Timbuktu

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$30 and under
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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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4.1
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4.0
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3.7
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JaheemT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was phenomenal. My wife said the Chicken Chesapeake was the best she's ever had. She's had it at quite a few places since we've been together, so I believe her. The cream of crab soup was amazing. I had a burger with a mini crab cake, and I was not disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

March 11, 2020 was my sixth (60) birthday; my daughter took me out to dinner at Timbuktu Restaurant; and everything was outstanding and beautiful on my day, and I will tell everyone about this day and restaurant. Timbuktu Restaurant!!

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Peachy
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We had a party of 10 that apparently deterred the waiter from our section to come and take our orders. We sat for almost a half hour before we went to find the manager to complain. In the meantime people around us were being seated and being waited on with drinks and food promptly coming out. They eventually sent another waiter from a whole different section to wait on our table. Who was nice and accommodating. But, I would never dine there again.

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StacieA
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Terrible experience. Had a hair in my crab cake. Manager non chalant about our concerns. Had to ask for refills...... food was over cooked -steak and lobster. Member of party wasn’t informed that kitchen was out of his request until 30 mins after order. Smh. So disappointed. Two hours wasted

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jayp
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience2

Make sure you make reservations through OpenTable of course :-), there was a bit of a wait. It was a bit crowded with birthday parties, so the attentiveness of the waiter wasn't the best. But the crabcake was great! I would definitely go back, just make sure I reserve a table.

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SidneyC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat the food is outstanding a lot better than the garbage at Jerry’s

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The service was very slow our server was all over the face but the food was excellent never had a bad meal there

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DonnaR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good selection of food choices with excellent taste. Prompt friendly service.

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BillG
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

A big, popular place. Food OK, but over priced and not particularly tasty.

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BarryC
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Crab cakes are very good, service was really good on slow day due to rain

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NicoleR
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food was very good. Not quite as good as I remembered from our first visit. We weren’t there for a few years. But when we came to stay in the area again, I immediately made a reservation because the first visit made that much of a positive impression. Being a non chain and non franchise makes the minor things easier to not get worked up over. The food was still fresh and good, but not overwhelming. The crab cake had very little filler, which is always a big plus in my book. The service was quite lacking. But in all fairness our visit was at 7:15 on a Saturday evening. Also, it may have just been our server. I had to ask multiple times for a wine menu and it wasn’t even suggested during ordering. Not good up sell tactic. I asked for the menu at least 3 times and then the waiter simply disappeared for long lengths of time without checking in. But by the end of our visit, he seemed to finally get it together. Overall, an enjoyable visit. I may not rush to make it a definite, but I also won’t cross it off my list.

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Trish
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was fantastic! I think the place need some updates, utensils need to be change and do some dustings. Ceilings has spider web and dust that's hanging.

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JanetR
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We were a party of six. Two couples paid with cash and we charged the balance. When the server came back with our portion of the bill, it was $10 more than supposed to be. The server claimed that we had given $10 less than what we had given him. When in fact two people had counted the cash twice because we had split the bill 3 ways. I don’t know if it was our server or someone at the register but someone took $10 of the cash and then denied it. So our portion of the bill was $10 more than it should have been. We will not go back to Timbuktu.

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Doug
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience2

Food was excellent , Service very good - we were seated next to a plate accumulation area and could hardly hear ourselves talk, the waiter took our drink order and wanted to take our food order at the same time - I said we will wait for our drinks - if I had known the drinks would take 15 minutes I wouldn't have waited - I order a Jack Daniels Call drink Manhattan - what I got was a bar whiskey rail drink - I ask the waiter to double ck for my second drink - when it came it was actually worse than my first drink and certainly wasn't Jack Daniels. To top it off I order a Reuben to take home - when I heated it up the next day I was stunned to see it was made out of Roast Beef not Corn Beef - no Chef makes that mistake so the cleaning lady must have made my sandwich - I threw it out.

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vipLeeG
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn’t visited in a while. Everything was absolutely perfect. The crab cakes were the best I’ve ever had. Our server, Tony, was wonderful and anticipated all of our needs.

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JanaeM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dined here for my birthday and it was AMAZING!!!! I was very pleased with the meal, the service for my family and I was amazing. The Hanover location really blessed us with an amazing waiter, Zack. He was phenomenal.

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FoodGuy
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

From my first visit, the biggest reason I would recommend for people to visit this restaurant is the quality of the food. I put an emphasis on "quality of the food" becasue my food was prepared the way that I asked for it. Customer services was great as well. Our server made sure that we were accommodated for during our visit. Great place for date nights.

