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The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Second Ward, Houston
159 Tips and reviews
  • fajitas
  • margaritas
  • queso flameado
  • enchiladas
  • tacos
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  • Local Houston Magazine
    Local Houston MagazineSeptember 17, 2014
    Always serving the most wonderful & fresh Mexican food the famous original Ninfa's never lets their fans down! The meat is always seasoned perfectly & the salsa & guacamole are deliciously fresh! Read more
  • Houston Chronicle
    Houston ChronicleAugust 3, 2014
    Don't miss: Queso flameado; fajitas with Durango topping of bacon, tomato and jalapeños; Fajita Burger; the Navigation Margarita with Espolon Blanco tequila, fresh lime and Cointreau. Read more
  • Randy S.
    Randy ShumateDecember 12, 2012
    This is hands down some of the best texmex i have ever had. Ritas are ok, lots of alcohol not much flavor. The queso flameado and the tejas platter were awesome.
  • Aaron R.
    Aaron RiverSeptember 28, 2013
    Tres Leches! So stupid good! A classically delicious take, but topped with marshmallow fluff and lightly torched. I would share a picture, but it was halfway down my throat before I had the thought.
  • Kris
    KrisJuly 31, 2013
    The watermelon agua fresco is DELICIOUS. Juan V. is always there to refill your nacho bowl, water and soda! Get the queso flameado & fajita burger!
  • Allison B.
    Allison BaylesDecember 30, 2014
    The shrimp wrapped in bacon tacos! Order of guacamole is a must! Oh, and this is where the fajita was born....can't go wrong with those either :)
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 5, 2011
    Tex-Mex gold, people. From the margaritas to the fajitas, this original is the standard by which all other Tex-Mex restaurants are measured. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 5, 2014
    Every head in the restaurant follows every single order of tacos al carbon, and you want them turned in your direction. Pile slices of beef into tender tortillas and taste Houston Tex-Mex. Read more
  • April J.
    April JonesFebruary 2, 2013
    Sangria Margaritas are awesome! I have never had anything that isn't good here. Our favorites are the Tacos Al Carbon with Fajita Beef and the Chimichanga with Fajita Beef!
  • Becky R.
    Becky ReevesJune 18, 2013
    Best Mexican food in Texas. Amazing Margs. Fresh, handmade tortillas will blow your mind. The aguacate-tomatillo house salsa is unmatched by any house salsa I've ever eaten.
  • Eric C.
    Eric CohnDecember 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Few restaurants live up to the hype surrounding them. Ninfa's on Navigation is every bit as good as people say it is. No matter what you choose, it will be delicious.
  • Houston Chronicle
    Houston ChronicleAugust 3, 2014
    Inside track: Check the chef's monthly specials for highlights like spinach enchiladas rojas and such interesting house-made ice creams as a recent mole flavor. Read more
  • Ben K.
    The original Houston Tex-Mex. Try the queso flameado, enchiladas del mar, tacos al carbon.
  • Jarrod K.
    Jarrod KlawinskySeptember 15, 2016
    An excellent example of some of the best Tex Mex, anywhere. Hands down. Deadly margaritas, excellent queso. It's always quite busy but a must try.
  • Jorge Q.
    Jorge QuiñonesDecember 2, 2016
    The best salsa verde, perfect handmade tortillas but most important of all, get the queso flameado. Cheesy, gooey, delicious greatness!
  • Rayshawn W.
    Rayshawn WilliamsJune 9, 2016
    The best pulpo (octopus) I've tasted. Beats all I've had throughout my years in Los Angeles.
  • Lauren C.
    Lauren ChristensenFebruary 28, 2015
    Went with my mom & we got 2 servings of the fajitas after the waitress told us one would be too small to share....amazing food, huge quantities. I suggest splitting an order!
  • Douglas A.
    Douglas AllenJanuary 27
    Ninfa's on Navigation just can't be beat. It's a great spot for Tacos, Enchiladas and Fajitas.....and then there are the margaritas!
  • Clifton M.
    Clifton MApril 3, 2015
    The "original" Ninfa's has drastically changed (worse) since Mama Ninfa sold the chain & passed away. El Tiempo (owned by Ninfa's son) is better, with the newest location right across the street.
  • Keith K.
    Keith KiktaMarch 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The jalapeño margaritas are some of my favorite anywhere. I've never had a problem with the food or service but I've heard it can be spotty.
