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111 North Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802
14065421337
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7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: We are a full service restaurant. Opened in 1991 as Montana's first coffee...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great visit

Excellent food, friendly wait staff. I wish I lived here as I'd be here all the time. Try the chilequeles. The bread is awesome as well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Edmonton
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Edmonton
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Excellent food, friendly wait staff. I wish I lived here as I'd be here all the time. Try the chilequeles. The bread is awesome as well.

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Central Coast California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Great coffee, breakfasts and service. We'll definitely be back. Especially appreciate the laid back atmosphere.

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Portland, Oregon
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Love the sandwiches in this place!! Soups are also wonderful. I liked it with old ownership a bit better, but this has been a fairly seamless transition and if you didn't know there was a change of ownership 5 or so years ago, you wouldn't imagine it had. They need more tempting desserts. Gets crowded at lunch so stake out... More 

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Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We visited for breakfast after seeing the Chilaquiles recommended in Taste Missoula magazine. The coffee was great, service was friendly and quick and the Chilaquiles did not disappoint. Great breakfast!

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snowbirds in Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I love omelets and on the reccomendation of a shop keeper a few doors down we had a late breakfast at noon. Breakfast is served all day but they have many other food choices to select from. This is hands down the best omelet I have ever had. The toast, the jam homemade, potato dish that come with the omelet... More 

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Missoula
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Great food, fast service. Waffles and fried egg sandwich were amazing. Indoor and outdoor seating. A must for breakfast!

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Spokane, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Stayed in Missoula one week. Ate breakfast out all days and every day we didn't eat at Catalyst, we regretted it. Ate there three mornings. The place, though very busy was spotless, food options for a veggie or meat lover were from basic to creative, coffee was hot and flavorful. The wait staff worked together all coming around often to... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Missoula locals consider Catalyst Cafe to be their town's best breakfast joint, and they've got good reason to think so. The all-day menu features just about everything to satisfy a healthy morning appetite, but this diner went straight for the chilaquiles, which turned out to be damn near the best he's ever tasted. Piled high and savory enough even without... More 

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Carnation, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Catalyst is an excellent little café in the heart of a rapidly reviving downtown Missoula. The clientele and staff are young and hip in a style typical of small college towns. The menu features local produce and a host of options for the nutritionally finicky (e.g. gluten-free, vegan, etc.) Okay, enough about that stuff. I just want to write about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

My husband and I stopped in Missoula on our way out west last summer, and knew we wanted to stop again on our way back east this summer to try more places to eat, and Catalyst did not disappoint. Although we both wanted to get omelettes, we also enjoy some sweetness too, and ordered their cinnamon roll in a mug... More 

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Additional Information about Catalyst Cafe

Address: 111 North Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802
Phone Number: 14065421337
Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Missoula
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 11
Cuisine: American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 111 North Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802
  • Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Missoula
  • Phone Number: 14065421337

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 11
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?