The Original Ninfa's - Uptown Houston

4.6
274 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
If you're looking for a Houston Mexican restaurant, Ninfa's 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 our spacious patios, dine on the best Mexican dishes & fajitas around and truly enjoy a 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 274 people are saying
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RominaG
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, our visit to Ninfas Uptown was super pleasant. Food was great, service is always outstanding.

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viponevoice
Houston
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the BEST time last Friday evening. . . Hortencia is the absolute BEST!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet week night dinner. The adobo chicken salad was tender and tasty. It was enough for 2. The chicken fajita on the combo plate was flavorful but a little dry. Our waiter was unobtrusive but always there when needed. Tea was refilled often. Good dinner and good service!

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vipLovefood
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good and service wonderful. Felt very safe with space between tables and masks and gloves ALWAYS being worn by staff

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vipLbeard
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were amazing! Waiter very attentive. Such a great experience. We can’t wait to go back!

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RubyC
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Great food, outstanding service, awesome staff! Kudos to manager Carlos, our waiter Santos and Oscar!

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Ghome
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good spacing

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RyWa
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such great service. We went on a Saturday night that wasn't rainy but did follow a rainy day. We sat on the patio and were the only ones there for a long time. The servers were friendly and attentive, and the food was delicious. We got the chicken fajitas (large) and split it between two people. We needed extra tortillas but otherwise there was an abundance of food.

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CarmenS
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

food was well priced and delicious, we kept it simple with the drinks and food but were very happy with the meal experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was great. Food was bomb.

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vipSophia
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ninfas on navigation is definitely a higher level of food and authenticity but this is pretty good as well and closer for us. It was pretty busy but the drinks were excellent and the food was good but the ceviche could have been better it wasn’t very fresh and was dry.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente servicio y comida espectacular!!!
Gracias desde Miami, Florida!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service and over the past months the quality of fajitas has improved !!
Keep it up !!

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Frank
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had excellent service and the food was delicious!
I had the brisket tacos .. yummy ..and salsa was fresh
Margaritas were awesome.. fresh lime juice
Not too sweet .

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viponevoice
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service (Hortensia is the BEST!), and festive atmosphere was wonderful, as always!
We'll be back next week!

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vipCynthiaC
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outside, in the evening. Very festive , food, service and ambiance was just right!

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viponevoice
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming here. . . food & service always top-notch!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The fish taco was amazing. I loved the presentation. I shared it and was able to make it the way we wanted. Great job and they never disappoint.

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vipCarolineD
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks, service. Frozen ninfaritas and beef nachos are musts!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We enjoy sitting at outdoor seating for brunch as they have both the regular menu and a brunch one. Drink refills are always a bit slow but mostly service is good. This past weekend I requested a change to a menu item; corn vs flour tortillas. They said it couldn’t be done because they were already prepared. So I asked did that means they weren’t making the food fresh. He changed his comment to it was partially prepared. Stated that she, the manager, said it couldn’t be changed. However they have prepared it for me in the past. So if you want changes I hope the gentleman manager is there.

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vipEddieE
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Enchiladas de Mole and Frozen Sangria Margarita Swirl. Also have an updated new Rewards program

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viponevoice
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we "found" Ninfa's again. . . and especially our favorite server from another restaurant! Used OpenTable and it could not have been easier ~ our table was ready early; service was outstanding (muchas gracias, Hortensia!!), margaritas were refreshing and just the way we like them, and the food was exceptional. Oh, and easy garage parking!

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Lola
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely spot! The food, the service, everything was exceptional.

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SoniaJ
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Nice Margaritas and the food really fresh.

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EldonB
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant does not open till 4 PM we had a 1:30 PM reservation. How did that happen?

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vipSeanA
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, very clean and Covid conscious restaurant. Wonderful outdoor patio.

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vipDiningdiva
Houston
65 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Hortensia was very friendly and attentive. The guacamole was delicious. My shrimp Diablo was to die for. My husband enjoyed his duck tacos.

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BrittanyP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience.. food was really good and service was great as well

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vipFineDine
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice dinner. The food was tasty. I liked the patio area. Not too noisy. The service was excellent. I was a little concerned about some of the reviews that were less than favorable. We did not experience any issues.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall good but the carnitas were dry and a little difficult to swallow

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Kelsey
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, incredible service, can't wait to go back! Oscar was the best!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Chochinita Pipil meat too fatty.

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vipGabiM
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and amazing service.

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vipElizabethT
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Chicken was not cooked thoroughly and we felt sick after

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vipElvie
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have been here before and typically thoroughly enjoy it. This time, mainly complaint was the mango habanero margarita, which was surprisingly bland, neither particularly sweet nor spicy. For $13, I was expecting something special. The portobello fajitas were tasty (as usual), but my date was unimpressed by the enchiladas suizas. Service was very good. I'd definitely recommend the place to others, but I think given their price point, they should ensure the food and drinks are consistently top notch.

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vipAllanM
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great good and service. Happy you’re open again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went to brunch. Was so good we went back the next day for brunch again. Food came out as ordered and the correct temperature. Drink refills were a little slow but otherwise service was good. Manager stopped by both days to check how we were doing. Love the corn muffins they have at brunch

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vipStevenC
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good.

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vipBryM
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food as always. Keep up the good work.

Friendly wait staff.

FAQs

The Original Ninfa's - Uptown Houston is rated 4.6 stars by 274 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.