  • Veso K.
    Veso KossevJune 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Hands down one of the best mex in Houston! Aways a good crowd and never a long wait!
  • Courtney B.
    Courtney BergerDecember 31, 2012
    SO GOOD! The enchiladas suissas are my favorite. Do yourself a favor and don't even bother going to the other Ninfa's locations; they don't even compare.
  • Nupur B.
    Nupur BasuOctober 11, 2013
    The best fajitas and guacamole ever. Try the quail and chicken fajitas... Good choice.
  • Emily L.
    Emily L.October 5, 2014
    Sangria sangria sangria! Puffy chips and queso, amazing tortillas, I got the enchiladas suizas which were good too.
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressJuly 2, 2013
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10am-2pm. If you love good Mexican food then their Mexican brunch won't let you down!
  • Redwan H.
    Redwan HuqOctober 5, 2013
    Lives up to the hype. Chimichangas, tacos and tamales are top notch. Service is unbelievable and parking is ample.
  • Caro A.
    Caro AguilarJanuary 3, 2014
    The seafood enchiladas (del mar) are delicious!! Friendly and attentive service. I will definitely will be coming back .
  • Melania S.
    Melania SpagnoliApril 5, 2015
    If you're in Houston and you want to try Mexican food, this is the place. Fresh tortillas made at the moment
  • Jon D.
    Jon DarveauNovember 24, 2014
    Everything I had here was fantastic but special attention to the guacamole as it was perfect. Really can't go wrong here.
  • Jonathan H.
    Jonathan HaenchenAugust 9, 2014
    Diablo tacos are really good, but not as spicy as name entails. Green sauce is great. Complimentary valet available.
  • Jewelz C.
    Jewelz CodySeptember 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask for the carrots - they are the wonderful escabeche-style carrots that you can, and should, put on everything. Eat your veggies!
  • Britney S.
    Britney SamsonAugust 28, 2014
    Amazing texmex - easily some of the best in Houston! Great for large groups or birthday parties.
  • Jaya P.
    Jaya PunethaJuly 9, 2016
    The margaritas, queso, and tacos are out of the world!! 😍
  • Mandy B.
    Mandy BMay 20, 2014
    Best Mexican food I've had to date! Grilled skirt steak fajitas and the mango strawberry margarita is omg!! I'm flying right now lol
  • Chadwick 😎
    Chadwick 😎January 27, 2013
    Try the Enchiladas al Carbon - Enchiladas Al Carbon (Beef Fajitas). Dish was so big, couldn't finish. Delish.
  • Natashia R.
    Natashia ReyesJanuary 10
    This is Better than ALL other locations. Others sold name this is run by the original owners! Authentic!
  • Keith F.
    Keith FreitagNovember 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    No matter what, this place never disappoints on flavor and food. It's a must try for anyone new to Houston.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HenaoJune 15, 2013
    Try the Albondigas En Salsa - Spicy hot. Deep beef and pork flavor. Totally amazing.
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole BJuly 29, 2013
    Great service, margaritas and amazing fresh tortillas for your fajitas. Yes and yes.
  • John J.
    John JosephSeptember 16, 2011
    Amazing food! The chicken fajita was out of this world. Great authentic vibe, nice pAtio and extremely fast service.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SchottSeptember 7, 2013
    We shared the beef fajitas, which were excellent! Also, a great margarita!
  • Alyana
    AlyanaMay 23, 2015
    Tres leeches !!!!! If you haven't tried it your seriously missing out . BEST tres leeches I've EVER had.
  • Ashley A.
    Ashley AldermanJune 30, 2012
    Ninfa's serves brunch too! Pomegranate mimosas were delicious, though nothing will ever compare to a Ninfarita!
  • Vera
    VeraAugust 25, 2012
    Great summer specials including watermelon gazpacho, lobster enchiladas and cucumber margarita.
  • IS K.
    IS KLEApril 4, 2016
    Great fajitas and tacos al carbon. And margaritas. Awesome queso too.
  • James W.
    James WilsonMarch 30, 2013
    Best tortillas ever...make sure to not eat the will probably throw up
  • Katy I.
    Katy IonisDecember 20, 2016
    Massive delicious tex-mex platters and unlimited fresh made tortilla chips!
