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The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Second Ward, Houston
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  • Local Houston Magazine
    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
    Local Houston Magazine · September 17, 2014
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  • Aaron R.
    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.
    Aaron River · September 28, 2013
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  • Allison B.
    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 :)
    Allison Bayles · December 30, 2014
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  • Houston Chronicle
    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
    Houston Chronicle · August 3, 2014
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  • Kris
    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!
    Kris · July 31, 2013
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  • Clifton M.
    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.
    Clifton M · April 3, 2015
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  • Tasting Table
    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
    Tasting Table · August 5, 2014
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  • Lauren C.
    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!
    Lauren Christensen · February 28, 2015
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  • April J.
    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!
    April Jones · February 2, 2013
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  • Becky R.
    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.
    Becky Reeves · June 18, 2013
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  • Randy S.
    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.
    Randy Shumate · December 12, 2012
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  • Houston Chronicle
    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
    Houston Chronicle · August 3, 2014
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  • Eater
    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]
    Eater · October 5, 2011
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  • Courtney B.
    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.
    Courtney Berger · December 31, 2012
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  • Keith K.
    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.
    Keith Kikta · March 3, 2015
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  • Eric C.
    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.
    Eric Cohn · December 15, 2013
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  • Jewelz C.
    Ask for the carrots - they are the wonderful escabeche-style carrots that you can, and should, put on everything. Eat your veggies!
    Jewelz Cody · September 18, 2011
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  • Veso K.
    Hands down one of the best mex in Houston! Aways a good crowd and never a long wait!
    Veso Kossev · June 28, 2012
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  • Emily L.
    Sangria sangria sangria! Puffy chips and queso, amazing tortillas, I got the enchiladas suizas which were good too.
    Emily L. · October 5, 2014
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  • Nupur B.
    The best fajitas and guacamole ever. Try the quail and chicken fajitas... Good choice.
    Nupur Basu · October 11, 2013
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  • Caro A.
    The seafood enchiladas (del mar) are delicious!! Friendly and attentive service. I will definitely will be coming back .
    Caro Aguilar · January 3, 2014
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  • Jonathan H.
    Diablo tacos are really good, but not as spicy as name entails. Green sauce is great. Complimentary valet available.
    Jonathan Haenchen · August 9, 2014
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  • Redwan H.
    Lives up to the hype. Chimichangas, tacos and tamales are top notch. Service is unbelievable and parking is ample.
    Redwan Huq · October 5, 2013
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  • 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.
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  • Houston Press
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10am-2pm. If you love good Mexican food then their Mexican brunch won't let you down!
    Houston Press · July 2, 2013
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  • Melania S.
    If you're in Houston and you want to try Mexican food, this is the place. Fresh tortillas made at the moment
    Melania Spagnoli · April 5, 2015
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  • Chadwick 😎
    Try the Enchiladas al Carbon - Enchiladas Al Carbon (Beef Fajitas). Dish was so big, couldn't finish. Delish.
    Chadwick 😎 · January 27, 2013
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  • John J.
    Amazing food! The chicken fajita was out of this world. Great authentic vibe, nice pAtio and extremely fast service.
    John Joseph · September 16, 2011
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  • Jon D.
    Everything I had here was fantastic but special attention to the guacamole as it was perfect. Really can't go wrong here.
    Jon Darveau · November 24, 2014
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  • Ashley A.
    Ninfa's serves brunch too! Pomegranate mimosas were delicious, though nothing will ever compare to a Ninfarita!
    Ashley Alderman · June 30, 2012
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  • Keith F.
    No matter what, this place never disappoints on flavor and food. It's a must try for anyone new to Houston.
    Keith Freitag · November 27, 2012
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  • Alyana
    Tres leeches !!!!! If you haven't tried it your seriously missing out . BEST tres leeches I've EVER had.
    Alyana · May 23, 2015
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  • Vera
    Great summer specials including watermelon gazpacho, lobster enchiladas and cucumber margarita.
    Vera · August 25, 2012
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  • theneener
    Green sauce. Sangria margaritas. Beef fajitas. Say 'hola' to the lady making tortillas up front.
    theneener · October 13, 2013
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  • Mandy B.
    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
    Mandy B · May 20, 2014
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  • Chris W.
    Great food. Be sure to get a reservation on opentable before going. We waited an hour.
    Chris Wagner · April 3, 2011
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  • Jeremy F.
    MAKE A RESERVATION!!! At least if you go at a peak time. You will wait a long time if you don't.
    Jeremy Frazier · June 19, 2011
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  • Eric H.
    Try the Albondigas En Salsa - Spicy hot. Deep beef and pork flavor. Totally amazing.
    Eric Henao · June 15, 2013
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  • Jade G.
    Try the best margarita in town try the pinapple soaked vodka and the outstanding chef special
    Jade Gold · October 22, 2011
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  • Justin Z.
    The fajitas aren't fatty, they are juicy and flavorful. Green sauce is good. Great ritas!
    Justin Z · April 23, 2011
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  • Ben K.
    My second bad visit this year. Abrupt hostess says the inside dining is closed for a private party
    Ben Kendall · May 30, 2012
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  • Nicole B.
    Great service, margaritas and amazing fresh tortillas for your fajitas. Yes and yes.
    Nicole B · July 29, 2013
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  • Kavitha S.
    Chicken fajitas are amazing, best chicken I've ever had. The tortillas are so tasty good
    Kavitha Sagi · April 27, 2012
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  • Cara K.
    Carnitas enchiladas was delicious but so much food. Would have been good to share.
    Cara Kummer · March 28, 2015
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  • Andrew D.
    The beef fajitas are great. Service is good considering how busy it gets.
    Andrew Douglass · May 30, 2015
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  • James W.
    Best tortillas ever...make sure to not eat the ceviche...you will probably throw up
    James Wilson · March 30, 2013
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  • Melanie W.
    I was worried this wouldn't live up to the hype, but it's still amazing.
    Melanie W. · September 26, 2015
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  • Manuel A.
    Love the Queso Flameado! Order it every time I'm here. Fajitas are also great.
    Manuel A · September 15, 2010
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  • Sarah S.
    We shared the beef fajitas, which were excellent! Also, a great margarita!
    Sarah Schott · September 7, 2013
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  • Tray H.
    The original and the best. Love the ceviche, margaritas, and the yummy micheladas.
    Tray Harrison · March 27, 2011
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