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Catalyst Cafe

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111 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802-4437
+1 406-542-1337
07:00 - 15:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 15:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 15:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The catalist has great service and they have good food and exelint service! Also are good about bringing out your food if u are in a hurry!

Thank Kelsey G
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Menu offers local fare with unique menu filled with tasty healthy feel good food. I have only eaten here for breakfast.The venue is small so on sunny days patrons spill out curbside to eat. They offer full coffe, latte, and tea options. There is a small loft that offers a more intimate feel. The menu offers homemade granola, oatmeal, eggs,... More 

Thank James G
Spokane, Washington
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49 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Cozy, yet stylish. Warm and friendly and I, for one, am happy not to have dog hair floating about! I sometimes get bored with the typical veggie sandwich, but not this time. My sandwich contained portobello mushrooms, spinach, and roasted red peppers on a seeded bread with some kind of fabulous Georgian inspired sauce. The squash soup is delicious. They... More 

Thank lindycater
East Missoula, Montana, United States
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

The Catalyst, is a wonderful restaurant. The food is very good, the service is great, and I love going there, because it gives me a chance to pretend I'm traveling, when actually, I'm at home. In the most beautiful small city in America Missoula Montana.

Thank Mary B
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164 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Really cute cafe, friendly servers and great food-it was exceptional. Would love to return! The food was fresh, well presented and tasted as good as it looked. Well done, Catalyst!

Thank blackhillslady
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

We went here twice while spending the weekend in Missoula. One day for lunch and the next for breakfast. So good! When we went for breakfast the place was packed. A very nice waiter had us sit in their very comfortable den downstairs where we enjoyed our coffee while waiting for a table. A couple of the waiters even came... More 

Thank Whityl30
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Had breakfast here this morning and it was delicious. Portion sizes are good and prices are quite reasonable. All the food was cooked very well and the wait staff was very friendly. Outside seating is nice also. We got a granola and yogurt meal and a standard eggs, bacon and home fries meal.

Thank Arthur C
Seattle, Washington
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53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Diners with dogs: Don't be fooled by pics of outdoor eating area. Unlike other establishments in Missoula, Catalyst Cafe will uninvite your dog with steely finality. I only wish they had a similar policy about Cumin. Our Huevos Rancheros, made from fresh ingredients and looking scrumptious, had unfortunately succumbed to a hostile takeover. There's New Mexican, Tex Mex, and California... More 

Thank talaria9
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64 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Very good! Healthy options and not heavy. Many good soups, fresh salads and meals. Traditional meals uniquely done. Indoor and outdoor seating. Everything is made to order, therefore it may take a little extra time for the food to come out. I found it worth the wait. Great shopping nearby.

Thank dragontravel2012
Elmira, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

My husband and I visited Catalyst Cafe for late-ish breakfast on a Thursday morning (~9:00). There were several tables open on the ground floor and in the upper loft area, but by 9:30-9:45 people were waiting to for other patrons to leave to get a spot. There are tables outside on the sidewalk but it was a little cool on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$11
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 111 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802-4437
  • Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Missoula
  • Phone Number: +1 406-542-1337
We are a full service restaurant. Opened in 1991 as Montana's first coffee cart, The Catalyst Cafe has grown to become a favorite destination in Missoula for full-plate breakfasts and lunches. Open seven days a week and serving breakfast all day. The Catalyst caters to a very loyal following of University of Montana students, downtown Missoula business people, and visitors. The Catalyst Cafe brews the best coffee in Missoula and serves up a delicious variety of unique, fresh, local meals- including a great selection for vegetarians and vegans. The Catalyst Cafe is 100% Missoula - and prides itself on being a welcoming, comfortable restaurant for all walks of life.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?