Welcome to the Original Ninfa’s





Our Locations

Ninfa’s on Navigation
Call 713.228.1175 to order!

2704 Navigation BLVD., Houston Texas 77003

Ninfa’s Uptown Houston
Call 346.335.2404 to order!

1700 Post Oak Blvd. #1-190, Houston, Texas 77056


This is where it all started, where Mama Ninfa first stuffed chargrilled sliced beef into a handmade flour tortilla and launched the national fajita craze. The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation…

The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation was created by “Mama” Ninfa Laurenzo in 1973 after the death of her husband, John. She started by grilling skirt steak and serving it in tortillas from her family’s struggling tortilla factory. The resulting dish – “Tacos al Carbon” (which later became known as “Fajitas”) was the basis for Mama Ninfa’s legend in Houston and in the history of Tex-Mex cuisine. Mama Ninfa passed away in 2001, and in 2005, Legacy Restaurants purchased The Original Ninfa’s. In the ensuing years, Legacy and Executive Chef Alex Padilla have restored, updated, and improved The Original Ninfa’s. After almost 50 years in business, The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation is more popular than ever and still is serving “The Best Mexican Food in Texas Since Texas was in Mexico!™”

Ninfa's in the Press

8 Houston area places to stop for amazing breakfast tacos

March 31, 2021

Alison Cook’s 10 best Houston dishes of the year

January 8, 2021
Houston Chronicle

The Fajita Burger at Ninfa’s Is One of the Best in Texas—and It Came to a Chef in a Dream

October 19, 2020
Texas Monthly

How The Original Ninfa's in Houston became the pioneers of Tex-Mex

September 15, 2020
ABC 7 News

Houston restaurants can now offer to-go cocktails. Here are the best.

April 3, 2020
Preview • houston chronicle

It's 713 Day in H-Town, so let's celebrate a few things that Houston is known for

July 13, 2020

The South's Best Classic Restaurants 2020

March 10, 2020
Southern Living

Top 100 Houston Restaurant 2019: The Original Ninfa’s

Oct. 24, 2019
houston chronicle

How The Original Ninfa's in Houston became the pioneers of Tex-Mex

Aug. 22, 2018
abc 13 news, localish

Lester Holt Visits Houston Home Of A Tex-Mex Obsession on the NBC Nightly News

October 18, 2018
nbc news

Celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern films at 6 Houston restaurants for Travel Channel show

Oct. 24, 2019
Culturemap houston

The South's Best Classic Restaurants 2020

march 10, 2020
southern living

The Chew's Best Chef on the Block: West Coast Competition

Feb. 22, 2018
ABC's the chew

Ninfa’s Uptown’s New Mural Features One Seriously Star-Studded Dinner Party

Oct. 24, 2019, Houstonia magazine

Ninfa’s Uptown Now Open for Business

June 10, 2019
Houstonia magazine

Houston can’t afford to lose its restaurants

Mar. 20, 2020
houston chronicle

New Uptown Ninfa’s Makes a Major Splash on Post Oak — Your First Sneak Peek

Jun. 7, 2019, paper city magazine

Alison Cook: My taco evolution in Houston

Apr. 21, 2020
houston chronicle

Remembering Ninfa, the mother Houston called 'Mama'

May 10, 2014
houston chronicle

The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation to appear on new Food Network TV show

Junly 10,  2018, Houston business journal

Fajitas at the Original Ninfa’s on Navigation

February 1, 2015
houstonia magazine

The Best Tex-Mex Restaurants in Texas

Jan 19, 2016, thrillist

15 Great Tacos in Houston

Oct. 13, 2015
Texas Monthly

The World’s Best Fondues—and Queso, Too

Feb. 28, 2020, bloomberg

Southern Living says Houston's home to the best restaurant in Texas

Mar. 15, 2017, Houston business journal

Craving Tex-Mex? Make these Ninfa's recipes at home with the family

march 31, 2020, Houston chronicle

The Best Chefs in Texas Are Sharing Weekly Taco Tuesday Recipes

April 22, 2020 Travel + Leisure