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
Braised Chicken with Guajillo Peppers, Wrapped in Banana Leaves, and Served in Tomatillo Cream Sauce
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.
Everything was amazing. I have eaten Mexican food all over the southwest and in CA and this is up with the top. Very good.
We came to Houston for our daughters wedding and we use to live in Houston. Every time we visit I make it a point to make Ninfa’s on Navigation one of our stops on our trip.
Attentive staff, kept our drinks filled, quality food
I have been going to Ninfas for years and years and they have never disappointed until this meal. It started off with the waiter forgetting our appetizers and continued into getting Fajitas with no sizzle platter like warm. We then waited over 1 minutes to get tortillas and the condiments we asked for sour cream, cheese, jalapeños etc. I understand these times are hard for waitstaff and help but there was tons of people running around. I don’t blame the Restaraunt I blame the waiter he passed our table many times not even looking at us… I still tipped him 25% ($65) because that’s how I am. Ninfas please look into your staff before you to ends up a distant memory like other staples in Houston
Great service. Food was awesome.
Great food, as always. A bit louder than usual but it was a Saturday night. Drinks took too long to come out/were not brought at all. I can overlook the couple of bumps since the food is delicious.
Good atmosphere! Our waiter was quite busy with many tables
Food was incredible and so was our service!
A favorite tucked-away spot for 40 years. This was my first visit after pandemic as a table of 4. Deeply satisfying - same quality, service, atmosphere, cleanliness. Highly recommended.
Food was great and service is always exceptional with Kady!
First time here and loved it! Got the fajitas and they were amazing. The service was incredible and we loved the ambiance. Definitely will be returning.
I had a business lunch earlier this week and the cochinata pibil was amazing!
I go to Ninfas literally twice a week. It’s so good …..you really can’t go wrong with any of their dishes as I’ve likely tried everything they have. Give them a try if you’ve never been. They have patio areas , delicious food and great drinks. You won’t regret it. This is a Houston staple! Enjoy 😉
Ninfa's on Navigation is always exceptional. From the moment we stepped inside the service was beyond what we expected. The food was delicious. Everything was 5 stars.
I am glad that we had a reservation for a Saturday night, it was busy.
The food (fajitas) were very good! The drinks were cold and frosty!
Overall, great experience. We suggest you try them out.
Great food and service...eating on patio due to COVID...the patio is great!!
The food here is so good and unique. A must go to
It was the truth. I love the steak and chicken fajita combo. Them bacon wrapped shrimp go hard
Very busy on Friday night. So glad I had a reservation. Food was excellent, the bar was spot on, and our server was attentive. We had a wonderful dinning experience.
First time dining at Ninfa’s. Crowded night. Parking is reasonable, entrance is congested but they have a bar to sit at. Dined in rear of building. Tables are old and worn, chairs are generic wood/straight back. Super loud with no acoustic treatments.
Server was great, did mess up beverage order but that was probably due to the noise. The menu is generic Mexican, nothing that I saw that was exceptional. A marriage of central Mexico and Gulf state. Portions were large which was nice. The Salsa was uninspiring but came to table quick.
I had my heart set on mole, which they had 2 options. One in a enchilada ? And one with salmon? The server recommended the fajita chicken and he would put the mole on the side. That was $26……for chicken strips, fajita stuff and a 3oz cup of mole.
The mole, was outstanding. It does not make sense that they do not have this as a pollo con mole as a stand alone dish.
Overall, the experience was average. Nothing to exceptional. Would return but only if specials were available. The staff was the best part.
Excellent service and delicious food. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
Always a great time at Ninfas on Navigation!!! Arrived 30 minutes before my reservation and was seated right away. With in about 1 minute of sitting down we had chips and salsa already and drinks were ordered shortly after. Food was ordered within 10 minutes of being seated and food was at the table within 10 minutes. Service is always great and so are the margaritas!!! If your in Houston for business or visiting friends/family I recommend Ninfas of Navigation!!!
Meal before World Series game! The food was good, but pricey for the amount of food you receive.
Fajitas tough and dry . But the special margarita was super!
So good! Food was great and service was amazing!!!
We always come here when we are in Houston. The steak fajitas are so great! Quick and efficient service every time.
The atmosphere was exciting since it was before a World Series game. The staff was friendly, helpful & very efficient. The food was great! I will go there again in the near future! The homemade flour tortillas are a must!!
Love Original Ninfa's! Great location to get super Tex-Mex before watching the Astros. Expected big crowds during Astros playoff, mean some crowding of tables and less space. Service is excellent, very fast, and the food is always great. The Astros shuttle is great, too.
Ninfa would be proud of how her restaurant is doing so great! The Laurenzo Family needs to know how happy customers are at her restaurant!!!
The service was excellent! The food was hot and had great flavor. I recommend the pork tamales!!
Always a great time! I love this place!
The standard bearer in Tex Mex! Ninfa’s is the best!
A little disappointed that the main entrees came out right after we ordered but our appetizers that were ordered before came out last…. Other than that everything was good.
Cozy,beautiful spot for excellent Mexican fare. Perfect to take visitors from out of town.
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 2449 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.