Restaurant high chairs without the ew factor

Phil & Ted's Lobster portable high chairSurely I’m not the only one who’s often grossed-out by restaurant high chairs? They’re handy, yes, but they’re usually filled with the remains of some other kid’s meal.

This is just why the new Phil & Ted’s Lobster seat comes in very handy for restaurant-goers. This portable high chair is a brilliant, fold-flat seat that attaches to most tables
with its “claws” (get it?). You just unfold it, screw both
sides tight and you’re good to go.

It’s easy enough to do with
one hand – trust me, I’ve had to. The buckle is a breeze to use and the
chair is nice and deep so baby won’t be able to tip out. I also find it incredibly sturdy, and  it can hold a child up to about age
three or 37 pounds. Plus the storage bag is actually really convenient for carting it about.

What makes it different than their earlier seat, the Mee Too, is how wide and deep it is, plus the nifty tray that slides in once the chair is in
place. In other words,  you don’t have to think about what was on that dirty rag
they just wiped the table with. (You know the one I’m talking about.

The only downside is that not every table will accommodate the chair. But most tables will. Which will make dining
at Grandma’s house, the museum cafeteria and the park much, much easier.

And want to know what I love best? At least if the chair is
dirty when we stick our guy in, I know he’s eating his own leftovers and
not someone else’s. –Stephanie P.

Find the new Phil & Ted’s Lobster seat at boutiques everywhere, or at our affiliate Amazon

Stephanie S.

Stephanie Slate is an Ontario-based writer, crunchy mom, and celebrity stroller expert. And no, she does not say "eh."


  • Reply August 9, 2011


    We use a similar chair at home for our boys and love it. We totally bypassed high chairs. These table top chairs are great for restaurant and traveling.

  • Reply August 9, 2011


    In theory chairs like these are a great idea…. in practice…

    I witnessed an appalling incident in Wagamamas (where this style is standard) when the mother couldn’t get their kid out of the chair fast enough when another diner spillt v. hot soup.

    Most gastropubs with oak kitchen style tables don’t accommodate these and they are very dependent on correct attachment and kids that don’t wriggle.

  • Reply August 10, 2011


    Do you know whether the Lobster seat fixed the problems that the CPSC identified in the Metoo as described in the link below?

    Also, if anyone has the Inglesina chair, how does it compare to the Lobster? Thanks!

  • Reply August 16, 2011

    Jeff King

    Great invention! For those who don’t have the Lobster seat try using a baby wipe on the restaurant’s high chair before placing your little one in it. Using one on the table probably wouldn’t hurt, either.

  • Reply August 22, 2011


    I love this! Those restaurant high chairs scream with germs. I guess if you are brave enough to go out to eat with your baby/toddler you might be brave enough to risk using them. :) This does seem to be a better option.

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