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Catalyst Cafe

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111 North Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802
+1 406-542-1337
07:00 - 15:00
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Sat - Sun 08:00 - 15:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I love the variety, great prices, tasty food and great service! I ordered a gluten free turkey sandwich... it was huge; very flavorful! The Avocado Chile soup was incredible! My partner ordered a tuna sandwich and was also quite impressed! I was ecstatic when we got the bill and it was so inexpensive! I totally recommend this place!!

Thank Helena O
Missoula, Montana
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I frequently have breakfast at the Catalyst on weekends and it is reliably good food. The staff and the clientele are friendly and unpretentious. Breakfast offerings include traditional American breakfast foods, but higher quality ingredients than you will find at many places. There are also many alternatives for people with dietary restrictions. The Catalyst is a very pleasant place to... More 

Thank Loren-406
Missoula, Montana
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is a real find. The breakfast is available all day (open for breakfast and lunch only). Really good salads and soups. Inventive sandwiches and great breakfast. The potato bakes are delicious. It can get busy, especially on weekend mornings. In good weather there is limited outside seating.

Thank Suzanne P
Centennial, Colorado
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

We love Catalyst. Best breakfast with healthy, tasty food, a varying menu and great service. We have become friends with Jim and Dennis and they love serving their loyal customers. Try it and you won't be disappointed.

Thank Stephen T
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142 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

This is a great location, wonderful cafe, super clean and modern with an awesome staff. Can't give it 5 stars thou...and that makes me sad. I love their menu and selection and all around food looked great. We started out with a warm avocado soup to share, mostly out of curiosity, and it was one the best soups I have... More 

Thank Bingitt
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Stopped in for coffee and some time with a good book. Lots of great tables, chairs, big and small. Good light available and the place had lots of receptacles for electronics. Nice folks behind the counter discussed their coffee roasts with me for a moment. They also fixed me up with some fresh, local baked goods. Will go back next... More 

Thank Christopher I
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Lovely atmosphere but I can't imagine how they managed to get a veggie scramble to end up as tasteless as it was - one expects much more flavor from a such a variety of bold veggies. The buckwheat waffle was great.

Thank Shawn R
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Amazing food, great flavors. Very good service. Would highly recommend the Mexican mocha latte! There will be a wait and they do seem to always be full...just wait for your table, it's worth it!

Thank Andrew S
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

I had only bacon, eggs, and pepper jack potatoes. Not a bargain but well-prepared. Good service. Other items at table were nice. A very good looking egg and cheese sandwich and a tasty squash soup.

Thank jrrobi
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 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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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, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
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 North Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802
  • 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?