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About Commonwealth Skybar
We are a completely unique Charlottesville restaurant on the downtown mall focusing on Modern Virginian Cuisine from an imaginative culinary team. Chef Reggie Calhoun's menus change seasonally to capture the spirit and the bounty of our local producers.
The Skybar is a breathtaking open air bar that sits above the historic Downtown Mall and offers a full menu as well as award-winning cocktails and a refined selection of beers. Skybar shares Commonwealth's innovative dinner menu, but does not take reservations & operates on a first-come, first-served basis.
Our weekly specials:
Skybar Happy Hour M-Th (3-7) - Drink specials along with a buy one app get one of equal or lesser value for half price.
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Southern, Comfort Food, American
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday 10am - 3pm
Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5pm - 10pm
Friday-Saturday 5pm - 11pm
5th and Main
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Occasional bands and DJs at Skybar.
Private Dining: We have a private dining room that can be set up in any manner of styles to accommodate parties up to 40. More details on the website. For private party inquiries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parking is available on side streets, some parking meters, and at the Market St and Water St garages. Unfortunately, we do not validate parking.
On the UVA trolley line and a block away from the downtown transit center.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Commonwealth Skybar Ratings and Reviews
My husband and I went out for a date night. It happended to be a slow, quiet night. It had snowed so a lot of people had decided to stay in on the night we were there. (It is sometimes difficult to get a table at Commonwealth on a Sat night.) The food was fantastic. Worth every penny. I hightly recommend.
The staff from the management to the servers to the chefs are all top-notch! Extremely nice relaxed ambience, classy, great wine list wonderful food and the excellent service all made this a great place for a date night. I can't say enough nice things about the people there and the food!
Atmosphere was nice. I ordered scallops and the dish was so salty it was inedible. Also ordered a side dish of cheesy potato puree which we thought would be like mashed potatoes. It came in a tiny bowl with pieces of sliced bread for dipping. More appropriate for an app than a side dish and did not taste very good. Other person ordered steak and thought it was good. Too many better places in Charlottesville. Would probably not return
New chef at Commonwealth is serving up some delicious "classic Virginia fare with an update"! Ham biscuits with a twist, fried oyster hamburger, fried chicken sandwich were all delicious. Service was also excellent! If you haven't been here in a while - definitely worth a revisit to check out the new menu.
Commonwealth is one of our favorite restaurants. The place is very nice, good location, upscale, lots of fun. Excellent service, good drinks.
The food last night was salty. A Manager stopped by after dinner, and we asked if the Chef was a smoker (smokers often over salt food). She said no, offered us a free dessert, but we'd had enough to eat.
We'll go back. It's good food-- let the natural taste of the food come out.
Great new menu with expanded chef staff, many great appetizers that are fit for entre, great wine by the glass selection and a new focus on local and regional cuisine. Best interiors for a restaurant in town.
Note: Music could be so much better - hopefully the country music was just for the night. This was a serious distraction to me.
It was a lovely night and we dined al fresco in the sky bar. The music was quite loud. We had the crab-cakes and the hamburger. Both were tasty, but not outstanding. Server was very good, quick to provide attention without being overbearing. Drinks were very good, and happy hour made them a bargain.
Ordered a burger medium well--- they delivered a blackened hockey puck. What a waste of really good beef. The inside of the bun was also scorched to complete blackness. It really should not be that difficult to do a burger especially early (6:00) in the evening when not even half the tables were occupied.
Our waiter, Timmy, was great. My wife had a wine that probably had cork taint. We told him, and no questions asked, he changed it out. The food was very good. My wife loved the ribs, and I had the fried chicken sandwich which was good, but the fries were great. Overall, great experience. If we lived in Charlottesville, we'd be back. Maybe someday.
