75+ Pics That Prove Craig’s Restaurant Has the Best Celeb Bag-Spotting in Los Angeles


If you, like me, do not live in California, you’re probably not familiar with Craig’s. It’s a West Hollywood restaurant that’s been open for about four years, and in that time, I’d wager that nearly every legitimately famous human in Hollywood (and a bunch who are hoping to be famous in the near future) has had at least one meal there. In the process, they’ve carried some truly magnificent bags, all documented by the paparazzi perpetually camped outside.

I first took notice of Craig’s while pulling celebrity photos for our dear writer Emily to cover. That’s one of my morning duties: check my email, drink my coffee, see what all the famous people were up to the night before. Over time, I started to notice that a lot of celebs were going to the same places over and over, and the most popular of those places by a wide margin was this little restaurant that specializes in comfort food. It’s owned by the former general manager of longtime celeb-magnet Dan Tana’s, and it appears to be the kind of place that specializes in making famous people comfortable for a couple hours.

Once I jumped down the Craig’s rabbit hole in our photo agency’s archives, I realized how true that was. I expected to find maybe 30 or 35 photos of stars with fabulous bags coming out of the restaurant; instead, I found nearly 80 in the last year alone. The combined value of the handbags present at Craig’s at any one time probably approaches $100,000. After all, it’s Hollywood; there are a lot of rich people who aren’t necessarily famous, too.

Below, I’ve assembled my findings, which stretch across three generations and numerous types of fame. Next time you’re in California, try to get a reservation; it’s virtually assured you’ll see someone you can tell your friends about back home.

Ashley Benson
Balenciaga Le Dix Bag
$2,025 via Barneys

At least three generations of famous people are currently Craig’s patrons. Ashley is part of the youngest one.


Ashley Benson
Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Tote
$2,750 via Net-a-Porter

This is not the last SDJ we’re going to see before we’re done.


Ashley Greene
Alexander McQueen Legend Bag
$2,195 via Neiman Marcus

Every time I see this bag, I like it more.


Bellamy Young
Stella McCartney Mini Cavendish Tote
$1,071 via farfetch.com

The paparazzi outside of Craig’s seem particularly rude; you see a lot of celebrities making faces at them who normally perform well under pressure.


Beth Smith
Michael Kors Miranda Calf Hair Tote
$1,195 via Saks

If you ever wondered where you can have dinner in the same room with both Oscar winners and Dog the Bounty Hunter’s wife, Craig’s is the place.


Bethenny Frankel
Hermès Jige Clutch

Bethenny deals with NYC paps all the time, but it seems like the ones outside of Craig’s have gotten to her.


Brittny Gastineau
Chanel Logo Satchel

In our photo service’s archive, Brittny is often described as “Kim Kardashian’s BFF.” I wonder how she feels about that.


Cara Santana
Diane von Furstenberg 440 Envelope Clutch
$288 via Saks

If you’re curious about who Cara is: She’s been a working actress on and off for a while, but photographers started to take notice of her when she started dating Jesse Metcalfe.


Chelsea Handler
Céline Crocodile Nano Luggage Tote

I’m not sure who the woman walking with Chelsea is, but her bag was easily good enough (and close enough to a famous person) to warrant inclusion.


Chrissy Teigen

Speaking of not knowing things: we’re not sure who makes this bag.


Demi Lovato
Givenchy Antigona Bag
$2,225 via Net-a-Porter

Both pink-haired pop singers and the genuinely elderly enjoy Craig’s, which is kind of fascinating.


Diahann Carroll
Christian Dior Lady Dior Bag

There may be no better place in LA to regularly spot Hollywood legends, and Hollywood legends always have good bags.


Elisha Cuthbert
Saint Laurent Y-Ligne Clutch
$1,150 via Bergdorf Goodman

In fact, everyone at Craig’s has good bags.


Emily Mortimer
Myriam Schaefer Leather Tote
Shop Myriam Schaefer via MATCHESFASHION.COM

Because photographers camp outside of Craig’s every night, they catch a much broader array of stars than they would if they were simply picking high-value targets to follow around.


Emmy Rossum
Ralph Lauren Mini Ricky Bag
$1,750 via Neiman Marcus

Emmy always looks like she stepped directly off Pinterest.


Emmy Rossum
Ralph Lauren Ricky Clutch
Shop via Ralph Lauren

See? Perfect.


Fay Resnick
Hermès Birkin

There’s a significant contingent of celebs who seem to be Craig’s regulars who can best be described as Friends & Family of Kyle Richards. She seems to be the common link among them and often accompanies them. Faye is one such person.


