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The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Second Ward, Houston
151 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Rayshawn W.
    Rayshawn WilliamsJune 9, 2016
    The best pulpo (octopus) I've tasted. Beats all I've had throughout my years in Los Angeles.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Caro A.
    Caro AguilarJanuary 3, 2014
    The seafood enchiladas (del mar) are delicious!! Friendly and attentive service. I will definitely will be coming back .
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Britney S.
    Britney SamsonAugust 28, 2014
    Amazing texmex - easily some of the best in Houston! Great for large groups or birthday parties.
  • Chadwick 😎
    Chadwick 😎January 27, 2013
    Try the Enchiladas al Carbon - Enchiladas Al Carbon (Beef Fajitas). Dish was so big, couldn't finish. Delish.
  • Jaya P.
    Jaya PunethaJuly 9, 2016
    The margaritas, queso, and tacos are out of the world!! 😍
  • Natashia R.
    Natashia ReyesJanuary 10
    This is Better than ALL other locations. Others sold name this is run by the original owners! Authentic!
  • Eric H.
    Eric HenaoJune 15, 2013
    Try the Albondigas En Salsa - Spicy hot. Deep beef and pork flavor. Totally amazing.
  • Alyana
    AlyanaMay 23, 2015
    Tres leeches !!!!! If you haven't tried it your seriously missing out . BEST tres leeches I've EVER had.
  • 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.
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole BJuly 29, 2013
    Great service, margaritas and amazing fresh tortillas for your fajitas. Yes and yes.
  • theneener
    theneenerOctober 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Green sauce. Sangria margaritas. Beef fajitas. Say 'hola' to the lady making tortillas up front.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SchottSeptember 7, 2013
    We shared the beef fajitas, which were excellent! Also, a great margarita!
  • Vera
    VeraAugust 25, 2012
    Great summer specials including watermelon gazpacho, lobster enchiladas and cucumber margarita.
  • Ashley A.
    Ashley AldermanJune 30, 2012
    Ninfa's serves brunch too! Pomegranate mimosas were delicious, though nothing will ever compare to a Ninfarita!
  • James W.
    James WilsonMarch 30, 2013
    Best tortillas ever...make sure to not eat the will probably throw up
  • Manuel A.
    Manuel ASeptember 15, 2010
    Love the Queso Flameado! Order it every time I'm here. Fajitas are also great.
  • Kavitha S.
    Kavitha SagiApril 27, 2012
    Chicken fajitas are amazing, best chicken I've ever had. The tortillas are so tasty good
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DouglassMay 30, 2015
    The beef fajitas are great. Service is good considering how busy it gets.
  • Katy I.
    Katy IonisDecember 20, 2016
    Massive delicious tex-mex platters and unlimited fresh made tortilla chips!
  • Jade G.
    Jade GoldOctober 22, 2011
    Try the best margarita in town try the pinapple soaked vodka and the outstanding chef special
  • Israel K.
    Israel KleinApril 4, 2016
    Great fajitas and tacos al carbon. And margaritas. Awesome queso too.
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