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Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar

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422 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5236
+1 434-202-7728
15:00 - 02:00
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Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Mon 15:00 - 22:00
Tue - Sat 15:00 - 02:00
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Gainesville, Florida
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had an early dinner with a friend here on a Monday night. It was too cold for skybar but we had a cozy corner booth, attentive but not hovering staff, delicious food, and exceptional atmosphere. I imagine earlier the restaurant would be quite romantic but picks up later at night to be quite a fun, trendy bar.

Thank Janell H
Alexandria, VA
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1,543 reviews
785 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 505 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed dinner at the Commonwealth very much. After a very full day in touring Charlottesville and the surrounding area on the day before Thanksgiving, we were looking for a quiet and upscale place for dinner. A window table in their modern dining room on the first floor was perfect for a relaxed conversation. A shared green salad set the... More 

Thank jeffl499
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

The skybar is boisterous, but the lower level dining has well prepared dishes and a decently selected wine list. Service and management are friendly and prompt.

Thank Brendan W
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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62 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Well known for their excellent cocktails. The Skybar is upstairs on the roof and is a great place to relax with a drink on a nice day. We mostly enjoy just going to the restaurant downstairs though. The menu has something for everyone- including vegan options. The charcuterie is nice to share. On a nice day the outside tables are... More 

Thank Jennifer H
Larchmont, New York
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

My son and I had dinner here while on a road trip through Virginia and Tennessee. We had an excellent meal: fresh and inventive salads to start, great cocktails, and excellent, perfectly-cooked steaks for dinner. We finished off with a well-chosen cheese plate and a glass of port. The staff were very attentive and the service was excellent. Highly recommended!

Thank Tony C
Crozet, Virginia
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57 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

When we visit the Skybar it is usually after 6pm. The staff is nice and we always end up finding new and interesting people to talk to. Of course, if you are looking to hang out with a friend or loved one, it is great for that as well.

Thank ShellyT792
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182 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Visited briefly the downtown pedestrian mall & just happened upon this restaurant. Boy, were we lucky! Started off with drinks that were perfectly made. I had the Brazilian fish stew that was nicely spicy and quite delicious. My friend had the scallops served over pork belly and sweet potato mash. The scallops were 3 of the most beautiful I've ever... More 

Thank Sherry S
Arlington, Virginia
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122 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Horrifically bad food. Stopped in on Saturday night, 23-Oct., sat at the bar in Commonwealth and they allowed to order from the Skybar menu. Kinda wish they didn't. My friend and I agreed it was one of the most awful meals we have ever eaten, which is a surprise given their high ratings. If I worked in the kitchen, I... More 

Thank PlateMan
Vienna, Virginia
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528 reviews
369 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Came here for brunch with the wifey and loved it! The bacon, potatoes, and omelettes are amazing. They also have great desserts. You can park on the street when it's quiet on the weekend. They also take open table reservations. The outdoor seating was really nice especially on a gorgeous sunny day. Loved the staff as well! My only reason... More 

Thank Kevin P
Richmond, Virginia
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110 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Restaurant: Went here for a bachelorette party dinner. Made a reservation which is a good idea if you have a special event or large party since the dining area is small. I had some of the oysters and calamari, it was average. The service was a little stiff. I mean maybe we aren't the typical clientele but he was very... More 

Thank Emily C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 02:00
15:00 - 02:00
15:00 - 02:00
15:00 - 02:00
15:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 422 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5236
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-202-7728

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?