Timbuktu

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936 reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
We are the seafood and steak destination! A full service family restaurant, deli and convenience store that serves the best quality food and crab cakes and beverage in the Greater Baltimore Washington area in a clean, comfortable and welcoming atmosphere with a staff dedicated to providing knowledgeable, memorable and happy service to our customers. We are dedicated to being an active and giving member of the community.


Timbuktu serves lunch and dinner daily and offers dine in, carry out and banquet catering. Lunch and dinner at the restaurant offers an array of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, sandwiches, burgers, Southwest fare, pasta and seafood on the menu.

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What 936 People Are Saying
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janeb
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was wonderful. I do understand that the restaurant industry in particular has been facing a hiring shortage, However, with that being stated, There were three different waiters who waited on a party of 11 people. We kept having to repeat our drink orders. and at times flag down other servers to request that they locate our server to put in other additional requests. All three servers did not come back to make sure that everyone in our party needed anything. This was the only thing that separated this restaurant from receiving 4.5 and or 5 stars.

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ChDi
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Our server seemed completely annoyed that he had to serve us right from the start. Nothing we did caused this. No special requests, no complaints, no questions, just sat and waited to order our food.

Made reservations for the dining room and ended up being seated in the bar area right beside the kitchen door.

Food was good. Too bad the rest of our visit was not.

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BeatriceG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food is delicious. Prices are high but food was worth it.

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LesleyO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Way overpriced for sub standard food. Nothing we had was memorable and definitely not worth the inflated prices they charged. Dessert on Opentable is out of date. Disappointing birthday meal.

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vipAllisonB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit was outstanding and we loved the COVID partitions. Felt safe while enjoying time out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Phil was the best server we have had in quite some time, anywhere! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves for over two hours and Phil was quite an added blessing to us! My salmon was delicious and my husbands prime rib was cooked as he ordered- very good experience! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Waiter was excellent, food was good, but very expensive.

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RonaldC
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was as good as advertised. This was my first time there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

I was very disappointed in the service. I have been enjoying Timbuktu for 20 years and probably won’t return. The sever was slow and rude. The manager had to come take our order and then we waited an hour for our food to be brought out. Of course the crab cakes are always a WIN ,but it’s the service that deters us. Not to mention we drove an hour to get here.

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Perfection
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. The restaurant took every precaution to make me feel safe. This was my first time but will definitely be going again.

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vipRondy
Baltimore
98 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Kevin our server was outstanding. Really hustles, knows menu and is very customer friendly. Great guy!! This place has super crab cakes with lots of back fin meat and very little bread crumbs as a binder. Kitchen sure knows how to cook this just right. Price was not too bad considering the shortage and crab meat prices generally.

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TinaMarieR
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

the wait for food was terrible and everyone got their food at different times so by the time the last person got their food the first two were done. the server said another server took my food to their table and we had to wait for ours in which we had already been wait a long time.

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SnaxAroundTown
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

I understand restaurants are severely understaffed so I am sure this is why service was so bad. We sat for about 20 minutes before we were greeted. Ordered drinks, apps and food at the same time since it took so long to get someone. It took 20 minutes to receive some apps. However, salads and soups took an extra 15 minutes. Cream of crab soup was so sold that it was thick and lumpy. Food came about an hour after we ordered it. We did not receive drinks (sweet tea, root beer, and one bar drink) until we were done eating.

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NeilS
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful birthday celebration at Timbuktu. Everyone loved their crab cakes. Eddie our server did an excellent job. Recommended to all.

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Indigo
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Everything was good except the whipped mashed potatoes. It tasted like extremely bland box mashed potatoes. The jewel of the sea was great. Broccoli was good as well.

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AllenK
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After not visiting for a while because the quality of food had suffered we decided to give it another try and was not disappointed. The Food was Amazing and our Waiter Eddy was on Point with the Service and Professionalism... Will definitely be going back in the near future.

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RavensFanT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was bland… soups, seafood, veggies, whipped potatoes. Shrimp not cooked well. Server not interested. Only good item was the quantity of scallops once you add Old Bay to season them. Overall, not a good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!! Thank you

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RodneyL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I was very disappointed. Had the spicy seafood pasta. Very bland and very spicy. It tasted like hot tomato sauce. I did not expect it to be great but it was just not close to acceptable. Crab cakes were good. If I go back I won’t be trying the pasta.

