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The location: Estrada's Bar

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. The exterior of a dockside bar.


Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. Somewhere in Miami.


Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 11, of Season 7, "Do You See What I See?"

    Dexter is stalking Hector Estrada, the man who ordered the murder of his mother.

    Estrada was recently paroled, and Dexter wants to get him alone, so he can kill him.

    In this scene, set on Christmas Eve, he stops Estrada outside a bar, and Estrada isn't glad to see a stranger.

    Dexter pretends to be a drug dealer, and tells Estrada he keeps getting big shipments of pot from a buddy in Honduras, and that he needs help selling the stuff to the Hispanic market.

    When Estrada hesitates, Dexter pretends to know some of Estrada's former associates.

    Estrada agrees to meet him at 35 Keyside Road, at 10 PM.


Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. The exterior of a dockside seafood market & restaurant.


Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This is the outside of Berth 55 Fish Market & Seafood Deli, at 555 Pico Avenue, down on the docks of Long Beach, CA.

    It's a mix of a fish market and a restaurant: there are patio tables out back for eating what they cook up inside.

    And that's where they filmed this scene.

    They are actually behind the building, at its northwest corner.





In the top screencap, the camera is looking south as Dexter leans on a chain link fence surrounding a patio at the building's north end.  Estrada is walking north, towards him, along the back of the building, next to the dock.

When the shot cuts to Dexter with boats behind him, the camera is looking northwest, at a sportfishing dock behind the Deli.

    (Those refinery tanks seen in the background are the ones encircled by the high wall that was used earlier for the scene of Estrada getting out of prison.  Next door to that location is the yard where they filmed the deserted boathose scene, and the kill room scene. And the later flashback of Doakes on a dock was shot just a few yards away from the boathouse.)

This Deli is literally right next door to the Queen's Wharf restaurant, where they shot the scene of Debra & Dexter talking in their cars.

And it's also shares the same parking lot that was used for the Christmas tree lot scene.

(Warning: This place probably won't be here for much longer.  Both it and the Queen's Wharf restaurant next door are expected to be torn down soon to make way for a new fireboat station.)



    Here is a Google aerial photo of the Deli.  (Note the same red picnic tables as seen in the scene.)

    The green X marks the spot where Dexter was standing at the start.
    The yellow arrow marks the path Estrada was taking when he enters the scene.



Here is a Bing Streetside View.  And here is a map link.


Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

A.  In the early seasons, I usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes.  By the now, though, I've 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, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a few new resources I discovered, by the time the first episode airs, I already know most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only need to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.

This group of helpful fans includes Rick, Ellen, Elaine, Mia, Joel, Susan, Eric, Jeff, Kerry & others. My thanks to all of them.

This tip came from Rick.  (Thanks, Rick!)


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