Freida Pinto
MICHAEL Michael Kors Dillon Tote
$261 via Neiman Marcus

I always find it charming when stars have surprisingly attainable handbags.


Hailey Baldwin
Saint Laurent Monogramme Shoulder Bag
$1,450 via mytheresa.com

The Celebrity Offspring With Modeling Contracts clique hasn’t made a regular home at Craig’s quite yet, but signs are starting to point to their eventual takeover.


Jackie Collins
Chanel 2.55 Reissue Bag

In order to do it, though, they’ll have to go through Jackie Collins, and that won’t be easy. She’s seemingly omnipresent at the restaurant, and she’s always carrying Chanel.


Jackie Collins
Chanel Coco Cocoon Bag

After a certain number of decades in Hollywoods, one figures out what one likes.


Jackie Collins
Chanel Flap Bag

For Jackie, that’s clearly Chanel and Craig’s.


Jackie Collins
Chanel Quilted Tote

I wonder what she orders?


Jackie Collins
Chanel Quilted Tote

You’re not seeing things; Jackie has this bag in two colors. (Two that we’ve seen, anyway.)


Jaclyn Smith
Hermès Kelly Bag

Who wouldn’t want to go to a restaurant where you might spot one of Charlie’s Angels carrying Hermès?


Jane Fonda
MZ Wallace Jane Bag
$365 via Bloomingdale’s

I’m not sure that dogs are technically allowed in Craig’s, but who’s going to say no to Jane Fonda?


Jennifer Lopez
Hermès Birkin

The range of dress you see in Craig’s is fascinating; it regularly runs from semi-formal to sweatpants.


Jessica Alba
Narciso Rodriguez Boomerang Clutch
$657 via Shopbop

Jessica dresses up a little more than J.Lo does.


Jessica Alba
Narciso Rodriguez Woven Clutch
Shop Narciso Rodriguez via Barneys

I love when a plaid shirt gets mixed into a dressier outfit. It provides a perfect amount of tomboy contrast.


Jessica Alba
Tory Burch Robinson Satchel
Shop Tory Burch via Shopbop

As previously mentioned, the amount of celebrity side-eye on the way out of Craig’s is way more than average.


Joan Collins
Chanel Classic Flap Bag

Joan also frequents Craig’s (and also carries a lot of Chanel), although not quite as often as her sister Jackie does.


Joan Rivers
Chanel Chain Trim Tote

We promised you Hollywood legends with great bags, and we intend on delivering.


Kate Beckinsale
Givenchy Pandora Bag
$2,090 via Neiman Marcus

Kate’s not doing a very thorough job of hiding her face.


Kate Del Castillo
Chanel Denim Flap Bag

You might not recognize Kate, but she’s a Mexican actress with an extremely long IMDB filmography.


Katharine McPhee
3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Tote
$975 via Net-a-Porter

Katharine comes to Craig’s quite a lot, and she’s always carrying a different bag.


Katharine McPhee
Chanel Classic Flap Bag

I can’t imagine it ever being cold enough in LA for me to wear a sweater, but I realize not everyone runs as hot as I do.


Katharine McPhee
Givenchy Antigona Bag
$2,345 via Saks

I’m starting to think women are issued an Antigona once they pass a certain level of fame.


Katharine McPhee
Valentino Lock Shoulder Bag
Shop Valentino via Neiman Marcus

Unfortunately for Craig’s patrons, they’re generally leaving the restaurant in the dark, which means they’re subject to quite a bit of flash photography without the benefit of stage makeup. It’s times like these when I’m glad I’m not famous. (Actually, that’s all the time.)


Kathy Hilton
Chanel Classic Flap Bag

Kathy Hilton is in the aforementioned Kyle Richards-centric Craig’s universe–she’s Kyle’s sister.


Kathy Hilton
Hermès Ostrich Kelly Bag

And when Kathy comes, she brings her handbag A-game.


Kendall Jenner
Adriana Castro Modish Clutch

I think Kendall’s clutch and her skirt include approximately similar amounts of material.


Khloé Kardashian
Chanel Mini Sequin Flap Bag

When the Kardashians have an occasion for which to dress up, they do not under-shoot the dress code.


Khloé Kardashian
Hermès Birkin

If this is Khloé’s natural hair texture (it’s similar to mine), then I’m impressed she maintains her blowouts so well in the LA heat, even with professional help.


Kim Porter
Givenchy Ostrich Nightingale Bag
$2,280 via mytheresa.com

Kim is a model, which you probably already guessed by looking at her, and she’s also had a long, on-again, off-again relationship with P. Diddy. (They’re currently off.)


