The Original Ninfa's - Uptown Houston

4.4
258 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
If you're looking for a Houston Mexican restaurant, Ninfa's 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 our spacious patios, dine on the best Mexican dishes & fajitas around and truly enjoy a great restaurant experience.

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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 258 people are saying
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viponevoice
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming here. . . food & service always top-notch!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The fish taco was amazing. I loved the presentation. I shared it and was able to make it the way we wanted. Great job and they never disappoint.

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vipCarolineD
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks, service. Frozen ninfaritas and beef nachos are musts!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We enjoy sitting at outdoor seating for brunch as they have both the regular menu and a brunch one. Drink refills are always a bit slow but mostly service is good. This past weekend I requested a change to a menu item; corn vs flour tortillas. They said it couldn’t be done because they were already prepared. So I asked did that means they weren’t making the food fresh. He changed his comment to it was partially prepared. Stated that she, the manager, said it couldn’t be changed. However they have prepared it for me in the past. So if you want changes I hope the gentleman manager is there.

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vipEddieE
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Enchiladas de Mole and Frozen Sangria Margarita Swirl. Also have an updated new Rewards program

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viponevoice
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we "found" Ninfa's again. . . and especially our favorite server from another restaurant! Used OpenTable and it could not have been easier ~ our table was ready early; service was outstanding (muchas gracias, Hortensia!!), margaritas were refreshing and just the way we like them, and the food was exceptional. Oh, and easy garage parking!

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Lola
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely spot! The food, the service, everything was exceptional.

SJ
SoniaJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Nice Margaritas and the food really fresh.

EB
EldonB
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant does not open till 4 PM we had a 1:30 PM reservation. How did that happen?

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vipSeanA
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, very clean and Covid conscious restaurant. Wonderful outdoor patio.

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vipDiningdiva
Houston
65 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Hortensia was very friendly and attentive. The guacamole was delicious. My shrimp Diablo was to die for. My husband enjoyed his duck tacos.

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BrittanyP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience.. food was really good and service was great as well

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vipFineDine
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice dinner. The food was tasty. I liked the patio area. Not too noisy. The service was excellent. I was a little concerned about some of the reviews that were less than favorable. We did not experience any issues.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall good but the carnitas were dry and a little difficult to swallow

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Kelsey
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, incredible service, can't wait to go back! Oscar was the best!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Chochinita Pipil meat too fatty.

GM
vipGabiM
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and amazing service.

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vipElizabethT
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Chicken was not cooked thoroughly and we felt sick after

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vipElvie
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have been here before and typically thoroughly enjoy it. This time, mainly complaint was the mango habanero margarita, which was surprisingly bland, neither particularly sweet nor spicy. For $13, I was expecting something special. The portobello fajitas were tasty (as usual), but my date was unimpressed by the enchiladas suizas. Service was very good. I'd definitely recommend the place to others, but I think given their price point, they should ensure the food and drinks are consistently top notch.

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vipAllanM
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great good and service. Happy you’re open again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went to brunch. Was so good we went back the next day for brunch again. Food came out as ordered and the correct temperature. Drink refills were a little slow but otherwise service was good. Manager stopped by both days to check how we were doing. Love the corn muffins they have at brunch

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vipStevenC
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good.

BM
vipBryM
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food as always. Keep up the good work.

Friendly wait staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ninfa’s Uptown is absolutely one of my favorite restaurants in Houston! The queso flameado, tacos a la Ninfa (both chicken and beef), and frozen margaritas are all so tasty for lunch/dinner, but Ninfa’s Uptown has a hidden secret - their brunch! At brunch, the waffle is delicious crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, while the breakfast tacos on their delicious tortillas are excellent! Of course, Ninfa’s Uptown also excels in their service - the waitstaff, managers, and chefs are all incredibly personable and skilled, and they really make eating at Ninfa’s Uptown feel like I’m eating at the home of one of my family members! I can’t recommend Ninfa’s Uptown enough!

