The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

4.7
2449 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 2449 people are saying
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Samr46
Houston
41 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still great food.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Juanita was the best waitress!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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zigzag1a
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good and it did not disappoint this time either.

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Mando
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. We should have ordered more of the bacon wrapped shrimp.

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vipHappyparents
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was amazing. I have eaten Mexican food all over the southwest and in CA and this is up with the top. Very good.

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Decafnut57
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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LaTonyaM
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive staff, kept our drinks filled, quality food

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vip711dine
New England
87 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food was awesome.

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vipJules
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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.

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Kay292
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good atmosphere! Our waiter was quite busy with many tables

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Steakdinner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible and so was our service!

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PatriciaC
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipMatthewB
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service is always exceptional with Kady!

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LizF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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KeithB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a business lunch earlier this week and the cochinata pibil was amazing!

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vipMrsWilliamTaylor
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 😉

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Birthday celebration

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eatTX
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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BrianL
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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JosephG
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service...eating on patio due to COVID...the patio is great!!

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AlexandraR
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is so good and unique. A must go to

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RolandoM
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the truth. I love the steak and chicken fajita combo. Them bacon wrapped shrimp go hard

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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SnootSmasher
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience2

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.

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vipSethGuy3
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Meal before World Series game! The food was good, but pricey for the amount of food you receive.

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Jeff
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Fajitas tough and dry . But the special margarita was super!

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Rissalyn
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! Food was great and service was amazing!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always come here when we are in Houston. The steak fajitas are so great! Quick and efficient service every time.

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JaneH
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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Jason
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Jess
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

Love Ninfa's!!!!!

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent! The food was hot and had great flavor. I recommend the pork tamales!!

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vipSidney80203
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time! I love this place!

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ChinneousRex
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The standard bearer in Tex Mex! Ninfa’s is the best!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

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.

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KellyH
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy,beautiful spot for excellent Mexican fare. Perfect to take visitors from out of town.

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 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.