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AmyL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Retirement dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The dining room was basically empty so very quiet. The service was personable and professional. The children’s menu said one thing and price which did not match what was charged. We went on steak night and the food quality was not worth the price. The crab cake and slaw however was good. Probably won’t be back.

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BLAZNMCW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service took too long. Bathrooms dirty. Great crab cakes.

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Nika
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

It's a great place for seafood and beef. Everything is delicious. The only catch is service can be off and on, with some long periods of waiting when its halfway or more filled (which has been the case every time I've gone). We requested more water for anyone who walked by! The tables were too small to hold used dishes and new dishes so we had to put them (gasp!) on the floor because our waiter disappeared for 15 minutes at a time.

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MWill
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

I am not sure what happened but this use to be my favorite spot. In the pass few years the quality has dropped drastically. The macaroni and cheese was extra watery and tasteless, we received our appetizer after our food, I never received my hot tea and I was so disappointed I never even brought it up to the waiter. He was nice enough but I was just let down by it all. Not returning again. Smh....

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RyinW
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious, our waiter was great, definitely will go back.

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CarlH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service! Worth every penny! I will be back!

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Charmen928
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Although the food was good, the experience was not. Had reservations but still had to wait the same timeframe as the walk-ins. There is no barrier between the lobby and the dining area so everytime the door was opened a draft filled the room. Our server was MIA most of the time, although the other servers around us seemed on point, we had to keep asking others for assistance...he bought out bread but no plates, my husband didn't have utensils, we had no salt or pepper on our table, etc. And the icing on the cake, there was no toilet paper in 2 of the three bathroom stalls. I will not go again nor recommend to anyone. This restaurant used to be excellent but has declined over the last few years. Very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Worth trying everything.

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Kdt8070
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

First time. Went on valentine's day. Even though we made reservations way in advance they sat us in the bar area near the kitchen. The kitchen was dirty and the cook staff acted unprofessional to be in earshot of customers. My lobster tail was way overcooked and the steak was way undercooked. Finally the bill came out to about $200. I would have rather gone to Ruth's Chris or Prime Rib for that cost. Felt ripped off. Not likely to go back.

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TMoney
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Booked Bar seating and the hostess allowed us to change to Dining. She was the best customer oriented that night. Customer service In the dining room was absolutely Terrible! Visited on Valentine’s Day and they had a select menu. Not anything what I would imagine because I already view the menu and wanted to order something that was not on that special menu. Despite the long wait time for the food, My Wife and I food came to the table cold. She decided to still eat her’s since she was had not eaten since earlier that day. I ordered Ribs, when they arrived, I sent then back to the Kitchen. They came back out again after 5 mins, Luke warm. I told the server to keep them. Asked for the manager named Om. Just wanted to inform him of the situation since there were about 4 other tables looking for him to discuss the same thing. They were a lot of open tables, so it did not appear to be really busy. Finally came over to visit the table and did not even apologize or address the kitchen. I was recommended this place by 6 different people, that this was a terrible idea. Will not be visiting again. Now I have heard that the service has decreased over the years. This company needs to get it together and reevaluate, I wasn’t looking for a refund, but with over 70 years in business, I wanted to see Omar just apologize for the inconvenience to all the guest that had issues.

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KennayH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I love the restaurant! I was a bit discouraged when they had a set menu for Valentine’s Day and I was unable to get what I came for (chicken and shrimp Alfredo) however, the food was great.
It was a bit noisy of course, again, it was Valentine’s day so I didn’t expect it to be too quiet. I appreciate the organization of the restaurant so that they were able to serve all reservations.

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FrancineR
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I like the fact that they were only accepting reservations this year on Valentine's Day to eliminate the long waits. Also this is our yearly go to spot as the food and service is always on point.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night experience! Foster(our server) was amazing!

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LewisA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines the lobster was over cooked the first time and then under cooked on the second attempt 😤

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PRICELESS
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was good. It was crowded based on the Valentine’s Day crowd, but I felt we didn’t get the proper attention. Glasses weren’t filled and it was overwhelming for the servers.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

My experience was horrible the service the management just overall not a good experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were seated at the time of our reservations.
But there is a terrible draft from the front door that comes into the restaurant which is extremely uncomfortable. Other then that, food was good lobster a lil over cooked and service was how you would expect it on a extremely busy night.

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vipLasharonH
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Birthday celebration service slow food cold. Too much filler in crab cake no flavor

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georgeC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Did not care for limited menu on Valentine’s Day
Waiter was good but assigned too many tables. Will go back but not on Valentine’s Day

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JaquanaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and our server arnesto was amazing.

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vipwillJ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service and great deals at the right time! Waiter was great taking time to crack lobster.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Valentine’s Day celebration

FAQs

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

Timbuktu is rated 4 stars by 701 OpenTable diners.

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

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.