The Ark Encounter and Creation Museum are now open daily! Note that dining, theaters, and other offerings have been enhanced to help you stay healthy.
What to know before you visit

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Family Dining

Relax with your friends and family on the scenic deck of Emzara’s Kitchen, our two-story casual 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

To ensure guest safety,we have converted Emzara’s Kitchen to a cafeteria-style restaurant with a delicious menu. Our Smokehouse and other outdoor food venues, as well as delicious hot and cold options in the Answers Center, are also available.

Restaurant Hours

Emzara’s Kitchen is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 1–6 p.m., Sunday.

Outdoor Food Venues

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

The Village Smokehouse and Grill

Enjoy tasty smoked meat sandwiches!

The Village Smokehouse and Grill

Zofar’s

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, or check out the wide selection of candy options, including jelly beans, rainbow candy, and much more!

Soft Serve Cone from Village Ice Cream and Sweets

Answers Center

Enjoy breakfast, paninis, and gourmet boxed lunches (with vegetarian and gluten free options), along with drinks, from 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 Buffet, 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.