Dexter Filming Locations: Lumen & Owen meet at Cafe

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The location: Lumen & Owen meet at Cafe

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

    A. A café.

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

    A. Across the street from the Blue Pelican Inn, in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 8, of Season 5, "Take It".

    Dexter Lumen gets an unexpected phone call from someone from her past: her fiance, named Owen.

    He tells her he's staying at the Blue Pelican Inn, and to meet him at a café across the street.

    In this scene, she does just that.  It's a patio restaurant, with an ocean/marina view.

    They talk about old times, and he tells her his sister gave birth.

    Owen tries to convince Lumen to run away with him on a world tour, but she's so obsessed with hunting down her attackers (with Dexter) that she can't bring herself to take Owen up on the offer.

    He asks her to think about it, and to meet him at the same restaurant that night.

    We see the café once more towards the end of the episode.  It's night, and poor Owen is still waiting for Lumen to show.  When she doesn't, he tears up the tickets and walks away.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A restaurant.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    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.

    Elsewhere in 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:

    Here is an aerial photo of the restaurant. And here is a map link.

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.

    This particular tip came from Rick (although this is one I probably would have recognized on my own). (Thanks, Rick!)

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