Timbuktu

4.2
950 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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3.9
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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was simply amazing!!

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JasperS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great, waiters just had too many tables so they were trying to keep up. But apologized fir being busy.

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MargaretP
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was Thanksgiving Day so the number of dinners may be different. The food was good, service excellent, and we enjoyed our non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was outstanding. Thank you Marissa!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have not been to Timbuktu in a while but the food was awesome and out waitress was even more awesome!

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DonkemiaJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service here was excellent from the check in to time to exit.

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EvetteS
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

The last time I went here was in 2016 and it was awesome. Food was amazing as well as the drinks/service. Fast forward to 2021, time has definitely changed things. Food was mediocre, the wine was cheap, and service needs improvement. I will not be patronizing this restaurant again.

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viplobman
Miami
49 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Actually everything was good except I sat in the bar next to a table of very rowdy men that give that gender a bad name. I'll sit in the dining room the next time

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MollyW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious crab cakes and quick service. Nice atmosphere.

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EmmaL
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the crab cake and server was very pleasant and helpful.

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RonaldS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I like Timbuktu. My family and eye have been going for years for the crabcakes. This is the first time I ordered the Steak and Cake and I was not disappointed.

I would just ask this when the temps go down please turn the heat up a bit. The cold room made my dinner cold before I was halfway through the plate.

That's it and thank you
PS I like your new line of commercials.

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Della
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent crab cakes!
We came all the way from Florida, we love these crab cakes!

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DBP001
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall, it was a good night. Our server was great and the food was good. The reason for the 4 out of 5 was mostly because of what my wife order and it having too many bones in the flounder sandwich, which was sent back.

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RonaldS
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great food was good and setting is family friendly

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janeb
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
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 on October 23, 2021
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 on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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

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LesleyO
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
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 on October 22, 2021
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 October 20, 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 October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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RonaldC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 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 October 16, 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 October 16, 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 October 16, 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 October 14, 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
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 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 October 10, 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 October 9, 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 October 9, 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 October 8, 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 October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!! Thank you

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RodneyL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 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 October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Crab cakes are always delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MC
MargieC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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LJFOODIE
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on September 24, 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 September 24, 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 September 24, 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 September 22, 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!!!

FAQs

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

Timbuktu is rated 4.2 stars by 950 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 reservations at the moment.