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The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

4.7
4.7
2617 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 55 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 2,617 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. JZ

    JulieZ

    Houston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ate an early dinner (3pm) so place was not crowded. Service was prompt, efficient, and friendly. Food was delicious and plentiful.
  2. SB

    SterlingB

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Cost more than I thought,...tortillas, although hand-made, we a bit thick, had extra chew,...steak fajitas were tasty, although was not really sizzling when they brought it to us,...food came pretty fast,...more a go to due to fame and history, but was below expectations
  3. AG

    AngelaG

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience2
    The food was excellent but we were seated outside under a tent. We thought outdoor would mean the patio sections. Service was a little slower but it was fine.
  4. PT

    PaulT

    Houston

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Classic Tex mex at THE original location. But not tired old food. Redfish tacos. Brisket enchiladas. Fine drink selection. Classic. You gotta go
  5. PS

    PatrickS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience. Food was great, service was outstanding.
  6. KG

    KentG

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took guests from Australia. They loved it! Food was excellent. Recommend their original margarita as well. Our server was very friendly and attentive.
  7. KS

    KenS

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a party of 15 and everything was great! The waiters were very friendly and service was good!
  8. P

    Penny

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very good food and fast service. They were able to accommodate a group of 10 people without any issues. The dinner with business colleagues went smoothly. I definitely recommend this place.
  9. J

    John

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and filling. It came out pretty quick, so pace your ordering if you're looking to spend a little bit of time there. Was given this place as a suggestion by a friend, and definitely will recommend to others. P.S. - the Margarita flight was FANTASTIC!
  10. IR

    IreneR

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was on top of things. Food came out very fast even though there was was 13 of us. Ninjas on Navigation never disappoints. Thanks for a great time.
  11. M

    Mark

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience1
    Great food and service but always so noisy and hard to have a conversation. Better for group dining versus tables of 2 or 4.
  12. JC

    JoaoC

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food in a great environment
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food!
  14. CC

    CCBLACK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service and great margaritas!! Ishmael was an incredible server
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We didn’t have the best experience though the staff was very nice. Our $50 fajitas were not “sizzling” when brought to our table and tasted bland. They also got cold pretty quickly. Side items were good. Main issue is that my fiancée has a pork allergy and we made sure to get food items that had no pork. Yet, she somehow got a reaction and had to take Benadryl. Either they are using pork fat to cook certain food items or my guess is fajitas may be grilled on same grill with other meats (like bacon) to then be served to us. Overall it’s a okay place but we were in/out within an hour.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Juanita was awesome! Great service
  17. SC

    ShannonC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Mexican food in Houston! Super friendly and fast service!!!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Went to Ninfas before the Billy Joel concert has reservation at 7:15 didn’t get a seat until 6:50 horrible communication inside at the hostess booth. Super frustrating experience. We orders the Ninfas taco Al Carbon specials and the meat was dry. Not a great experience
  19. SL

    SugarLand

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Fun ambiance. Fajitas are OK. They did a great job seating us quickly with our reservation.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was fine
  21. K

    Kickaboo

    Houston

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    One of my favorite places when o coming in to town. Glad we got there early. Felt kind of rushed by our server but still love the food and Rita’s.
  22. TB

    TigerBait

    Houston

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, watermelon Margaritas and service as always
  23. D

    Demonie

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food is always good, not sure better than any other place but good. It was very loud, table was not big enough for the food and 3 people even if it was a 4 top. Your food comes out so fast you figure they have it back there. Tables are so close to each other. Service is good.
  24. EI

    EmilyI

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Unfortunately the food was not up to par. Beverages and guacamole were good. Fajitas came out so quickly it was if they were done and under a lamp. Beef and chicken both were dry, charro beans had little flavor. Took out of town guests there and was definitely a disappointment. Could be so much better and used to be. Miss Mama Ninfa, she would of never of let sub par food out of her kitchen:(
  25. JP

    JoeP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Tex-Mex in Houston! We’ve never been disappointed.
  26. a

    alexanderb

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was great - some items not normally found. Good selection of non-Tex-mex items
  27. f

    foodie

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good chips, salsa and tacos Al carbon. Friendly staff.
  28. T

    Tmcdon05

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always try to eat here when in Houston. Great food and margaritas!
  29. DF

    DallasF

    Houston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The original Ninfa’s is always delicious. It’s a bit pricey but the quality of the food is great. Rather have great quality food and pay more than bad quality food any day
  30. TA

    TaraA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Service was great, ambiance was awesome.
  31. L

    Lonerangeroutandabout

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Clear place was off it's game as preparing for crowds attending Lady Gaga event nearby. Could tell food had been pre-made and just heated up a bit before serving. Was awful to inedible. Drinks were different as well. So much sugar in margarita couldn't drink them. Service was very slow and could tell waiter had been working there about 5 minutes it seemed. Disappointed as typically this is best Tex Mex in the city.
  32. DL

    DonaldL

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Our server, Cynthia, was outstanding! But for what you get, the prices are ridiculous. And we sat inside because it was very warm outside. They kept opening the side door to one of the patio areas where no one was even sitting and when they would open it it would stick open. The wind and the heat just kept coming in. Several tables were complaining about it. I had to get up twice to close the door because the wait staff wouldn’t do it.
  33. GM

    GloriaM

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On our way to see Lady Gaga. So close to the venue and food and drinks always great. Roberto was an excellent waiter.
  34. EJ

    EllenJ

    Houston

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience - Food does not disappoint - waiter was very attentive and courteous -will be back e
  35. O

    Outlaw75

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the best authentic Tex max I have ever had and the service was awesome!!! Can’t wait to go back next time I’m in Houston.
  36. JR

    JimmyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and the beef fajitas were outstanding
  37. WR

    WilliamR

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Forever Houston favorite! Always fun, delicious and a treat for out of towners.
  38. EC

    ErinC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    My shrimp enchiladas came with the shell on the tails IN the enchiladas. Didn’t care for the refried beans. The Watermelon margarita was one of the best I’ve ever had. VERY good. The place is nice but it’s very loud! Hard to hear anyone in your group or the staff. They did make it up for the shells by giving me a desert and taking the meal off my bill. Still have a good tip because it wasn’t the waiters fault and the drink was really good. In my opinion too pricey for the quality of food.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience4
    Menu very pricey. Be prepared for $50 or more per person. Our waitress Berenice excellent.
  40. GE

    GlennE

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Mexican food and drinks. We have been going to the original Ninfa's at Navagation for the past 29 years since we moved to Houston and have always found their food and service to be excellent.

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 2617 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 55 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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