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The Cafe at Shields

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80225 US Highway 111, Shields Date Garden, Indio, CA 92201-6599
+1 760-347-0996
09:00 - 17:00
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Calgary, Alberta
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94 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Enjoyed a nice lunch with two girlfriends. Lots of interesting items on the menu. The server was very attentive.

Paris, IL
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203 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The 4 of us loved the date movie, the gardens and the restaurant at Shields Date Garden. We shared a date shake and each had a delightful salad. The variety of dates for sampling and for sale is astounding. Since 1924, this date shop has informed and entertained visitors and guests. We throughly enjoyed our visit and meal and would... More 

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Trabuco Canyon, California
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Had Easter Sunday brunch here. My daughter and I both had very good eggs benedict with rainbow roasted potatoes. My sister had very good strawberry French Toast. My future son in law liked his cod sandwich. My husband liked his cobb salad. And we ended with two wonderful hot lava cakes with ice cream. My daughter ordered a grapefruit drink... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Shakes are so good. The movie was such a learning experience. I had no idea about the amount of work there is involved with date farms. Educational and tasty treats.

Thank French-BV
Snoqualmie, Washington
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494 reviews
292 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I always stop by Shields to get some dates and take visiting friends, but I never ate at the café before. It was during Coachella and so , afraid everything around would be a disaster, we took an open table-and were surprised at how fresh, large and tasty our salads were, My friend had the wedge-I had one of the... More 

Thank couplessPS
Langley BC
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent food and friendly service. Sunny outdoor patio (with shade umbrellas). Occasional live music. Menu has a definite Mexican twist with reasonable prices. After your meal you can enjoy a complimentary stroll through the newly developed gardens with a tastefully done biblical theme.

Thank FieroLangleyBC
Portland, Oregon
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5 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was wonderful to see the grounds of the date farm and the old-time building/store. We had just arrived and were told they would close in 10 minutes, although the restaurant was evidently going to be open. As long as folks were dining, why not keep an employee on to answer questions and make sales in the store? As it... More 

Thank Judith W
Salt Lake City, Utah
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64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm in my mid 40's and have been coming to Shields since my youth. I moved to SLC many years ago, but when I am in the area I always manage to make sometime for their amazing Date Shakes. Takes me back to my youth. Everyone should stop in for a shake, even if you don't like dates. Trust me,... More 

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Tustin, California
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143 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have driven by Shields so often and always wondered why the parking lot was so full of cars. Now I know. My husband and I went to The Cafe at Shields for lunch and everything about it was great! The outdoor seating was lovely and they had umbrellas up all over to protect from the sun. The menu was... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a must go place if you love dates. There is a nice little gift shop where you can buy kick-knacks and souvenirs. I was surprised to see a lot of dry and candied fruits like mango, melon, pineapple, kiwi etc along side salty snacks. The date shakes cost $4.75 and are sweet and very filling. We found some... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$50
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Accepts American Express
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 80225 US Highway 111, Shields Date Garden, Indio, CA 92201-6599
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Indio
  • Phone Number: +1 760-347-0996
In 1924, a history of quality began when Floyd E. Shields planted his date grove in the Southern California desert. 90 Years later Shields Date Garden continues to grow the finest freshest dates and date products in the U.S.A. Preserving a tradition of hard work and excellence. As we continue to celebrate our 90th anniversary, we wanted to update everyone about our exciting year. Our newly remodeled Cafe at Shields continues to serve breakfast,lunch and dinner with seating indoors and on our beautiful patio outdoors. Are you planning a special event? We offer an outstanding opportunity for parties up to 250 people. Our patio is unequaled in its beauty and seclusion. We have also finished The Walk at Shields. This garden path winds through our 17 acres of towering date palms. Underneath their majestic canopies are 15 scenes that include 23 statues chronologizing Christ's life. We invite you to tour our magnificent garden. Finally we would like to sincerely thank all of you for your gracious support. We could not do this without you.

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