Food, when served, can consist of hand-held items such as
chips and salsa; pizza bagels; pigs in a blanket; meatballs on a stick, taquitos with sweet and sour sauce; and sopapillas.
Muted colors, natural exotic materials, real and/or artificial plants and low-wattage year-round "christmas" lighting add to the exotic ambiance of a cantiki bar. Some feature indoor fountains and cliff-divers, bamboo fixtures, beach flotsam, woven grass wall-coverings, and panoramic South Pacific murals. Some cantiki bars have an entertainment stage for live exotica bands or Polynesian and/or Mariachi shows, or for hipper establishments - dance music.