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Ninfa's on Navigation

4.6
1539 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Tex-Mex
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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
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Phone number
(713) 228-1175
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alex Padilla
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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.

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or just about any event you can imagine...

713.228.1175
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Cross street
Delano
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Parking details
We have ample parking and complementary Valet parking service is available.
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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
What 1539 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Original location has history, fresh homemade tortillas, and vintage Mexican dresses. But it is swamped on a Friday night. We waited in the crowded foyer for 15 minutes, despite having made a reservation on Open Table. Our party of 3 was seated at table for 2, crammed up next to a large party. I was literally back-to-back with another diner. Fortunately, she did not need to get up before we were finished. My out-of-town guest enjoyed the authentic margs and queso. I should have stuck with the traditional, dependable dishes. I ordered the fish veracruzano, and it had an unappealing odor. [Not sure if the odor came from the olive topping or the fish, but something was definitely off.] I had the server remove it from the table because it was impossible to eat. I enjoyed my beans and rice, and was full on queso anyway. I love this restaurant but will come at a less crowded time next time and order from the old stand-bys.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Best Mexican food I have ever had and I m old!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food, atmosphere, service & price! The Mexican breakfast is delicious as well as the hamburger made from their fajita meat!

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Reunion lived in Houston 20 years ago. Always nice to come back to Ninfas. Noticed the chips were changed not as thin as they used to be

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Had the best waiter and of course the food was as always - delish!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Wonderfully strong margaritas and perfectly seasoned fajitas!

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The bathrooms have an awful smell even before you go in. Service is almost great. Food is awesome, but don’t order the nachos. Friends of ours ordered them and they are pretty bad. We order the combo fajitas (can’t remember the name but they were $55) and got them for a second time because they were so amazing!

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The fajitas themselves were good. I had seen this Ninfa's on the Food Network and wanted to try it out when I went to a Houston Astros game because I am a big fajitas fanatic! However, I was a little disappointed with the portioning of the meals. My brother and nephew ordered quesadillas and to be honest, Taco Bell had bigger quesadillas then they were served and the taste wasn't anything extraordinary and it cost them 11 bucks! The fajitas didn't come in sizzling which was very disappointing and to make matters worse, they gave me a small instead of the large I ordered to share with my wife. Overall, I would say that this was a very disappointing trip and will probably not be heading back there again.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

It was a gorgeous day outside, so we sat outside - a fair amount of road noise, but the weather made up for that! Food was great as always. My favorite mexican!

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Great authentic Mexican food!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had an afternoon lunch celebrating Easter. It was very nice and relaxing.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Good was excellent as usual. Waiter was new and inexperienced 1st balancing multiple tables needs with his rounds.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

A Houston institution still hanging in there with quality food. Mama Ninfa would be proud.

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1.0Dined on March 31, 2018

This place is supposed to be a legendary Houston establishment. Service was awful. Food was mediocre at best. Sound level inside was deafening. Ordered an appetizer that was never brought out yet still billed on the check. Server never even introduced himself. Service was slow and inattentive. Corn tortillas were not brought out as ordered and we had to ask 2 more times to get them after the fajitas arrived. Margarita and sangria were below average. On top of everything it is way overpriced too! This place must be a magnet for anti-foodies as I cannot imagine how they pack the place with this terrible restaurant experience. There are infinitely more restaurants in Houston worth your time and money than this place. I will never consider going back here.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Delicious and authentic food, cozy and interesting atmosphere, friendly service. Huge portions. Good prices. Great for quick business lunch, especially if looking for filling meal. Queso is one of the best in town.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We were disappointed to say the least. We have enjoyed the food at other locations. The chips were stale even though it was the place completely full. The salsa are good and the flour tortillas were great, We had the fried seafood appetizer that was good. My wife had the chicken mole enchiladas that were acceptable. I had the jalapeno shrimp and beef fajitas for 28.00. The The 2 shrimp were average. The fajitas were like shoe leather. I would have sent back, but we did not want to have to wait. I feel I could have got a much better meal for the 70.00 we spent elsewhere. I would not recommenced this location.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Ninfa’s is our go to place but our food was very slow getting to the table. We were told that our India’s did not process fast enough in the kitchen. I’m quite sure it was an oversight. Both orders were comp’d so management corrected the problem. We will be back, Ninfa’s knows how to run a great place.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great food and atmosphere. Wait not to long. Great margaritas.

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Tamales were mushy and not good at all. Fajitas so so...not like the original Ninfas.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Excellent service from our waitress Ashlee.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Such a great experience ..... great food, great fun, great prices

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Excellent guacamole and sangria - big sharable portions - chips and salsa were so delish! Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Good food! Good service!!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Fajitas are best in town. Beef or Chicken. I usually get the Large combo beef and chicken. Great portion for a split with my Girlfriend. Chili con queso is delicious.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Friend get together to celebrate a birthday. Good service and food .

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

killer experience for all!
consistently great food and drink

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Amazingly perfect!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Fantastic Valentines dinner with my wife

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Ernesto was fantastic !

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on February 2, 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Everything is amazing

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5.0Dined 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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