The Original Ninfa's Uptown

4.5
434 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 434 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance for outside dining with family and young kids! Wonderful food and service!

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viptxchic
Houston
119 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious happy hour tacos. Half priced Ninfaritas. Patio dining. What’s not to love?

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Benni was excellent!!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though I got a rez, the place was closed for renovations. I have eaten there before and it’s good.

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JOHND
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unfortunately when we got there they were closed. They said they were closed for renovation from Sunday to Tuesday which seem odd since there wasn’t any construction going on on Sunday. Probably won’t be returning.

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vipGilbertM
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine design, excellent service, great food. One of Houston's finest Mexican restaurants!

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vipfoodlover86
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent! We all enjoyed our meals.

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Msluvtodine
Key West
18 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

"uptown margaritas" were fabulous. My Salmon mole was perfect. Crusty outside and so tender inside. The sauces with it were delicious but..not hot.
We ordered pork enchiladas and the meat was very dry
beans and rice for both orders were lukewarm. Our server was very attentive and had good sense of humor.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New year eve

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MaryF
Houston
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great but the music was way too loud!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

I order a chicken fajita salad. When the food arrived it was beef fajitas. I have a heart condition can not eat red meat. They said no problem be tight back. When the salad came back it was not chicken fajitas. They are flat and usually have char marks on them. The chicken I got was awful. Think they took a chicken breast and just pan fried it. The waitress kept telling me it is chicken fajitas however it was not. It was a fat thick strip of chicken. Also kept trying to run up the bill. Wanted us to order high dollar margaritas desert etc. I honestly believe it was the worst chicken I have ever eaten in my life. Brought the chicken home for the dog.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

We left with the worst stomach aches! Be careful!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I ordered the brisket flautas. They were extremely dry. As if they were cooked and reheated. I was so hungry so I just ate them.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good portions, proactive and friendly hospitality which were good but service would have been better if it felt less rushed when ordering and paying the bill. Taste and flavouring are ok. However, a lot of the dishes tasted similar. The grilled octopus was less impressive since it was bland, rubbery and it was lacking in presentation. Nonetheless, overall, it was a pleasant experience

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vipbabybear
Houston
62 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. The best we have had in a long time. The food was great, too.

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cypressinthecity
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have Mexican food on Christmas Eve. This year, it was just me and my immediate family, so we decided to go out to eat instead of ordering at home. We have eaten at Ninfa’s several times, but never at the Uptown location. This location does not look like the “original”, but I get that they are catering to a specific demographic. It was tastefully decorated. My 18 year old son even commented that he loved the open ceiling and pendant lights.
Our waiter informed us that it was Happy Hour! Score! My husband and I each chose the Uptown Margarita to drink. Very tasty and smooth. For dinner we shared beef fajitas. My son had carnitas and my daughter had tacos al pastor. All the dishes were delicious and we only came home with a small portion of al pastor since we finished off everything else.
Our dinner was enjoyable and it was great to be with my family. The staff was super nice and everyone said Merry Christmas as we left. We will continue to come back to Ninfa’s!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had dinner on the patio. The weather was beautiful and the food was wonderful. The cars out on the street can be pretty loud, but overall the experience was terrific.

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vipRRTex
Houston
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous meal at Ninfas Uptown. They have really stepped their game up and food quality is consistently awesome. Great margaritas, good service, wonderful food.

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vipJanev
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress,Hortencia,made everything wonderful.
The food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Nice lunch

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vipPatrickE
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! The food was outstanding. The tequila selection is phenomenal. Service is top notch.

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vipDianeC
San Diego
57 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Horrible service wherein they forget your order, utensils, and can't even bring salt and pepper when you ask for it

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Leanderthal
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I would totally recommend going to Ninfa's Uptown. The food was excellent and so was the service. It can be a bit noisy sitting on the patio due to San Felipe street but there is not much the restaurant can do about it.
Overall a really good experience.

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Anna
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we were sitting outside, so it was quite. inside it’s a bit more loud and colder, so bring your light jacket on :)

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vipDisappointedCustomer
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very very good!

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barbiebun
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

love the different shrimp diablo offerings. guacamole is fresh and tasty. a bit more expensive than would have been expected.

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vipErinC
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously, the best service we’ve had in a while!!!

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vipJohnF
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good choice.

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MorganR
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service. Not cheap, but fair value

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to conduct a business meeting.

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A1525
Austin
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Fajitas were not as tasty as I would've wanted. Plain not even salt so disappointed. Service was awesome. Santos did a great Job. Drinks were amazing too. We loved the queso torearo or con chorizo. Flan was not good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I made this reservation weeks ago for a birthday. The server wasn’t very friendly and never mentioned us being there for a special occasion or a birthday. Food was OK. Will probably go elsewhere next time for Mexican food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Above and beyond to help!

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rmhr
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The food was great, as always! Good, pleasant service. BUT - the noise level was extreme. We almost had to yell to be heard, and there were only four of us. Ninfa's needs to put more distance between tables...

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was mediocre. I have been eating at Ninfas for 30 years and this was the worst it’s ever been. Very disappointing. Have been to Navigation location in last few months and it was good. This was very, very bland, chips were over cooked, service was slow. Will never eat at this location again!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought me back to old Ninfa’s. Excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Corpus Christi
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to have at table card reader for paying bill. Finally! This was at every restaurant in Canada 2 years ago. So much safer.

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vipjemejo
Houston
76 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

unremarkable and many better places for quality Mexican food in Houston

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vipUnhappy
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience1

from the spilled rice, plastic cutlery, napkins scattered on the floor at several tables, to the dirty table tops to the deafening street noise and hence shouting customers, our visit was a huge disappointment. don't go blaming inadequate staff - there were plenty of staff for the number of tables. when the people at the next table finally decamped, the busboy quickly and quietly removed all the "stuff" from the table, and the waitress came out with an absolutely filthy broom to sweep up the mess on the floor - attacking it from our side, waving that thing under our noses as we were just about to begin eating. the rice and all the mess were on the other side of the table!! the green sauce used to be a big draw, and it is now tasteless. the red sauce was pretty good. two people got two tortillas, period. the chile relleno was a waste of money - a blanched pepper filled with cheese, not fried or stuffed. lots and lots of onions, almost no grilled bell pepper, and very overcooked meat. my guest asked for medium, and it was very much well done. no refills on her Coke and my water, a tablespoon of guacamole. the street noise was simply deafening. whoever designed the patio needs to go back to school. and then the people HOLLERING at the football game !!! my guest didn't seem to mind, but we could not hear ourselves speak across the table. i wanted to sit inside, but she wanted the patio -BIG mistake.

our server did his best, that I could tell. there was a significant language barrier. but he forgot to bring us napkins and silverware, offered no refills on the coke/water, and could not understand my question about the bill. the $25 gift card was the only reason we were there - my mistake.

FAQs

The Original Ninfa's Uptown offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (346) 335-2404.

The Original Ninfa's Uptown is rated 4.5 stars by 434 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.