Josephine’s Restaurant

In 1965, Alfonso Sarayba, Sr., whom family and friends called Ponso, bought 8 hectares of fishpond in the town of Kawit, Cavite. Fishponds were considered especially good sources of income, but Ponso wanted to transform his fishpond into something different. What he had in mind was building a housing subdivision over land he was going to reclaim from it.

Despite numerous obstacles and relatives’ thinking him crazy, Ponso was not discouraged. He borrowed money from friends to raise enough capital for his business plan. This was considered a pioneer undertaking then because land reclamation was not the usual practice at the time.

During the construction of the housing subdivision, someone thought of opening an eatery. The fish were plentiful and the workers needed to eat. Ponso opened the restaurant and named it after his wife, Josephine, whom many called Josie.

On December 22, 1966, the first Josephine Restaurant opened to the public. The people came in droves. They were eager to leave the hectic city life in Manila to enjoy the provincial air that boosted their appetite for fresh seafood.

Josie took over the entire business and imparted her culinary skills to her growing number of employees. JOSEPHINE RESTAURANT, The Home of Fresh Seafood became the family’s major line of business.

Encouraged by the restaurant’s success, Ponso and Josie soon opened the resort in May 1967. It was constructed on the opposite side of the fishpond from the restaurant. Josephine Restaurant later branched out to the cities of Cubao in 1972, Baclaran in 1973, Pasay in 1976, Makati in 1979, Greenhills in 1986 and Tagaytay in 1995.

Josephine Resort was also one of the first resorts outside of Manila. Schoolchildren from the city jammed into schoolbuses to take the historical tour of Kawit, where Philippine Independence was declared on June 12, 1898. They also enjoyed going to Josephine Resort for row boating, horseback riding, biking, swimming, bowling, skating and eating at Josephine Restaurant.

Throughout their years in business, Ponso and Josie met politicians, show business personalities and business moguls but always kept a low profile. Josie tried to teach her family the value of humility and frugality.

Today, 40 years later, Josephine Restaurant ages gracefully with time. There still is that provincial gentility people seek out and enjoy at Josephine Restaurant. The fishpond is especially placid as it reflects those famous Philippine sunsets. Patrons view it best from the restaurant balcony, the same balcony where Ponso used to sit and enjoy the fine home cooking tradition of his wife Josie.

“I so love the white tents with white drapes and swags! Outdoors, fresh air, green everywhere, cold climate, natural fog coming from everywhere, good food (especially the Waldorf salad). Good point is they are very flexible with their packages.” Joseph & Junlyn

“I love them! The first one who entertained my inquiries was Mr. Alfonso, the owner, himself then was transferred to Ms. Amie, whom I met when I went to pinas last year and then finally handed over to Ms. Anne Arce. I am satisfied with their services.” Rico & Emtee

“Food was superb (according to our guests, kasi di ako gano nakakain). Guests from overseas cant stop raving about the grilled tuna belly. Pineapples were very sweet.Service was also great, waiters were courteous and service was fast, but they forgot to serve us the Chicken Maregno.” Jon & Tin

Here are some wedding photos held at Josephine’s Restaurant


Parasol Garden, Josephine Restaurant, Tagaytay
Telephone: (+632) 842.9851
(+6346) 413.1801
Fax: (+6346) 413.1802


  1. RHEZE TROFEO says:

    can you send me a quotation for your receptions packages only with or without catering.for 100-120 pax. heres my email add marytherese_jr[at]yahoo[dot]com or kindly txt me so that i can callyou at 09054431281

  2. May i request for a quotation of your wedding packages and inclusions for 100-150 your place near to caleruega church?

    Thank you!

  3. i would like to inquire about wedding package of 50/pax. also if you can include infos about the catering and food details. thanks and looking forward to hearing about you.

  4. Hi! Would it be possible to give me a quotation regarding your wedding packages.Please inlcude also the other amenities that you have for weddings as well as the function rooms.. Thanks..I’ll be waiting for your reply. The wedding would be next year June 2012. Thanks.

  5. oops by the way for 75 pax


  6. Hi!

    For 30-40 pax everything included. The thing is Im here in Canada and I want to check the place personally. My wedding will be this coming October 23,2011. I am really interested to have my precious moment held in your resort. Looking forward to hear from you soon.

    Than you and have a wonderful day:)

  7. please send me your wedding pax for 100 persons..

  8. Please send me a qoutation for 100- 200 pax.. Thanks

  9. pls send me your wedding packages 100pax..with the complete detailed and rate..thanks

  10. hi kindly send me a quotation for your receptions packages for 100 pax, and do you allow outside caterer? how much is the rent for your venue? if not kindly send me your menu packages for 100pax,

    thanks hope to hear from you soon.. :)

  11. hi!
    Can u kindly send me a wedding package quotation for 50 pax and 70 pax. tnx

  12. kindly send me your wedding packages 60 to 100pax..with the complete detailed and rate….i am interested to know the details.

  13. Shin Calupad says:

    Hi. Can you please send me your availability and wedding packages for 75-100 guests this November or December 2013? Thanks. :)

  14. Can you pls send wedding packages for 30 to 50 pax?

  15. rossel rosales says:

    hi! can u pls send a quotations for 75-100 pacs for weddings packages on march 28,2014.. tnx

  16. Can i ask for quotations for June 2015 wedding with 150-200 pax? Thank you

  17. Tomas Keane says:

    Hello. Can u please send me a quotation for wedding for 100pax I love your premises and would love to get married there. :) thanks

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