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Catalyst Cafe

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111 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802
+1 406-542-1337
08:00 - 15:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 15:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 15:00
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Stillwater, Minnesota
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We both had the tomato lime tortilla soup. Excellently made with just the right amount of lime (sometimes that is overdone in other places). A really interesting and different soup. In addition we had a turkey sandwich and the cheddar potato casserole. The casserole is not only delicious, it is also served in an interesting way. The turkey sandwich had... More 

Thank Tom G
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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I grabbed a quick lunch here and ordered the pecan and pear salad with s cup of butternut squash soup. They were fantastic! Fresh ingredients on the salad and the soup was just perfect.

Thank Peaceintravel
Phoenix, AZ
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fresh homemade local food and plenty of it. Plenty of vegetarian options, prompt service and very reasonable priced. This is a cant miss spot for breakfast or lunch in Missoula

Thank SteveVPhoenix
Ennis, Montana
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the perfect lunch place - charming decor, friendly staff, excellent food, large portions, good prices. will definitely go bacl.

Thank Toni B
United States
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

This place is low key, quaint and delicious. Lots of options, including vegetarian and GF. Friendly staff.

Thank sinukas
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 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
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 February 2017

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

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
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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163 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 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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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
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
  • 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?