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Catalyst Cafe

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111 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802-4437
+1 406-542-1337
07:00 - 15:00
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Missoula, Montana
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We've go here regularly for brunch or lunch. The soups are so good! All of their food is local, fresh, and delicious! And their teas and French soda topped with real whipped cream... so good!

Thank debbiew12020
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We arrived, checked in at the host desk inside and reported we would like to sit outside; we gained approval and proceeded to sit down. Wait staff passed us several times w/out acknowledgement; wait and host staff stood at the door of the restaurant looking over the outdoor seating. Once we did finally get service, it was smooth sailing from... More 

Thank 85lynnetk
Grapevine, Texas
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63 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lime tortilla soup was so good, this Texas girl had it twice! The 1/4 muffalata was almost more than I could eat!

Thank gypsywoman1312
Spokane, Washington
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176 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place has one of the most extensive menus I've encountered anywhere. Everything is healthful -- but that doesn't mean there's a shortage of meat-based menu items. Lots of choices, from soups to salads to sandwiches to main dishes. I had heard rave reviews of this place from friends and was prepared to be stunned by the food and was... More 

Thank Mary K
Topsham, Maine
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tourists and locals alike clearly migrate to this cafe. We had the soup and sandwich combo - It was Wow for my taste buds when I ate the vegan Tempeh (vegan TEMPEH Smoked Tempeh (soy-based, fakin’ bacon) w. Balsamic Glazed Onions, house-made vegan Horseradish Aioli, Tomatoes, Romaine.) Great waitstaff!

Thank SusaneRK
Stillwater, Minnesota
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

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 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 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 11 April 2017

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 6 April 2017

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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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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 59802-4437
  • 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?