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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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4.5

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4.5

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4.2

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4.2

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Groups (19)
Comfort Food (18)
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Great for Lunch (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Spicy (13)
Hot Spot (11)
Good for a Date (11)
Special Occasion (10)
Business Meals (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Cozy (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
People Watching (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Seasonal (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Great Beer (2)
Quick Bite (2)
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 (Houston)·Dined 2 days ago

Amazingly perfect!

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 (Houston)·Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic Valentines dinner with my wife

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·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

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

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 (Orlando)·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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 (Houston)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Ernesto was fantastic !

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 (New Orleans)·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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 (Houston)·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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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 3, 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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vip
 (Houston)·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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 (Houston)·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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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Everything is amazing

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 (Houston)·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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 (New Orleans)·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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 (Houston)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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

Tags: Spicy, Fun, People Watching, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Spicy, Quick Bite, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·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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 (Austin)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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 (Houston)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual, Business Meals, Spicy, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·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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 (Houston)·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!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas eve family tradition!!! Always a favorite.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·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!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite
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 (Houston)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The original Ninfa's is a must for first time Houston visitors. They've mastered Tex-Mex with some really special dishes. The salmon mole is outstanding, I would highly recommend. The ceviche is fresh and beautiful, and the chiles rellenos are authentic and full of flavor. The atmosphere is wonderful and lively, great for any occasion. I will definitely be back next time I'm in the neighborhood!

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Casual, Spicy, Fun, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Ninfa's on Navigation is quite an exceptional Mexican restaurant with great ambience and wide menu varieties of Mexican cuisine. However, make sure to make a reservation in advance especially on weekends and the crowd can be enormous and will have to be prepared to wait even with pre-booking. We have to wait for 30 minutes for a 6.15pm reservation for our table.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I ordered chicken breast WITHOUT green bell pepper, Tina brought food with bell pepper. I ordered $13.00 margarita, over 3/4 of glass was ALL ice.... I had to emphasize NOT to make
the margarita with ALL ice and hardly any liquor... Customer should not have to audit the food
order, to make certain it is brought to the table accordingly...

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great fajitas and tequila!

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 12, 2017

This is a great place for texmex when it's not crowded or you have reservations. Keep in mind if you do have a very small party or excessively large party they will cram you in at an uncomfortably small area. Besides that everything is great. Margaritas are always on point and their fajitas always hit the spot. Oh also don't forget the queso.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Stopped by for a quick meal on our way home from a day at the hospital. Fajitas were excellent!

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 10, 2017

"5 STAR" EXPERIENCE...We are always pleased with Tina...

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Excellent atmosphere, service, and food. Great place to celebrate a special occasion or to meet friends.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Delicious! The fajitas and margaritas were amazing!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Our table area was cold and unattractive (in bar area) — not what I wanted for a Birthday dinner

Tags: Spicy, Authentic, Seasonal, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Good food but think that the popularity of the restaurant has brought food quality down a bit. Seating was very prompt and waitress was very responsive. Would go back if in the neighborhood

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great experience and excellent oysters!!!!! Tina always demonstrates superior customer
service and pays attention to detail...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Seasonal, Comfort Food
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