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DouglassMay 30, 2015
    The beef fajitas are great. Service is good considering how busy it gets.
  • Kavitha S.
    Kavitha SagiApril 27, 2012
    Chicken fajitas are amazing, best chicken I've ever had. The tortillas are so tasty good
  • Manuel A.
    Manuel ASeptember 15, 2010
    Love the Queso Flameado! Order it every time I'm here. Fajitas are also great.
  • Jade G.
    Jade GoldOctober 22, 2011
    Try the best margarita in town try the pinapple soaked vodka and the outstanding chef special
  • Cara K.
    Cara KummerMarch 28, 2015
    Carnitas enchiladas was delicious but so much food. Would have been good to share.
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer ShumateApril 28
    Been here 5+ times
    The enchiladas de mole are delicious! Along with everything else!
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca SaenzMarch 19, 2013
    Amazing customer service here! And not gonna lie... the best chips and salsa and enchiladas verdes in Houston!
  • theneener
    theneenerOctober 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Green sauce. Sangria margaritas. Beef fajitas. Say 'hola' to the lady making tortillas up front.
  • Vanessa H.
    Vanessa H.March 31, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Verdes enchiladas with refried black beans -- you won't be disappointed
  • Murray N.
    Murray NewmanSeptember 10, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    They are currently servicing duck tacos off the menu. They are phenomenal.
  • Melanie W.
    Melanie W.September 26, 2015
    I was worried this wouldn't live up to the hype, but it's still amazing.
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WalsworthJanuary 16
    My family all ordered the same dish, unfortunately it was too salty. Our waitress took care of us so well that I would still recommend going, I believe it was just an off night.
  • Tina Z.
    Tina ZuluNovember 12, 2011
    Ask for a side of pechuga gravy to eat with the fajitas and shrimp diablo
  • Justin Z.
    Justin ZApril 23, 2011
    The fajitas aren't fatty, they are juicy and flavorful. Green sauce is good. Great ritas!
  • Chris W.
    Chris WagnerApril 3, 2011
    Great food. Be sure to get a reservation on opentable before going. We waited an hour.
  • DataVox
    DataVoxJanuary 12, 2012
    You cannot go wrong with this menu, but the fajitas are a must try!
  • Marc
    MarcAugust 15, 2016
    Food Network's Top 5 - Mexican Dishes: #5 Fajitas Al Carbon
  • Ben K.
    Ben KendallMay 30, 2012
    My second bad visit this year. Abrupt hostess says the inside dining is closed for a private party
  • Bobby W.
    Bobby WitcherApril 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you make a reservation they will not seat you early! really good food though.
  • Nailil R.
    Nailil RodriguezAugust 10, 2013
    El Dannie was cheap and delicious. Margaritas are good too!
  • Rob M.
    Rob McGregorAugust 3, 2016
    Fajita combo, plus Guac and shrimp, were on point!
  • Salvador N.
    Salvador NunezAugust 7, 2016
    We had the ceviche and the octopus tacos. Both were horrible. We didn't get the fajitas but they looked good. I would stick to the fajitas.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HaleyAugust 6, 2014
    Be careful, the house margaritas are strong and may result in a good time.
  • Mary W.
    Mary WalkerJuly 25, 2014
    Thanks hipster whitey ppl for putting bacon in the crab cakes. And for the deconstructed chicken soup. Wtf.
  • CultureMap Houston M.
    While there are other Ninfa's around town, the location on Navigation is the original. Much of the waitstaff has been there for years.
  • Matt M.
    Matt McLenonAugust 1, 2014
    The margaritas are to die for!
  • rhea s.
    rhea sunshineAugust 9, 2014
    Anything with the housemade tortilla. Do it.
  • Dan S.
    Dan StapletonAugust 2, 2014
    Skip the short rib carne guisada and go with the beef fajitas.
  • e g.
    e gadMarch 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The beef nachos appetizer is enough for meal!
  • Paola D.
    Paola DAugust 10, 2014
    Love the fajitas! Definitely a must!
  • Sheila V.
    Sheila VillarrealSeptember 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Service was perfect! !!!!! Queso and fajitas on point!!!!
  • Ashley A.
    Ashley AldermanMay 11, 2011
    The Delicioso is a classic...and also delicioso! Ninfaritas are a MUST.
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IJuly 9, 2016
    House margaritas pack a punch. Don't skip the queso.