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Krissy
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Crab cakes are always delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood as usual, and the solids we especially great!

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MargieC
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Server was amazing, food was perfectly done. Great experience!

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LJFOODIE
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I usually go to another place (G and M) for crab cakes but thought I’d try your crab cakes as many like them…however, it was very disappointing…

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JenC
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

I made a reservation for 8:30pm and went to reception @8:28 pm and was told to wait until 8:30pm. Then I was told to wait 10 more minutes. At 8:40 pm I was told to wait until a table was ready. I watched about 16 people finish their meals and walk out. However when I went back to inquire about when my table would be ready I was told the tables had to be cleaned and wasn’t sure how long that would be. I was seated about 10 minutes later. I waited over a hour to get a waiter. The food finally came and it was cold and old. We received a basket of bread that was half cooked. Steak was under cooked. Shrimp and fish over cooked. And crab cakes were horrible.

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deborahw
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Website is inaccurate - they stated they had outdoor seating and they do not. We chose not to eat there because of this

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great. Just like a lot of the Resturant’s today, they have a limited staff but they did well over all!!!

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Michael71
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made an reservation. No waiting. The food was delicious and reasonably priced.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing like back in the day, Timbuktu is back!!! And Kevin our waiter was AMAZING!!!! Kevin gets a 10 out of 10!!!

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TRAP
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FOOD WAS GREAT, SERVICE BETTER WILL BE BACK AGAIN.

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SMac
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We all agreed the crab cakes were not made from MD blue crab. For those prices, they should have been. Service was mediocre at best, yet an 18% tip was automatically added to the bill. We won't be returning.

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FredH
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

I have been dining happily at Timbuktu for many years. While the food this time was quite good, the cost of my meal had more than doubled, which was acceptable only because I was the guest of my companion. The dim ambiance and indifferent service were acceptable only as concessions to precautions necessitated by the current pandemic. I shall look forward to Timbuktu's restoration when the pandemic ends, but will not visit or recommend it in the interim.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Timbuktu food never disappoints. It's been 5 years since I've been able to enjoy there food. It was just like it was then. Excellent quality seafood.

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DCthaGod
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Seems the restaurant has fallen from grace. The quality of the food is not what it was.

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Britt
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The waiter we had did not tend to us like he did his other tables. Didn't have a drink the entire meal because he did not come back to the table once we got our meals. He had a little attitude like it bothered him to wait on us.

The food was great. Leftovers were even better. Will go again!

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PaulD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good…service was ok
Celebrated moms 82nd Birthday thought we would receive a complimentary dessert as most restaurants do BUT didn’t receive anything … another server gave birthday person a cupcake but our server must have forgotten even after he wished my mom a happy birthday 🤷🏽‍♂️

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vipdiner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We dined at this restaurant after a memorial service. We were seated in a private space, which was nice. Our server was pleasant, but was incompetent. It took a long time for him just to take the orders, and did not refill water or drinks without prompting. We were not offered condiments with or food; we requested tartar and cocktail sauce and there was a long wait. Many in our party ordered the cream of crab soup and it was so bland. His suggestion was to add Old Bay. (Would it have been better to alert the chef or offer something else?). The food was reminiscent of hospital food, that was unsalted. So what would have been a good crab cake was tasteless. We enjoyed the private space, but the meal was awful.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Generous portions. The crab cake, shrimp and scallops were very good. The lobster tail not so much. I had the broiled seafood platter. If I were to go again, I’d stick to the crab cake.

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vipAdam
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience1

First and foremost biggest crab cake I have ever had. Other dishes ordered were excellent. The only drawback was the ambience. The interior is an old version of a 1960's Baltimore restaurant.

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OscarM
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food and ambiance were amazing.

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KarenM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service was slow, but orders were correct.
Crab cake was ‘eh’. But the lobster was fantastic!! Price was fair.

FAQs

Timbuktu offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 796-0733.

Timbuktu is rated 4 stars by 936 OpenTable diners.

Timbuktu does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://timbukturestaurant.cardfoundry.com/.

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.