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The Cafe at Shields

80225 US Highway 111, Shields Date Garden, Indio, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92201-6538
+1 760-775-0902
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good39%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (19 reviews)
“stuffed dates” (11 reviews)
“salad” (35 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
80225 US Highway 111, Shields Date Garden, Indio, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92201-6538
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The cafe offers surprisingly good food, and it was a very nice day to sit outside, under an umbrella. The service staff are excellent. Word of warning: dates are very high in fiber and can act as a laxative. 24 ounce date milkshakes contain a...More

Thank JohnInItaly
Reviewed 1 week ago

You absolutely must have the stuffed dates appetizer. It was so good, worth another trip back! I had the salmon sandwich, which was tasty and my son had the buffalo chicken sandwich, which was nice and spicy. Service was great and prices were spot on....More

Thank 3travelersLosAngeles
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On a hot day, a big thick milkshake can sound delicious. People at Shields seem to fall in two categories. Many like me had never tasted a date milkshake, or, they were hooked and couldn’t wait for another treat. I hate to think how many...More

Thank Marilyn S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the few places in America I would come back for breakfast. No feeling you have after eating typical American food prepared with "no love" for food. Eggs Benedict were delicious, portion big enough to leave something for my husband to try :) pancakes...More

Thank Eosiukas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice outside seating area, entertainer playing music and singing. Food was good but a little cold. They substituted one item because they were out of the item with asking us if it was OK. It was not. They are short of servers causing delays in...More

Thank Diane M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Four of us needed a solid meal before a day at the Tennis Gardens and found it at the Cafe at Shields. Very enjoyable al fresco brunch on the patio beneath umbrellas. Date pancakes made with date sprinkles invented by Mr. Shields in 1936 as...More

Thank mrsagf
Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

There is ample outdoor seating at this restaurant, some in the open, others shaded by umbrellas. My wife and I both had waffles with various accompaniments. The waffles were quite good. We also both preferred the homemade strawberry topping and whipped cream vs. peaches with...More

Thank JLTP
Reviewed 4 March 2018

Definitely don't understand the fuss over this place. Everything about it is fairly average, including the food. The outdoor dining is bereft of ambience, but the worst part might be the placement of a table & highly ill organized reservations taker in the middle of...More

Thank eatsandtreats64
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Had such a great Girl’s Lunch here. The food never disappoints and the patio was full of lunch goers enjoying their meal. To our delight the restaurant gave all of us free tickets to walk around the garden! Such a beautiful day! Out of Towners...More

Thank Rea P
Reviewed 1 March 2018

16 ladies were seated together about 10am for a leisurely and lively breakfast complete with Bloody Marys and date pancakes! The staff couldn't have been more accommodating as it probably had to be pretty daunting serving us. The food was excellent and everyone had a...More

Thank Diana B
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Terri C
18 January 2016|
Response from spikeconnie | Reviewed this property |
I have never seen that coupon, but if you find it, please share. I have work out in the area in February, and would love to go back and visit !!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$15
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Accepts American Express, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 80225 US Highway 111, Shields Date Garden, Indio, Greater Palm Springs, CA 92201-6538
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Greater Palm Springs  >  Indio
  • Phone Number: +1 760-775-0902
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Temporarily Closed due to renovations. Regular hours will resume Mon., Sep. 11th.
Another great season has passed, and a new one begins to bloom at Shields' Cafe. For those of you who have come to our store and tried our incomparable date shake, watched the Romance and Sex Life of the Date, toured our inspirational date gardens, but have not yet tried our restaurant, we invite you to join us the next time you are in the area. At the Cafe, we strive for quality in all aspects: food, service, and atmosphere.
Specialties: Our guests can expect to find a variety of delicious items including our signature salads topped with homemade dressings, sandwiches served on homemade bread, authentic Mexican cuisine (using organic/cage free eggs and hormone/antibiotic free beef). We understand the importance of serving fresh, high quality food, and we strive to do so every day. Whether you are looking for a light, fresh lunch, we assure you that our meal selection will be pleasingly satisfying!
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