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Catalyst Cafe

111 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802-4437
+1 406-542-1337
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
111 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802-4437
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Catalyst is a very cute cafe in downtown Missoula. We got a to-go lunch and took it one block to the park and ate by the river. They make delicious gluten free sandwiches at a great price! A fair warning, they close on the earlier...More

Thank krc11
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is very trendy little place with a lovely outdoor seating. Not so great come January, but really a treat in the summer. You can people watch all the great visitors who flock to Missoula to enjoy our many cultural experiences. Food is good and...More

Thank Judyhwright
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Heuvoes rancheroes was great. Quick and efficient service. Latte served so fast it was hard to believe

Thank amyberghold
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had breakfast with friends. The Omelet was delicious; (Kale, cheese) and huge. With the toast and jalapeño/potato au gratin it was way more than I could eat. But I tried... Excellent coffee. Good service but it will take time when they're busy.

Thank jrrobi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I stopped for lunch at Catalyst because I was told they had gluten free options and could accommodate my other restrictions. The young man seating me answered a couple of questions and offered to seat me either outside or in. Another waitress brought water immediately!...More

Thank karenwiemokly
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good fresh food cooked to order with great flavors. The service was very good as well. I always appreciate it when restaurants offer gluten free options in place of typical gluten products (bread.) We will certainly visit again when we return.

Thank Bonnie Y
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Traveling to Missoula for the first time, I just did not see a turmeric garbanzo beans coconut milk soup coming.... and it was just delicious! They also had this amazing in house made jam. Everyone enjoyed their all their meals at our table.

Thank Veronica D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited Catalyst several times on a recent trip to Missoula. They have the best staff ever and they work as a team. This is such a great approach - everyone is on the same page. The food is great - eggs, sandwiches, pancakes --...More

Thank donnafromsf
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lunch was very good. Especially enjoyed the beet salad (it was supposed to be arugula, but was spinach instead) and gazpacho (very spicy). Sitting outside was not so pleasant due to the construction across the street and a parade of motorcycles spewing exhaust. Other than...More

Thank 707travelbug
Reviewed 15 July 2017

Could only stay for coffee as they were busy and had a 30+ minute wait for food. Coffee and espresso was excellent, and service staff friendly and helpful. Will try again another time.

Thank Cujoe
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john f
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Response from lvenegasp | Reviewed this property |
Hi Robyn, no idea !
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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
USD 5 - USD 11
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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
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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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