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The Original Ninfa's Uptown

4.6
4.6
520 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
If you're looking for a Houston Mexican restaurant, Ninfa's 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 our spacious patios, dine on the best Mexican dishes & fajitas around and truly enjoy a great restaurant experience.

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2 people

9:30 p.m.


Booked 37 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 Mon–Fri 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

    (346) 335-2404

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Alex Padilla

  • Neighbourhood

    Galleria / Uptown

  • Cross Street

    San Felipe

  • Parking Details

    There is valet directly in front of the restaurant and a large complimentary parking garage for the building.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 520 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. CH

    CynH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place for a business lunch - Great fajitas!!
  2. S

    Steve

    Houston

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Shockingly expensive for the quality/quantity of food and service was just “off” from the waiter not properly explaining order options to actually bringing us the correct orders. Attempts to provide good service was awkward - instead of proactively and unobtrusively refilling water glasses, he would interrupt conversations to ask if we needed refills on glasses mostly full. When it came time to split the check, there was no visibility to how it was actually divided since there was no check or receipt (using a handheld device). We were a party of seven with 3 separate checks so some visibility to that is important as is any indication that tips may have been added for a party of 6 or more. Great location, good ambiance but the service was “meh.”
  3. p

    peterb

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although this branch doesn't have the Ship Channel authenticity, it is a nice place for an "uptown" Tex Mex dinner
  4. D

    Dean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and serve. Restaurant is very clean. Easy access.
  5. A

    Austin

    Houston

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Our food was not seasoned well this time around. The refried beans for our 1 year old were extremely salty, but the rest of our normal dish of fajitas had almost no flavor. The salsa was different this time as well and not flavorful. Very sad to see the restaurant change. Without rewards dollars, this restaurant is way too expensive for what you get. Our server was very nice and thoughtful.
  6. LL

    LindsayL

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a party of 12 for a business lunch and the service was amazing! They put us in the back room where it was quiet. Chips, salsa, and drinks came out quickly when we sat down. Drinks and waters were always full throughout the meal. Food was wonderful and huge proportions! Great experience.
  7. p

    pattir

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience4
    Very disappointed in the food. Irma’s southwest is so much better
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took some friends and family for lunch on Sunday. They greeted us with a smile and the entire staff was friendly from start to finish. I am going back soon.
  9. AP

    AmyP

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! The tomatillo salsa is great, good chips. Had the breakfast tacos. Would definitely recommend
  10. JS

    JoeS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    The guest who ordered the Restaurant Week item had an extra long wait for his entree and had to flag down a server. Same with the dessert. Other guests who ordered off the main menu had much better service. Food was excellent and server was very nice.
  11. ES

    ElyseS

    Houston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and great service
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Food was cold
  13. KS

    KimberlyS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went on a recommendation and enjoyed our meal.
  14. J

    James

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Incredible drink selection. Extremely nice staff, and delicious food!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Food was cold
  16. N

    Neno

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing place, if you are in Houston you must must must go. Everything on their menu is delicious
  17. W

    Westside

    Houston

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Cheese enchiladas are made with Cheddar Cheese. Very hard and gummy. The cheese is stuck to the plate. Ninfas should consider Land O Lakes Extra Melt cheese on their enchiladas. Much more smooth and creamy. The green sauce is not the same as Navigation. No reason to return.
  18. GG

    GallopingGourmand

    Houston

    269 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    269 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    This isn't the Ninfa's of old, nor the Ninfa's of Navigation Blvd. It's a very ordinary Tex-Mex restaurant, and the food is nothing to get excited about. I started by ordering a Skinny Margarita, telling our server, "Not too sweet." When it arrived, it had FAR too much agave in it, making it sickeningly sweet. (It took an overly large lime squeezed in it to offset the sweetness.) The meat in the Fajita Taco al Carbon had virtually no flavor, although it was large. The pico de gallo was ample, as was the guacamole, which was good. My wife's India dish (not sure of the full name) was huge, but, according to her, nowhere near as good as the old version. Service was quick and pleasant, but the food was not enough to cause us to want to return. Mama Ninfa would be very disappointed.
  19. TV

