Filming Location,  TV

Miceli’s Italian Restaurant from “Dexter”

LOCATION

Miceli’s Italian Restaurant, where Dexter (Michael C. Hall) takes Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) in an eighth-season episode.

ADDRESS

Miceli’s Italian Restaurant
1646 N Las Palmas Avenue
Hollywood, CA
micelisrestaurant.com


STORY & PHOTOS

“Dexter” is set in Miami, but is actually filmed in and around Long Beach and Hollywood, CA.

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In the season-8 episode “What’s Eating Dexter Morgan?”, Dexter takes Deb to an Italian restaurant to show her that the man she saved in a restaurant shootout in the past is still alive, and spending time with his family. Dexter tries to convince Deb that she is a good person and that she has made a positive impact on the world, despite her collusion with Dexter on his murders.

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The on-screen eatery in real life is Miceli’s Italian Restaurant on Las Palmas Avenue in Hollywood (just off of Hollywood Boulevard). I recognized this location immediately, since I’ve eaten at Miceli’s more than a few times during my Hollywood adventures. (The hanging jugs were the biggest giveaway.) I also didn’t notice when I was there, but after watching the episode I realized I’d been seated in the same booth as the guy Deb saved!

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Deb and Dexter were seated on the second level, overlooking my booth and the rest of the restaurant.

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Dexter and Deb sat up there!
Dexter and Deb sat up there!

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Deb calls the restaurant a “hellhole”, but it’s actually a pretty nice place! Miceli’s has a long Hollywood history (many celebs have eaten there over the years) and good pizza! I’d recommend it if you’re in the Hollywood & Highland area and are looking for something a little more substantial than Starbucks and McDonalds, or less commercial than the Hard Rock Cafe. Here’s a birds-eye view of the restaurant (specifically of the spot where Deb and Dexter sat) from the Miceli’s website:

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(They also have an equally yummy location in Universal City!)


STORY & PHOTO CREDITS

Written by Christina LeBlanc
Location photos by Christina LeBlanc

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