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vipMDE4ME
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The Original Ninfa's on Navigation should forbid this Ninfa's imposter from using the word "Original" in their name so as to distance themselves from this restaurant. With all of the fine restaurants in Houston, this restaurant should be ashamed of experience they provided us with on Saturday night. They had one poor waiter serving the entire patio area, which was quite busy - no help in sight - Strike 1.

The evening started out with a drink order - I ordered a Patron Margarita ("sorry, we don't have any Patron - Silver, Reposado, or Anejo."). What? What Mexican restaurant doesn't have Patron Tequila? It is a staple in all Mexican restaurants. I opted for a Ninfa's "hand-selected, exclusive" El Tesoro Tequila... yuck. Strike 2.

The salsa was tasteless (Strike 3) but the chips were OK. The queso came with a lovely, 1/2" film on it meaning it was ice cold - first item sent back and Strike 4. Enchiladas ordered with Flour tortillas came with Corn - Strike 5. Refried beans came instead of Burracho beans - second item sent back and Strike 6. Tacos Al Carbon ordered well done came cold and pink - third item sent back, Strike 7, and appetite lost, tempers getting short.

The Diablo Shrimp was actually good, but anything stuffed with cheese, wrapped in bacon, and dipped in garlic butter has really got to work hard to be bad.

Empty water glass stayed that way - Strike 8.

We called the manager, Elle, over and she apologized, but offered nothing to make up for the poor experience. With patience lost, we sought out someone higher up and he comped all of our food, but still charged us for the terrible drinks.

We now understand why this place was shuttered a bit ago and believe it will be again in the very near future.

I do not recommend sitting on the patio (even with this lovely weather) if you want to have a conversation because the San Felipe Raceway was in full swing on Saturday night and was extremely noisy.

Needless to say, we will not be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside beautiful day

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MarilynG
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I’ve been to many Mexican restaurants in Houston and this is subpar in comparison. It’s overpriced and the food leaves much to be desired. I won’t be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience2

There was a rat that ran across the floor when we were sitting outside. Prior to that we didn’t have a waiter dedicated to us the entire time even though we had a reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as usual. The staff was super nice and attentive. Always a pleasure stopping by and eating here.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was really quite good. There was some street noise with fire engines and EMS going by multiple times. The server was a very nice person but not super attentive. We had to beg for more water and coffee and salt and pepper etc. Overall though it was a wonderful experience that was not marred by the less than superior service.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience1

The restaurant was not clean at all! We went to several different tables looking for a clean one and they where all dirty! My server was very nice and sweet! But I won’t be dinning here again.

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AmitaP
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was great! Waiter, though he was attentive was a tad slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was fantastic, quick food & drinks were great

AJ
AggieJoe
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food as always was great as was the service. We have been patrons of Ninfa’s since 1978 frequenting the Echo Ln. location (now closed). Please bring back the Ninfa’s Daily menu item along with green peas in the rice.

AJ
AggieJoe
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am glad to see Ninfa’s reopened-hope they hang in there. My wife of 40 years and I have been going to Ninfa’s since 1978. The Ninfaritas are the best margaritas in Houston. Wish they would bring back the Spanish rice with peas.

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vipKariA
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Waiter was not as attentive as he should have been had to hunt him down for water and tea and check

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, and the service was even better!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
45 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

We love Ninfa’s! Today the food was a a bit off - 3 orders of Taco Al Corbon were not edible. Presentation was beautiful but the fajita meat was so tough you couldn’t eat it. The kind you could choke on if not careful......the $1.00 margaritas made up for it though. Service was excellent...very attentive and fun place for a Sunday afternoon. Red snapper tacos were good.....

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DWood
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just go!!!

FAQs

The Original Ninfa's - Uptown Houston is rated 4.4 stars by 258 OpenTable diners.

The Original Ninfa's - Uptown Houston does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://cardmall.quickgifts.com/gift-card/the-original-ninfas.

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.