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Essence Bakery

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

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Unassuming strip mall location great sandwiches pastries and macroons.

This was quite a find. We had the chicken club sandwiches and ofcourse the macroons to accompony the rich just brewed coffee. Just like so many of the bakeries we enjoyed while in Europe. We enjoyed it mucho.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
Journeyman644
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Astoria oregon
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49 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Astoria oregon
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1,099 reviews 1,099 reviews
699 restaurant reviews
543 helpful votes 543 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

This was quite a find. We had the chicken club sandwiches and ofcourse the macroons to accompony the rich just brewed coffee. Just like so many of the bakeries we enjoyed while in Europe. We enjoyed it mucho.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Huevos Frenchos and coffee... Best breakfast in a long time! Fresh and tasty 👍. It was a little pricy, but I definitely recommend.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Super cute place, great service! I had an americano (outstanding) and egg sandwich with bacon on a croissant (best I've ever had). It's a little pricey but worth it. Yum!

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Knightdale, North Carolina
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

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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23 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
24 helpful votes 24 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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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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71 reviews 71 reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 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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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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12 helpful votes 12 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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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: Organic, Coffee Shop, Bakery, Delicatessen
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?