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A commonwealth by definition is a community based on a common ground with a specific purpose to bring together the public for the general good of all. We welcome you to our commonwealth where we bring you inventive and distinctive dining, exceptional award winning bar offerings and our shared commitment to providing you an experience you won’t soon forget. Our menus feature expertly crafted dishes influenced by the bounty of our home state highlighting our region’s abundant flavors. Whether imbibing at our Library Bar, relaxing in our Restaurant or star gazing at our Skybar we promise you a warm welcome and something to please your palate. We look forward to having you become a part of our community.


Location of Commonwealth RESERVE

104 5th Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Roasted Chicken Mini Empanadas $3.00 each
Braised Chicken / Apple Cider Gastrique
Ahi Tuna Tartare Terrine (By tray, Serves 20) $60.00 each
Ginger vinaigrette / Cucumber / Fresh Corn Tortilla
Mini Polpette $2.00 each (By piece)
Italian Meatballs / Sautéed Cabbage Salad
Gravlax Canapés $3.00 each (By piece)
Cream Cheese / Capers / Shallot
Crab Cakes $3 each (By piece)
House Made Remoulade / Capers / Aioli / Cornichons / Chives
Grilled Steak Canapés $3 each
Grilled Steak / Horseradish Cream / Caramelized Onion / Brioche
Cheese & Charcuterie Plates (By tray, Serves 10) $25 each
Assorted Cheese / Meats & Accoutrement
Red Pepper Hummus (By tray, Serves 20) $40 each
Pita bread and Tortilla Chips
Jalapeno Hush Puppy Fritters $3 each (By piece)
Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tarts $3 each (By piece)
Chips & Fresh House Salsa $30 each (By piece)
Blue Cheese, Endive, Walnut, Pear $3 each (By piece)
Brussels Sprouts & Five Grain Salad $2 each (By piece)
Crab Salad, Lime, Fresno Chili, Fennel, Lemon $3 each (By piece)
Crispy Pork Shoulder, Peach BBQ, Smoked Corn $4 each (By piece)
Curry Chicken $3 each (By piece)
Hangar Steak, Root Vegetable Hash, Bordelaise $3 each (By piece)
Grilled Radichhio, Parmesan, Onion Soup Crouton $3 each (By piece)
Manchego & Walnut Brioche, Apple Butter $3 each (By piece)
Oyster Hushpuppies, Pickled Onions $3 each (By piece)
Pork belly, Rosemary Date Purée, Persillade $3 each (By piece)
Pork Tenderloin, Mashed Rutabega & Apple, Caramelized Onion $3 each (By piece)
Minimum Order Applies
Roast Asparagus & Leek Tart $3 each (By piece)
Shrimp & Grits $3 each (By piece)
$3 each (By piece)


Caromont Farm, Albemarle Baking Co., Trager Brothers Coffee, Gearharts Fine Chocolates & many more!

*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, eggs, or unpasteruized milk may increase your risk of foodborne illness.


Tempranillo $32
Izadi, Rioja Reserva - SPAIN '12
Malbec $60.00 each
Altos de Hormigas, Mendoza - ANGETINA ’14


Albarino $28
Licia, Rias Baixas - SPAIN ’15
Savignon Blanc $28
Mapuche, Central Valley - CHILE ’15
Pinot Grigio $28
Barone Fini, Valdadige - ITALY ’15
Chardonnay $28
Broken Dreams, Napa Valley - CALIFORNIA ’13


Cava $32
Aria - SPAIN


Leek & Potato Bisque
Potato Frites
Commonwealth Salad
Arugula / Bacon / Shallot / Apple Chips / Leek Frites / Gorgonzola / Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette
Skybar Salad
Arugula & Kale / Acorn Squash / Pomegranate Seeds / Pecorino / Pistachio / Cherry Vinaigrette


Atlantic Salmon
Wild Rice / Wilted Greens / Raita
Skirt Steak
Cassava Fries / Sautéed Peppers & Onions / Chimichurri / Thai Chili Sauce
Chicken Breast
Chorizo Coconut Milk / Swiss Chard & Cilantro Sauté Black Bean Mash / Fried Plantain

  • One of the best places to grab a drink on a nice summer night. Better cocktail selection than beers, but it's not too bad.

