I've been here countless times since they turned this location from a family restaurant into a neighbourhood pub.
The Ross Bay pub is a recommendable good all-round pub. The decor is modern but friendly and it has a wide array of seating types from pub stools to booths to a more restaurant-like section. They have an outdoor section with a fireplace which is nice to sit in summertime. Servers are always friendly and professional from my experiences there.
The drink prices are very good and they always seem to have a good drink special, not some 25 cents off a pint "deal" that you get so much of in Victoria pubs. Pints are FULL SIZE and not sleeves, one of the greatest scams ever perpetrated on pub-goers you get at other places in Victoria.
At Ross Bay they list all their prices and sale items on a chalkboard and a lught sign outside the pub so it's easy to see what's on special, which is really nice. Sometimes we'll just be walking by, see something, and decide to pop in. Yes, the advertising works.
The menu is standard pub fare and I've been both pleased and disappointed eating there. The fish and chips one night were really good but the burgers on other nights were abysmal. The burgers are said to be home made but I've had both home made and generic freezer patties on my burgers ordered there. Overall, the food is good but average when comparing it to what you can get at other Victoria pubs.
One great perks about the pub is the great effort management makes for promotion. They always have something going on there, whether it be sing along rock bingo, draws for a quad, hockey playoff free drink games, etc. This pub attracts a diverse crowd and I've never seen any problems with rowdies here.
The only bad thing is the high number of barflies that seem to always congregate at one part of the bar and consume endless gallons of the cheap domestic draft. I dont mind seeing regulars at a pub but there seem to be a lot of locals who go there nightly and get drunk. The only other drawback at Ross Bay is there is no smoking area so smokers go right outside the front door to puff. So you might be walking through smoke to go in or you'll get wiffs of smoke at your table if you sit near the door as people go in and out.