Kris Jenner
Bottega Veneta Cosmetics Case
$500 via mytheresa.com

You didn’t think we were going to make it through a celebrity hot-spot without finding Kris Jenner, did you?


Kris Jenner
Bottega Veneta Knot Clutch
$1,550 via Net-a-Porter

It’s not just paparazzi who line up outside of Craig’s; there are plenty of fans hoping to get selfies with stars.


Kris Jenner
Chanel 2.55 Flap Bag

Somewhat improbably, Kris is also part of the group of people at Craig’s who all seem to show up with Kyle Richards.


Kris Jenner
Chanel Graffiti Backpack

Celebrities love these backpacks so much that I’m surprised Chanel didn’t make them a part of the permanent collection.


Kyle Richards
Chanel Classic Flap Bag

I wonder if Kyle has her own booth at Craig’s. It seems like the kind of place that has booths.


Kyle Richards
Chanel Sequin Flap Bag

I wonder if her bags get their own seats.


Kyle Richards
Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Bag
$2,750 via Saks

I wonder a lot of things, really.


Lori Loughlin
Givenchy Antigona Envelope Clutch
$995 via Saks

Lori has worked very consistently since Full House ended many years ago, but she will always be Aunt Becky to me.


Lori Loughlin
Hermès Birkin

Lori’s going to be reprising the role in Netflix’s Full House reboot, so she’s probably fine with that.


Meagan Good
Louis Vuitton Shoulder Bag

I’m not sure of the design name for this Louis Vuitton bag, but the strap makes me think it might be vintage; most monogram bags use vachetta straps now.


Melanie Griffith
Louis Vuitton Eva Clutch
$775 via Louis Vuitton

Melanie’s a Craig’s regular, but I could only find one shot of her carrying an identifiable bag.


Michelle Trachtenberg
Chanel Classic Flap Bag

One interesting thing about Craig’s is that you get to find out which celebrities are friends. Michelle came with Kate Beckinsale.


Molly Sims
Chanel Classic Flap Bag

I’d say that this is the typical Craig’s look: a dress, but not too fancy, and a Chanel bag.


Morgan Stewart
Givenchy Mini Antigona Bag
$1,750 via Saks

I’ve never been quite convinced about the Antigona in its mini size, but this photo is helping me see the light.


Nicky Hilton
Chanel Classic Flap Bag

Where you find people wearing pretty designer dresses and carrying Chanel, you will also find Nicky at some point.


Nicole Scherzinger
Valentino VaVaVoom Shoulder Bag
$2,145 via FWRD

How do people get hats to stay on their heads at this angle while they move around?


Paris Hilton
Chanel Classic Flap Bag

Let’s round out the Hilton Trifecta.


Peta Murgatroyd
Chanel Classic Flap Bag

If you’re not familiar with Peta, she’s one of the pros on Dancing With The Stars.


Rachel Zoe
Saint Laurent Lutetia Clutch
Shop Saint Laurent via mytheresa.com

Rachel’s pretty sure these photographers have got to be kidding her.


Rachel Zoe
Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Tote
$2,750 via Net-a-Porter

Apparently the paps were not any better behaved on this occasion.


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Alaïa Laser-Cut Clutch
Shop Alaïa via Net-a-Porter

The Craig’s crowd is more often actors and reality TV people than models, but hey, Rosie is in the Mad Max movie!


Roxie Sowlaty
Fendi Petite 2Jours Tote
$1,520 via Bluefly
Morgan Stewart
Givenchy Antigona Bag
$2,225 via Net-a-Porter

Speaking of reality TV people: Roxie would like to show you her bag.


Selena Gomez
Versace Signature Tote
$2,656 via farfetch.com

Selena was headed to dinner with Demi Lovato.


Sharon Osbourne
Alaïa Laser-Cute Tote
Shop Alaïa via Net-a-Porter

Sharon eats at Craig’s frequently, with both famous friends and famous family.


Sharon Osbourne
Hermès Birkin Bag

This particular look was for a family dinner.


Shawn King
Christian Dior Lady Dior Bag

Larry King and his wife Shawn are also regulars, and Shawn always brings solid bag game.


Shawn King
Yves Saint Laurent Y Envelope Clutch
Shop Saint Laurent via mytheresa.com

This is a throwback pick from before the brand lost the Yves.


Tamar Braxton
Céline Luggage Tote

I’m always appreciative of a black-on-black look.


