Ninfa's on Navigation

4.6
2285 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 2285 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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AnitaM
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Amazing service!!!! Food not so much. With all of the rave reviews I was disappointed with the taste of the food. It was really bland and the beef fajitas were tough.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It’s a great original restaurant … not the exact best !!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Service

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MarkG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want great Mexican food with awesome service this is the best in Houston.

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BenB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a great experience as always! The best in Houston.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Fajitas I have had in Houston! Very attentive service.

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CharlestonNYC
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was able to get in a little before my reservation time and get a table. Food was out to the table quickly & hot. Always a great place to stop and eat before an Astros game!!!

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ErnestoC
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to go. Nice place to connect with friends and a great margarita.

Food alway great and always enjoy myself

KC
KathyC
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, fresh drinks & environment. Friendly & helpful staff.

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vipCheunger
New York Area
197 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Classic joint. Fun ambiance. Food was okay. Nothing out of this world.

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vipMandavegas
New Orleans
56 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ENJOYED THE FOOD AND ERNESTO OUR WAITER WAS AWESOME WILL BE BACK

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
44 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Mexican food in Houston.

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AlanC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming here since I was a child. After moving back to Houston I wanted to take my spouse and show him just how amazing the food is. It is now his favorite Mexican restaurant. I am so glad it hasn’t changed over the years .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation, got seated right on time. Had excellent service. Food quality and quantity were very satisfactory. Everyone enjoyed their evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Can be a bit noisy if you are seated outside.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is always phenomenal!

KB
KennethB
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We love eating here because the food is always great.

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BTPC59
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We haven't been to many restaurants for obvious reasons during the pandemic, so it was nice to return to the Original Ninfa's on Navigation for a relaxing Saturday afternoon meal with family.

Juanita, our server, was exceptional and someone I would definitely ask for upon our return(s).

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fantastic food service etc

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The fajitas were great, and the margarita was the best I’ve ever had! The only con was that there were four of us at a very small table, so the fajitas and toppings didn’t really fit on the table. Really yummy though!

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MikiS
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

While waiting for table outside it started raining. Wanted to go inside but told we could not wait inside (totally understandable given the COVID situation). We were told we should wait in car but car had been parked via valet.
Recommend having a covered waiting area

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Food was very good. Service wasn’t the best we were sat down and were immediately rushed to order and seemed like they were really rushing us. Then after we ordered our food no one came around to ask us how are meals were or if we could get another drink. Service wasn’t great food was great though!

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vipRichardB
New England
15 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic authentic Mexican food. Everything we land in Houston we head there first!!!

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vipJosh
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a business lunch there, and the restaurant was perfect. I wish they had half- or lunch-sized portions for some of their plates because I don't need so much food, but that's not enough to take off a star; I take the rest to go!

MC
MarcosC
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kady was awesome, the food was good and the drinks were as well

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AnnH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food

MZ
MagaliZ
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pulpo is a must have, so soft it melts in your mouth. Try the ceviche as well, you won't regret it.

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camper
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
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.

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vipjmsg8girl
Houston
166 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a favorite! LOVE the fajitas! And the chile con queso is excellent - a little different this time - smokier? Our go to place for fajitas

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Bizmarketingguru
Orlando
35 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great fajitas at Ninfas which we shared. Nice outdoor seating and margaritas nice.

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vipDrinkMoreWine
Houston
86 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
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 on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good as always. Large portions, good service.

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vipGabrielW
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
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
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place and will continue to go back

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IreneR
Central Texas
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
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
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love ninfas!! Great maragari

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TommyV
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DianeZ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

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

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 2285 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.