Ninfa's on Navigation

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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.
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AG
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great! Outdoor seating and service very nice! Loved the market across the street as well!

j
Houston
141 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ninfa's is always a great place to eat. Good service, Great Food!

CW
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fun spot to meet family & friends!!! We will be back.

TO
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food in a spacious but loud environment with sopapillas as dessert the topping off of a great meal !

H
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food wasn’t as good as it has been in the past

DS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Normally we (4 of us) have delicious Tex_Mex and margaritas. For some reason I was in the mood for fajitas...and what better place than the birthplace of fajitas. Sadly.....the WORST beef fajitas I can remember. What wasn't fatty was gristle. And what was meat....was unflavored. VERY disappointing. We will continue to frequent Ninfa's on Navigation.......just not the fajitas.

OT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The waitress was short-tempered and angry with us. Not sure why. I thought we were polite. When she brought the check, she was incredibly rude. She pointed at it and said “gratuity is NOT included!” I have no idea what made her think that we would not include a tip. I waited tables in college. Even if you are not a good waitress, I still leave a tip.

VA
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ninfa’s is an experience. If you enjoy good Mexican food and good service, you’ll enjoy Ninfa’s. We always have impeccably prepared food (we’ve had some of the best octopus we’ve ever eaten at Ninfa’s), and the drinks are wonderful. We recommend Ninfa’s to all our friends.

S
Houston
45 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. My wife had the fajita burger and loved it.

DO
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It is a classic, but can't hold a candle to Soto's Cantina

PK
Dallas
31 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, manager gave us a history lesson on Ninfa’s, was very pleasant and then gave us a free appetizer!

D
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy going to Ninfas when we are in Houston. The food is always delicious!

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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OT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always!

L
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very lively atmosphere, always good food, great chips and dip, and awesome margaritas!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Quest was cold....

VA
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ninfa’s is always a fun experience. Food and drink are spot-on, and servers are attentive. Already planning another visit!

SJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Anniversary

H
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It seems over the last few years the food is not as good as it used to bee

j
Houston
142 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had out of town visitors and this was the first place we stopped! Have to bring them here for their first meal of fajitas! They loved it! (no surprise!)

FB
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

It wasn't what I was expecting on their food. We went the first time and the wait was one hour and a half. So then we left and next time we went we made a reservation,but the family food was not what I expected.

j
Houston
142 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

As usual, the best fajitas in town! Also love the queso, red sauce and chips! This was before the Rolling Stones concert - a margarita to get ready for Mick!

G
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Very good service and food. So noisy we could not talk.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had steak fajitas and shrimp Diablo. Both were excellent. Service was outstanding. And we ate outside on a rare comfortable night for Houston. The street festival and music was a big plus!

KL
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Best Tex-Mex food I have had in a long time. Just like I remembered from long ago.

C
Houston
108 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We happened to be sitting next to a table of 22 people, so the noise was a distraction for most of our meal. The ceviche was a bit of a disappointment, as the red snapper was not cut into small pieces, rather long strands that were just not pleasant to look at--the shrimp was fine. I had the speaial--I think called the Chicken torta--it was okay, once I got rid of all the bread--which was more like a giant hambrger bun than what I expected--more like a tortilla. My husband's chile relleno was very good. I ordered $17 margaritas made from El Tesoro Reposada and they were quite good. Salsas were excellent!

MP
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of our food was excellent margaritas are top-notch service was impeccable

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was over cooked and very dry. Our time schedule did not permit staying longer for the four meals to be redone. Very disappointing as I had urged our friends to try Ninfas for their first visit.

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat before the game

j
Houston
142 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always crowded before an Astros game - but the food is always great! Our favorite Tex-Mex food in Houston. The shuttle to the Astros game is great. Always a winner!

S
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Completely worth it- wonderful ambiance, food, serving size, and service!

LA
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food love the homemade quality. Brisket tamales are great. Margaritas could have been stonger and cheaper but still ok.

RO
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Great Tex-Mex. First choice in Houston!

DS
Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food never disappoints. Service isn’t the best in town, but the food definitely over comes it!

S
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great server, great food. Consistent for 40+ years of dining here.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a must-try restaurant when in Houston. The Shrimp Diablo is wonderfully seasoned, the skirt steak fajita moist and tender.

RF
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The best part about my meal was the chips and salsa. This is not the quality of food that I associate with my prior Ninfa's experiences.

MK
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was nothing more than overpriced fast food. We were visiting Houston in hopes of eating authentic Tex-Mex. the queso was melted velveeta cheese. Terrible.

H
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Soooo many flies by our window table!!!! Slower than usual service before Astros game.

m
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Delicious

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