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Essence Bakery

825 W. University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281
480-966-2745
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Ranked #14 of 605 restaurants in Tempe
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Bakery, Coffee Shop, Delicatessen, Organic
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dessert
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dessert
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English first
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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27 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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 restaurant reviews
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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San Antonio
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93 reviews 93 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

We stopped here on our way through town. It was a shock to find a fabulous French bakery on our trip through the desert. We thought the coffee was pretty good. I had the quiche, my husbnd had the hot cereal and our son had eggs and bacon. All were delicious. The fruit served on the side was all fresh... More

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Who would have thought in the middle of the Sonoran Desert that you could find the most mouthwatering pastries, cookies, and croissants that can easily go toe-to-toe with the best pâtisserie in France -but you can! Essence Bakery is a little gem smack dab in the middle of Tempe, AZ. It's worth the trek across town just to get a... More

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Tempe, Arizona
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37 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

My ideal breakfast at Essence Bakery is a double latte, french scrambled eggs with toast and a pain au chocolat. Breakfast aside, the French macarons ("macaroons" are American, have coconut), these are french classic "macarons" - light meringue cookies with a filling. They are as good as the ones you can purchase in Paris.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Fresh produce with organic emphasis. Food I ordered was delicious. Coffee could've been better but I should've stuck with tea. The woman beside me raved about her iced variety. Pastries looked amazing and I did sample the macaroons which are as good as everyone else says. A place I'd return to for sure.

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Phoenix
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Most amazing macaroons I have ever had! Essence is a no-fail great place to eat! All of their menu items are so yummy! You have to get a macaroon or a little treat box. Great for gifts as well! I go here whenever I can!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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17 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

This small cafe does serve breakfast, but specializes in French pastries. We tried several different kinds including an outstanding Almond Croissant with a hint of citrus rather than the usual almond paste. The pastries are really good and are fresh! If you don't like the coffee (we didn't try it) there is a Starbucks just across the parking lot! Well... More

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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Excellent main menu and even more excellent specials daily that are interesting and tasty. I work about a mile from this cafe and it's my weekly regular for years now. I eat organic as much as possible. I don't think I've ever had anything but fresh ingredients here, because the chef uses local as much as possible and seasonal. I... More

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