Eating out in Jasná is great value compared to mainstream Alpine resorts – expect to pay €8 to €10 for a main course and €3 or less for a pint of beer. There’s a great variety on offer. Alongside all the usual international dishes, there are local specialities to check out too, such as pancakes, dumplings and lokša,homemade potato flatbread.
Like the accommodation, restaurants are spread out along the valley road with the majority in the town of Liptovský Mikuláš, 17km away. The shuttle bus doesn’t run in the evening but taxis are available. Some of the easily accessible mountain restaurants are also open in the evening.
On the mountain
At the top of gondola A5 on the South Side of the mountain, Kosodrevina attracts a young crowd with its large sunny terrace, simple wooden tables and chairs, and old photos on the walls. It serves good‑value burgers, steaks, salads and pastas and local specialities such as cabbage soup, tripe soup and sheep cheese dumplings.
Located over 2,000m at the top of the mountain, Rotunda has 360‑degree views of the High and Low Tatras mountains from the circular room and the terrace. The self‑service restaurant gets crowded but serves good food including beef carpaccio and delicious home‑made tiramisu. There’s also a specialist rum bar, serving over 50 varieties.
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Named after one of the first chairlifts on the mountain, and with an original chair on display, the Von Roll is just off run 1b, near the top of chairlift B4. It has stylish modern furniture, a log fire, good table service, an extensive wine list and excellent food by local standards. The gratinated prawns with ginger and home-made pasta with marinated beef are highly recommended. Other options include pizzas and even African catfish.
For good-value comfort food, head for Restart Burger in Liptovský Mikuláš. This funky, modern place is interestingly decorated and lit with shades of blue and red, and has a good reputation with locals. It serves over 25 different home-made burgers, plus chicken wings, spare ribs and great home‑cut chips.
For a traditional Slovak meal head for a koliba, a traditional shepherd’s hut, such as Koliba Jasna, at the head of the valley. With lots of atmosphere and rustic decoration, it serves traditional local dishes, which are high on cheese, sauerkraut and dumplings. There’s also good deer ragout, lamb shank and pork schnitzel. Don’t miss the potato flatbread with onions and cheese as a starter for the table to share.
Widely regarded as the best in town, Tri Studnicky is a modern, light and airy room with lots of wood and big windows on the road between Jasná and Liptovský Mikuláš. There’s a varied menu that mixes local and international dishes, with specialities including lamb, veal and sheep’s cheese from local organic farms.