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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Choice of Beef or Chicken Fajitas with Spicy Pickled Carrots, Cheese, Avocado, Onions, and Pumpkin Seeds
Excelente calidad de servicio,la comida con un sabor delicioso y la mesera muy amable
Never disappoints! Everything was excellent!! Good food and great service!!
Food was very mediocre at best and service was very bad. We ordered queso and fajitas along with some drinks. The queso was never delivered as our server decided not to listen to what we wanted to order. The fajitas were brought out before our drinks and was barely above room temperature. We got steak and chicken mix, the steak was very tough to eat, the chicken was a little better. The meat didn’t have much flavor, had to rely on the side sauce that we had to pay extra for. This place used to be good but has gone downhill. Not worth going to.
We had a great time and enjoyed our food! It was nice having the reservation through open door because we were able to sit down quickly. The service was great and our food came out quickly and was delicious!!
We go there every time we visit Houston.
Great food Great service It is our favorite restaurant
We were so delighted to experience Ninfa's original location at last with our daughter and her sons in tow. What a delighted and delicious meal and what excellent service. The day was cold and sunny, and on a Sunday, the setting was peaceful, colorful, joyful. We could enjoy an unhampered and long overdue reunion. AND we feasted, including Tres Leches celebration cake in a exquisite dessert. We celebrated Christmas/New Year's and a 17-year-old's birthday, all a bit belated, but with great joy. Special thanks to Juan B. and all his undivided service. Our old friend Ninfa would have been so proud. Thank you all!
Great covered patio with awesome food and margaritas!
It’s been a few years since we have been- my favorite was always the Tacos Al Carbon- but the recipe has definitely changed. It was good but not the same. The beans, rice and enchiladas were not very warm when served.
Service was great.
Anniversary dinner with friends. Everything was wonderful as always. Keep up the good work.
Celebrating New Year’s Eve. Quick service. Great waiter!
Great happy hour with different types of margaritas. We had an old standby for one appetizer, queso flameado, and then tried a new one, queso asado, which was very interesting and very good. The beef fajitas for dinner were excellent. Our server, Juanita, was very attentive and friendly and didn't make us feel rushed even though we were there from 5-8.
Our server accidentally dropped a drink in front of our table, sending glass and liquid everywhere. The Assistant Manager, 3 servers and another worker came over immediately to make sure we were ok, that everyone was fine and to clean up the mess. We were not upset, accidents happen, but the way Ninfas handled the situation was amazing!!!
Delicious food and drinks! We loved the tacos al carbon.
We took our son and daughter-in-law for the first time to Ninfa’s. Service was excellent and the food was superb as always.
Ernesto has been our waiter for many years and he always takes care of us!!!enjoyed our family dinner there
Annual Christmas eve outing. Food was excellent. As everything else, prices are climbing. We have been going here for 40 years and will continue to come!!
It was quite expensive for the service we received from our waiter. They food was overall tasty, the presentation was a little different. The waiter was not very attentive nor acted as if he wanted to help us. It was our first time there and let’s just say it wasn’t a great 1st impression.
One of the best Mexican restaurants in Texas! Excellent service and excellent food!
Food was fantastic came out quickly and service is always impeccable!
Alexandra was our waiter, she was very nice with our party.
Christmas music was a little too loud, but i asked to lower the volume and she did it.
food was awesome Cochinita, Carnitas, fajitas and fish tacos.
We enjoyed our visit. The food and service were outstanding. I had to call ahead and change our reservation time due to an unscheduled work meeting. I spoke with Esteban who was very accommodating.
Thanks so much and Happy Holidays!
Amazing service, delicious food, casual attire
Food was not as good as we have heard, only reason we went was because of gift card. There’s better options closer to the house.
If you are going to Houston, you must go to Ninfas. Excellent food, everyone is extremely pleasant.
Waitress was a bit strange but the food was dependably good
The best Mexican restaurant in Houston!
Do your self a favor and save room for the flan. Or get it, anyway.
The food was good but they put my table of 10 right in the busy walkway where we were constantly bumped into. Them I was told we need to pay one ticket and 18% gratuity which i was never told on the website. This information should be added to there website for future notice when booking a table.
Very good food and service, noisy inside but nothing Ninfas could do about it.
The place was empty but they sat us in a temporary outside tent. :(
We sat outside on a beautiful day! The food and cocktails were delicious.
Still great food.
Juanita was the best waitress!
Alcides, our server, was very pleasurable. He made friends with us easily, and made very good and tasteful recommendations. Haven’t been since I was a kid in the 1980’s and it is still as good as I remember! Now my wife and kids have finally got to experience Ninfa’s!
Always good and it did not disappoint this time either.
Food was delicious. We should have ordered more of the bacon wrapped shrimp.
Great stop on our way through Houston
The Original Ninfa's on Navigation does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Original Ninfa's on Navigation also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 228-1175.
The Original Ninfa's on Navigation is rated 4.7 stars by 2473 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.