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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4.3
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4.4
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3.9
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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab cakes are delicious!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped by on the way to BWI and was very pleased with our meal. Quality of seafood was delicious and appropriate portions for two.

J
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ordered the crabcake sandwich with a side of coleslaw for lunch. Both were delicious! I recommend this restaurant for it's food and service. Make a reservation, unless you're willing to wait for seating.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Good ambience

K
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was nice!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

While I understand the reservation was late in the evening the food quality was rather poor.

DM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I met my grandson and daughter for Lunch at Timbuktu - we had reservations for 5 but lost my son in law so we got a table for 4 in the lounge - I only mention that because on a Saturday afternoon it was noisy as expected . I don't recommend that if you want a quiet lunch or dinner to actually try and hold a conversation. Ann was our server with a dry sense of humor that once you catch on was a delight - in addition to being a 1st rate server. The food as usual was off the charts fantastic - my Grandson somehow ate entire Rib eye steak , the gals got a shrimp salad that I couldn't eat in two days and I got the stuffed shrimp that was the best I think I ever had . I also enjoyed two JD Manhattans from a bartender who definitely knew his trade - excellent drinks . We live in Annapolis so we only get up to Timbukto when I can capture my daughter and one of my grand kids that live between Hanover and Towsen. Wish it was closer .

LM
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience5

this was my birthday and apparently when the server collected money from my guests something was miscalculated. My food was paid for by one of my guests, so there should not have been a shortage. I ended up having to pay $51 for the shortage caused by the server not collecting the correct amount from my guests. I was not happy with that. I’m not sure if he only collected for their food without including their tip, but I had to pay for it. I don’t think that I will have another large party come there again although the food was good. I was pretty disappointed with this. Lisa Morrison

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food like usual. Service was a little bit slow as to be expected on New Year’s Eve, but still good.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious! I preferred a crab cake and shrimp combo but went with the added rockfish which was bland. Also had to remind waiter several times to replenish our drinks.

TC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food quality was poor and the service was slow.

G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent, very engaged waitress and food came very quickly. Value was ranked only 'good' because of high price relative to food quality.

e
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful service was great. The manager checked in on us

NJ
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was very good. The hostess was very nice and very pleasant.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love those crab cakes! Server, Ann, was fun and efficient. I definitely will be back soon.

DD
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

The food was disappointing the food was dried up I ordered sea food platter, French fries was cold but did replace, carrot cake was dried and crab dip had no taste was too cheesy and little crab meat. Next time I will go to Jerry's Sea food in Bowie. A truly disappointed customer

LM
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was good. Service was quick and server responded to our needs.

MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We arrived early and were provided with seats in the bar area. The service was horrible. We had to call for a manager, whom had to come to take our order. He did pay for our first drinks although we had to wait 30 minutes just to get them. It seemed to be only one server trying to take care of a large bar area. That was unacceptable. The food was good but it was tarnished by the poor service.

s
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

People go to Timbuktu for the food and it has never let us down. Felt sorry for our waitress, she was beyond busy BUT I give her 5 stars because when she got to us took both our drink and dinner order to save time. It worked for us.
We will be back and HIGHLY RECOMMEND making reservations or be prepared to wait.

SC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, excellent service. The staff was outstanding

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Crab cakes, scallops, shrimp and crab soup (half/half) are divine! The steak tips were overcooked, the lobster was chewy and the ribs were not as fresh as I would like. Service was great and there is a real raw ambiance about the place. We will be back and stick to seafood.

C
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Timbuktu for years and it never disappoints.

WL
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Still the best crab cakes. Apps were great and service has improved . Overall great meal.

JR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food2service4ambience3

My wife and I had the turkey special on Thanksgiving Day. The turkey was tough, the green beans were bland, the cranberries were like they came straight out of the can. I should have ordered off of the regular menu. We are visiting from out of the area. We all probably try this place again. I don't think we gave it a fair shot on Thanksgiving.

KP
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanksgiving with a twist!!

AC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

No wait. Clean. Good food. Friendly service.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great time and really enjoyed our meals.

VJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I haven't eaten at Timbuktu for several years and was hoping that the food was as good as I remembered it being. I am so pleased that I invited my Son and Nephew who was visiting from Chicago and had never eaten at Timbuktu before. Our waitress was very friendly, had a pleasant personality and attended to all of our needs with a beautiful smile in her face. We all ordered crab cakes and they were delicious, some of the best crabcakes I've ever eaten. No filler, large sweet chunks of crab meat. I enjoyed my baked potato and coleslaw as well. Needless to say, I will gladly return to Timbuktu to eat in the future and will tell friends to eat there also.

MD
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time we have been to Timbuktu. It had come highly recommended from friends for a very long time! So glad we went. We will definitely be back. Excellent service!

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We were delayed by traffic, arrived less than 10 minutes after my reservation and the hostess told me it was cancelled at 10 minutes. There was quite a crowd waiting to be seated, but they
Gave us a buzzer and told us we would be seated shortly and we were. I was surprised with the wait to be seated in a half empty dining room, but figured they must be short on help.
Our server was good overall, but i did have to request a napkin and fork twice before receiving them during the salad course.
Our food was ok. Our friends ordered the crab cake and the filet which they seemed happy with. My husband has the sea scallops which he enjoyed quite a bit. I ordered the chicken cordon bleu which was surprisingly bland. It was also covered in a mushroom sauce which was a surprise . I missed the mention of Mushrooms which I am not a fan of.

All in all it was an average dinner experience which I found to be somewhat over priced
Not a

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I really enjoyed the food. Celebrated my birthday with my family and everyone was satisfied. No complaints! Steak cooked exactly as I ordered. Crab cakes of course were on point. Definitely will be back.

BK
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Yes food is outstanding as was table service.

Issue was reservations has them for 6:45 wasnt seated for over 30 minutes. Why have a reservation?

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, the table next to us was very loud and at times it was hard to hear normal conversation with others at my table.

TK
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome crab cakes. They never disappoint. Brought new guests for the first time and they were impressed.

l
Miami
43 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Ordered medium rare lamb chops and they came well done
Shrimp cocktail was bland as I suspect they are farm raised vs wild

OT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a birthday dinner for a family member for about 11 people. The food and the service were both great! We are returning customers and will continue to go to this restaurant.

DH
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a first time experience. We will definitely be back. Everything from walking in the door until we left was amazing. Very friendly people. Food was outrageous. Our server went out of his way to accommodate all of our requests. Highly recommend everyone tries out Timbuktu.

TT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

For the price of the food I wouldn’t really recommend going here. The lobster was spoiled which was a shame because the first bite was delicious. The crab cakes were full of filler and overall subpar. The service was good though pretty scattered on the check ins. There wasn’t really any positive notes other than the drinks being good and we got soft drinks. The food tasted like stuff from the grocery store and for the price it wasn’t worth it.

NH
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation and we were seated on time. I haven't been to this restaurant in years. The prices have skyrocketed! I got the surf and turf. The "crab cake" was more like a round crab imperial and not a cake. The food was delicious, but the price, $113 for two people, will probably keep me away.

SS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Still the best crab cakes in the area. A friend was in town for the weekend and wanted Maryland's best blue crab cakes. Timbuktu delivered.