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Essence Bakery

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825 W. University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281
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Tue - Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Takeout

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  • Food
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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Best Croisssants ever!

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
James K
Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Very good food but very small portions and its a little expensive. I ordered the egg sandwich and it was good but like it said they have small portions.

Thank nancinmofo
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

Have to say we thought the prices were bit too high. We both ordered the Classic Egg Sandwich w/bacon no tomato that's all you got for $7.00 no fruit no anything. (Sides could be ordered) It was good but we won't be going back to eat breakfast. I'd stop in for a baked good....... sorry can't say it's worth 4... More 

Thank gizmo625
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The pastries were very good, but they expensive. Over $2.00 for a single macaron. The croissant was buttery and flakey, one of the best I've had outside of actually going to France. The cafe is very small and not very pretty to look at, but the food is definitely worth the trip

Thank Laurie N
Phoenix Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I'm in Pastry Heaven. Deserts as good as those I've had in Paris and Europe. Macaroons that fill your mouth full of wonderful flavor. Butter Croissants that will make your heart flutter like it's the first one you had in Paris. A friend wanted to lunch here since it's close to his place. I wish it was close to mine.... More 

Thank AJVaughnDOTcom
Manitoba, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Food was amazing, service was friendly. My husband and I ordered croissants, macarons, a breakfast sandwich and iced chai lattes. All of it- from the buttery croissant to the melt in your mouth macarons to the refreshing chai was absolutely amazing. Don't miss this place if you are in Arizona. This place is very busy all the time, park a... More 

Thank kylie13
Astoria oregon
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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.

Thank Journeyman644
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

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

Thank Ander S
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

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!

Thank Meganmarie822

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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: French, Cafe, European, Delicatessen, Hungarian
Open Hours
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?