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Essence Bakery

825 W. University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281
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Ranked #17 of 623 Restaurants in Tempe
Price range: $10 - $15
Tue - Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cuisines: Bakery, Coffee Shop, Delicatessen, Organic
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dessert
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dessert
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Phoenix, Arizona
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Rapid City, South Dakota
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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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69 reviews 69 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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125 reviews 125 reviews
91 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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37 reviews 37 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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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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58 reviews 58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
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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San Antonio
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126 reviews 126 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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Additional Information about Essence Bakery

Address: 825 W. University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone Number: 480-966-2745
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Tempe
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
Cuisine: Bakery, Coffee Shop, Delicatessen, Organic

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