We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
Valikatu 8, Porvoo, Finland
+358-19-523 1020
Add hours for Timbaali and help diners know when to go.
+ Add hours
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 62 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 18
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good buffet and ambience - probably the best lunch in Porvoo

Porvoo is a very small and charmy city near Helsinki. Once there, Timbaali is a very good choice to a quick and relaxing lunch in the center of the old part of the city, where you could try Finish food on a very tasty and healthy buffet, while we were lucky to hear a very nice oboe trio performing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 6, 2014
Marcos_traveller
,
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
Add Photo Write a Review

62 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Helsinki, Finland
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

This traditional restaurant lies in old Porvoo, and the athmosphere is very cosy. Service was kind, but not very professional (did not know much of their wines...). We had snails for starters and they were OK, my mussels were good too, but some of food we ordered was little disappointing - especially desserts weren`t that good.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Porvoo is a very small and charmy city near Helsinki. Once there, Timbaali is a very good choice to a quick and relaxing lunch in the center of the old part of the city, where you could try Finish food on a very tasty and healthy buffet, while we were lucky to hear a very nice oboe trio performing. People... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Finland
Top Contributor
202 reviews 202 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The terrace of Timbaali was almost full when we walked in and got seated. We got menus to our hands but then nothing happened in a loooong time. No water, no nothing. There was one waitress running food from the kitchen to other tables, cleaning other ones... obviously one person was not enough to serve all tables. Not her fault... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
North Carolina
Top Contributor
155 reviews 155 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This was a great little restaurant we wandered into on rainy day. We were greeted by cheerful staff and seated in a cozy warm room with an antique stove. Had a great server, enjoyed a bottle of red wine and delicious white fish that was pan fried. The meal was delicious, a perfect afternoon. Highly recommend this lovely restaurant.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Well, Bedale, United Kingdom
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Good menu - the snails were unexpected but the fish of the day was good as was the tournados - cooked to perfection. Excellent service,

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Got to Porvoo late Sunday and chose this restaurant cause it was still open. Did not know what to expect. The escargots with gorgonzola cheese was to die for. The main plates were excellent. And the dessert was very good. Not sure if it was cause we were hungry but the meal was one of the best we have had... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Vihti, Finland
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I want to eat at a table with white cloth, napkin and service. This would have been possible at Timbaali, but as my beloved wife wanted to have the "fish oriented" buffet, I joined her. What a delightful array of herrings, fish, meats... I found nothing that I would not have liked! (And I tested almost all of it) Service... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This is a cosy, little restaurant at the old town of Porvoo. We had a few hour time to spend in Porvoo and stumbled accidentally to this place. Good we did, as the place was nice, with a good menu and good service. We had the escargots for starters. They were good, though I have had better. For main course... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
helsinki
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Porvoo is a small town about 50 km from Helsinki. Porvoo's old town is beautiful and nice. Timbaali is specialized in escargots but you find on the Menu also meet and fish. We took escargots to start with and Fish for main course. It was very good. Whenever I am in Porvoo, Timbaali is my Place. I recommend.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Helsinki, Finland
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

If you are visiting Porvoo, this is a really nice place to stop by for a dinner. The place is rather romantic, being in an old house with it's own, unique features. The terrace is spacious and looks stylish and serves even in rain as it is covered. The service is friendly and knowing. You are likely to feel yourself... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Timbaali also viewed

Porvoo, Southern Finland
Porvoo, Southern Finland
 
Porvoo, Southern Finland
Porvoo, Southern Finland
 

Been to Timbaali? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Valikatu 8, Porvoo, Finland
  • Location: Europe  >  Finland  >  Southern Finland  >  Porvoo
  • Phone Number: +358-19-523 1020

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Timbaali staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?