Essence Bakery Café

service

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Positive 9

  • Service was very friendly and helpful. - Alison
  • Cute Counter service cafe, with distinctive French/Mediterranean fare, serving breakfast lunch, dessert and daily specials - Sarah
  • The service is very nice. - Heather
  • Service is friendly and they take good care of all. - Ceci
  • I am totally willing to service myself if that means getting great quality food at a reasonable price...which they are in proportion to the quality. - Cecilea
  • Good service, great coffee and a perfectly poached egg on top on my croque Madame. - Michelle
  • And, of course, the people there are welcoming and really nice to us and give great service. - Diane
  • I was really impressed with the service, incredible tasting and healthy food, and nice, casual atmosphere. - Dennis
  • It is much more cost effective so the price of the meals need not be inflated by service costs. - Cecilea

Negative 15

  • Poor service, poor cookie, poor attitude, poor broke people when it goes out of business. - Raina
  • The service is horrid. - Joan
  • Service was slow. - Michael
  • Sorry, friendly service can't help cover up a slow prep/delivery time and mediocre food. - Michael
  • So thank you Cafe Essence for judging me, refusing to make it right and still providing horrific service despite this mess. - Jen
  • Loud and poor service! - FoodforLife
  • Service was poor, cashier noticeably rude. - FoodforLife
  • Overall, the portions are tiny and way overpriced, and the service is often slow and rude. - Kat
  • Worst service today... - A
  • the counter service was completely unaware as well...and tried to sell me toast with jam when I asked if they had fruit. - spit

food

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Positive 29

  • What an amazingly cute, friendly bakery that serves some delicious food. - Lauren
  • Yes, you're enjoying wholesome, local food which is both more delicious and better for you. - lauren
  • Food is excellent. - Chance
  • Delicious food daily! - Jan
  • Thank you for local, seasonal, healthy food. - Jan
  • The decor was beautiful, the hostess was really nice, and the food was absolutely delicious. - Rachael
  • The ingredients were fresh and the food was amazing. - Monica
  • My preference is organic/local/pesticide free/seasonal food. - Jan
  • Do it just because the food is outstanding and the people are nice. - Brady
  • The food was amazing. - Lane

Negative 26

  • Sorry, friendly service can't help cover up a slow prep/delivery time and mediocre food. - Michael
  • Their food is not good enough to be put down and degraded in front of other customers. - Jen
  • We asked for the food to go since we live 2 minutes away and we were sick of sitting there. - Stephanie
  • I can't rate the food - the people at the counter were so rude to me that I decided to leave before ordering. - Matthew
  • The food took so long to make (over 30 minutes) we had to have then pack our sandwiches to go! - Michael
  • Once I asked to speak with the manager, she insisted that our food was coming immediately. - Ann
  • Although I was told that there was a wait for food due to an unexpected rush, after 45 minutes, I noticed tables receiving their items before us. - Ann
  • Anyway, the lady at the counter said the owner didn't want food from the outside coming in. - Raina
  • I don't wantto get into a philosophical debate as it's not a persons place to judge my choices, especially someone I am paying to make my food. - Jen
  • It dawns on the manager to reimburse me--please note, offering food was not an option apparently. - Ann

macaroons

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Positive 20

  • Essence consistently wins the award for best macaroons. - Lucia
  • Excellent macaroons! - Richelle
  • Heavenly macaroons. - Meghan
  • Trust me, they are both delicious if eaten correctly :) The macaroons are amazing! - Sarah
  • Essence Bakery has a cozy atmosphere, friendly and attentive staff, and some of the best macaroons you will ever taste. - Apryl
  • Big fabulous tasting french macaroons. - Dawn
  • The macaroons are heaven and salads delicious. - Dana
  • Generous proportions, delicious macaroons, fresh salads. - Emily
  • Enough to make a healthy lunch and had to finish it with one of their delicious pumpkin macaroons. - Laura
  • :( However, I would like to happily report that the delicious macaroons at Essence are all gluten free! - Cecilea

Negative 2

  • I questioned why the reimbursement did not reflect the original ticket and am told, Well, you got the macaroons, didn't you? - Ann
  • She does so, but subtracts the two macaroons that were, thankfully given and would then serve as our "nutritious" meal. - Ann

lunch

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Positive 20

  • Great place for a healthy business lunch or a first date! - Robin
  • I definitely recommend this place as a good lunch spot. - tyler
  • They have a terrific selection to chose from for breakfast AND lunch, as well as a great selection of gourmet cold and hot drinks. - Jerron
  • Enough to make a healthy lunch and had to finish it with one of their delicious pumpkin macaroons. - Laura
  • Best of all, and one of my favorite reasons for constantly suggesting Essence Bakery for lunch, is that they serve sustainable and organic products. - Lucia
  • Cute Counter service cafe, with distinctive French/Mediterranean fare, serving breakfast lunch, dessert and daily specials - Sarah
  • It's a lighter and more elegant lunch option than anything you'll find at the drive through. - lauren
  • From local veggies to grass-fed chicken and beef - fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients are packed into their excellent breakfast and lunch menus. - Lucia
  • MY FAVORITE LUNCH PLACE!!!! - Kiki
  • My favorite breakfast & lunch place, hands down! - Quinn

