Until recently if you wanted to buy the best quality steak you were severely limited by where you lived.
Luckily we are now spoilt for choice, with a range of specialty butcher shops delivering restaurant-quality steak online.
Even if you live in a small city, these online butchers deliver steak to your door anywhere in the continental United States.
We’ve rounded up the best mail order steak companies in the country for buying steak (and a range of other meats) online.
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11 Best Mail Order Steaks in 2020
1. Snake River Farms – Top Pick
Snake River Farms is a family-owned business out of Idaho whose meat is used by Michelin-star restaurants.
Luckily for us, they also sell directly to the public via their website.
Their claim to fame is their American Wagyu beef, which comes from crossbreeding imported Wagyu cattle with American Angus.
Their beef is rated higher than USDA Prime (the best grade you’re likely to find).
You can choose from a huge variety of cuts but you can’t go wrong ordering the American Wagyu Ribeye fillet, the new york strip or the filet mignon.
They also sell top-quality Wagyu beef brisket and Kurobuta pork.
2. Porter Road – Runner Up
They guys aren’t just a mail-order steak company. Porter Road is a full online butcher, selling a large range of beef, pork, chicken, and lamb.
Their meat is sourced from small family farms in Kentucky and Tennessee before it is cut and dry-aged for a minimum of 14 days at their facilities in Kentucky.
All beef is pasture-raised and hormone and antibiotic free.
Their meat is also quite a bit more affordable than Snake River Farms, making Porter Road a great choice if you want to treat yourself without breaking the bank.
You can shop from over 50 different cuts of beef, but you can’t go wrong with the bone-in ribeye.
You can also let Porter Road do the meat shopping for you with one of their curated meat boxes.
They are also focused on sustainability and ensure all meat is humanely raised.
They currently offer free shipping on orders over $100 and free dry aged ground beef on orders over $75.
3. Holy Grail Steak Company – Best for Wagyu
Read our full Holy Grail Steak Company review.
Until recently it was impossible to buy legitimate, authentic Kobe Beef in America.
This is no longer true.
Holy Grail Steak Company’s mission is to give everyone access to best available, world-class steaks that were once only available in Michelin-star restaurants.
You can learn all about the difference between Wagyu and Kobe beef here.
You can shop from a range of artisanal American producers including USDA prime Black Angus beef as well as an impressive selection of American and Japanese Wagyu and Kobe beef.
If you really want to treat yourself they have a few collection boxes, including the ‘God of the Grill Collection‘. With a staggering $499 price tag you get eight of the best steaks you’ve ever eaten.
4. Crowd Cow – Best for Grass-Fed Beef
Read our full Crowd Cow review.
Have you ever wandered the meat section of your local grocery store, and wondering where the meat comes from and why it costs so much?
That’s what gave co-founder Ethan the idea for Crowd Cow.
Crowd Cow acts as a market place to buy high quality meat from farms and ranches around the world.
The folks at Crowd Cow meet with farm and ranch owners, and then work with a select few.
You can shop by the cut of meat, and then select which farm you want to buy that cut from.
You can read more about each farm and its philosophy of raising meat.
For example, if you want to order the Bone-in Ribeye steak you can choose pasture raised, grain finished black Angus beef from Washington State or grass fed Wagyu from Birney Montana (among several overs).
Crowd Cow sell a good range of grass-fed beef, but it’s also worth learning more about the different methods of raising animals. I learnt that grass-fed and then grain-finished can be an excellent approach.
The price varies quite a lot from farm to farm, so make sure you shop around.
Your meat order is frozen at peak freshness, vacuum-sealed and shipped in biodegradable, recyclable packaging.
There’s a lot more than just beef available. You can also grab wild Alaskan Salmon, American lamb, chicken, and pork.
You can also order authentic Wagyu steak from Kagoshima Farms in Japan.
6. Chicago Steak Company
Like Omaha Steaks, the Chicago Steak Company has been around for generations and also offers a lot more than the name suggests.
You can order fish, chicken, pork, roasts, burgers and of course steak.
The main focus is dry aged USDA Prime steak, which represents the top 2% of all beef consumed.
All steaks are sourced from Mid-West raised heritage cattle, and then aged for four to six weeks.
You can order both wet-aged and dry-aged steak, depending on your preferences.
Cuts like the premium Angus filet mignon have been aged for 4-6 weeks and are graded top one-third USDA Choice or higher.
They also sell a range of American Wagyu.
You can find Chicago Steak Company steaks at some of the top steak houses around the USA.
4. Omaha Steaks
Starting all the way back in 1929 Omaha Steaks is the oldest company to grace our list of steak delivery services.
