The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

4.7
2473 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 2473 people are saying
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MariaG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente calidad de servicio,la comida con un sabor delicioso y la mesera muy amable

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CarolS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! Everything was excellent!! Good food and great service!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

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JenniferB
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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vipLadyesk
Las Vegas
37 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go there every time we visit Houston.

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Suzyq
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food Great service It is our favorite restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible!

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TxGrannyDi
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipGKirk
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great covered patio with awesome food and margaritas!

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viploricarnes
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner with friends. Everything was wonderful as always. Keep up the good work.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Celebrating New Year’s Eve. Quick service. Great waiter!

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ClPe
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

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WendyS
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

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AshleyC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and drinks! We loved the tacos al carbon.

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Kevin
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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JuliaD55
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ernesto has been our waiter for many years and he always takes care of us!!!enjoyed our family dinner there

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!!

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JoyH
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

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.

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DanielK
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service.

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PeggyP
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Mexican restaurants in Texas! Excellent service and excellent food!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic came out quickly and service is always impeccable!

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JC4el4mexicano4gourmet
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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KathleenB
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, delicious food, casual attire

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

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.

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vipDPR44
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are going to Houston, you must go to Ninfas. Excellent food, everyone is extremely pleasant.

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Nommers
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Waitress was a bit strange but the food was dependably good

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Mexican restaurant in Houston!

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JoeyM
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Do your self a favor and save room for the flan. Or get it, anyway.

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TangelaJ
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

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.

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BrandenM
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and service, noisy inside but nothing Ninfas could do about it.

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MichaelK
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

The place was empty but they sat us in a temporary outside tent. :(

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RichardS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on a beautiful day! The food and cocktails were delicious.

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Samr46
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still great food.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
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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Laura
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great stop on our way through Houston

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 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.