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Essence Bakery

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825 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-3463
+1 480-966-2745
07:00 - 15:00
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Tue - Sat 07:00 - 15:00
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upstate NY
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334 reviews
267 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

I had time between appointments and found this bakery when looking for Starbucks (same shopping plaza). Fresh ingredients and food is made fresh to order. I had the breakfast cereal with almond milk (offered instead of soy or regular) and requested no sugar. Took a while to get my food but I assume because it was made fresh. Also got... More 

Thank lisa9962
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

In town for a conference, I had a couple hours before flying out. I wanted something breakfasty and simple, but with some culinary sophistication. Essence was perfect. I tried the egg sandwich and a chocolate almond croissant. They did not bat an eye at giving me a 16 oz cup of hot water upon request, either. It was a little... More 

Thank SuzXeric
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

If you're looking for organic, this is a great place for many breakfast items. I had an egg sandwich with spinach, which was delicious. They also have bakery items.

Thank Lyn M
Fishers, Indiana
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768 reviews
436 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 649 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

We discovered this place by accident and since we were craving sweets decided to give it a try. Others on T/A had highly raved about the macaroons. We of course bought some and they are fantastic. We bought some of the other pastries to take back to our hotel and they were also delicious. Pastries were flaky and not over... More 

Thank SmokiesJunkie
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

Being from out of town I was following my app to Starbucks when I spotted Essence across the parking lot. Gave it a try and what a gem. I had the organic egg sandwich which is served with Dubliner cheese on toasted Brioche with tomato. Quite possibly the best I've ever had. Drip coffee was good, too. Espresso drinks also... More 

Thank crenshaw67
Los Angeles, California
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79 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

I have travelled to Paris so many times, I don't have a count. Last year alone I spent four months there and one of the things I love about Paris is of course the food.I am particular too. I respect the Michelin system, but that's not necessarily where I go or what I crave. The head chef at ESSENCE trained... More 

Thank konstantinamahlia
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

Every time we visit Tempe, it is a family must stop, to purchase heavenly macaroons. They are fantastic. We have also have had sandwiches there, and the food is fresh and delicious.

Thank MillsandMees
Tempe, Arizona, United States
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200 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

The macaroons here are to die for, as you can imagine. I've never had anything but a delicious pastry from Essence. That being said, the service is sometimes lacking so be prepared to seem like you're an annoyance. Either way, it's worth it for a little bit of deliciousness!

1 Thank WasteOfPaintt
Auckland, New Zealand
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016

Busy place, and its easy to understand why. Some of the best croissants I have ever tasted, my wife loved the Brioache Toast.

Thank James K
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234 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2015

When you go see Jesse to try the largest and most exquisite macarons in the valley, tell them Joe the guy with the Fedora sent you. Far better than what you will receive at the Ritzy Quarters in North Scottsdale's Kierland's Commons. Chewy, not fluffy, of substance which is what I found in the hoity toity place. This happens because... More 

Thank dr. joe g

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Cafe, French, Delicatessen
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 825 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-3463
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Tempe
  • Phone Number: +1 480-966-2745

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?