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Essence Bakery

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Bakery, Coffee Shop, Delicatessen, Organic
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825 W. University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281
480-966-2745
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Monday
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dessert

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Visitor rating
  • 25
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great accidental find!

We were making a u-turn after missing our planned turn and we saw this place in an unassuming strip mall in Tempe. We all were feeling like we needed coffee and it wasn't quite lunch, so we stopped-We're so happy we did! I ordered a few separate bakery items including a shortbread cookie and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
jermsshan
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Knightdale, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dessert
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45 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Knightdale, North Carolina
Top Contributor
153 reviews 153 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We were making a u-turn after missing our planned turn and we saw this place in an unassuming strip mall in Tempe. We all were feeling like we needed coffee and it wasn't quite lunch, so we stopped-We're so happy we did! I ordered a few separate bakery items including a shortbread cookie and chocolate croissant for my husband. Our... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Yesterday was the first time I ever went to the Essence Bakery. I ordered the Chicken Club sandwich. It stated that it had grain bread. I'm not a fan of grain bread, but I thought I would bear through it. The bread was VERY fresh, soft, not course and it was a delicious sandwich. The chicken was fresh as well.... More 

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Manalapan, New Jersey
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65 reviews 65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I stopped in to grab a quick lunch. The menu consists mainly of healthy options, and appears to be geared away from heavy meats. I'm fairly confident that the double chocolate bar croissant is one of the best in town. The outer layer is flaky and easily crumbles, but the soft insides gently envelop the rich chocolate bars and provide... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We were on vacation visiting some friends in Gilbert and we decided to give this place a try after reading the reviews here. I LOVED IT!!! I am a chocolate croissant junkie so I've tried them all over, the ones they have could be easily compared to those I had in Italy!!!The macaroons are amazing too, a little bit spendy... More 

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Pittsburgh, United States
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72 reviews 72 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

It was worth the one mile walk in 100 degree temps to visit this bakery. Breakfast was creative, healthy and filling, a rare combination. We only sampled one pastry each and those were exquisite. The macarons were very tempting and I will certainly try them when in Tempe again.

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Arizona
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126 reviews 126 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We've eaten here before but this time I wonder if something has changed. The first change in attitude was the huge sign on the door indicating that one couldn't bring outside food or drink into the store. This doesn't affect me in the fact that I don't bring outside food in. The way that it did affect me is that... More 

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Ventura, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This is a small neighborhood joint with good coffee, great baked goods and decent breakfast. We liked the baked goods most of all and took some of the convenient little gift boxes of their assorted cookies, cakes, etc. to pass along as hostess gifts. I had a breakfast 'French style' scrambled egg that was simple, understated, moist -done just exactly... More 

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Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

The food here is amazing. Order the special and you won't be disappointed. Actually don't order the special because then they may run out before I get there which has happened. They locally source their grass fed beef from a family ranch in southern Arizona. Amazing things on the menu...award winning caramel macaroons. Order the caramel one, even if you... More 

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Tempe, Arizona
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64 reviews 64 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

I've stopped by several times for Essence Bakery croissants and they are the best I've eaten, either here, in Paris or anywhere else. It's apparent that the baker/owner is a professional French pastry chef straight from Paris. These croissants melt in your mouth yet are dense and substantial enough to be really filling. I recommend the almond or chocolate croissants... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

I have eaten here before and thought the food was pretty good, but the focus of this post is the macarons. If you have never had a macaron, or tried an Essence macaron you are missing out on one of life's great pleasures. Add this to your foodie bucket list! For $3 you get one of the most delightful desserts... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 825 W. University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Tempe
  • Phone Number: 480-966-2745

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Bakery, Coffee Shop, Delicatessen, Organic
Open Hours
Tuesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm

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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?