The restaurant was not very busy, but the noise level was still very high. A pleasant server arrived swiftly who took drink orders. It was restaurant week, so menu was limited. The gazpacho was very different, a creamy tomato base with chunky vegetables, but not many. Cilantro was a nice addition. Tasty and refreshing. Scallops were presented beautifully with fresh green beans. Beans were prepared perfectly. The sauce was delicious, but there were only 2 scallops and they were undercooked. I should have sent them back, but didn't. Chocolate mousse with crunchy cookie topping and whipped cream was the only dessert option. It was fine. Because it was Restaurant Week, the cost was only $29 (not including drink), so not a terrible experience, but Charlottesville has better restaurant choices.
We visited for restaurant week as a group of four.
Appetizers: Salad (3) and baked brie (1) -- All excellent!
Main courses: scallops (2), pork flat iron steak (1), beet risotto (1) -- The scallops and pork, were super delicious. Those scallops just melted, and the pairing with prosciutto was fantastic (plus, the haricots verts were so tender without being mushy); the pork was AMAZE-balls! Seriously flavorful and moist. Alas, the beet risotto, though very pretty, was surprisingly flavorless.
Desserts were all "meh" -- The chocolate mousse was blandly sweet. Not a lot of chocolate or depth of flavor. It reminded me of cool whip with chocolate syrup, kind of plastic-y. The peaches (2 slices!) and vanilla ice cream were also average. Not bad, not enticing.
Overall, loved my meal but should have skipped dessert!
Our server was a lot like the chocolate mousse (maybe because we didn't order alcohol? maybe because it was restaurant week? or maybe just shy?). Pleasant enough but she seemed a little pained. The bus boy was awesome! He seemed genuinely delighted to help out.
We had a wonderful meal for restaurant week. Amongst our group of 8 we tried each of the entrees, appetizers and desserts listed. One person didn't like the gazpacho because it wasn't traditional, but overall everything was wonderful: the service, the energy/ambiance and the food. We've also been for cocktails and apps at other times. The upstairs "Skybar" is misnamed since it is only the 2nd floor, but it a great venue for happy hour and people-watching on a nice day.
Took a friend here for birthday dinner during restaurant week. Had come here before for rooftop cocktails but never dinner. Pleasantly surprised at the downstairs restaurant setting. Very comfortable and somewhat private. Food was delicious and creative. Wine list was interesting as well and was surprised to see the beverage manager visit us as we'd picked a new and interesting bottle for dinner. Service was excellent (hope I get his name right- Timmy?). Overall a great experience and I'd recommend to anyone!
I live in Charlottesville, but this was the first time I ever had dinner at the Commonwealth. We went for Restaurant Week, which can be hit or miss. The meal was just wonderful. We shared the salad, the gazpacho, scallops and pork tenderloin served with orzo.
The freezer was broken so we couldn't try the peaches with vanilla ice cream, but the chocolate mousse was decent.
They have an extensive wine menu, definitely something for every taste and budget. We ordered a bottle Cab Sauvignon. The service was prompt and friendly. Definitely will go again.
We found this restaurant in February and were impressed by the delicious, locally sourced and creatively prepared food, moderate pricing and attentive service. We remarked on the large number of gluten-free dishes on the menu and our server informed us that the chef was gluten-sensitive himself and generally could prepare most dishes without gluten. We returned in July with old friends one of whom needed GF dishes and were initially concerned when the new menu showed only one such dish; in fact, the server explained that most of the dishes could still be prepared GF on request and this proved completely satisfactory. We hope this excellent restaurant will continue to provide this option and make it more apparent in its menus and website as it is so difficult to find nice dining experiences for friends with this particular need.
The esthetics of this restaurant are amazing. The seating options were outstanding. The drinks were quality and just deliciously crafted. Our server was outstanding and on top of our needs. I was disappointed in the menu selection. I had viewed the menu online prior to making a reservation. We selected this restaurant based on what we saw on line which did not match in the moment. While everyone in my party loves their meal, I did not enjoy my main course at all. I did however love the salad. The dressing was really really simple but wonderful!
Went before a concert at the Pavilion with my girlfriends. We are all from out of town and loved walking from our hotel. We were early so had a drink and appetizers upstairs before going down to dinner. The atmosphere and service were great. I especially appreciated the wide range of gluten free options and the happy hour wine specials. P
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