Family Dining

Relax with your friends and family on the scenic deck of Emzara’s restaurant, our two-story casual restaurant, with a spectacular view of the Ark. Enjoy a variety of options from the buffet, including some specialty foods and diet-friendly choices. The restaurant is located outside the Ark, so you will want to grab something to eat before or after you board.

Buffet Favorites

While the buffet menu changes daily, you can plan on hearty foods such as fried chicken, garlic potatoes, and warm soups along with a variety of different options you're sure to love! At the end of your meal, be sure to grab one of our delicious desserts.

Buffet Favorites

Salad Bar

For those who like to eat green, the salad bar is ready for you. Whether your salad is on the side or the main course, you’ll have a large variety of fresh ingredients to personalize your plate.


Adult and Youth (ages 13–59) $13.99
Senior (age 60+) $10.99
Child (ages 5–12) $6.99
4 and Under (ages 0–4) Free

Restaurant Hours

  Sunday Monday–Saturday
March 1 to May 31, 2018 Noon to 6 p.m. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
June 1 to August 31, 2018 Noon to 7 p.m. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
September 1 to November 21, 2018 Noon to 5 p.m. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
November 23 to December 30, 2018 Noon to 8 p.m. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
December 31, 2018, to February 28, 2019 Noon to 5 p.m. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Outdoor Food Venues

A variety of specialty dining options are available in the Ark Encounter’s West Village. Please note: Outside food venues are closed during January and February due to weather.

Grab a Slice

Looking for pizza? Check out the stand next to Emzara’s restaurant where you can enjoy your choice of cheese, pepperoni, or specialty pizza! Options for a whole pizza and drinks are also available.

Pizza Kiosk

Zofar’s Flatbread Sandwiches

Try one of our new flatbread sandwiches at Zofar’s, located in the West Village. Choose from the Havilah (roast beef), the Cush (Italian), or the Asshur (Greek). Each flatbread sandwich includes a bag of chips.

Flatbread Sandwiches

Shem’s Snack Shack

Shem’s Snack Shack is now available in the West Village! Enjoy an all-beef hot dog, bratwurst, or mettwurst, and add a bag of chips and a drink to your order. These choices are available at the other end of the Zofar’s building.


Salty or Sweet

We also have two other options available in the West Village. Visit the popcorn kiosk to grab a bag of buttered, jalapeno, sour cream and chives, or ranch-flavored popcorn; an order of nachos; or a pretzel.

Popcorn Kiosk

If you are searching for something sweeter, you have plenty to choose from at the stand offering cinnamon sugar or salted caramel donuts, chocolate-dipped frozen bananas, Mini Melts Ice Cream, fresh fruit, and cookies.

Snack Kiosk

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 restaurant, and we have an allergy book available with a list of ingredients, which are provided from our vendors.

Inside the Ark

Need a drink or snack while touring the Ark? We have both available on the first and second 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.