Our Story

Locally sweet since 1991, Sweet Leaf is a family-owned community cafe that strives to serve the very best healthy and hearty dishes. Honest food made with real ingredients, sourced from local farms whenever possible. We also believe in having a good time while doing what we love and we do love what we do.


Providing communities with honest food made with real ingredients and a touch of love.

Crafting and promoting great-tasting, healthy, organic food.

Growing our business based on our family values-- integrity, honesty and dependability.

Being a place where people can meet, eat and always find a warm welcoming seat.

Core Values

We are a community cafe that combines simple preparations with global tastes.  Our passion for freshness drives everything we do.  Serious about who we source from and seriously serious about quality-- Sweet Leaf uses local growers, farmers, ranchers and producers whenever possible.


We push ourselves every day to find new ways to better serve the interests of our community, our partners, and our planet.


We strive to create a community gathering place where friends, families, and coworkers can come together over a healthy and hearty meal.


We don’t add any artificial flavors or fillers. We know that nothing is better than the real thing. We serve food from farms, not factories.

About Us

Sweet Leaf started as—and still is—a family business, founded by Andre and Arita Matini in 2008. Andre and Arita realized their community needed more than just another deli or diner, and wanted to expand on their families original concept Sweet Stuff. With a lot of passion and even more love, they launched their first location in 2008.

Since opening the original location in McLean, Sweet Leaf has added more cafes in neighborhoods across Northern Virginia and Washington DC. As the business has grown, so has the family. Our brilliant and enthusiastic team of chefs, bakers and professionals continue driving the dream forward every day. Sweet Leaf partners with some of the best growers, ranchers and food artisans in the region to safeguard our goal of providing the freshest food around while supporting our values.

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Our Partners

We care about where our ingredients come from.  Since our family opened a farmers market down the street from our home in 1991, Andre and Arita spent most Saturdays bagging vegetables for neighbors who stopped by to get some local tomatoes, apples or whatever was in season.  We know the importance of supporting local, sustainably run farms. We do our part to help protect your health and the health of our communities, while helping support the local economy.  See how we're making choices with farmers, animals, and our community in mind.

Richardson Farms

Richardson is a fifth-generation family farm located in White Marsh, Maryland. They are committed to providing you with the best tasting and freshest locally grown produce available.

Bubba's Sweet Nectar

Bubba's Sweet Nectar provides 100% pure, raw honey.  Their Clover and Wildflower varietals are natural, unpasteurized, non-ultrafiltered, and free of additives and artificial preservatives.

Mountain View Farm

All Farmstead cheeses are made using raw milk from their herd.  Then they add cultures, rennet, sea salt, and various herbs and spices, and allow the cheese to age for a minimum of 60 days.