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Catalyst Cafe

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111 North Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802
14065421337
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, 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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  • 29
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  • 7
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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
Fell upon this delicious brunch find

Was just walking downtown when we were guided by two locals to try the Catalyst Cafe for lunch. They boasted it to be the BEST food in downtown Missoula. We stopped there for lunch and were very happily surprised at how delicious it was. I ordered the Miso soup and Arugula salad. My husband... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Teresa H
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Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Was just walking downtown when we were guided by two locals to try the Catalyst Cafe for lunch. They boasted it to be the BEST food in downtown Missoula. We stopped there for lunch and were very happily surprised at how delicious it was. I ordered the Miso soup and Arugula salad. My husband ordered an Italian soup and chicken... More 

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Tenafly, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This was one of the best meals that we have had in a restaurant in weeks of traveling. We had lunch (three different wonderful salads for three of us) but others having breakfast at nearby tables obviously had great meals too. Don't miss this place!

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Missoula, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Great little place serving fantastic breakfasts all day long plus to die for soup and salads for lunch. Don't miss this place!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I guarantee you haven't been at a restaurant with a more extensive breakfast menu! The food was excellent! Polish breakfast sausage, buckwheat waffles & delicious egg dishes... not to mention exceptional coffee! The staff was very, friendly & the place was spotless! Do not pass this place up!

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A home run! Great breakfast selections, quality, service, atmosphere. The place was packed when I arrived on a Monday. The service was so amazing that I had to ask; was told that this is a home-grown business that started from modest roots. The team works so well together that I felt as if the entire staff were waiting on me.

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Idaho
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

A must stop if you plan on having breakfast or brunch in downtown Missoula. The place was really busy and now I know why. The food was exceptional but the staff made it memorable. They were engaging, funny, and were very attentive. I highly recommend the Catalyst when looking for your next breakfast stop.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We don't give many places a five-star, but the Catalyst really delivers. We were there for lunch. Bob was impressed with his BarBQ with a coffee-mocha twist and a beet and cherry soup, and I enjoyed--really enjoyed--their tomato-lime-cilantro soup with a terrific chicken club. This restaurant is a little crowded and a little noisy, but instead of being annoying, it... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We went here for breakfast and sat outside on the sidewalk. I tried the chilaquiles which is basically Mexican skillet casserole. The chilaquiles was tasty and it was so large I had to take half of it home. The others in the group felt that their food was just as good and they really enjoyed it. What amazed me was... More 

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Corvallis, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The green chili cheese potato casserole alone makes this place worthy of a visit. In addition the coffee is probably the best in Missoula. Needless to say this makes for a great breakfast spot with nice ambiance and seating.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

It would have been nice to sit at Catalyst to eat breakfast but given that we had our dogs with us and it was a hot day, we opted for breakfast to go. The staff were all very friendly and got my order in very quickly. I had the fried egg sandwich with tomatoes and I ordered the breakfast burrito... More 

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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?