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Essence Bakery Cafe

Map & Directions 825 W. University Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281
  • American, Greek, Mediterranean
  • Tue-Sat 7am-3pm
  • MasterCard, Visa, Discover, cash
  • Catering, Delivery, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
  • None
  • Not Accepted
  • Lot Available, No Parking


Phoenix New Times' Description

The folks behind the successful Essence Catering have branched out with this laid-back Tempe cafe, which they remodeled with environmentally friendly materials. Quiche Lorraine and spanakopita are house specialties; the warm, open-faced steak sandwich, with sauteed mushrooms, Cabernet butter, and Maytag blue cheese, is another tempting option. And if you're looking for something lighter, the salads here are delicious, made with organic greens. Homemade cookies and pastries make for a sweet finish.

Member Reviews

  • oakley.abigail
    oakley.abigail wrote a review for Essence Bakery Cafe
    on 06/02/12

    I go to Essence fairly regularly, and lament often at the fact that it's a breakfast/lunch place and I can only go there on Saturdays!

    Essence is a cozy little cafe hanging out across the parking lot from a Starbucks. Step inside and there's usually a line at the register, most of the tables are usually full. Both signs of a good eatery. It smells like pastry right when you walk... More >>

  • fairyfae wrote a review for Essence Bakery Cafe
    on 05/13/10

    Brioche Brioche Brioche!

  • on 05/06/09

    One Friday morning, after a few hellacious days of office drama, a dear co-worker showed up bearing tiny cardboard boxes adorned with Essence Bakery stickers. Passing one to us, she said, "I thought we all needed to end the work week on a sweet note." We peeked inside and could barely contain our glee at the sight of five freshly baked miniature treats — and we promise you, it... More >>

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Tips from foursquare

  • Ty L. on 04/15/10

    Don't walk out the building without a macaron.

  • Phoenix New Times on 08/03/11

    Don't forget to grab a 'Croissant' before you leave! It was voted one of the top 100 favorite dishes in 2011 by the Phoenix New Times!

  • Serious Eats on 08/28/13

    The Double Bar Chocolate Croissant here will transport you to the cafes of Paris.

  • Phoenix New Times on 01/27/12

    Best of Phoenix 2011 Winner: Best Breakfast, Tempe! From the housemade granola to the hot breakfast cereal to the Quiche Lorraine, every dish is exquisite!

  • Joe J. on 08/27/11

    Best croissants in the Valley. The line is pretty convoluted so try to go during off times.

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