  • Therese T.
    Therese TottenOctober 18, 2011
    Try to come in on a weekday; they are open on mondays too!
  • Hussein
    HusseinSeptember 13, 2013
    Phenomenal tex-mex. Order the fajitas.
  • Samir N.
    Samir NazirDecember 25, 2014
    Despite growth, gentrification, whatever all these years, the fajitas are still boss
  • Murray N.
    Murray NewmanFebruary 1, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    New seasonal special is lamb shank. It is awesome.
  • Neil M.
    Neil MarucaMay 4, 2015
    Wow! Incredible food & portions! Bring an appetite.
  • Brittany L.
    Brittany LawninApril 30, 2014
    Beef fajitas & margaritas!
  • Christian R.
    Christian ReilichNovember 3, 2013
    the best tortillas i've had....good service as well
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FrazierJune 19, 2011
    MAKE A RESERVATION!!! At least if you go at a peak time. You will wait a long time if you don't.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BazinMarch 11, 2012
    Check out the fajita burger off the bar menu. It's fantastic as an entree.
  • SpaceTex M.
    SpaceTex MendellDecember 31, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Drink the house margaritas and smile! No fanciness needed.
  • G B.
    G BitzJanuary 19, 2014
    If you have a service dog, most accommodating. Means a lot!!!
  • Eric H.
    Eric HenaoMarch 16, 2013
    Try the Crawfish Borracho - Seafood tastic!
  • Ed S.
    Ed SchmidtJune 5, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Classic Houston Tex-Mex! My personal favorite since 1975!
  • Nick W.
    Nick WeissingerJuly 15, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Jalapeno margaritas, nachos, tamales, fajitas
  • Adam R.
    Adam RichardsonFebruary 14, 2015
    Kady is the best server here! Be sure to request her section.
  • David C.
    David CarrAugust 14, 2014
    Much better value to get the pitcher of margaritas here.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 28, 2014
    Check out The Original Ninfa's as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate Read more
  • Eliz A.
    Eliz AlamosMay 13, 2015
    Margaritas are delicious and strong
  • lori r.
    lori ramonJanuary 7, 2013
    My all-time fave restaurant in Houston.
  • Kyle Y.
    Kyle YoungJuly 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing off-menu appetizer: Queso a la Parrilla. Yuuuuum!
  • Mary W.
    Mary WalkerJuly 25, 2014
    Dear no pork eat'n ppl. I just found bacon in my crab cake. Who does that? Ninfaritas still bueno.
  • Ashraf ا.
    The skirt steak fajita
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanMay 8, 2012
    The Original Ninfa'sEpisode: Old SchoolAir Date: 07/04/2011Mo Rocca / Queso FlameadoHouston, TX
  • Erik V.
    Erik VidorMarch 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    this is the only Ninfa's in town that is worth eating at IMHO. Best ritas in town
  • Rachel G.
    Rachel G 💋December 5, 2013
    Yes! Suizas chicken enchilada is the best!
  • Adrian C.
    Adrian ColchadoApril 29, 2013
    Ask for Hugo! Best waiter here.
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanFebruary 14, 2012
    Houston Press We Love Food - favorite Houston dishes - Steak and eggs
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica ShimApril 6, 2012
    Queso Flameado was on The Best Thing I Ever Ate
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanFebruary 17, 2012
    Best of Houston 2011 - Top 10 Margaritas - #5
  • Lisa N.
    Lisa NguyenAugust 2, 2010
    This is the original and the best. Margaritas are muy bueno!
  • Cindy
    CindyMay 29, 2014
    Great food, but our service was SLOOOOOOOW!
  • Ramon B.
    Ramon BustamanteNovember 23, 2013
    They have the most expensive appitzers here. 10 bucks for guacamole!! WTF!
    ESTHERJuly 13, 2016
    Valet parking is super awesome.
  • Jenna T.
    Jenna TenpennyJanuary 5, 2016
    Grab a tamale at Ninfa's! They're great.
  • Courtney B.
    Courtney BlackburnMarch 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Queso flameado is the best!
  • Zachary K.
    Zachary KellerAugust 4, 2013
    Mexican meatballs. Do it.
  • Robert G.
    Robert GarciaSeptember 14, 2014
    Fajitas and homemade Tortillas!
  • Robert S.
