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
We really enjoyed our dinner at Ninfa’s! I normally don’t like margaritas because they’re too sweet, but here they’re just the right amount of sweetness. Chips and salsa are delicious and the queso was tasty! We will definitely go again.
Bernardo was excellent! We had a great time and could have stayed a while longer but the margs! Eye yi yi yi! Everything was great! Thank you for a Greta afternoon. We needed it after the snowpocolypse!
I don't think that they should have been open on the day I went. They said there was not water to drink which made me wonder what they were using for cooking and iced tea. The waitress tried up selling at every opportunity and was not very genuine in her service efforts. I would make another choice for my next Mexican craving!
Good food, great service!!
Brian, our server, was wonderful. He offered great suggestions and was very attentive. The food was great and good-size portions. The drinks, margaritas, were a little too sweet as was the dessert. But, still very happy with our experience.
Food was excellent. I had shrimp Diablo and will definitely order again. Server was attentive space was quiet. Prices are high!
Great server and great food. Will definitely be going back.
Has a wonderful Sunday Brunch with family & friends to celebrate a wedding from the previous night. Staff was attentive & the food was excellent.
10/10 all across the board! Ninfa’s never disappoints.
The food was delicious (especially that chocolate cake) and the service was very good. We were on the patio so there was a little more noise but it was still easy to converse.
Hostess and staff was very accommodating for our large group.
Enjoyed a lovely sunny day sitting outside. Food and service were excellent. Can't wait to go back
Ninfas is always on point! Tina our server is wonderful and the manager Betsy is wonderful as well!!
Very crowded in a pandemic. People standing at front door in a crowd. I was very disappointed in my redfish dish.
Food was alright and service was great.
Good we liked Esteban great service.
Ninfa's has added even more outdoor seating. They obviously recognize and are responding to what customers want in these challenging times. The food was excellent as always (and of course the margaritas), and we were surprised at how quickly it came out. Anything you can get that has fajita meat in it (tacos and enchiladas) is great! The waiter was pleasant and attentive, and they have helpers to keep service efficient as well as to disinfect after diners leave. It's nice to be able to go out to eat every once in a while and feel safe.
Ninfas has the best Fajitas in Houston, probably in the USA!! We LOVE Ninfas, it NEVER disappoints!
Very cute place with delicious food! They are handling COVID very well by spacing out the tables and having barriers between the tables. However, it is a tad expensive, so not a place I would go to frequently, but definitely a good place to have a date night or take friends!
Ninfa's on Navigation has been a Houston mainstay for decades and remains viable to anyone desiring a wide assortment of traditional Mexican and TexMex cooking. Also try a margarita before hand and try one of the many appetizers too.
Food was fine, service was terrible and caused us to leave without after dinner drinks or desert.
Overpriced Mexican food
El Tiempo is way more expensive and way tastier
Wonderful Covid procedures, and food was quickly served & lovely staff!
I took my daughter out to dinner at Ninfa’s as a belated Christmas gift before a string quartet concert. Everyone told us that we had to go to The Original Ninfa’s to get the authentic feeling. Sorry but we thought the Ninfa’s in the Galleria area was much nicer. The food was still excellent but the ambiance wasn’t anything special.
We ate on the patio and really enjoyed it. With the COVID situation we were seated apart so that noise wasn't a problem. Service was excellent. The food, as always was superb. I wish the menu was a little larger, but maybe that's just a sign of the times. We had no trouble finding good things to eat. In my case it was the beef tacos al carbon. I ordered two, but they were so large I should have ordered just one. Everything we had, including appetizers and Margaritas were perfect!
For a traditional Mexican restaurant, everything was bland. The only thing seasoned well was the tamale, but it was dry because they took it out of the husk to serve. Overall not worth the money. Overpriced and it was very cold in there, and we were close to the kitchen.
Great margaritas and service. Food was not quite as good as usual but still good
Always reliably good. Has never let me down. They have done a good job adapting to Covid-19, but still a very good feel.
Margaritas were AMAZING!! Food was ok...cheese enchiladas were very good but way to small/thin!!
Wasn’t sure what to think of it at first, it was a quiet late Tuesday night, but I can imagine that this place would be packing with ppl on a weekend night or weekend lunch. Great food and drinks, a bit pricey for Mexican but definitely very good. Fun place for a last minute date night.
Had friends visiting from out of town and brought them to the Original Ninfa’s for dinner. Great food, great service. We showed up 30 mins early for our reservation and we’re still seated immediately. We’ll be back soon!
Ninfa's is an all time favorite of ours. They have done a good job making diners feel safe in a number of ways, with masked and gloved servers and online menus. I saw them cleaning a table after the diners left, and they were very thorough. It was chilly on the somewhat enclosed patio, but it was our choice to eat outside. We noticed dividers in the main dining rooms that I'm sure helped keep parties apart.
And the food: anything with fajitas (tacos, enchiladas, etc.) is good, and I always enjoy their margaritas despite the cold!
New Year’s Eve
As usual the food was good, not great.
Great food with friends. Only place for great Mama Ninfa’s TexMex.
Food was a
Service was terrible, our table for 8 was under the ac causing our food and us to be cold the entire time. Our waitress needs to retire , we had to self
Serve or refills because
She was in the restroom on her
Cell phone . Very sad experience!!! Good
Food was cold. Had to send back to warm up.
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 2194 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.