Tamera Mowry
Louis Vuitton Totally Tote
$1,430 via Louis Vuitton

Of all the bags we’ve spotted outside of Craig’s, this one is probably the most functional.


Tara Reid
Balenciaga First Bag
$1,685 via Balenciaga

And here’s Tara Reid, being very Tara Reid.


Taylor Dayne
Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag
$970 via Louis Vuitton

Not only is Taylor still around, but she’s a Craig’s regular who really loves her Speedy.


Tia Mowry
Givenchy Lucrezia Bag
$2,395 via Bluefly

If you ever wanted to see the star of one of your favorite childhood shows milling around outside with cash and a valet ticket at the ready, plus a Givenchy bag in tow, you’ve come to the right place.


Tracey Edmonds
Prada Gauffre Hobo
Shop Prada via Bergdorf Goodman

If you look back through these photos, you find a lot of valet tickets. Craig’s valets could probably help you sell a screenplay.


Zoe Saldana
Saint Laurent Monogram Université Bag
$1,990 via Saks

A man who will carry your bag for you is a good man to have around. Especially if he’s as hot as Zoe’s husband.



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  1. LovethatLuxe Avatar


  2. Emily Avatar

    Chrissy’s bag looks like Valentino, no?

    1. Amanda Mull Avatar

      I thought it was fairly Valentino-y too, but I’ve never seen one that shape or size from them. The picture is about six months old, so even if it was an advance gift or something, it’d be out by now. Maybe it’s a sample?

      1. Stephanie Avatar

        Answer to your query Its Valentino! http://www.thecoveteur.com/chrissy-teigen-home-style/

      2. valentinoaddicted Avatar

        chrissy takes a valentino rockstud bag. it was in nordstrom.com

  3. dela Avatar

    For being such a long list, it is practically devoid of A-listers.

    1. Amanda Mull Avatar

      Most of the very-top-tier people I found in the photo archives weren’t carrying bags; their people do that for them. (That is, for example, why we somewhat rarely have photos of Beyoncé or Angelina Jolie on the blog on general; A-listers are really good at dodging paparazzi, and when they fail at it, usually their handlers are carrying everything for them.)

      1. Stina Sias Avatar
        Stina Sias

        Having someone else carry your bag seems like a missed opportunity! I love carrying my expensive bags, they are an important part of my outfit. Having someone else carry it would be like having someone else wear my shoes!

      2. Amanda Mull Avatar

        I know, right? I actually think about this a lot. Bags are beautiful and they tie together an outfit so well. I’d definitely still want to carry mine.

      3. dela Avatar

        Yeah, that makes sense. I think there is a better chance of finding them with their bags on the streets of NYC.

        As expected, Chanel and the Birkin are very popular. I am surprised Fendi is not better represented. Celine probably had its moment a few years ago. Because of the Kardashian factor, Givenchy is always going to be popular.

        An interesting and unscientific study can be done about celebrity bag preferences by coast, country, region etc.

  4. Michelle Avatar

    These are my favorite type of posts!!! Thank you for the great commentary!!!

  5. Melissa Avatar

    Did anyone else notice that Larry King’s pants are unzipped?

    1. kemilia Avatar


  6. Sparkletastic Avatar

    Great post with lots of bags to see!

    I almost thought I had time traveled back 10 years. JoLo’s stylist must have rooted around in the back of her closet for that tired looking Juicy Coutureish sweatsuit / UGGS combo. Horrible, dated and too young on her.

    Tracy Edmunds always looks great even though I don’t love her bag.

    Shaun King is doing hard time being married to Larry. No money would be worth him. Yuck.

    I miss Joan Rivers. ????.

    1. Daria Avatar

      you speak the truth.

  7. AshleyG Avatar

    I love Tia’s look- me thinks the Givenchy Lucrezia doesn’t get enough love- but I follow Tia on IG and she definitely loves hers!

  8. Aoedele Avatar

    Love what Tia and Tamera are wearing. As always, the commentary was more interesting than the bags.

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  11. Aforallie Avatar

    Looking forward to seeing what bags Caitlyn Jenner carries.

  12. Vuittonluvr Avatar

    I believe the Vuitton is a vintage Nil, no?

  13. Daria Avatar

    Kim Porter and Tamera Mowry look disastrous

  14. Tiger_Girl Avatar

    I’ve dined a number of times at Craig’s and often, A-listers will leave thru the back door if they don’t want photos taken. Yes, there are always paparazzi floating around the front. Guaranteed celebrity sightings. Yes, it does have booths :). A place where movie moguls and a- list celebs mingle with “sort of” common folk.