Since I asked so many questions here, and have now returned from our Vegas trip with friends - thought I should share the wealth here.
Basically our only really "special" meal was my 50th Bday dinner for 10. I chose Daniel Boulud's Brasserie in the Wynn....and it did NOT disappoint. Everything was very nice - the setting is lovely....the wait staff great.......the food very good. They did not rush us at all. Our waiter was Paco (with a strong Spanish accent!) and he took care of us well. It was very pricey - $1000 with tip for 10 people. 1 glass of wine each, no desserts, appetizers to share. But very special. The only problem was that the outside patio was closed because of windy conditions. We could still see outside (the water show thingy) but couldn't go out. It did look a bit hokey anyway and the patio was really small. We had a large table with one side a curved banquet and the other side chairs. White linens, soft lighting, candlelight. I would RECOMMEND it for a special meal. They handled the group well.
Two of the couples went to Rosemary's for lunch before the others arrived. I have to say it is so off the beaten path - northwest of the strip (and we were staying out at Lake Las Vegas) that we ALMOST didn't go, but one of our group was determined to get there. When you drive up and see the strip mall, you almost want to drive away. I felt very leary. But we walked in and they have created a lovely space.......the service was impeccable...and the menu was really interesting. We all had the Prix Fix Lunch menu (3 courses with lots of choices) for $28 and that's a great deal...and a lot of food. Everyone was very pleased with their food. I had a special salad...don't remember the name, and the shrimp and grits for entree (which I really liked) and then the coconut bread pudding for dessert which I did NOT care for, but chalked it up to ordering the wrong thing. Very nice place - but if I was on the strip, or staying on the east side I would probably not make the trip over there. Frankly there are a LOT of other lovely places that are easier to get to and perhaps better atmosphere. Just being honest on that one.....
most of the other meals we went casual (or ate at the vacation house) because of others in our group not being foodies and caring. (crazy, I know!). I would have really liked to go to Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill one night - but we went to a crap mexican place instead (group consensus), and I would have liked to eat somewhere in Palazzo or Venetian, but that didn't happen either. Our group wanted to eat at Cheesecake Factory and PF Changs (which I actually do like) and so we did - there are two new ones that are nice right off of highway 515 coming from Lake LAs Vegas (Henderson) into the strip. Just off of the Green Parkway exit.
That's all folks, until next time. Thanks for your help. Because of Chowhound recommends I chose BD BRasserie and was happy with it.