    Robert ShoneffAugust 25, 2015
    Not the best fajitas but desert was good.
  • Chris W.
    Chris W.January 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the tres leches with amaretto!
  • Nik K.
    Nik KAugust 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    fajitas durango style or go home
  • Sara S.
    Sara SpiegelFebruary 1, 2012
    If you're in Houston you better try this place!!
  • Michael R.
    Michael RochmanSeptember 4, 2014
    Legendary and good
  • Mike K.
    Mike KurthOctober 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The best Michelada in town!
  • Ashley E.
    Ashley EMarch 9, 2012
    Nice Mellow Restaurant Good Food!
  • Meg
    MegMarch 1, 2015
    Great margaritas.
  • Tureshi
    TureshiApril 15, 2012
    This place is super niice! Love the patio
  • Diane A.
    Diane AdamsMarch 24, 2013
    Run don't walk for the mole ice cream!
  • Linda H.
    Linda H.January 9, 2011
    If you love the cheese Enchiladas Granjas is your best choice
  • Josh K.
    Josh KurzweilSeptember 1, 2012
    Try the Fajita Burger
  • Paul E.
    Paul EndrisMay 30, 2012
    Sunday brunch is awesome!
  • Kellie M.
    Kellie M.March 13, 2016
    Octopus Tacos!
  • Selena S.
    Selena SmithMarch 3, 2013
    Check out the brunch menu!
  • Marcus S.
    Marcus SmithMay 6, 2014
    Good food and drinks!
  • Suzanne M.
    Suzanne M.September 2, 2011
    The indies are the best!!!
  • Josh K.
    Josh KurzweilSeptember 1, 2012
    Try the Michelada
  • MoiseKapenda B.
    MoiseKapenda BowerApril 29, 2016
    Skirt steak fajitas
  • Cynthia S.
    Cynthia SalazarApril 11, 2013
    Try the lemonade .. :P
  • Anita C.
    Anita CSeptember 7, 2011
    As the sign says: "There's only one Original Ninfa's ,and this is it!"
  • Josh C.
    Josh ChanJanuary 20, 2013
    Everything here is overrated in terms of Mexican food.
  • Michael F.
    Michael FerisJune 2, 2011
    Great Margs! Get fajitas :)
  • Kristi C.
    Kristi ChenowethJuly 5, 2012
    Fajitas (beef)
  • Joshua J.
    Joshua JagnananAugust 27, 2015
    Beef fajitas
  • Joe E.
    Joe EllisonMarch 22, 2015
    Beef fajitas
  • Calvin S.
    Calvin SonephilaApril 17, 2012
    I love this place :D
  • Jenna L.
    Jenna LewisFebruary 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    One word: pachuga gravy!
  • Margo A.
    Margo AlexyJanuary 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    They got so very disorganized when busy. Extremely frustrating.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RayOctober 18
  • Denise S.
    Denise SamarripaFebruary 3, 2012
    Great food..
  • Tim
    TimSeptember 1, 2011
    Extremely overprice!!
  • Alton F.
    Alton FreemanApril 9, 2011
    Fatty fajitas, lumpy bland rice, cold bland salsa. Kirby Drive is better.
  • Tray H.
    Tray HarrisonMarch 27, 2011
    The original and the best. Love the ceviche, margaritas, and the yummy micheladas.
    Downvoted 5 days ago
  • Tim
    TimMay 10, 2011
    Highly over rated and extremely overpriced.
  • Christian D.
    Christian DiazJanuary 21, 2012
  • Keesha B.
    Keesha BreedNovember 4, 2012
    Not good at all
  • Berenice F.
    Berenice FerreroApril 14, 2015
    Tacos al carbón es un must!!!! Tienen q probar ese auténtico sabor. No dejen de probar la margarita de piña. Degustacion de tequilas Herradura:)
  • @lagartijilla83
    @lagartijilla83April 26, 2015
    La comida es buena, bastante parecida a la mexicana, excepto las tortillas que si son de harina. Dos personas con una margarita clásica son $60 aprox.
  • Courtney B.
    Courtney BlackburnJune 28, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Queso flameado!
  • Sandy L.
    Sandy LustigOctober 28, 2011
    Great grapefruit margarita Mmmmm!
  • Mark P.
    Mark PeacockJune 5, 2014
    Great fajitaaaaaaaaaas!!!!
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