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“Great for a Date” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Shields Date Gardens

Shields Date Gardens
80-225 US Highway 111, Indio, CA 92201-6599
760-347-0996i
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Ranked #6 of 114 restaurants in Indio
Cuisines: Ice Cream
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Bath, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great for a Date”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Great date-shake. If you're lactose intolerant you are advised not to try it.
I headed to Shield's date farm to try one of the famous date-shakes that everyone had been talking about. I wasn't disappointed one bit. Very thick, great flavour and more than the shake, the shop offers a great educational experience about dates.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Indian Wells, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Must see for desert visitors”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

If you have visited the Shields Date Gardens years ago you will be very pleased to return now and see the vast improvements and additions that have been made in the past few years. You will also see that it is a work in progress as the pond behind the gardens is still being landscaped and there are big plans for the future.
Just stop for an ice cream cone if you only have a minute or take the afternoon for lunch on the patio. Enjoy the fresh air and nice view, shop at Vintage the nursery shop behind the cafe. I have not visited for breakfast but do especially love the salmon sandwich on the lunch.
We took our group there for a garden club meeting and 40 people stayed for lunch. They did a fabulous job of caring for us.
Stop by and enjoy, good for locals and visitors alike.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Indio, California
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“Great little diversion on Hwy 111”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

This is a great little diversion in La Quinta/Indio. The outside terrace is spacious and comfortable; the service and food are good. If you want to try a good breakfast outdoors, this is the place to be. I am fond of the Machaca plate and you can't go wrong with a tasty plate of fresh French toast. It's clear there's more landscaping and plans coming. I could see the large pond beyond a fence - by late fall this will be a perfect place to relax and dine.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Marana, Arizona
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“Good coffee, but Where Are the Dates in my Date Pancakes?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

I had read reviews of the Shields Date Garden Cafe and decided to have breakfast here. The coffee was excellent and the service friendly and efficient. I opted for the $8.95 date pancakes (no extras, bacon, side of fruit. etc, just three pancakes) and was disappointed that they were not brimming with the delicious fruit as described on the menu. My husband had the Santa Fe omlet and was overwhelmed with the quality and taste. Perhaps I should have questioned my pancakes, but....well, I didn't. On our way through the Palm Springs area, we will surely stop at Shields to pick up some delectable dates at their shop and stroll the grounds.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great date shakes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012 via mobile

Fun, touristy stop. Great place to cool off and enjoy the yummy date shakes. Lots of samples to munch on while perusing the numerous aisles of souvenirs, edible gift items and dates. Who knew there were so many varieties and ways to present dates! Unique garden ornaments for sale in the patio area by the restaurant. Haven't eaten there yet. Maybe on our next trip. The soda fountain usually satisfies our snacking needs as they also offer rootbeer floats and just a simple scoop of ice cream which is a hit with the little ones.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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