This is a pic of a table at Carthay Circle. When four people are seated, two sit on the bench against the wall, and the other two each sit in a chair, which backs up to the chair at the adjacent table.
We dined about two weeks ago, and when we were seated, the chair I would have sat in was, literally, inches away from the table. The person in the chair that backed up to where I would have sat was very tall, had very long legs, and had pushed his chair back so he was comfortable . . . but this positioned the chair where I would have sat, in an impossible position for anyone to sit. I asked the hostess to sit us somewhere else; we had a late reservation (after 9pm) so there were plenty of open tables.
Why would anyone design restaurant seating this way, where one guest's comfort is contingent on how another guest sits in their chair? Bizarre, IMO.