    TammyV

    Dallas

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time. Food and margaritas were excellent. So delicious!
  20. SJ

    SusanJ

    Memphis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ninfa’s never fails to please. Staff was friendly and the food was delicious!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the food and drinks were SO GOOD!!!!
  22. RA

    RAMANM

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Prices have gone up as compared to other Ninfa locations
  23. KM

    KMWK

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great!
  24. BG

    BoerneGuy

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time we have booked a family gathering party of 8 for Ninfas. They are awesome, food and drink are delicious! Very happy!
  25. TO

    TimO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and great location. The tamales were abit heavy but that is to be expected. The waiter was very attentive
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fast. Quick. Best food ever. Tortillas are amazing!!!!
  27. p

    peterb

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As good as the Navigation original Ninfa's but with an "uptown" ambiance.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Manager was awesome
  29. NH

    NicoleH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    We were really looking forward to coming to eat here, however, we were somewhat underwhelmed by the food and quite overwhelmed by the prices.
  30. JM

    JMCLRC

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal. Courteous service. Highly recommend.
  31. a

    ashbar311

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had family in town and they were able to seat 7 and my baby nephew easily. The staff was so attentive. The food was amazing!! Would recommend everyone to this restaurant!!
  32. N

    Ninja

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Service was terrible. We have ordered the beef after the appetizer, but she served us together with appetizers. Table was full of food and no space to work it. We orders ceased salads with chicken, but no chicken! She never poured the water even the glass was vacant. The served girl is not a professional at all.
  33. CH

    CruzH

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Have been to this location several times, always had a great experience. Unfortunately today was not we had a table for 10 everything started off great but went downhill quickly. We all got our drinks quickly then ordered our food half of the table got their food the other half had to wait another 10 minutes to get their food. Although it was very good for the price we could have gone somewhere else
  34. o

    onevoice

    Houston

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We just LOVE Ninfa's Uptown! Carlos and company are overall outstanding, with Hortencia as the BEST server EVER (love you, girl)!!
  35. l

    live2dine

    Houston

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It never fails, the service is top notch!! It’s like family, kudos to the service from Carlos (GM), Omar (server), and Chef Alex’s kitchen staff!!
  36. d

    dwarfgoat

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Service was spotty but food was good. Nice business lunch
  37. BB

    BrunchBunch

    Houston

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chicken Fajitas added to their fabulous Caesar Salad, with dressing on the side. Best meal in town, except I must mention that it is amazing with the shrimp added. Just get both! This is the pet-friendly haven, and Sunday brunch is a "go to" place to head off by yourself and dine with just your deserving best friend dog. Many healthy options for those of us counting something - like my standard Caesar Salad/Chicken. Several tables were there celebrating birthdays and the famous Ninfaritas - and I should note that the hosts are adept at placing couples apart from the revelers, if you care about that sort of thing. For me, I am game to get the vibes of party-joy and love the whole scene at Ninfa's Original Uptown.
  38. MD

    MDBKHB

    Houston

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Excellent waitstaff and Manager!!
  39. T

    Tarjei1971

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Everything from the salsa to the queso flameado, guacamole and the beef fajitas were just lacking of flavor and seasonings which was very surprising. We have been going to the Navigation location for years and have always loved every meal there.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was good me and my mom really liked our experience

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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 Uptown offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (346) 335-2404.

The Original Ninfa's Uptown is rated 4.6 stars by 520 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 p.m.


Booked 37 times today
Google Map for The Original Ninfa's Uptown

1700 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    San Felipe

  • Neighbourhood

    Galleria / Uptown

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 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

    There is valet directly in front of the restaurant and a large complimentary parking garage for the building.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Alex Padilla

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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