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Catalyst Cafe

111 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802-4437
+1 406-542-1337
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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111 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802-4437
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had heard very good things about this cafe and tried to come here for breakfast on a Sunday. The wait for 4 was approximately 40 minutes so we went elsewhere. The next day, however, I was able to come here for lunch and was...More

Thank Karla R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kind of busy on a Saturday at noon, but worth the wait. Not much room to wait so you'll overflow to the sidewalk. On a nice day tables are set up just outside. Great spot to watch the eclectic array of personalities. We sat inside...More

Thank Ron P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice downtown eclectic spot. Had soup and half sandwich which both were excellent. House tomato tortilla lime soup was flavorful. Service was great.

Thank hdhatp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Missoula, Montana for the first time to tour the University of Montana for my daughter. Stopped for lunch in town and discovered this awesome restaurant!!! Very vegan friendly and something for everyone. Breakfast served all day. Great atmosphere as well. Very friendly staff....More

Thank Brian C
Reviewed 15 March 2018

We visited Catalyst for brunch during a stopover in Missoula. It was so god we visited again on our return trip south. Can highly recommend Catalyst with a great menu, vibe and excellent service.

Thank CindyAnne255097
Reviewed 13 March 2018

Ther were 4 adults and two kids for breakfast. We got a big table, and everything from a breakfast sandwich to breakfast burritos, oatmeal and poached eggs. All were excellent SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT AND PRICES REASONABLE FOR THE QUALITY.

Thank wdlander
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Great location in downtown Missoula for good breakfast and friendly staff. Breakfast is fresh and have some notable items -- potato casseoles with your eggs/bacon. Good place for families and business meetings.

Thank Abraham K
Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

I am so happy to find this cafe, my wife and I like everything about it. I search for local restaurants and cafes that strive to serve locally sourced foods and ingredients as much as possible. The Catalyst makes every effort to do so. It's...More

Thank stardinermt
Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

Grandkids were welcomed. Very conscientious server replaced spicy sauce with sour cream for the kids. Coffee wonderful and they keep it filled! Great that all items on the menu can be ordered anytime. Loved the atmosphere!

Thank threeamigos59405
Reviewed 31 December 2017

Our group chose to go to Sunday brunch in downtown Missoula. We took advantage of a warm autumn day and ate outside at one of the sidewalk tables. The food was amazing and the portions were huge. I would suggest reservations since this little place...More

Thank MTphotog
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john f
28 May 2016|
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Response from 2Rabits | Reviewed this property |
I saw dogs out side of this cafe before.
3 September 2015|
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Response from trishtravels1043 | Reviewed this property |
Catalyst is a Restaurant not a resort. Is there a particular resort you are referring to?
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 11
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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
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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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