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The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

4.7
4.7
2567 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 67 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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 2,567 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
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. CM

    ChrisM

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, each and every time. A staple in houston.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always worth the visit :)
  3. DB

    DavidB

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food as always! Fajitas are great, margs even better!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The margaritas are delicious, food is excellent!
  5. NM

    NurMnd

    Houston

    45 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    We are long-time visitors to the restaurant. I can only assume that the Astros game caused the restaurant to be very busy and unable to function and that the kitchen just could not handle the volume. Out of a party of six adults, not one of us was happy with the food. One plate of fajitas was well done, another medium rare, and another medium, But all were tough and chewy. The tortillas were also tough and chewy and tasteless like they have been prepared the previous day. The shrimp diablo was cool and looked like the bacon has been sitting around for hours pre-pared ahead of ordering, and also had no jalapeno flavoring. The only ordered item we were happy with was the guacamole and chips. Don't go when there is a Game Downtown!
  6. PM

    PageM

    Houston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We've been frequenting this Ninfa's for years and this was by far the most disappointing experience we've had there. The quality of the food we were served was definitely a step down while the prices, like everything, has stepped up far too much. We'll consider alternatives next time we crave TexMex near downtown.
  7. ME

    MarisolE

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Guacamole, fresh chips, salsa, Margaritas, chicken fajitas and Redfish ever. We all enjoyed the fresh and perfectly seasoned food and most of all, our server Ruben was outstanding❤️
  8. PS

    PaulS

    Denver

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Mexican food in Houston and great service. Always eat here when in Houston
  9. t

    txhess

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food3service3ambience3
    Reservations do not work with this hostess staff. Was told our reserved table still had people at it so we stand for 30 minutes waiting only to be seated at a table that had been empty the entire time. Overpriced everything. Will not be back, too many other places with better vslue in this town.
  10. L

    Ladybug

    Houston

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Still the best (as well as original) Tex Mex fajitas ever!!
  11. AB

    AllyB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best experiences we had here in Houston. The meals are fantastic and the service was top notch. Don’t miss visiting Ninfas on Navigation. Would highly recommend the crab cake appetiser and of course- the margaritas! Thankyou for a great visit.
  12. K

    Krista

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ninfa's always is a fun place to go for dinner. Good food and service. For me, it is a bit on the spendy side, however well worth it when I can.
  13. S

    Suzi

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Haven’t been in years. Just as good as before. Food and service great. BUT Wish y’all could do something about the noise level. We so enjoy dining at Ninfa’s and sharing the many memories we’ve had but it is so hard to hear each other at our table.
  14. WT

    WTS5

    New England

    49 reviews

    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first trip to Ninfa's. I was thoroughly impressed. The service was great. Our waitress was there with starters before we even sat down good! She suggested very good suggestions that made the big menu very manageable for a first time visitor. Taste and selection was fantastic. I will come back every time I am in Houston.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and drinks!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Graduation party
  17. RD

    RueduDome

    Salt Lake City

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great fajitas and margaritas!
  18. RL

    RobertL

    Houston

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is awesome, bar has many drink selections, wonderful service,
  19. JE

    JohnE

    Philadelphia

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always dependable and fantastic. Great value. Fun atmosphere. It is not for the timid, but looking for a fun and lively evening, go here. It is always great.
  20. WB

    WesleyB

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food and drinks were awesome and afterward we were able to take their shuttle to the Astros game and back. We will definitely be coming back
  21. T

    Traci

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food arrived quickly, before drinks. Food was delicious, Delores de Colores was really good, until we got to the purple layer. Tasted like cough medicine. :)
  22. JM

    JoeML

    Louisville

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the food and great service
  23. J

    Joey

    Houston

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, drinks, service and value as usual. NEVER disappoints
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic server and fantastic food. Great overall
  25. PP

    PatrikP

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great service I loved my flautas and navigation margarita.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time here, and I will be back soon! I sat at the bar and had lovely service from the bar tenders. The hibiscus Margarita was beautiful, tasty, and strong. I got a combo platter with flautas and it was delicious!
  27. MV

    MarkV

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It’s a great restaurant just unfortunately wish it was cheaper
  28. RM

    RuthM

    Houston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. I love their seasonal items.
  29. K

    Kdhallmark

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The beef fajitas were over cooked and a little chewy but other than that everything was amazing
  30. BB

    BlaineB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had family in town that really wanted to experience real Mexican food in an environment that was true and unique. From the reception staff, to the wait staff to the food presentation and taste... absolutely wonderful.
  31. d

    dean1725

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ninfa’s Navigation unfailingly lively before Astros games and our party was intent on serious pre-game prep before catching the MM shuttle. Opening round of high octane Margaritas set the proper tone to be followed by old reliables Shrimp Diablo, grilled quail, Mole Salmon and of course, beef Fajitas - all of which prepared flawlessly. Probably the reason this H-town institution has drawn a legion of fiercely loyal patrons over some 50 years!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We had a reservation for inside and we were sat by the door to the patio that opened and closed every few seconds. The waiter didn’t come around much. Our appetizer came out with our meal, so it was sent back. Food was very average quality (I had the beef taco Al carbon with refried beans). Meat was chewy and the rice tasteless, but queso, salsas and refried beans were tasty. I will say it was game night (Astros), so they were busy. I’ll return because they have a couple of things on the menu (queso asado, for example) that are very good.
  33. CW

    CarolynW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We just love the fajitas and margaritas at Ninfas! The wait staff is always friendly and you never have to wait long for your food.
  34. j

    jtoy

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food. Queso flameado highly recommended.
  35. M

    Michael

    Houston

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Ninfa’s on Navigation was fantastic. The food was delicious, the staff was very accommodating and efficient, and the atmosphere was fun and lively. If you want a nice quiet evening, Ninfa’s is probably night the right place, but if you want a fun evening - Ninfa’s never disappoints!
  36. j

    jmsg8girl

    Houston

    180 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    180 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ernesto was great - food is always amazing! My go to for fajitas!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding (Magda, Esteban, and Sandra), and the dish I had (Pescado Borracho) was one of the best I’ve ever eaten in my life! Every time I’m in Houston on business, this restaurant is one of my musts.
  38. AR

    AROD

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I made reservations an hour before our event and even though when we arrived it was busy and waited for a while for a waitress/waiter they took really good care of our party of 9! Thank you!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner prior to Astro’s game! They offer a shuttle to the game after dinner. It was so convenient, and everyone was so kind and helpful. And the food, was WONDERFUL!
  40. KA

    KAOG

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was great. We had a super fun time after an Astro's game.

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 2567 OpenTable diners.

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 67 times today
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

  • 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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