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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%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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Opens in 17 min
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 days ago

They have breakfast all day. Who doesn't love that as an option. Soup and salad combos have been around a long time and are delicious. Their seasonal squash soup with creme fraiche is divine. Seriously. Talk about comfort food...Breakfast potato casserole with or without jalapenos...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Dori G
Reviewed 27 November 2018

We had an excellent lunch with family at this downtown Missoula eatery. The soup is excellent and the plates are larger than expected. Heartily recommend this restaurant for lunch or breakfast when you're in Missoula.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank RangerBobN
Reviewed 14 November 2018 via mobile

The Catalyst is a small breakfast and lunch cafe & espresso bar. There are primarily two areas of seating, main floor which can accommodate groups of 4+ and there is a loft area with maximum 3 people per table. In the winter it is much...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank TheRTWTraveler
Reviewed 14 October 2018

The only downside to catalyst, is that it’s a small restaurant and you might have to wait. Well worth waiting for! I’ve only been there for breakfast, and I have to say it’s fabulous. Their cheesy home fries are decadent. I had a fabulous breakfast...More

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank girardimh
Reviewed 5 October 2018

Creative food in downtown Missoula. Best option for breakfast, ideal for lunch or even a lighter dinner. Friendly service. Everything delicious.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank JapeBrazil
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

Everything is Dee-lish-ush....OMG! I order more than I need just because when we visit Missoula and we always go here for breakfast...i just want to have it ALL!! Wait staff are friendly and even though this spot is usually always full - it moves along...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Maureen C
Reviewed 19 September 2018

I found this restaurant using the "Gluten Free Near Me" app. We were sat quickly, even though the restaurant was busy. Always a great sign. The smoothie was delicious. I also had GF bread with great tasting jam/jelly and cheesy potato that came in an...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank borambil
Reviewed 16 September 2018

We spent a 3 day weekend in Missoula and ate breakfast here every day. The food is hearty without being too heavy or greasy. The buckwheat waffle was to die for and not to heavy, typically waffles don't agree with my stomach but this one...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Russell C
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

Stopped by on our trip from Boston to Portland OR. Great service. Yummy tomato lime tortilla soup and grilled cheese sandwich. What more could you ask for? Nothing!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Carolyn C
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

We dined outside on this beautiful fall morning. Both had the build your own breakfast with the cheddar potato casserole. Eggs cooked perfectly. Absolutely delicious and excellent service. Highly recommend!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank BlueSkyGirl07
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john f
28 May 2016|
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Response from FoodServiceVeteren | Property representative |
We used to allow dogs but no longer do. There is a state law forbidding dogs to be within 15 feet of where food is served. Two years ago the city of Missoula began to vigorously enforce this law with the Catalyst. Perhaps... More
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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 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
  • E-mail
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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