About Our Grades

A difference you can see

Our grading system is based on the Japanese “star” system and takes into account several criteria: the amount of marbling (USDA’s sole focus), texture, tenderness, and the density of the beef. Our 4-Star beef overlaps with Prime on the marbling scale, but all of our American wagyu beef has a multidimensional flavor profile that varies from cut to cut.

4-Star

This beef is closest in look and consistency to the finest American beef, but with added tenderness and rich, beefy flavor. It’s an excellent selection for anyone who prefers a familiar – yet elevated – steak experience. 

4-Star Meat
5-Star

This beef is perhaps the perfect level of indulgence for the steak lover who is looking for extra richness, but still wants a traditional beef eating experience. It contains more marbling than our 4-Star and is noticeably softer, and as you’d expect, tastes amazing. 

5-Star Meat
Ultra

As the name implies, this beef is in a class by itself. Again, the marbling contained here increases over and above the 5-Star. It’s at this point that many people reduce their portion size or get creative and use it in a supporting role rather than as the center of the plate. Of course, if you have a penchant for the richest of flavors, such as foie gras, then be warned: Our Ultra may become your next obsession. 

Ultra Meat