100113_elton_john_launchElton John REAAALLLY hates the paparazzi … A LOT … which is why it”s weird that he went to a Hollywood restaurant last night that”s right in the thick of the pap zone.

The whole clip is pretty comical … Elton arrives to Craig”s — famously patronized by big celebs on a nightly basis — and immediately goes off on the waiting paps.

F-bomb here … C-bomb there … another F-bomb. He”s really angry.

In fact, Elton was so passionate about his cussing … that he tripped over his own feet and almost fell on his way in.  It”s kinda funny.

Eventually, Elton angrily galumphs inside the front door … to meet up with more famous people (the Osbournes were there, along with Giants owner Steve Tisch).

FYI — there are more than 9,000 full-service restaurants in the L.A. area — and while the salmon is pretty good at Craig”s, it”s not the only game in town.

So, the question — why not give your blood pressure a break and hit up another food joint next time

Then again, you could just be nice …