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Essence Bakery

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825 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-3463
+1 480-966-2745
Tue - Sat 07:00 - 15:00
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Tempe, Arizona
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98 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 sandwich several reviewers have praised. At home, everything proved just as delicious as it looked.... More 

Thank Globetrotters910
Greenville, North Carolina, United States
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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. We went there again today. No Spanakopita again--in fact there was a list of items... More 

Thank Amy J
Tampa, Florida
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74 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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, lettuce, sliced ripe avocado and very crisy bacon. And for a side (which I really... More 

Thank PBlyth
upstate NY
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349 reviews
278 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
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 while to get my food but I assume because it was made fresh. Also got... More 

Thank lisa9962
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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 me a 16 oz cup of hot water upon request, either. It was a little... More 

Thank SuzXeric
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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
Fishers, Indiana
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808 reviews
461 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 662 helpful votes
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 back to our hotel and they were also delicious. Pastries were flaky and not over... More 

Thank SmokiesJunkie
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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. Quite possibly the best I've ever had. Drip coffee was good, too. Espresso drinks also... More 

Thank crenshaw67
Los Angeles, California
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81 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
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 not necessarily where I go or what I crave. The head chef at ESSENCE trained... More 

Thank konstantinamahlia
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Cafe, Delicatessen
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?