We compared 5 popular online meat delivery services to find which has the juiciest steaks and most premium cuts

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  • Rastelli’s and ButcherBox are among the convenient online shops to buy different types of meat.
  • Some mimic the experience of your local butcher, while others serve as a one-stop dinner shop.
  • Here’s a full comparison of the five services on their prices, offerings, and more.

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As enthusiastic carnivores and amateur home cooks, we’ve tested a variety of online meat delivery services that source high-quality meat, send them safely to your house, and show you the best ways to cook them. After many cooking, grilling, and tasting sessions, we’ve found that five companies stand out above the rest: Rastelli’s, Snake River Farms, Porter Road, ButcherBox, and Omaha Steaks.

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Though they all provide the same basic service, they differ in cuts offered, where the meat is sourced, pricing, delivery frequency, and other factors. We love all of them, but one might better suit your tastes and preferences, so we compared their major differences below (scroll to the right if your screen doesn’t display the entire table).

Rastelli’s Snake River Farms Porter Road ButcherBox Omaha Steaks
Offerings Meat, seafood, and plant-based options Meat (beef, pork) Meat (beef, pork, lamb, chicken) Meat (beef, pork, chicken) Meat, seafood, sides, desserts
Design À la carte cuts and subscriptions À la carte cuts and subscriptions À la carte cuts and subscriptions Subscription only À la carte cuts and subscriptions
Price $13-$119 Varies widely $9-$140 $149-$270 Varies widely
Shipping Free on orders over $200, $10 on orders between $100-$199, $25 for orders under $100 $9.99 Free on orders over $100 Free on all orders Free on orders over $169, $20 on orders under $169

Keep reading for all the details between Rastelli’s, Snake River Farms, Porter Road, ButcherBox, and Omaha Steaks.

Rastelli’s

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Read our review of Rastelli’s here.

What it sells: No hormone- or antibiotic-added beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and seafood. The seafood is wild-caught or sustainably raised, and there are organic meat options. It also sells roasts, sides, and plant-based hot dogs and burgers. 

How it works: Choose from curated bundles like the big mixed steak and seafood box ($319), or individual cuts.

Price: Curated boxes range from $99 to $119, and à la carte cuts range from $15 for bacon to $119 for grass-fed filet mignon.

Shipping: Free standard shipping is offered on orders over $200. It’s $10 on orders between $100-$199, $25 for orders under $100. Your first order arrives frozen in an insulated tote (future orders come in a box). 

Why you might like it: 

  • Variety: Seafood, meat, and plant-based eaters will all find something for them at Rastelli’s. Plus, many options are pre-prepped, like beef wellington or parmesan breaded pork chops, so you can do even less work at dinner time.
  • Optimized gifting experience: Rastelli’s offers many gifting choices, including a special site if you want to ship to multiple addresses in one easy checkout. There’s also a bulk gifting program for orders over 15. 
  • Generous satisfaction guarantee: If you’re not happy with your product, contact the Rastelli’s team within 21 days of your shipment, and it’ll provide a refund. 

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Snake River Farms

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Read our review of Snake River Farms here.

What it sells: Grassfed, hormone-free American Wagyu beef and Kurobota pork.

How it works: Choose from individual cuts.

Price: A la carte cuts range from $18 for top sirloin all the way to $599 for a Gold Grade striploin roast.

Shipping: $9.99 standard shipping on all orders. Orders arrive cold in an insulated box with a cooler bag. 

Why you might like it: 

  • Unique beef and pork options: Snake River Farms specializes in American Wagyu, which is created by crossing purebred Wagyu with Angus cattle breeds to make a richly marbled and flavorful meat.
  • High-end gifting that will impress: Some of Snake River Farms’ boxes run into the $600-$700 range, an extravagant gift for someone in your life who prizes high-quality meat. 

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Porter Road

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Read our review of Porter Road here.

What it sells: Pasture-raised, no hormone- or antibiotic-added beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. 

How it works: Choose from curated bundles like the six-pound Grill Master Pack ($70), or create your own box by filling it with the cuts and quantities you want.

Price: Bundles can range from $60-$100, à la carte cuts range from $7 for ground beef to $112 for packer brisket.

Shipping: Free standard shipping is offered on orders over $100, and your order of individually packaged cuts will arrive cold in an insulated box. 

Why you might like it: 

  • Customization and choice: If you have specific preferences in mind, you can filter by cooking time and cooking gear to find the most appropriate cuts. Porter Road offers a large variety of cuts, from the familiar to the underrated, allowing you to mix and match the ultimate shopping basket of meat.
  • Unpretentious education: On each product detail page, you can learn what part of the animal the cut comes from and the best way to cook it. 
  • Optimized online experience: The website and photos are laid out beautifully. It’s fun and easy to shop through the site, which is a worthy offshoot of the original Nashville butcher shop. 

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ButcherBox

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Order meat from ButcherBox here.

Read our review of ButcherBox here.

What it sells: Grass-fed, pasture-raised, no hormone- or antibiotic-added beef, pork, and chicken. 

How it works: There are five different subscription plans: all beef, beef and chicken, beef and pork, a mixed box of all three types, and a custom box. All pre-curated boxes contain 8.5 to 11 pounds of meat, while the custom box contains nine to 14 pounds. 

Price: A pre-curated box costs $137 per month, and a custom box costs $159 per month. 

Shipping: Standard shipping is free, and your order of individually packaged cuts will arrive frozen in an insulated box. 

Why you might like it: 

  • Quantity and quality: ButcherBox is great for feeding families and large groups, so whether you’re planning dinner for the month or hosting a barbecue, you’ll have delicious, quality meat on hand to make everyone happy. 
  • Automatic but flexible delivery: It’s a subscription service, with boxes delivered every month or every two months. You can change your box assortment, size, and delivery frequency at any time before your next invoice date. 
  • Recipe library: The large collection of recipes helps you make the most of your premium meats. 

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Omaha Steaks

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Order meat from Omaha Steaks here.

Read our review of Omaha Steaks here.

What it sells: Meat of all types, including beef, veal, and bison, fish and shellfish, plus full meals, sides, desserts, and wine.

How it works: Shop sitewide and add anything to your cart. You can order combo kits and à la carte items together. 

Price: Since Omaha Steaks sells such a large variety of products, you’ll have to visit the site for more detailed pricing information. 

Shipping: Standard shipping is free on orders over $169 and $20 on orders under $169. Your order of individually packaged cuts will arrive frozen in an insulated box. 

Why you might like it: 

  • Large product selection: Though its name says “Steaks” and its strength is certainly beef, you can basically shop for your entire dinner here, down to seasonings and specialty desserts. For true indulgence, you can shop huge King Cuts and Custom Cuts
  • Highly giftable: Whereas the other services are better for personal use, Omaha Steaks is the best for gifting, offering special gift baskets and a variety of combo boxes to give to friends and family. 
  • Deals and promotions: The site runs frequent sales on cuts, meals, and sides, and some combos ship for free. You can often save more than 50% and stock up on top-quality meat. 
  • Rewards program: If you shop the site often, join the free rewards program to earn points on purchases and referrals. 

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