Negative 4

  • The place is extremely pricey especially for lunch. - Jean
  • After I said, Well, I am here on a business lunch with a local executive, and you are telling me we won't eat lunch? - Ann
  • And out of all of those visits, I have adored the freshly baked goodies and lunch items. - Ann
  • I walked to the sandwich store right next door because I wanted lunch and then I wanted dessert. - Raina

place

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Positive 35

  • WOW this place is good! - Kristin
  • Love, love, LOVE this place! - Sara
  • Such a great place and the associates are so nice! - Petter
  • Great place for a healthy business lunch or a first date! - Robin
  • I definitely recommend this place as a good lunch spot. - tyler
  • This place is INCREDIBLE. - Jake
  • My favorite place hands down. - Krysta
  • I love this place! - Rebecca
  • I LOVE this place. - Sarah
  • Thank my lucky stars this place was amazing. - Erin

Negative 13

  • Why the hell did it take 30+ Finally upon eating, I was still confused, why is this place so good? - Michael
  • This place has the absolute worse cookies I have ever eaten and they are small cookies at $3 each. - Jean
  • The place is extremely pricey especially for lunch. - Jean
  • I don't wantto get into a philosophical debate as it's not a persons place to judge my choices, especially someone I am paying to make my food. - Jen
  • Is this part of the "Essence" of this place? - Matthew
  • Keep in mind, the sandwich place and Starbucks are all in the same plaza!!! - Raina
  • I was disappointed many times over with this place, but let me tell you first about the one thing I did enjoy. - Adam
  • Therefore, I purposely schedule all of my business lunches at this place. - Ann
  • The girl retorted with a condescending tone saying "Just place your number on the edge of the table and we'll find you". - Stephanie
  • Fuckin' place always draws me back in because Tempe only has like three places to get breakfast, it's silly. - Billy

macarons

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Positive 9

  • Macarons = amazing. - Sara
  • The macarons arrived on time, in adorable packaging, packed in dry ice for freshness - and she said they were GORGEOUS and DELICIOUS. - Natasha
  • Macarons are pretty good. - Anthony
  • Now-the macarons were delicious! - Katie
  • Well, that is what it feels like when you have one of the amazing parisian macarons at Essence. - Chad
  • Essence Bakery has the BEST macarons in town! - Joyce
  • Macarons are the best things I have ever eaten. - River
  • It is just amazing that you can now buy some of the best french macarons in the world right here in little ole Tempe! - Alexandra
  • I've had the macarons at the local farmers market and heard the review and it's all amazing. - Jeremiah

Negative 3

  • The egg sandwich was good, but macarons were ugly, service was poor, wait time was long and prices are high. - Amanda
  • But, I do LOVE the macarons. - Barb
  • The macarons are so bad out there. - Archana

minutes

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Positive 2

  • I'd been in the place less than 2 minutes - how do I know if it's worth the tip - or how much of a tip it's worth?? - Kristin
  • She was more than happy to stand at my table a few minutes and discuss the food which she is so proud of. - lauren

Negative 6

  • We asked for the food to go since we live 2 minutes away and we were sick of sitting there. - Stephanie
  • Even which my friend ordering a burger, 20 minutes is excessive. - Adam
  • The food took so long to make (over 30 minutes) we had to have then pack our sandwiches to go! - Michael
  • Although I was told that there was a wait for food due to an unexpected rush, after 45 minutes, I noticed tables receiving their items before us. - Ann
  • Our drinks were gone and we had been sitting there for almost 40 minutes. - Stephanie
  • ) why it takes over 20 minutes to have it ready. - Adam

order

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Positive 6

  • If you're in a hurry, calling in your order and picking it up works like a charm. - Jan
  • You order at the counter then, good luck finding a seat... - Anna
  • Just go and order anything because it's all fabulous. - Kym
  • I regularly order the Croc Monseur, but had the special today which was equally delicious. - Rob
  • It is nice to know that the person responsible for Essence has her values in order. - Cecilea
  • For lunch- I typically order whatever is on special, and have always had a wonderful lunch. - Meghan

Negative 4

  • I approached the counter again to learn that my order had been lost. - Ann
  • The woman at the cash register taking our order was very rude. - Taylor
  • Still, I am a patient person and I thought "its OK, I'm here now and I can just order". - Stephanie
  • I think I noticed a hint of a condescending smile after the pony tailed brunette finished taking my recent order. - Suzy