexasAggie98
Houston
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Ninfa's is trying to be an upscale restaurant with their prices, but falls short with their service. Although the food is good, the prices are high when your service isn't there. This has been a consistent issue at Ninfa's. It's not a place we go to regularly because we can get food that is just as good with much better service at other places. If they could help their servers be more attentive and helpful, it would go a long way.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks and the staff treated my girlfriend and I very, very well. We will definitely be coming back!

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RoseSali
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place! Food was good, salsa the best and the margaritas fabulous! Dog friendly so that was a great plus.

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vipjmsg8girl
Houston
157 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back since March - loved the accommodations they have made during these unusual times - tables spread out and plexiglass dividers. Staff all wearing masks. Made us feel comfortable. Food was as fabulous as ever! Will be back again - sooner than 6 months!

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Shannon
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service at Ninfas is always gre

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Erica
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were seated right away (a few minutes before our reservation actually) and were still able to choose inside or outside. The service was quick and our waiter was very friendly and understanding (we had 3 kids under age 5). The food was good. Would definitely go again.

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vipJenOnTheRun
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We have been to both Ninfa's on Navigation and the Uptown location in recent weeks and we are SO impressed with the service, safety and satisfying fare that Ninfa's is dishing up. We are taking many precautions and will only dine on patios that are demonstrating respect for their patrons who choose to be careful during the pandemic. Both times we dined at Ninfas, our tables were quite reasonably distanced, our waiters were masked and gloved AND EXTREMELY HELPFUL AND FRIENDLY.

Most recently on Navigation, my ceviche was shockingly delicious, fresh and abundant. Our margaritas were fantastic. The guac was terrific and my husband's salmon was completely satisfying.

Hats off to Ninfas for excelling in this trying time. We'll keep coming back!!!

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Tito
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I was celebrating our anniversary everything was great the campechana appetizer was awesome great sugestión by our waiter Esteban! Everything was great except the fajitas in my plate I did. It enjoy them at all the flavor was way off its like they cook them over a gas grill and not charcoal maybe averybody els likes them but not me.

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DennisP
Houston
33 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Ninfas. Was very pleased with the social distance precautions. Felt very comfortable and very much enjoyed being out for a change.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Always amazing food!!

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4290Capri
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed delicious food and drinks at a perfect spot on the patio. As fall approaches, we hope to return more often and look forward to the attentive, professional service of Miguel. He has served us on 3 recent visits and always greets us at the door with genuine welcome. We will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience. The food was great, our waiter, Job, did an awesome job!

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TerriD
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were great. Service was impeccable. Social distancing very well maintained without being isolated. Prices are what you would expect for quality food and large portions.

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vipyoungs
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
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 on September 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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

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DonnaD
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
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 on September 27, 2020
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 on September 27, 2020
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 on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Vick
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
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 on September 26, 2020
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 on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fajitas were yummy and margaritas were delicious 😋

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CoreyB
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DavidB
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
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 on September 25, 2020
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 on September 25, 2020
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
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Juanita was our server, she was great with describing the platillos of the day, and anything we asked about on the menu. She was very attentive, but not over bearing. The food as she recommended was great. I had the campechana, and the octopus was soft and cooked perfectly.

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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!

FAQs

Ninfa's on Navigation offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 228-1175.

Ninfa's on Navigation is rated 4.6 stars by 2107 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.