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The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

4.7
4.7
2659 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

7:00 PM


Booked 45 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 2,659 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Dodd was absolutely delicious & service was fantastic! Prices are reasonable & they give you plenty food! On the down side, couldn’t wait to get out of there due to the noise level, was ridiculously loud!!
  2. L

    Lisee

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal with great friends. Steak fajitas were awesome!
  3. AD

    AaronD

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food with great service. Went out of their way to accommodate our party of 9.
  4. l

    lizzie

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    Original Ninfa's, what else is there to say. Good margaritas and good food.
  5. OE

    OscarE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great stop. Anytime we are in Houston we make it a habit to stop by for a great meal.
  6. KD

    KodieD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ninfas was amazing! The food is authentic & very delicious! Highly recommend
  7. p

    paradiseonlabranch

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and fast, friendly, and professional service! Lots of things on the menu, but get the fajitas. Best ever!!!
  8. SG

    SethGuy3

    Houston

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent business meal with great ambiance
  9. V

    Vaseline

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! Smokey fajitas and cute atmosphere nice lady
  10. KB

    KarenB

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A classic. Get the fajitas. Our server recommended his favorite beans and they were delicious.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Try the Quail. Awesome.
  12. BD

    BethD

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and Service were wonderful. We were seated in the back and the noise level was uncomfortable. Fortunately, about 20 minutes later 2 large parties left and the noise level dropped.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and some of the best food I’ve ever had.
  15. CN

    CandaceN

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints. Tradition for all my visits to Houston.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ninfa's is always top notch food and service!
  17. BB

    BruceB

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and a great value...service was amazing...bonus was the valet parking and shuttle to the Astros Game...this is the must go to meal spot pre or post game, regular season and playoff time!
  18. VR

    VickieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely in and out received our food in just minutes didn’t get my drink till half way through our lunch.
  19. N

    Ninfamaniac

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good food and great margaritas! Whould recommend!
  20. TT

    TexasTechMom

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Fantastic margaritas! Great food. Only negative was my fault. I do not care for Poblano peppers and that’s what kind they use for their Chile rellenos. The inside stuffing was great! Our waiter, Reyes, was outstanding!!
  21. GG

    GregG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Pregame for Astros playoff game. Great location, free shuttle to game, and margaritas were outstanding!
  22. ND

    NancyD

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    One of my favorite Mexican restaurants!
  23. AB

    AnneB

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Wonderful food and lots of it but the noise level was so high I could only hear the person next to me. Unpleasant
  24. SP

    ScottP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service on the patio. Good food and attention to detail
  25. BF

    BarbaraF

    Austin

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Love this place, but on this visit the flies were pretty bad, although it was a nice evening to eat outside!!
  26. MS

    MaloryS

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Server had a tough time taking order. Messed up the order, two plates brought out later. Food was at least good.
  27. PH

    PeytonH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought my dad here who was visiting from Illinois and he LOVED it! He said it was easily the best Mexican food he'd ever had. Would definitely recommend the Texas combo!
  28. T

    Texas

    New Orleans

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was very good.
  29. VJ

    VJLII

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Being a Houston native this is a tough one to write. The Queso came out very fast which was concerned me that it was fresh as it could be. Wanted the crab cakes but was told i would only get one, couldnt bring myself to pay 25$ for a single crab cake. The Fajitas seemed average and not like they used to be. All in all the service was average (still tipped 25%) and the food was subpar - rather spend less money for better quality elsewhere.
  30. AJ

    AJBou

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    my party and i had a great expenses last night before the Astro's game and we will defiantly be back
  31. S

    Steve

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A true staple in Houston! The food, environment, and service could not have been better. Will definitely go again the next time I am in Houston.
  32. B

    Boppie

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, service and atmosphere. Luis was the best!
  33. A

    Anon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    This place has changed quite a bit from last I’d been there which might have been 10 years ago. Food was good but trying to be more bougie Mexican. Prices were pretty high, $22 appetizers etc. The main problem was the service. They kept getting our reservation Wrong even though I had an emailed confirmation. The service was slow and missed a lot of asks for the 8 of us. Wrong orders or forgotten. With that kind of pricing and positioning, it was just as loud as any more traditional Mexican restaurant, impossible to talk to any but your immediate neighbors. The valet was fast and appreciated having them. Not a bad time just not as expected.
  34. LC

    LisaC

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Mexican food around. Always fresh and tasty.
  35. j

    jmsg8girl

    Houston

    185 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    185 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food and drinks are always the best! Just can't beat the food at the Original Ninfa's!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfecto😀 we will be back!!!
  37. M

    Martha

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There is no place like the Original Ninfa's. I've been visiting the restaurant for over 40 years when Mama Ninfa could be seen sitting at the tables or welcoming the guests. The food is incomparable and the service, especially by Ms. Tina and her sister, is energetic, coordinated and compliant with any requests -- even if you have four kids including twin infants. Love the way they make you feel special! Algenita
  38. BF

    BarbaraF

    Austin

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our Waitress Tina was excellent - fun !!! We have been going here for almost 50 years !!!
  39. RH

    RanceH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Mexican food I have ever had. Genuinely nice staff and excellent service in Mama Ninfa’s original home. An absolute must if you are traveling to Houston. A true Texas landmark.
  40. KW

    KristinaW

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classic tex mex, friendly service, very fun birthday dinner!

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 2659 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 45 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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