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Shields Date Garden

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$$$
American, Mexican, Ice Cream, Organic
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80-225 US Hwy 111, Indio, CA 92201-6599
760-347-7768
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Description: In 1924, a history of quality began when Floyd E. Shields planted his date...
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 and lunch with seating indoors and on our beautiful patio outdoors. On October first, will we open our restaurant for dinner. We are quite anxious and look forward to seeing you this fall. 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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Visitor rating
  • 68
    Excellent
  • 77
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Quaint Patio

Have been to the Shields Store a couple of times. Fun and interesting things to look at through the store. When visiting friends in Palm Desert they recommended this restaurant for lunch. I must say, the patio is very quaint, looks out at the Date Tree Grove, and the food was very good. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
BParent
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San Diego, CA
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
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168 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Diego, CA
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Have been to the Shields Store a couple of times. Fun and interesting things to look at through the store. When visiting friends in Palm Desert they recommended this restaurant for lunch. I must say, the patio is very quaint, looks out at the Date Tree Grove, and the food was very good. The service was friendly and efficient. Always... More 

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Battleford, Canada
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175 reviews 175 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

The restaurant associated with Shields is "hidden" behind the retail date sale business and likely missed by many who come to the store. We didn't know about it last winter when we were here in Palm Springs but "found" it this winter with the suggestion of a satisfied diner. All comments we might have are all positive. We dined there... More 

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San Diego, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Although I generally stay in the Palm Desert area I would definitely take the time to check this out for happy hour or dinner. My friends suggested the cafe and I love dates, so why not? When we first pulled into the parking lot it was full and even had an empty tour bus. We thought we would have a... More 

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OLYMPIA
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350 reviews 350 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

Shields is an institution in the community of Indio, California. It really hasn’t changed much since my first visit nearly forty years ago. While it serves as a primary outlet for numerous varieties of locally grown dates and prepared date confections, it also has a small restaurant that specializes in sandwiches. Be sure to try one of their date milk... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I would have given them a zero, however, it was not an option. I have been going to Shields for about 12 years. During that time they looked like they changed ownership because they aggressively expanded their inventory and opened a restaurant. My adult children enjoyed having lunch at the restaurant when they would visit in February because the weather... More 

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ShieldsDateGarden, Manager at Shields Date Garden, responded to this review

Our customers' satisfaction is and has been our number one priority, therefore, we are very saddened by your experience in our restaurant and we send our sincere apologies. Yes. We are very busy during this time of year however, we still strive to give each and every customer the best service possible no matter the circumstances. We hope that you... More 

Port Angeles, Washington
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Yep, you guessed it, I loved the date shake, which was VERY rich and really should be shared with a pal. This place is a treasure trove of funky kitsch and a true "Roadside Attraction" worthy of a mention in a Tom Robbins novel. Who would not want to take 15 minutes to see the free film with the risqué... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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375 reviews 375 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

First, be sure to come...and come hungry! This is such a wonderful and unique experience. You can watch a free, continuously running movie to learn all about dates. Walk through gardens. Shop their well stocked gift stores....and eat! Known for their date shakes...you must try it - delish! And, we need to return soon because their cafe looked and smelled... More 

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Oceanside, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We were a party of four with reservations. We arrived on time and were seated promptly by a polite hostess. The inside restaurant/gift shop was packed and very busy with both retail customers and dining guests. We wanted to sit outside on their patio and our table was waiting. The atmosphere is unusual and lots of nostalgic fun. This was... More 

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Enumclaw, Washington
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200 reviews 200 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

After reading about Shields, I had to go on the way from Washington to Arizona. We usually stop at a place in Cabazon and I wanted to compare the date shakes. These are hands down the best! They are made by hand with the old fashioned individual milk shake devices, not mass produce. I wish we had time to go... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

The shakes are great. Also had brunch at the restaurant. Good food. Very nice atmosphere. Al though it can be quite hot on the patio.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 80-225 US Hwy 111, Indio, CA 92201-6599
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Greater Palm Springs  >  Indio
  • Phone Number: 760-347-7768

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 50
  • Cuisine: American, Mexican, Ice Cream, Organic

Description

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 and lunch with seating indoors and on our beautiful patio outdoors. On October first, will we open our restaurant for dinner. We are quite anxious and look forward to seeing you this fall. 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.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?