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Essence Bakery

825 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-3463
+1 480-966-2745
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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French, American, Cafe, Delicatessen
$$ - $$$
825 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-3463
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

I was able to stop by Essence in very early morning, when the pastry cases were still brimful. What a temptation! My first take-out choice was the chocolate-almond croissants, to which I added two cream-topped pastries and gourmet cookies. For breakfast, I ordered the egg...More

Thank Globetrotters910
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

This had been our favorite restaurant in the Phoenix area. Over the past year, it's changed for the worse. On March 3rd, they were out of Spanakopita. The bacon on my favorite salad (arugula/carrot/date) was fatty, limp and not what I'd enjoyed in previous years....More

Thank Amy J
Reviewed 13 February 2017

This small little shop makes food with huge flavors! And to my delight they serve real fresh squeezed orange. I had the classic egg sandwich. This was a large creation served on a fluffy croissant dripping with creamy Dubliner cheese, I had the added tomato,...More

Thank PBlyth
Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

I had time between appointments and found this bakery when looking for Starbucks (same shopping plaza). Fresh ingredients and food is made fresh to order. I had the breakfast cereal with almond milk (offered instead of soy or regular) and requested no sugar. Took a...More

Thank lisa9962
Reviewed 23 October 2016

In town for a conference, I had a couple hours before flying out. I wanted something breakfasty and simple, but with some culinary sophistication. Essence was perfect. I tried the egg sandwich and a chocolate almond croissant. They did not bat an eye at giving...More

Thank SuzXeric
Reviewed 18 October 2016

If you're looking for organic, this is a great place for many breakfast items. I had an egg sandwich with spinach, which was delicious. They also have bakery items.

Thank Lyn M
Reviewed 1 August 2016

We discovered this place by accident and since we were craving sweets decided to give it a try. Others on T/A had highly raved about the macaroons. We of course bought some and they are fantastic. We bought some of the other pastries to take...More

1  Thank SmokiesJunkie
Reviewed 29 June 2016

Being from out of town I was following my app to Starbucks when I spotted Essence across the parking lot. Gave it a try and what a gem. I had the organic egg sandwich which is served with Dubliner cheese on toasted Brioche with tomato....More

Thank crenshaw67
Reviewed 27 May 2016

I have travelled to Paris so many times, I don't have a count. Last year alone I spent four months there and one of the things I love about Paris is of course the food.I am particular too. I respect the Michelin system, but that's...More

Thank konstantinamahlia
Reviewed 22 May 2016

Every time we visit Tempe, it is a family must stop, to purchase heavenly macaroons. They are fantastic. We have also have had sandwiches there, and the food is fresh and delicious.

Thank MillsandMees
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 825 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-3463
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Tempe
  • Phone Number: +1 480-966-2745
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