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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Braised Chicken with Guajillo Peppers, Wrapped in Banana Leaves, and Served in Tomatillo Cream Sauce
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.
We always bring our out of town guests for this uniquely Houston experience. Aways fun and delicious!
Good as always. Large portions, good service.
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
Ninfas is our neighborhood go to place! We always enjoy the food drinks and atmosphere.
Love this place and will continue to go back
Our waiter was fabulous, just did not get his name. He was very attentive and explained several items on the menu.
Love ninfas!! Great maragari
Food was exceptional. The service was great and very attentive to our needs.
Tacaos a la Ninfa were fair. Huge pieces of meat that were difficult to eat. Pasty tortilla.
Kady provided amazing service as always and the food was the usual delicious.
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.
Great place to go. Food was excellent, service impeccable. Friendly service.
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.
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.
Good food and fantastic service. Can’t ever go wrong.
We love ninfas on navigation! We drive from cypress every couple of months to eat here. We love our favorite waiter Ernesto!!!
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.
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 :)
Nothing like The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation! Beef fajitas are a favorite!
We Love Ninfas. Best tex mex in the world. Always outstanding.
Great food, great Service, and great Ambiance is the Norm at this Historic Facility
Fantastic food and service
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.
Ninfas is great. The food is always excellent and it is the best in Houston.
Good food is great !
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!
Out of town guest. Service amazing.
It was greasy and not worth the money and service was ehh
Great outdoor patio
Great food and beverages. Waited 30 minutes to be seated despite having a reservation. Gracious service.
Our waiter, Kevin, was very awesome and took great care of us. Amazing food and margaritas!!
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.
Great food, slow on service due to staffing, extremely loud
We’ve been going to this Ninfa’s for over 45 years. Still the best after all those years
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!
We took my mother in law here for her birthday. The seating is still spread apart. Service is quick. And the food was delicious.
First time visit by a guest of ours from out of town
Cash or Arcadia was a great waitress and the fajita is the truth
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.
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.