The location: Lumen & Owen meet at Cafe
A. This scene was shot on the patio of Shanghai Red's, a seaside restaurant at Fisherman's Village, in Marina del Rey.
Fisherman's Village is a tourist attraction, a themed shopping-dining village located right on the water's edge at L.A.'s biggest marina (It's not unlike Ports O'Call Village in San Pedro, but it's in better shape.)
Shanghai Red's is located at the south end of the Village. The official address is 13813 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, CA.
(The restaurant has its own website.)
They added the flowering bougainvillea you see on the lattice wall in the background. In fact, they added the lattice wall.
They have filmed before at Fisherman's Village. In fact, they used this same restaurant patio for a 4th season scene of Trinity stalking a woman. And this season they shot two other scenes here: the scene of Lumen's car "accident" with Stan Liddy, and the shot of Liddy holding a camera at the end of Episode 8.
Marina del Rey, they filmed (among other things) the
hotel where Dexter attended the Jordan Chase seminar, the scene
of Dexter in the park with baby Harrison,
the wedding of Dexter & Rita, the
shopping trip with Miguel, Lundy
& Debra getting shot, and the bloody
hotel from the first season.
I shot the photos below in November 2010:
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. In previous seasons, I've usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes. By the 5th season, though, I'd developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know in advance when something was about to film there.
Between those reports, and my own personal reconnaissance around town, by the time the first episode aired, I already knew most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only needed to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.
This group of helpful fans includes Kerry, Rick, Joel, Geoff, Ellen, Julie, Susan, Jeff, and others. My thanks to all of them.
tip came from Rick (although this is
one I probably would have recognized on my own). (Thanks,
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