If you thought meat delivery was a modern invention that required any fancy technology, you would be incorrect.
Omaha Steaks started delivering mail order steaks all the way back in 1953 so it’s fair to say they know what they are doing. Only in more recent years have we started to see more Omaha steak alternatives pop up.
Despite having steak in the name, you can buy a huge range of meat, seafood, appetizers, desserts and even wine off their website.
Their gift baskets have also gained a reputation.
All meat is flash frozen, vacuum packed and shipped with dry ice in a styrofoam cooler. You can also get a phone and email alert to let you know when your meat has been delivered.
The catalog is huge, but the 30-day dry aged bone-in ribeye and new york strip are great options for steak lovers, as is the 21-day aged filet mignon.
If you really want to treat yourself upgrade to the private reserve Wagyu.
7. Kansas City Steaks
Originally started as a family butcher shop back in 1932, Kansas City Steaks moved over to the distribution side.
Nowadays you can order a full range of beef, ham, turkey, lamb, pork, seafood, and even sides.
The main event, of course, is the steak, which is wet aged.
You can shop by steak but (they have all the usual options), or by beef type including classic, USDA Prime, Grass Fed or American Style Kobe Beef.
You can’t go wrong with the USDA PRime Ribeye steak which has been wet aged for 28 days and ships with a free seasoning packet.
Many of the top steak houses and restaurants in New York city order their steaks from Debragga.
While they are most famous in New York, they ship anywhere in the continental U.S.
There’s an impressive selection of meats to choose from, including Wagyu beef from Japan, and Wagyu style beef from Australia and the United States.
If Wagyu isn’t your thing, you can also buy all the usual steak cuts and choose if you want dry aged, prime, naturally raised or grass fed.
What’s the difference between naturally raised and grass fed you ask?
Grass fed beef is exclusively grass-raised and grass finished, while the naturally raised beef is grain finished.
You can order all the usual cuts from D’Artagna, but we were especially interested in some of the more rare cuts and types of meat on offer.
If you’re feeling adventurous you can order rabbit, venison, wild boar and bison on the website.
There’s also a selection of Foie Gras, Caviar, Charcuterie and Truffles that makes D’Artagnan a favorite among chefs.
All meat is antibiotic and hormone free.
10. Lobel’s of New York
To round out our list of best mail order steak companies, we have another classic New York based butcher shop that specializes in USDA Prime and American Wagyu.
Unlike several butchers in this list, Lobel’s ship their meat fresh, not frozen. The meat is vacuum-sealed and placed in Styrofoam cooler with frozen gel packs to withstand 48 hours of unrefrigerated shipping.
You can browse the full range you would expect from a dedicated butcher shop, including premium seafood, veal, lamb, pork and a huge selection of American Wagyu and natural prime beef.
Rounding out our list we have ButcherBox. If you’re familiar with subscription boxes then you’ll already know the concept.
You can choose from a selection of curated boxes, or build your own then get it shipped to you for free every month.
A popular choice is The Mixed Box which costs $129 per month for 8.5 – 11 lbs of meat, or enough for 24 meals.
An example box includes:
- 2 lbs of Ground Beef
- 2 NY Strip Steaks
- 4 Top Sirloin Steaks
- 1lb of Whole Pork Tenderloin
- 3lbs of Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
But once you subscribe the exact contents of the box change every week.
It’s a fun concept, and makes a great gift for meat lovers.
Is online meat delivery safe?
If you’re looking for an alternative to your traditional local butcher or big chain supermarket (or you’re just lazy), getting meat delivered to your door seems too good to be true.
But is it actually safe to ship high quality meat?
It turns out it is.
There are a few different methods the online butchers use to deliver meat safely.
Most meat is shipped frozen, with insulated boxes and dry ice inside to keep the temperature cold.
Companies like Porter Road and Snake River Farms use bio-degradable insulation to cut down on waste.
Is it cheaper to buy meat online?
Generally the meat you find from online butchers caters to the high end of the market.
This makes sense, people looking to order steak online are looking for a way to get their hands on the best quality grass-fed, Wagyu or sustainable raised beef. Not save money.
Having said that, some of the companies in our guide are cheaper than others, so it’s definitely worth shopping around.
Wrapping it up
You now have no excuses for wasting money on cheap steak from the supermarket.
If you don’t have any good butcher shops near you don’t despair. We truly live in a golden age for meat lovers with the best butchers delivering amazing quality steak to your door.
You might also want to check out our guide on where to buy Wagyu Beef online.
If you’ve never ordered steak online before you should definitely give it a try. It’s a safe and convenient way to try steak that could previously only be tasted in the finest restaurants.
Not sure what steak to order? Check out our guide to the best steak for grilling.