Family Dining

Relax with your friends and family on the scenic deck of Emzara’s Kitchen, our two-story buffet restaurant, with a spectacular view of the Ark. The restaurant is located outside the Ark, so you will want to grab something to eat before or after you board.

Emzara’s Kitchen

Adjacent to the Ark, the two-story themed Emzara’s Kitchen is an award-winning buffet-style restaurant with a variety of delicious entrees, salads, and desserts (including food-allergy sensitive options). There’s even a special kid-friendly buffet!

Restaurant Hours

  • Monday through Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

During ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter, Emzara’s will serve guests until 7:00 p.m.


Adult and Youth (ages 11–59) $16.99
Senior (age 60+) $14.99
Child (ages 5–10) $8.99
4 and Under (ages 0–4) Free

Outdoor Food Venues

A variety of specialty dining options are available seasonally in Noah’s Village at the Ark Encounter. Please note: Outside food venues are closed during the winter.

The Village Smokehouse and Grill

Enjoy savory smoked meat sandwiches!

The Village Smokehouse and Grill


Enjoy pizza, burgers, hot dogs, and more.

Village Ice Cream and Sweets

Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? Head into Village Ice Cream and Sweets for a soft serve or hand-dipped ice cream cone, tasty float, or yummy shake!

Soft Serve Cone from Village Ice Cream and Sweets

Answers Center

Enjoy a variety of breakfast choices in the morning and then sandwiches, wraps, salads, and snacks for other meals (with vegetarian and gluten free options), along with drinks, at the Olive Leaf Cafe. Noah’s Coffee features cappuccinos, hot teas, espresso, iced coffee, and smoothie treats and is inside the Answers Center as well.

Safe Dining Options

When dining out, we understand how difficult choices can be when trying to avoid certain ingredients, whether it is due to food intolerances, food allergies or personal choice. We offer both vegetarian and gluten-free options at Emzara’s Kitchen, and we have an allergy book available with a list of ingredients, which are provided from our vendors. Please speak to a manager during your visit if you have any questions regarding dietary needs and we would be glad to assist you!

Inside the Ark

Need a drink or snack while touring the Ark? We have both available on the first, second, and third decks in our snack stands, which are loaded with a variety of options to satisfy your needs.

As you walk through the gift shop, try a delicious treat from Uncle Leroy’s Fudge or grab a cup of coffee from Kezia’s Coffee.