This restaurant added safety precaution details

This includes info about cleaning, sanitizing, social distancing, and usage of personal protective equipment. Learn more.

Ninfa's on Navigation

4.6
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
2031 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Mexican

Top Tags:

Casual
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
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • 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 2031 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My aunt came in town and I’ve always enjoyed coming here! The mango habanero margaritas are amazing! Also, the enchilada suizas and the flautas are delicious!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

MC
MonetC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food was great! However wouldn’t even bother with a reservation. Our reservation was for 745pm and we still had to wait an hour before being seated!

CG
ChristinaG
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Ninfa's was great! There were four of us on the patio and we felt very comfortable dining there with their COVID-19 updates and limited seating. They have a nice selection of margaritas (some of the best we've had in Houston) and the food was delicious. We will be back!

J
Jasonc
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, great atmosphere, and authentic Mexican food. I will definitely be back.

A
Antwonnette
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience at Ninfa’s was great! The food was amazing along with the service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was spot on for my nephew’s 21st birthday. Food was excellent.

KR
KarenR
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We have been going here for 39 years. I know Covid has messed things up - but some feedback. The meat was much smokier than normal - too much smoke taste. The queso was much much thicker than normal. Our family loves Ninfas on Navigation - we go there every christmas eve, and as often as we can. But this last trip was not good and our son thought Pappasitos was now his fave, blasphemy for us. However, if things remain as they were on this last outing.... Please addrress!!

TV
vipThomasV
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It seems we were served by 4-5 people. Very confusing

WM
WriteMan
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The best way to sum it up is Houston-style Tex-Mex with New York City prices.

B
Bdaygirl
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A bit overcrowded. For covid distancing. Very slow service but polite and friendly. Gave us a free drink because our wait was so long. By then we were full from the chips!

CS
vipCyndiS
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and wonderful service. Our first pick for Mexican food in Houston.

TR
TommyR
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as always above and beyond
Thanks for always providing excellent service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mmmmmm. I ordered the steak fajitas and they were fabulous. The service was excellent and everybody else’s food looked yummy.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Panama
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Special mention for the ceviche. Awesome. The menu and pricing seemed similar to Pappasitos, and the value was also very similar. I would go back again when I am in Houston.

DA
DeniseA
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Asked for water 3 times before we could get a refill. Would ask
For something and it would take 15 minutes. Very disappointed. 250$ not worth it

JS
JonathanS
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Fajitas were very disappointing and chewy. I've been to this location multiple times, albeit not in the last two years, and the quality of food was disappointing. First time my gf had been to this location. Sadly a let down although service was good.

CH
CatherineH
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had not had good Mexican food for months because of COVID and Ninfa's on Navigation reminded me what a good Mexican restaurant is. I am never disappointed at this Ninfa's location. Always good service, good atmosphere and great food and drinks.

R
Rebekah
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time as usual! Thank you for all you did for us.

AD
AlexD
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ninfa’s was amazing from start to finish! Definitely recommend the Paloma and will definitely be back!

SD
SusanD
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely Saturday brunch.
Delicious.
Thanks.

V
Vicki
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ninfas is the best Mexican food anywhere! It’s always worth the drive and the fajitas are amazing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a Birthday dinner for a friend. Wonderful service, food, everything was great!

RG
RichardG
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff! We will be back again for this experience! 😋

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was good! Even got to meet Senator Ted Cruz! Would return

HT
vipHouTexn
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Tex-mex in Houston

Report
CL
CraigL
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I have been coming here for 40 years and never had a bad meal until now. The shrimp and fajitas were over cooled and the appitizer was not made table side and was very greasy. We were very dissapiinted.

N
Ninja
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food--Great atmosphere--Great service--Great price

NS
NanciS
Baton Rouge
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scarlet took such good care of us. Enjoyed outing.

N
vipNana
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always.

J
Janet
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Can’t have a cocktail before food? I’ve never heard of such a rule before and was completely disappointed to see other tables served drinks before their meals. This was my go to place for lunch when I worked at UH main campus but yeah...I am highly disappointed and was never given a reason why we were singled out for their “special rule” And was only served after stated to the manager that he was asking for a discrimination suit. 🙄 I won’t be back.

CS
vipCharlesS
Houston
67 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular Food our fabulous server was so kind to make sure our food request were met for beef well-done, his great attention to detail and consideration made this dining experience perfect!

Do not fear asking for changes to any item to make it perfect to your desires & needs.

He made this dining experience over-the-top, that Ninfa’s is known for “superb” food and service.

MW
vipMichelleW
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First family dinner out since social distancing. Really clean and rules were properly followed. Food was delicious as usual.

LV
vipLeahV
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in the city !!!

TK
TonyK
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic service as always. Much quieter with COVID protocols in place. Food and service were great as usual!

SS
SallyS
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I normally love the food and service here, but the server was not attentive and the beef fajitas, were very chewy and just not as good as what I'm used to. The beans also lacked flavor. Actually, this is the second time in a row that the fajitas/beans were disappointing. Not sure if the ingredients changed or I just came on the wrong day.

DB
DavidB
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ninfa’s is always delicious, the servers helpful and fast and the drinks hit the spot.

DR
DoubleR
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

First time here, obviously not too busy! Seated on the patio, it was hot not even water until we made up our mind on drinks, within 5 mins a bunch of servers came up and asked if we was ready to order, unfortunately we were not especially when dealing with 3 kids and looking at a menu. We ordered food came out no silverware 2 mins after silverware came my beans was cooked to the hot plate and dried I had to scrape the surface and note it wasn't much beans, also the rice got hard on there! We eat out a lot and normally you get silverware when seated! Instead of rushing us for drinks next time ensure people have silverware to eat when they get their food! Will I recommend or go back...No

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good service!

DE
DarahE
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ninfa's is great as always, even in this new COVID era. So glad I was able to eat a meal there last week!

FAQs

Ninfa's on Navigation does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Ninfa's on Navigation also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 228-1175.

Ninfa's on Navigation is rated 4.6 stars by 2031 OpenTable diners.

Ninfa's on Navigation does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://cardmall.quickgifts.com/gift-card/the-original-ninfas.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.