location: Debra & Sal Price's Sidewalk Café
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. A café - but not in Miami.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. This is the The Mirage Cafe, located at 539 E. Bixby Road, in Long Beach, CA.
It's in the northwest section of Long Beach, not far from several other "Dexter" locations, including Hannah's house, and from previous seasons: Prado's home, LaGuerta's home, and that scene with the giant donut.
(The tall b&w building you see across the street in the background
is Bixby Knolls Towers Retirement, at 3747 Atlantic Ave.)
Only that time, they used the interior, while this time they stuck to the sidewalk cafe/patio area.
You can find the Mirage café on Facebook here.
To get there in person, get off the San Diego (405) Freeway at Atlantic Ave, then head north five or six blocks, and turn left (west) on Bixby Road, and the café will be on your right side.
I shot the photo below in 2011.
Here is a Google StreetView of the café. Here Bing aerial photo, 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.
Rick tipped me that they
were shooting a restaurant scene in north Long Beach, but they had a
number of candidates, including the Mirage and Hof's Hut on
Atlantic. So when I heard they were filming, I drove there and
drove past the various candidates, until I found them shooting at the
Mirage (complete with well-dressed extras on Bixby Road).
(On that same afternoon, August 7th, I drove past Hannah's house, and they were filming there, too.)
Dexter screenshots from the show and all related characters & elements
are trademarks of and © Showtime.
Looking for something in particular? Search the Seeing-Stars website!