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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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4.4

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4.2

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (26)
Casual (25)
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Comfort Food (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Fun (19)
Great for Lunch (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Good for a Date (14)
Business Meals (13)
Spicy (12)
Hot Spot (11)
Special Occasion (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
People Watching (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Cozy (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Seasonal (4)
Healthy (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined 3 days ago

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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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

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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·Dined 4 days ago

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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·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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·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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·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 25, 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 24, 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 18, 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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·Dined on December 18, 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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vip
 (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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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great fajitas and tequila!

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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 11, 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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·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 9, 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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·Dined on December 7, 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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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Went expecting too much, I suppose. Just your average Tex-Mex. terrible tortillas chips, cold food, Velveeta queso, flat beer. The tortillas for the fajitas were good, though. Maybe we caught them on an off night.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great Service !! Our server Molina was incredible!!!!
Thank you !!!!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fajita meat was real chewy and not eatable. Service was slow. Very expensive meal for chewy tasteless meat. Drinks were par and not what was expected.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The food was excellent but the service was abysmal. We asked for guacamole without onion and the waitress brought us a plate with the ingredients to make guacamole. Mind you not all of the ingredients because there was no lime. We proceeded to make our own guacamole which sets annoying tone for the evening. We had to ask for salt three times, limes two times and Everything took a bit too long. It could be that we got an exceptionally bad waitress or that the customers and taking care of them are not their priority.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Always good but today we ordered the cornbread and it was cold and they just seemed a little out of sorts on service. Everyone has an off day now and then. The fajitas were fantastic as always..

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent food. Iconic Houston Mexican restaurant.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food was hit or miss and the place was very loud. Hard to have a conversation at your table. Love the fresh tortillas and guacamole and salsas.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Enjoyed our dinner at Ninfa's. Tina was excellent, as always... Drinks were extremely "tasteful".
You forget they are "margaritas", that you actually drink them like water... Kudos to the bar tender...

Tags: Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Really good food. Tacos a la Ninfa the best.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great fajitas and awesome service. Server was friendly and fast.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Spicy
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Wwe ate outside and it was very pleasant. Service was very quick even though a huge group next to us got their order in first.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Returned to Houston for a visit after 10+ year's away with the specific intent of having dinner at the original Ninfa's on Navigation. Larger venue now but the food, and Margaritas, were as great as we remembered. Our waitperson was great in putting together a combination platter of our remembered favorites. Complimentary valet service makes parking a breeze.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This is one of my favorite places in Houston. Ninfa’s never disappoints.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food and wonderful atmosphere. The outdoor patio was casual and fun.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Live Music
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Always good

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

First experience with grilled Red Fish and it was terrific.
Great tomatillo sauce and good grilled veggies. Their house Margarita is just perfect: too easy to drink two.,

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent food, best al pastor tacos I’ve ever had. Outdoor seating was a little buggy but otherwise a great dinner!

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were sat immediately, the food was good and brought in timely, and it was not crazy expensive for what we ordered.

Overall nice date night.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We come every year when we’re at the quilt festival. Lively, fun place with great food.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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