    Scott O.
  • Just the right pace. We both liked that there was a slow progression of the courses. Great time again. Definitely becoming one of my favorites!

    Karen R.
  • Fantastic. Stopped in for a little bite at the bar. Bold rock on tap was super tasty. We had commonwealth salad, skybar salad and parsnip soup. Commonwealth salad and soup were phenomenal. Unique and tasty.

    Eva A.


Commonwealth/skybar has a variety of spaces that could accommodate any group.

Rental Fees vs. Food & Beverage Minimums

  • In lieu of a rental fee commonwealth/skybar will gladly set a Food & Beverage Minimum for a determined amount.
  • If the agreed amount is spent on food and beverage, the rental fee will be waived.
  • If the agreed amount is not spent, the remaining amount will be charged as a rental fee.
  • Rental Fees and Food & Beverage Minimums are determined by the events date, time and season. Your Event Manager will determine your specific Food & Beverage Minimum.


Market Street Parking Garage

504 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

  • Mon-Wed 6AM-Midnight
  • Thurs-Sat 6AM-1AM
  • Sunday Noon-10PM
  • $2.50 Hourly / Max $20

Water Street Parking Garage

200 E Water St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

  • Mon-Wed 6AM-Midnight
  • Thurs-Sat 6AM-1AM
  • Sunday Noon-10PM
  • $2 Hourly / Max $16

Water Street Lot

100 E Water St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

  • Mon-Wed 6AM-Midnight
  • Thurs-Sat 6AM-1AM
  • Sunday Noon-10PM
  • $2.50 Hourly / Max $18

Food Menus & Pricing

  • commonwealth/skybar offers a variety of prix fixe menus at various price points. We will customize a menu based on your specific requests. Our chefs are willing to work around any dietary restrictions.
  • Our menus are consistently changing to take advantage of the seasons best offerings.
  • All menus are priced per person and all hors d’oeuvres are priced per piece.
    Your Event Manager will assist you with the menu planning process.

Beverage Menus & Pricing

  • commonwealth/skybar offers a broad selection for beer, wine and spirits at various price points.
  • Our Bar Manager would be delighted to customize a specialty cocktail for your event.
  • Our beverage offerings change seasonally to take advantage of the seasons best offerings.
  • Beverage packages can be broken down several ways, however all beverages are priced per consumption.
  • Your Event Manager will assist you in selecting the best beverage package for your event.


commonwealth/skybar requires the use of Security for some functions. This is to ensure a peace of mind for you, your client and their guests. Security Personal are used to for ID, Guest List Checking, VIP Banding, Crowd Control and Overall Safety. commonwealth/skybar recommends one Security Persons for every 50 guests. Your Event Manager will assist in arranging security for your event for an additional charge.

Service Charge

  • A 20% – 25% Service Charge will be automatically added to the subtotal depending on event type. The Service Charge acts as a gratuity.
  • Some set up, break down and Event Management fees may apply.


  • commonwealth/skybar can provide most or your event and catering needs, however some rentals may be required to customize your event. Your Event Manager will assist you with arranging all rentals for your event for an additional charge.
  • commonwealth/skybar is located within blocks from both the Market Street and Water Street Parking Garages. Please encourage your guest to bring their parking tickets with them and we’d be delighted to validate for two hours.

Nearby Attractions

Ash Lawn Opera

226 E High St
Charlottesville, VA 22902

The Jefferson Theater

110 E. Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Live Arts

123 E Water St
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Paramount Theater

215 E. Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Violet Crown Movie Theater

200 W Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Chroma Art Projects Gallery

418 E. Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Old Metropolitan Hall

101 E. Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22902