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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.

422 E Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Southern, Comfort Food, American

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday 10am - 3pm
Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5pm - 10pm
Friday-Saturday 5pm - 11pm

Cross Street:
5th and Main

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(434) 202-7728

Website:
http://www.commonwealthskybar.com/

Entertainment:
Occasional bands and DJs at Skybar.

Catering:
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 skybarmanager@gmail.com

Parking Details:
Parking is available on side streets, some parking meters, and at the Market St and Water St garages. Unfortunately, we do not validate parking.

Public Transit:
On the UVA trolley line and a block away from the downtown transit center.

Executive Chef:
Reggie Calhoun

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Romantic (7)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Casual (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Fun (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Cozy (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Healthy (3)
Tapas (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Business Meals (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Authentic (1)
Great Beer (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, People Watching, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We have gone to Cosmopolitan Skybar multiple times and have always been delighted by the creative cuisine and friendly staff

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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

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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The ambiance was amazing! There wasn't a good selection of entres and there were no specials.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Authentic, Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

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.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 24, 2017

it was a birthday lunch and no one acknowledged the birthday and it was only a brunch menu. we ended up leaving to go somewhere else.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Kitchen issues. My food was burnt, and another's came out cold. Service was hit or miss. We were here a year ago and it was great, so not sure what happened

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great food on a nice rooftop deck, or you can dine downstairs on the sidewalk or indoors where the large windows are open if the weather is pleasant.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great food, accommodating to differing needs, very nice waitress. Thumbs up all around!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We had a great meal - the waitress was friendly and attentive and the food was exceptional - thank you!

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 2, 2017

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.

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Patty took care of us and made this a brunch to remember. Many thanks, Skybar!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Lack of seasonings in all the food we tried. The crab sliders spent way too much time in the frier and the scallop entree was so bland.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

I was on a first date here and even though the food was great and so was the service. It was a bit loud for my taste. We just happened to be there the same night as a few bachelorette get togethers. But over all it was enjoyable.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Food here has been exexcellent (twice recently). Service was friendly but quite slow and music loud. Really appreciate 10% discount to Charlottesville Opera.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

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.

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·Dined on July 21, 2017

Part of restaurant week and was quite good. We enjoyed our food all around the table. Thanks!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Interesting venue, but food was average for the price. Many more restaurants in C'ville that are so much better.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Had a great experience here during restaurant week, prompt service, good creative food and a buzzy atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2017

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Fun, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Enjoyed the restaurant week menu. The scallops were excellent.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 14, 2017

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.

Tags: People Watching, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Savannah)·Dined on July 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Great service from beginning to end. They make a great margarita and the salmon special that I had was delicious. I will definitely be back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Food was incredible!

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·Dined on June 23, 2017

Limited menu vs. previous years, but the food was excellent and the wine options were very good.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Pretty restaurant with large windows and high ceilings. The food is consistently good and the service is great.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Our out-of-town group of ten liked the food. Service was good. The problem was with the wine that was supposed to be 20% off a bottle but ended up costing much more. They said it was a computer problem. They did try to fix it.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 6, 2017

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

Tags: Seasonal, Fun, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 1, 2017

A classic tourist restaurant. The food is mediocre as is the service. The location is nice, but I suggest you skip this place and find another. It is not unpleasant, it nothing special. For the same go elsewhere.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mother's Day brunch - Great menu selection, open air seating. Highly recommend!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

We were visiting from out iof town and were very pleased with our dining experience. We plan to dine there again when we are back in town.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Healthy
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