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The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

4.7
4.7
2524 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Tex-Mex

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (713) 228-1175

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Alex Padilla

  • 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. <br /><br />Weddings<br />Corporate Events <br />Rehearsal Dinners<br />or just about any event you can imagine...<br /><br />713.228.1175

  • Private party facilities

    Our new private dining room is a welcome addition to The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation. With 660 square feet of newly renovated space, our private dining room can accommodate up to 70 seated guests, and 75 guests cocktail-style. It is the perfect spot for your next social or corporate event!

  • Neighborhood

    East Side

  • Cross street

    Delano

  • Parking details

    We have ample parking and complementary Valet parking service is available.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,524 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. BL

    BarbL

    Houston

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family came together to celebrate my birthday with 12 of us for a Sunday brunch. It was a great experience. The food was very good, but the service was even better. From the ladies welcoming us at our arrival to table service was outstanding. A special thanks to Fernando for his attention to every detail. We’ll certainly return for another special occasion… or just an every day good time!!
  2. DV

    DavidV

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food, margaritas and atmosphere!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    Very accommodating to larger groups, fantastic service! A little too loud, but overall great experience.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time. Food is always hot and fresh. The staff are warm &amp; welcoming.
  5. P

    Phillip68

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The food wasn't great overpriced for what we received. Kids cheese enchilada was $17. The father's day special wasn't special. $6 more for Potatoe chips and bone marrow on the Fajita burger plate. The first bone marrow was all bone. they had to make another. The patty was tiny and overcooked. I used to look forward to going and getting the Fajita Burger. this trip was probably my last.
  6. LK

    LKlk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome Mexican food. It’s my favorite restaurant and I’ve been going for the past 30 years.
  7. EZ

    EvelynZ

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, the service and the atmosphere are consistently exceptional. It’s the family’s favorite Mexican Restaurant!
  8. TS

    ThomasS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The quail was fantastic and everyone in our party felt that their meal was outsranding.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing for a date night or big group! Great food, Ricardo was an amazing server!
  10. G

    Glenn

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food4service5ambience2
    Table for 10 was stuck right in the middle of the walkway where the traffic flow was extreme. Too many tables crammed into the small space. Won’t go back if having to sit inside.
  11. LS

    LoriS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and service, not even a five minute wait
  12. TL

    ThomasL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our go-to place before Astros games. You can ride their shuttle to the games and back after the game. Their food and Ninfaritas are top notch
  13. TF

    TexanFoodies

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time but my husband had gone 20 years ago. He said it was just as good as he remembers. The avocado salsa was AMAZING!! Service time was fast…and friendliness of staff was amazing. Might make it by there AGAIN before we leave town.
  14. GP

    GabrielP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Went here for my birthday and had a great time. The food was outstanding. It was a busy place but the food came out in a timely manner. Wished we could have seen our waitress more but we know lots of places are short staffed. Will come again for sure.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service, excellent food and great atmosphere. This is my favorite restaurant and I'm always impressed by the staff and the experience! If you're thinking about visiting, just go already!
  16. VA

    VANESSAR

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    Definitely changed over the years. Only thing that was spot on was the tortillas. Service was great it was even though it was packed.
  17. P

    Paige

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Food was average and margaritas were pricey. Definitely wish I wasn't writing this because this has been a go to spot in H-Town for a while.
  18. LT

    LaurieT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot. Incredible food. Portions sizes are large !
  19. J

    Jaxx

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience4
    Great food and wide choices. Disinterested wait staff…
  20. KF

    KarenF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great experience with colleagues attending a conference in Houston. Service was outstanding! Food and beverages delish!
  21. SS

    SaraS

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience as always!
  22. E

    Emilyc

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Slow service, food not very fresh or well presented. The food used to be much better. All meat was over cooked and queso had no flavor, just velveeta taste. Sat outside and were swarmed with flies, was hard to enjoy. Know that’s semi out of their control but it was gross.
  23. D

    Dlmdlm11

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    My husband’s fajitas were more like jerky than fajitas. Not happy but my food was except-able.
  24. j

    jeffreyh

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We love this place, especially when sharing with out of town guests. The food is always good, although we wish there were vegan options. Cocktails are great. This recent visit was marred by inattentive service. Our waiter disappeared for long stretches. Overall, still a special spot.
  25. HT

    HarrisonT

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Service was bad. The food was not correct when delivered. Drinks were only of average quality.
  26. c

    culinarycutie

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We did enjoy our meal, however, the prices are too high for the quality, service and ambiance you receive.
  27. JS

    JasonS

    Houston

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    It was exciting to go and eat here we didn’t have a long wait with the reservation the food was good and the staff attentive
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    To start, a spicy margarita, then when we sat at table we had guac and chips. Dinner was El Eddie w/brisket and shrimp tacos. Everything was AMAZING!! I’m busting at the seams!! Yummy!!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was awesome as always! The faquitas and all meats were so good.
  30. BD

    BDark

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Ninfa’s on Navigation has gone downhill … food is rushed out, flavor average. This used to be the go-to place for great Tex-mex … now it’s just overpriced and below average … many much better options available in Houston.
  31. b

    betanrr

    Houston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sons graduation party
  32. JK

    JKib

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ninfas is always a favorite! Celebrated many birthdays, anniversaries, and bachelorettes here. Service is always quick, strong margs, and always fresh ingredients.
  33. SS

    ShawnS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, food was great. Tried one of the Chef’s Soecials, the short rib tacodillas. Very good.
  34. AH

    AnnH

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sunday Brunch was absolutely fabulous. Service was wonderful as well.
  35. KD

    KrystalD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We took some friends for breakfast & we all loved it!! It was all delicious, I had pozole & it’s the best I’ve had in Houston!!!
  36. S

    Shirley

    Houston

    95 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were seated promptly and the service was quite good. I had a taco al carbon which was good but I wish it had more fajita flavor. Compared to some I have had at other TexMex restaurants, the beef was bland. The chips were crisp. The Margarita was good but did not seem to have much Tequila in it - - more like a fruit juice drink rather than a bit of a Repasado kick.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Birthday They provided a sopapia with happy birthday.
  38. CD

    ChrisD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The fajitas were the best I ever had. The happy hour drinks were on point.
  39. SG

    ShopGirl1597

    Houston

    77 reviews

    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been living in this city for seven years, hearing constantly about Ninfa’s original location…DAMN, where ya been all my life! I had a lovely REFRESHING Desert Daisy margarita and the mole chicken enchilada! DELICIOUS! Finished my whole plate! I’ll be back soon!
  40. SG

    SethGuy3

    Houston

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent food, consistent tasting, highly recommended

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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 2524 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today
Google Map for The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

2704 Navigation Blvd Houston, TX 77003

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Delano

  • Neighborhood

    East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Tex-Mex

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We have ample parking and complementary Valet parking service is available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alex Padilla

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (713) 228-1175

  • 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. <br /><br />Weddings<br />Corporate Events <br />Rehearsal Dinners<br />or just about any event you can imagine...<br /><br />713.228.1175

  • Private party facilities

    Our new private dining room is a welcome addition to The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation. With 660 square feet of newly renovated space, our private dining room can accommodate up to 70 seated guests, and 75 guests cocktail-style. It is the perfect spot for your next social or corporate event!

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