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The Original Ninfa's on Navigation, Houston, TX

The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

4.7
4.7
2980 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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 2,980 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Houston

    Mexican

2,980 Reviews
  1. ErnestoC

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy my time at going to Ninfas. So fast service and enjoy hanging out with friends

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  2. TomD

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the food, love the service, love the shuttle to Minute Maid park. Such a great perk! My Louisiana friends were so impressed!

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  3. WendyB

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful time with outstanding service, authentic food and merriment!

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  4. TarynK

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks were exceptional. Service was top notch. My new favorite spot!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good as always! We went before the Dynamo home opener and as usual, in and out in a timely manner to get to the game on time.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal brunch!!! We had a group of 7 and everyone loved the dishes ordered! The brunch cocktails were super yummy too!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and service as always. It was crowded and i couldn’t hear anything said at our table because of the reverberation off the walls. So loud! Will sit outside next time!

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  8. JamesO

    Dallas

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great queso flameado, excellent home maid tortillas, wonderful beef fajitas. Brisket tamales also a must as well as charro beans. Great chips and salsa. Good service. Highly recommend.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and the staff was so kind and accommodating.

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  10. PattiC

    Houston

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was delicious as usual. Margaritas were good but mostly ice and pricey. Service was great.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Server forgot my meal…also forgot one of the party’s drinks. I ended up not having dinner because by, the time she remembered, everyone had finished their meals.

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  12. andreyo

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. The noise level was a bit noisy because the restaurant was almost at full capacity. Hard time parking

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentine’s Day was packed but food was still perfect!! Service was still amazing. Always Awsome

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  14. KarlaC

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Sat in enclosed patio that was missing a door and wind blew right on our table. Service was extremely slow

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Margaritas are a little overpriced for the size. Food was great

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  16. Pablo

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Fajitas seemed off, tender but lacking flavor. Waters and silverware were not brought until we requested them.

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  17. Elliott

    Austin

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    This is my favorite TexMex restaurant, but the food and drinks were just off this time.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend! Very consistent food preparation and flavor.

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  19. Jacob

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and prompt & friendly service. Always try to make it to Ninfa's when i am in town.

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  20. JaneB

    Dallas

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a fun place to go to with a group. It's eclectic and authentic. I highly recommend. I brought some co-workers from England and they loved it. Jose the server was really good - service, and friendliness.

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  21. CM112

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The section we were seated in should be used as a waiting area. There were people standing literally right behind us while we ate.

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  22. Alli

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A good time as always. Food came out quickly after ordering. Drinks were a little slow, but the bar is under construction which is the likely factor.

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  23. BruceM

    Charleston

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice experience while in Houston. Food was not bad but not outstanding. Drinks were small and so so.

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  24. NicoleR

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beef fajitas were amazing! margarita flight as well. Our team enjoyed this restaurant!

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  25. SpecialOccasion

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best service I've ever received at a restaurant. We had a group of 12 and they were fast with everything. Food was great to, all of us were very impressed!

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  26. DeniseO

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we had a group of 7 and Laura was amazing. The food and drinks were spot on. enjoyed

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A little disappointed in the fajita meat. It was grizzly and not up to the standard I remember. I used to live in Houston and visited frequently. I now live in Dallas and brought a work-friend to dine while we were in town for business. I rave about Ninfa’s to my co-workers, so a little embarrassed the food was not up to the usual standards.

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  28. StephanieV

    Houston

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Horrible service. After submitting a brunch order and waiting, we were told brunch was over and had to pick from lunch menu, ordered, Caldo was served cold. Waitress said she was tired after a long shift but she either didn’t have all her marbles and/or was high as a kite. Not impressed. Blah.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredible. The Tres Leches is a must for dessert. The wait staff is very polite and knowledgeable.

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  30. MikeF

    Houston

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and service. It is very loud so hard to have a conversation.

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  31. Jamiew

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best fajitas in town. Always a stop when we're in the area.

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  32. MaryG

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our party of six was well attended by waitstaff. Our waitress, Magda, was very kind working with the two small children at our table. She gave good advice on meals we might enjoy, and we ordered the octopus special which was exceptional. The grilled oysters, also exceptional, and my personal favorite, the shrimp Diablo. Although the restaurant was busy, we were in no way rushed. It was a delightful family dinner.

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  33. StevenD

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was fantastic! Don't leave anything of value visible in your car - during the middle of the day, it appeared someone broke the passenger windows of 2 vehicles in the parking lot.

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  34. Mary

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ninfa’s is and always will be a favorite of ours!

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  35. StephanieN

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Tex Mex food we’ve ever had! Great flavors and delicious. Our server, Hugo, was outstanding!

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  36. Texas

    New Orleans

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service. Delicious food. Security in parking lot.

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  37. BrandieH

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and margaritas. The carnitas were absolutely wonderful. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and was very attentive. This will be one of our favorite restaurants to go to while visiting Houston.

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  38. DougT

    Houston

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    always great food and service! The tortillas and margaritas are reasons enough to visit!

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  39. 40something

    Portland

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As advertised. The food was delicious, the service was attentive, the place was full but not cramped, just a great dining experience. And we appreciated the portion size wasn’t supersized so we didn’t feel bloated walking out. I did have trouble restraining myself from the chips and homemade fresh salsa but that’s on me. Most people wouldn’t put away a whole basket themselves. Hey, I was hungry!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It was extremely hot inside the restaurant where our table was located. I almost got up to walk outside. Mentioned it twice to our waitress who told manager. Next time, I’ll request a patio table. Our waitress wasn’t as attentive as others I’ve had.

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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 2980 OpenTable diners.

The Original Ninfa's on Navigation does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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 37 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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