Ninfa's on Navigation

4.6
2232 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 2232 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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camper
Houston
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed with their effort for safety with plastic partitions between most tables, servers all wearing masks and plastic gloves. Our servers were excellent snd food prepared perfectly.

DM
vipDrinkMoreWine
Houston
85 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We always bring our out of town guests for this uniquely Houston experience. Aways fun and delicious!

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vipAdventitrhitkb
Houston
78 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good as always. Large portions, good service.

GW
vipGabrielW
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience2

Visiting Houston from Dallas. HD read good things about this restaurant. Staff was friendly, waiter was great, very attentive. We shared the combination fajitas, good taste, could’ve used more flavor, not the best I’ve ever had. Drinks were good

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ninfas is our neighborhood go to place! We always enjoy the food drinks and atmosphere.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place and will continue to go back

IR
IreneR
Central Texas
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was fabulous, just did not get his name. He was very attentive and explained several items on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love ninfas!! Great maragari

TV
TommyV
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional. The service was great and very attentive to our needs.

DZ
DianeZ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Tacaos a la Ninfa were fair. Huge pieces of meat that were difficult to eat. Pasty tortilla.

MD
MuseumDistrictGuy
Houston
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Kady provided amazing service as always and the food was the usual delicious.

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Charlie
Houston
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

This restaurant used to be my favorite and consistently fantastic. ---- The table we sat at was not wiped from the people before us.... we requested it be cleaned and a lady brought a gross rag and wiped it. She did not use spray or any water . The two tables around us were the same. During covid we are wearing our mask and adhering to safety but they are not even wiping tables. --- The chips were not good. Back in the day Ninfas chips were fresh and crisp. I think they come out of a bag now. We are probably not going back..... Sad, Houstonians for our whole lives and I guess Ninfas is not what it used to be.

BN
BaileyN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go. Food was excellent, service impeccable. Friendly service.

DE
vipDrEd
Houston
64 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ninfa's on Navigation is a must go restaurant for Tex Mex food and seems a bit more quality oriented than some Tex Mex Restaurants in Houston. It can be a bit noisy with the road traffic in front, but it is certainly worth going to and one of those places that stand the test of time.

TG
vipTylerG
Los Angeles
72 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Located just outside of downtown Houston. I am happy I found this place. The service was great and the food was outstanding. I had the Carnitas plate. It was cooked to perfection. I look forward to coming back.

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Lily11
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and fantastic service. Can’t ever go wrong.

JD
JuliaD55
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love ninfas on navigation! We drive from cypress every couple of months to eat here. We love our favorite waiter Ernesto!!!

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FoodLover
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had a reservation, but the table they directed us to was in the middle of the patio and surrounded by other tables so we asked for another table. They ended up putting us in a little corner inside which was fine, but I noticed several tables in patio area had reserved signs on them and I would have thought that would have been where we were seated. We asked the waiter if we could move to the patio and was told that the patio was all reserved. It would have been much nicer to not be crammed in a corner and enjoy the outdoor patio like we had requested.

We did like that the restaurant had put up barriers between tables that were back-to-back. That made us feel a little safer eating inside.

The food was good, but the beef fajitas were a little tough. It was also very loud inside so it was hard to have a conversation - which is why we had requested patio seating.

All in all, still a cool place for margaritas and tex-mex, but just wasn't thrilled with the seating even though we reserved a table.

TJ
TennesseeJ
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was incredible just like our meal. It was an exciting discovery for my wife and I who will be visiting Houston for the next few years to come. If only we had one in Tennessee :)

BT
BusinessTraveler
Houston
79 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nothing like The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation! Beef fajitas are a favorite!

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TP34
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Love Ninfas. Best tex mex in the world. Always outstanding.

CS
vipCharlesS
Houston
73 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great Service, and great Ambiance is the Norm at this Historic Facility

OT
OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant- the food is awesome and the service is fantastic. The patio can be a little loud with the tv and music on, or if there’s a large party, but other than that it’s literally perfect.

BB
BenB
New England
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ninfas is great. The food is always excellent and it is the best in Houston.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food is great !

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! We were seated quickly as we had a reservation. Our sever (I believe his name was Job) was extremely kind and even gave us a new order of fried oysters when we found chorizo in ours (we don’t eat pork).

As outsiders, we felt right at home at The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation and would love to come back whenever we come back to the Houston area!

KR
vipKariR
Naples
13 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of town guest. Service amazing.

RG
RebeccaG
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was greasy and not worth the money and service was ehh

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor patio

JC
vipJCJC
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and beverages. Waited 30 minutes to be seated despite having a reservation. Gracious service.

BT
BillT
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter, Kevin, was very awesome and took great care of us. Amazing food and margaritas!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!! Especially the salsa!! Juanita, our waitress was friendly and helpful. The whole experience was wonderful recommend to everyone. I had the Delicious plate...highly recommend. And ask for the homemade tortillas.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great food, slow on service due to staffing, extremely loud

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been going to this Ninfa’s for over 45 years. Still the best after all those years

GR
GloriaR
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place. Food is great, service is great and good location. We were there at 4:00 so the crowd had not yet started but the restaurant was relatively full and we were still able to hold a conversation. Try it!

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Carrie
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We took my mother in law here for her birthday. The seating is still spread apart. Service is quick. And the food was delicious.

BR
vipBobR
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit by a guest of ours from out of town

RM
RolandoM
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cash or Arcadia was a great waitress and the fajita is the truth

CJ
CindyJ
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Everything was good, the food was good. However, I mad an appointment on Open Table and we still had to wait at least 20 minutes.

FAQs

Ninfa's on Navigation does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Ninfa's on Navigation also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 228-1175.

Ninfa's on Navigation is rated 4.6 stars by 2232 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.